I completely missed the backpacking around Europe experience – I never took a year off of school, and I never even WENT to Europe until I was 35… But I’m still fascinated by the whole experience of being THAT light on your feet – that self-contained. So when a really nice Patagonia backpack made it into our home, I decided that I was going to give it a try. At least once, just to know what it’s like, I’m going to be a backpacker…
I loved it. The incredible lightness of putting all of your luggage under the seat in front of you, and being able to walk for miles without wheels, was memorable. I don’t know that I’ll ever do it again, but it was wonderful.
There were a few factors that made this possible. First and foremost, I was travelling for only five nights in the hottest of hot weather, to a casual environment. Secondly, I was able to do laundry where I was. And third, I was visiting relatives, so there wasn’t any worry that I might forget something and be stuck somehow – there’s always something that I can borrow in these situations.
I traveled in my usual black ensemble; the Tumi handbag that I’m carrying these days holds all of my odds and ends, making it possible to limit my backpack to just clothing and accessories.
My wardrobe wasn’t quite the colorful, but I couldn’t find images of most of my clothes! But this is exactly the number and choice of items that I took – three lightweight linen dresses, a pair of white capris, and two tops. One pair of shoes, as well as the ballet flat I wore on the plane, were sufficient for footwear. I did have two necklaces in my handbag – I wear necklaces most of the time.
And with short pajamas and some lingerie, I was ready to go…