If you’re making a trip with some specific advantages, you can travel very VERY lightly! I was in Florida last week for a quick visit with my mother, and I had ALL of the factors in my favor:
- traveling to a warm-weather destination,
- with no dressy nor business activities planned,
- where I can easily purchase or borrow things that I forgot, and
- where I can do laundry!
Knowing that all of this was working in my favor, and that I had very little time to pack, AND that I had one of those airfares that requires you to pack only what will fit under the seat in front of you, I managed just fine, thank you!
This is what I wore to fly; it was a bit more than I needed when I arrived in Florida, and frankly LESS than I might have wanted to be wearing when I got back to Chicago!
And this was literally ALL that I packed:
It would have been a bit more logical for me to have traveled in a black cardigan; that would have given me a true neutral “Core of 4.” But I was pretty well prepared for most eventualities; I had both “real” shoes and sandals with me, as well as long pants, capris and shorts. All tops can be worn with all 3 of the bottoms, and if I had really needed a black cardigan, I could have probably found one in my mom’s closet…
Additionally, I think I packed three changes of undergarments. I realized that there are only 3 things that I can’t borrow from my mother – undergarments, shoes and prescription medications! Not that her personal style is anything close to mine, but when situations require quick moves, you surrender a certain amount of style in order to get where you’re going and do what needs to be done!
Here’s how it all fit into my bag:
My backpack is wonderful – it was given to me by the guys at Standard Luggage Co. and I love it. It’s sufficiently structured that it doesn’t collapse into a heap of fabric when it’s empty, and it has a clean, elegant design that I like SO MUCH MORE than most backpacks that have lots of straps and rings and bit and pieces hanging everywhere. This bag does have backpack straps that tuck into a nicely secured pocket, but this was so light that I was easily able to carry it with the side or the top handle, depending on where I was trying to maneuver…
The red satin thing is a shoe bag with my sandals inside. The joy of wearing really flat shoes and sandals (except for happy feet, of course) is that they pack easily. I’ve replicated the pack with similar clothes to those that I actually took (which are all in the laundry!). You can see the waistband of my white capris – my shorts are right on top of them. There’s a silver tee shirt in there, and a folded white shirt (glimpsed below the striped tee.) Pajamas are WAY down in there – not that there really is a “way down” in a bag this small.
I think the toiletries are key, don’t you?
As one of my favorite songs says, “il ne faut prendre en ses bagages que ce qui vraiment compta,” or “you don’t have to pack anything except what really matters.” (Je Voudrais Vous Revoir by Jean-Jacques Goldman)
p.s. Effective starting this week, I’m only going to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until… mid-August, maybe? I’ve got SO MUCH travel planned for the next 3 months that I’m going to be in a pickle trying to keep up with things! Saturday I leave for Paris…