So it's been a week since I got back from vacation and I'm still recovering a bit. Lucky for you though, I'm feeling good enough to brag about my mad packing skills...
This time two weeks ago I was sitting in the same spot, dreading the coming evening that I knew would include one of my most-hated tasks: packing. It was around 12 hours until takeoff, AKA, time to get my life together.
For as long as I can remember I've been putting off the pack job until the last minute, often staying up all night, making a totally unnecessary trip to Wal-Greens for some cute travel size goodies. (Have you seen a baby Vaseline?!)
But it had to stop. So in preparation for my LA/New Orleans trip, I made an effort and planned ahead. Making lists has long been a hobby of mine, but actually making moves--not as easy. If you can relate, this post is for you. I wanted to share a couple other blog posts that really helped me out.
Read this first-- http://zenhabits.net/kids-ultralight/
Leo writes about the joys of packing ultralight. I was/am nowhere near this feat, and I'm okay with that. But it was great inspiration for the those moments when you have the urge to throw in a few extra t-shirts, or shove in a cute pair of shoes you *might have a chance to wear. (How often does that actually happen?)
Here's the other post that I referred to more than once:
This girl knows what she's talking about. The brainstorming and layering and picking your shoes first were great tips.
Both posts combined with my personal determination (and a ticking clock), enabled me to pack all the stuff I'd need for an entire week away, in a convenient little carry-on.Note: Thanks to my wonderful friend Christina for letting me borrow her suitcase. You'll remember, mine is on the sidelines for now. Probably leaning in a corner somewhere. :-|
I was really happy and surprised that it didn't take any crazy folding techniques or super-sealed Ziploc bags to fit it all in. I know lots of people making moves, big and small, in the near future...if you're one of them, check out the links and let me know how it goes!
Happy packing! (Yeah, right.)