It’s been some time since my last trip abroad and I have been excited about getting out of the country for months. What I haven’t been so excited about, which is really quite unusual for me, is packing for this holiday. On a normal day, I love packing. Love it so much I am normally packed and ready to go weeks before our departure date.
Not this time.
This time I just can’t bring myself to face it. Today is the day before we travel and I am totally unprepared. I’ve been racking my brains all week trying to think why I’m just not feeling it. Today, it dawned on me.
The last time we went on a hand luggage only journey it was for a trip lasting less than 48 hours hours, no problems there as only a couple of outfits required. This time, we are away for 5 days, the trip involves many different elements i.e. Sightseeing, beach, shows etc. and I have to somehow fit it all into a Ryanair sized cabin bag weighing no more than 10kg?? Most people might read this and think I’m being completely ridiculous. I probably am as I haven’t even tried to pack yet but the thought of being restricted is for sure the reason I have put off this task. It’s the same blankness I get when I am faced with writing a postcard and I’m trying to fit in a summary of where I am in a tiny little white box. My trusted carry on has turned into that dreaded tiny white box.
I realised this was the perfect opportunity to utilise the travel blogging community and see what recommendations travellers had on packing light for trips that are longer than a weekend. The most useful post I came across was from ‘the travel hack.’
Monica’s post on her secrets to packing light was the best one I came across from all the sites google threw at me. She broke the process down nicely with some really great tips on how to save space and weight, such as: pack only one or two trousers/skirts or shorts, match them up with lots of light t-shirts, use accessories to dress things up/change outfits and lots more. Her post is definitely worth a read if you’re having a mind block.
After days of procrastinating and hours of research I’m about ready to give it a shot.
As my flight is tomorrow I realise I need to get a grip, bite the bullet, rope in the husband for help, balance the scales and in the words of Nike, just do it.
Wish me luck.