I absolutely love traveling, and I love packing. Together, Varun and I have traveled to India and North Africa, and many cities around North America. Nothing is as thrilling as buying plane tickets and ditching town. Except packing. Packing used to be a lot of fun when I was a kid. I would carefully write a packing list, fold clothes neatly and somehow survive the trip, clothed and warm.
But here’s where it breaks down. Adult Amelia is way less easygoing. I just can’t seem to pack through all of the What If’s. I should pack a rain coat. But what if it’s cold? Do I want a rain coat and a sweater? Or a rain coat that has a fleece lining? But that would be too hot for hiking. Should I bring two raincoats, one light and one heavy?
Add to that that there’s hiking and fine dining involved, sight seeing and sports, cold nights and warmer days. What on earth am I supposed to pack?
Am I over-thinking this? Seriously. I just can’t get past the possible scenarios. I look at my bag and look at my closet, and wonder how to choose. Should I go the simplistic route and just pack lots of mix and match? Should I go for the cute look? Comfy? Sporty? Functional? Sometimes, I just think my estrogen is in overdrive. And then I talk to Varun and realize that yes, yes it is.
Varun: So how long are we going for?
Me: Um, I guess 9 days total.
Varun: Oh great. That will be easy to pack for.
Varun: Well you just take everything, right? Just dump in all of your shorts and shirts and underwear and you’re done.
Right. Why didn’t I think of that…
So, I’m curious. Any packing tips? How do you avoid multiples and packing for too many what-ifs? Any travel essentials or tricks you want to share?