We're at the halfway point of the summer and it's almost time for me to shake off the dust of this town and fly off to parts unknown. I love traveling. In fact, I love it so much that I've often got my luggage out and open and waiting days before the actual packing needs to be done. But, as much as I love packing, I hate having a lot of luggage. Even in the days before baggage check fees, I rarely checked luggage. Here are my best tips on how to pack lightly and still look good when you get there.
• You do not need to wear something different everyday, you do need to be comfortable and appropriate
: With that in mind, I use a packing formula: 3 bottoms for 1 week, 3 tops per bottom, 5 bottoms for 2 weeks, deduct 1 top and 1 bottom for each dress. True, that is not a lot of clothes but unless I am attending fashion week in Paris (hasn't happened yet), I can wear the same thing a few times.
• If you are going sightseeing or to a city, always, even in the heat of the summer, bring a cardigan (women) or a dinner jacket (men)
. I too vividly remember, as a child, my mother being asked to leave the Duomo in Milan because her arms were bare. Plus it comes in handy on a chilly plane. On that same trip, my brother had to borrow a dinner jacket at a restaurant. Not every place in the world is as informal as the States. On that same note, I always pack one thing I can dress up.
• Unless you are going to Antarctica or camping, there will be stores where you are going and you can always get what you need or forgot there
. Apart from contact lenses or prescription medicine, you will be able to buy it at your destination. And, if you're in a foreign country, the replacement product will likely be more interesting than what you're used to.
• Forget the pack flat or roll debate. Bundling is best
: I used to roll my clothes until Gregory discovered this method
. Not only is it a space saver, it is genius at keeping your clothes from wrinkling.
• Pack one space saver bag
: Just in case you buy a lot while you're away, the space bag may help you avoid having to buy an extra piece of luggage to bring it all back in.
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