Meditation: On Traveling Light

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Around these parts, we think a lot about traveling light within our own homes, about how to organize our spaces so that we can get all the way from landing strip to lounger without having to experience the anxiety of affluenza or the dolor of dross.

But recently I’ve been traveling a lot for work, and I realize I don’t know how to transfer those same skills to my carry-on. For me, volume’s not the problem: I use the same bag I got years ago as a conference giveaway whether for a weekend in Atlanta or two weeks in Guatemala. Instead, it’s knowing how best to use those cubic inches that leaves me stumped. This last trip, I remembered slipppers, conditioner, and an alarm clock–and the hotel had all of that–but I forgot my toothbrush, a novel, and the thingy that connects the laptop to the projector. Uh-oh.

So I ask you wise souls: how do you manage frequent travel? Do you keep a bag packed in the hallway closet, full of duplicates of all your essentials? Do you keep a checklist, and if so, what’s on it? Or do you just show up whereever you’re going and smile beseechingly at the concierge once you get there?

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