I’ll admit it, I’m an over-packer. I don’t travel light anywhere. My handbag is stuffed to the gills even when I pop to the village shop for a pint of milk, so when I go on holiday for a week or two I can’t help myself.
I’ve read all the anecdotes about taking out half of the clothes you’ve packed. And I loved the advice from Brix Smith-Start for packing light on our sister blog. But my long-suffering husband will testify that I just can’t seem to put this theory into practice. I’m always tempted to throw in a seventh kaftan, and I really, really need to take that polo neck jumper. You know the woman at the airport struggling to drag her enormous suitcase? That’s me!
But I think our friends over at The Handpicked Collection may have found the answer for a serial take-too-mucher like myself. It’s called the ‘Pack This’ list. The genius lies in its simplicity. It’s just a notepad of pre-printed essentials, split out into handy sections. It’s perfect for planning a slimmed-down suitcase. And the key here is planning rather than stuffing and panicking the night before your flight. As well as the more obvious outfit tick boxes there are useful things, too (which I always forget to pack) like plasters, a journal and your camera charger. It’ll do away with those nasty surprises when you unpack your toiletries in your hotel and realise you’ve forgotten your deodorant. It’s not rocket science, but it might just work.
And while I’m on the subject of all things practical, the Wash Me Wear Me bag, also from The Handpicked Collection is going to be another addition to my suitcase. The idea is to keep your clean delicates separate from your not-so-clean delicates when you head home. It’s soft and squishy so will fit easily into your case. And when you get back to reality and loading the washing machine, everything that needs washing is simple to find.
I’m going to put these to the test next month and see if I can manage to take a sensible selection of my wardrobe with me rather than 90% of what I own. I’ll let you know how I get on.