Traveling Cute and Smart. How to Pack for a Trip Efficiently
When it comes to traveling, if I could pack my entire closet into one suitcase and it keep it under 50lbs, I assure you, I would. My motto used to be: “Pack everything; be ready for anything.”
I was that girl at the airport who would act super shocked when her bag weighed in at 52lbs even I knew darn well how much my bag weighed: I already had to remove 17lbs to get it down to 52lbs before I had loaded it in the car. But, I had figured if I was really friendly, smiled a lot and told a joke or two, United would still take my suitcase without charging me the extra fees. And I was correct! But, did that make it right? Not only was I manipulating airport employees to do my bidding while also potentially giving the men who handled the luggage lower spinal lumbar injuries, I was also causing myself unnecessary confusion and frustration once arriving to my destination. Instead of spending my time efficiently by sight seeing or visiting with family or friends, I was spending (and by spending I mean wasting) time trying to create an outfit for my day or evening out of a heaping mess of clothing. Not cute.
A few weeks ago, as a birthday gift, my mother took me to visit my little brother in New York City. What a great Mom right?! Before I left, I vowed my clothes-hoarding, suitcase-stuffing, airport-trickster days were over and decided to properly plan before my visit to the Big Apple. I’ll admit, I don’t give myself an A+ for my first attempt. I did, however, learn just as much from my mistakes on this trip as I did from my successes. I’ll share both and hopefully save you the trouble of having to make them yourself.