Time for the third installment of #WeBlogSummer! This week’s theme is ‘Summer Travel’. My ‘Summer Holiday’ this year is actually a trip home, and I’m very excited to be somewhere familiar again! But I’m definitely not excited about the packing…
Seriously, packing is the absolute worst.
I have a reputation for overpacking because I always get super anxious about not being prepared. There’s nothing worse than realising that you needed a sweater, jacket, or pair of shoes left sitting in a closet hundreds of miles away. In the past, I’ve ended up with a huge pile that required a comically large suitcase. My mother would always laugh at the end of family trips and say “You didn’t even use half of the things you packed.”
I can’t help that like being prepared, Mom…
But it there’s anything I hate more than being unprepared, it’s checking my luggage. Nothing causes me more stress at the airport. I get unnecessarily paranoid about trusting strangers with my personal items, so I prefer to have everything with me on the plane. Because of this paranoia, I’m starting to master the art of overpacking in a carry-on. I still pack way more than I need, but I manage to do it in a way that allows me to avoid the dreaded checked bag situation. How do I get away with it? My not-so-secret technique is that I don’t fold my clothing. I roll it instead! You’ve probably seeing this method all over pintrest, so it’s nothing new. Nonetheless, rolling has saved me from a lot of travel stress and checking fees.
Here’s a quick break down of how to roll your clothes. Just for funsies.
Step 1: Lay item on the bed or floor.
Step 2: Fold it in half.
This is all pretty self explanatory of course, but I like taking pictures of things sometimes. Anyway! Moving on to the packing itself. The Viking and I will be in the States for 14 days, so of course I’m bringing much more than necessary, but it all fits in my little suitcase. So whatever.
Here’s what I managed to fit in my carry-on for 14 days abroad.
6 crop tops and 6 tank tops
As you can see, I have enough clothing to last me an extra week, and it all fits in my carry-on! Now, I can relax because I’m prepared for pretty much any situation, and everything will be with me on the plane. To quote Hannah Montana: It’s the best of both worlds.
Are you an overpacker like me, or more of a minimalist? What are your favorite packing tips?