I am busy formulating a packing list for our Boston trip. I like to pack in my head before I pack in real life.
I’m wondering how far I can pare down my luggage. When we went to Europe for Christmas a few years ago, we traveled from London to Munich and back to London. This allowed me to leave my enormous bag in London and travel to Munich for a week carrying all my stuff in my purse.
That’s right, ladies. I spent a week on the road carrying only what Chaucer would call “a bag of needments.” FEAR ME FOR I AM POWERFUL. The thing I learned on that trip is that in cold weather you actually need fewer clothes, not more. You basically wear the same outer layers every day — same warm shoes, heavy coat, thick sweater, hat, scarf and gloves, and you can wear the same jeans for a week. All that changes are underclothes, socks and shirt, and shirts pack up small.
Mind you, it is nice to have other outfits and different shoes. I’m just saying, if you want to be one of those super hip chicks who’s like, “Oh, yeah, I just have the one bag the size of my fist,” it’s possible to do it.
However, I do prefer to travel with eight or ten books, so I will probably bring a second bag this time around.