My latest challenge might just be my undoing. Looking for advice, hints, tips and possibly a support group. It’s honestly not what you are thinking… it’s much much worse!
I must confess that packing for holidays is not one of my strong points. Which could be down to lack of practice I suspect. Having moved house 22 times, it seems our holiday time over the years has been taken up mainly with work relocations. Packing up a family of five to move over 4,000 km across the country, in under a week… no dramas. Heading away for five days, mission impossible.
Take for example my recent night, yes one night, where I treated myself and a visiting friend to an apartment in Perth so we could head off to the WA Fashion Awards in relaxing style. Funnily enough it was anything but relaxing as we arrived at the apartment with only 30 minutes to spare and pretty much starting from scratch as far as hair and makeup were concerned. Add to that a fight with shapewear that almost needed medical intervention, a missing key, an inability to work out how to use the lifts and a lost credit card. It was a small miracle that we made it to the event
alive at all, let alone only five minutes late.
Running behind schedule that entire week, meant that I was on catch up and packing for the night was left till the very last minute. On reflection, I probably didn’t need 90% of what I ended up packing and I have no doubt I could have survived quite comfortably for a month if not more and that is even without needing a laundry service. Yes that ridiculous. Two massively overstuffed bags with back up outfits, a makeup bag and a bag of shoes. For one award night and a media callout the following day. Just call me prepared or as the case turned out well and truly over prepared.
It reminds me of the last time my mother arrived in Perth from Sydney at short notice, with the biggest set of luggage I had ever seen, that I
worried wondered if she was in fact moving in with us. Six pairs of jeans, two ball gowns, and goodness knows what else and like me she pretty much kept to her favourite two or three outfits the entire week. The ball gowns never saw the light of day but I was half tempted to put on an over the top event at home, to justify bringing them. Clearly the over packing is a genetic condition.
This week, I’m off to NSW and to keep costs down, we’ve gone with carry-on luggage only this trip. While I still get my head around the size, shape and weight factor, I’ve been having more than a bit of a panic attack. What on earth was I thinking? I believe, my eldest daughter’s braces fee ($26k) might have been a contributing factor, that and the fact our house in NSW needs a lot of work ($$$) before we can even think about selling.
I’ve looked at capsule wardrobe ideas for travelling but the problem is, you actually need to have access to a capsule wardrobe. My sorry looking wardrobe falls a bit short in this regard and is in urgent need of an overhaul, especially with chilly weather predicted our entire trip. As far as I know, I don’t actually own a jumper.
While I’m keen to hear your hints and tips for packing light what I really want is a fairy godmother to appear out of nowhere and provide not only myself but my three girls, who have all had growth spurts, with the perfect five day capsule wardrobe, neatly packed in my Jessica Bratich Rachael overnight travel bag.
Could you pack for five days in just a carry on bag with a limit of 10 kilos?
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