I am getting ready to leave my home for a trip that entails some learning and some fun. I hate packing. I have to plan outfits, count pieces of underwear, anticipate spontaneity and how I will dress for it and keep everything below 50 pounds. It’s a lot of work.
I have a lot of anxiety around packing. Did I pack enough? I have often under-packed and had to either do a laundry in my room or carefully select the pieces that I want be overcharged for by the hotel laundry.
When packing, I always think that I am overpacked until I reach my destination and say Dang I should have brought that.
What annoys me most about packing is that I have to predict what I would want to wear. This is so not the way that I dress on a daily basis. I never plan an outfit the night before. Each morning when I get up I check in with my mood and I dress to suit. Packing removes the impulse and fun from dressing since the wardrobe is predicted.
Packing really is about being organised and I feel boxed in by the suitcase, by putting together outfits, by packing shoes and accessories. I want to rethink this, to have a different approach to packing and to find the joy in this chore.
How do you pack for a trip?