I wrote a post a while back about my travel wardrobe. I packed for a work conference in back pack and a large purse. Some people were impressed.
In the mean time, I have been perusing Pinterest and there are a lot of posts about how to pack for a trip, be it 3 days or 3 weeks. Many have an opinion on what you should bring and then they give you a myriad of ways to put the clothes together in different “outfits.” Great.
But here’s the thing that I keep thinking about: If you are traveling, no one else you see will know that you wore or didn’t wear any given outfit any other day of your trip unless you are traveling with a partner. A good travel partner won’t care that you wore the same thing for 3 days out of 5 of your vacation. And Strangers probably don’t give a crap. Actually, it would be weird if they did.
So next time you are traveling, bring enough clean underwear for each day of your trip. Grab your favorite pair of jeans, a basic dress, 2 short sleeve or sleeveless tops depending on the weather, a cardigan and a blazer. Bring a pair of dress shoes for dinner and a basic pair or walking shoes. Wear the crap out of them. No one will know and you won’t have to think about your clothes while you travel. Bring a little patchouli and no one will expect you to even be clean. Ok, that was a joke. I do appreciate regular bathing and I also wear patchouli.
Seriously, no one needs to bring more than one bag of stuff on a trip! I’ve packed one bag on my last 4 vacations/trips and I didn’t even need all of it. Let go of expectations you have of impressing other people. No one really cares unless you’re a fashion editor or a celebrity. Thank GOD I am neither!