It was a big weekend of planning as we finalized our to-dos and must-sees for the Europe trip. Our strategy was to ask friends and family for advice first and foremost, but we also relied on an effective combination of guidebooks, TripAdvisor and Yelp to round out the itinerary.
We all know that I am a Type A personality, so to say that I enjoy list making and day-by-day scheduling would be an understatement (in fact, it’s scheduling by the hour). HOWEVER – I also know what they say about “best laid plans,” which is why I am also looking forward to the randomness and unpredictable opportunities that will come about as we roam the city streets.
(Note: I almost unintentionally typed “Rome the city streets.” The puns come that
Now the packing begins. The weather is looking lukewarm and potentially rainy at this point, which makes sense during early spring. I probably won’t have many opportunities to wear warm weather clothes, but that didn’t prevent me from stocking up on these candy-colored finds on a recent trip to Le Tarjay (practicing my French…). Considering I have exactly one pair of shorts to my name that cannot also be used for exercise, I figured it would be a good idea to have a few more options in rotation once summer arrives. I heard it can get hot here in Arizona…
There is no Instagram filter on those – they are just that bright! The $20 price point didn’t hurt, either. I might bring one of them in my suitcase, but nothing is guaranteed. Space is at a premium when you have a carry-on, which leads me to my question for today.
Since my mind is currently filled with one of two thoughts – the first being all the projects I have to finish up on this side of the ocean before we leave, the second being the fact that I have yet to start packing – I’m going to keep this post short. But I am wondering if you have any tips on how to pack light. I tend to end up packing more than I need to with the excuse that I like to be prepared, but that’s not an option this time around. I need to fit 10 days worth of “stuff” into a suitcase small enough to fit on the plane. Any and all advice is welcome!
I’m already a fan of only bringing “one of each” type of bottom (shorts, jeans, nicer pants, etc.) and know that rolling clothes rather than folding them can save space. Also, only two pairs of shoes. If there are any other hidden tricks of the trade from light packers, I’d love to hear those, too.
Last but not least…we have a winner!
Thanks again for the sweet comments on my five year blogiversary post. After using Random.org, I’m happy to announce that the giveaway winner is Cindy!! Congratulations – I will be sending you an email with more details shortly!
I’m not sure if I will be able to blog again before we leave. I won’t be blogging while we’re there, but will post the occasional photo to my Instagram when I have access to Wi-Fi. I am so excited!
Hope you all have a wonderful week!