I’m an over packer. I just can’t help myself. I’m so bad about it that I even over pack to visit my parents knowing that I will do laundry and wear at least one thing from my mom’s closet while there. My over packing issue typically isn’t a problem; my car has a trunk the size of a Cadillac. Unless we are loading the car for our annual family vacation; then it is a problem.
There are so many articles out there offering advice on how to travel lighter. There are things like: pack simple garments that you can mix and match and try to avoid packing things like hairdryers and electric razors. But if I’m being completely honest, I’m not a mix and match kind of girl, and I like using my own hairdryer. So here are a couple of things that I’m going to try to make the car less cramped this trip:
- Plan to do a couple of loads of laundry. If the place we are staying offers laundry services, then bonus. But if not, I will seek out a Laundromat and do a few loads of things like undergarments and running clothes. It will only take a small amount of time, and it will beat having to hold a suitcase on my lap for 8 hours while riding in the car.
- Use travel size toiletries. If I were to do that, I’d go from a large tub (seriously it is a tub) for makeup and toiletries to a small folding makeup bag. If I run out, I will simply hit a Walgreens -- there’s one on every corner.
- I won’t take so many toys. I can work a bit ahead and then stay connected on my iPad, which is considerably smaller than a laptop. Plus my books will be loaded onto my iPad. More space saved.
- Finally, I won’t pack to capacity. I will get over the fact that there will be empty space in my suitcase. Just because it is there doesn’t mean I have to fill it. Besides dirty clothes always seem to be bigger than the same items that are clean. Plus I’m certain I will buy a thing or two. Saving room for it in my suitcase means that Matt won’t have to make room for it somewhere else, and that will make for a happy Matt.