“Reader Tip #100: Leave the toiletries at home. Buy a travel pack when you get there.”
Brilliant! This piece of advice could have helped the Lezovi — Mike, Cheryl and Mikayla — before we flew to London. Now that we’ve arrived, the information packed in the December issue of Sky, Delta’s in-flight magazine, doesn’t bloody well do us much good.
“Reader Tip #11: You can never pack too light.”
Packing as little as possible worked well for us three years ago when we sailed the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. We stashed everything we needed in small carry-on duffles and backpacks. Since we chartered a boat for ten days over July and August, T-shirts and shorts were de rigueur. They were satisfactory for dining out, hiking, sightseeing and sailing. When we reached Paris on another leg of our trip, we discovered that we needed little more.
Now, however, we plan to spend six months in Europe, combining sightseeing with house-sitting whenever possible. Our clothing needs are entirely different as we travel from December 2012 to May 2013 and from western to eastern Europe. Our collection of stuff has also increased as we have chosen to carry two computers and an iPad to accommodate Mikayla’s homeschooling and communications for house-sitting assignments, not to mention our daily dose of Words With Friends. For every device there must be a cord and, of course, we must carry an adapter.
Here’s how I filled my large duffle bag:
- Three pairs of jeans (two blue, one black)
- Two sweaters
- One sweater jacket
- Two mock turtlenecks
- One turtleneck
- One zippered fleece
- One black skirt
- Fleece pajamas
- Two scarves
- Two T-shirts
- Two pairs of shorts
- One pair of black flats
- One pair of funky tennis shoes
- One pair of black boots
Then there’s the miscellaneous stuff:
- Hostess gifts
- Christmas gifts
- School books
Another assortment I can’t live without is stuffed inside my backpack:
- Crossword puzzle book
- School papers
I’m not a tourist. I’m a department store on legs.