A few days ago, I shared my (annotated) packing list for Paris here.
Now I’d like to come clean about what I actually used. I’m talking about which items I actually hauled out of my huge, heavy suitcase and put on my body:
jeans (no sexy skirt)
hiking boots and heavy socks
black t-shirt, sweater and cardigan
black trench coat
Really! I used my pillow too and my girl-maintenance items and some under-things not listed on the original list (filed under the category of some things must remain private) but that’s it! Once again, I overpacked!
I am whispering the second part of my packing confession. Although I probably looked far more acceptable in my newly altered black trench coat, I missed the warmth of my fleece and my bright blue and black MEC shell. You see, our Paris was both cold (it went down to 5 degrees Celsius at night and was about ten degrees during the day) and rainy. When we were preparing for our trip, I decided to be very European in my packing… to place style above everything else. As our tour guide at Versailles said, “Comfort is beside the point.” I do wish that being fashionable was the same as being warm but it just isn’t. Please understand that I am not complaining as Paris, even cold and rainy, is still wonderful and perfectly perfect. (But I was, in fact, a little cold.)
What’s your secret or strategy for packing only what you need when you travel?