Packing - a calculated effort
I am done packing. I have filled my backpack with hopefully everything I need.
When I did my first sabbatical four years ago travelling the USA I had no clue or experience about what and how much to pack. I knew I was going to be travelling by car and I would be away for a whole year. That meant I needed clothes for both summer and winter. Since I was travelling on a budget I had decided to just pack most of the things I owned. That way I would not need to buy any clothes and save lots of money.
Well, I did pretty well on my trip and saved quite some money by not buying too much. My urge at the beginning of my trip to buy a little souvenir of every state I had travelled through soon subsided. I persuaded myself that it was silly to buy a T-shirt of every state and then end up with over 30 shirts in my suitcase, which I would most likely not ever wear. I even refrained from buying any knickknack because it would end up as dust collectors in my apartment. Instead I decided to get some little things that would mean something to me and I would connect with the places I had been to. That’s why I bought little pieces of jewelry, a pair of earrings here, a ring there – or even a nice collection of Native American jewelry from a Navajo lady at Four Corners.
Ah, I’m digressing here, sorry. Back to the packing aspect. When I returned from my trip to the USA, I had learned that I had used so few clothes that I could have easily travelled with just one suitcase. I have learned my lesson. Throughout the next years I practiced packing less and less. I will be travelling by car again this time, still, I am only taking my backpack of about 10kg maybe 12kg. The clothes I’ll be wearing can easily be cleaned and washed at a Laundromat. If I need to replace some, I will. This trip is going to be a cultural trip, a sightseeing trip, not a fashion ground with a catwalk. That will come once I return home 🙂