Why? Because I love logic problems.
Fitting many things into a smaller thing, and depending on how you fold, there is ultimately one solution to yield the maximum amount of stuff you can bring.
Er go, the art of packing.
I'm not leaving for Japan for two more weeks, but because I am OCD about flight preparation, decided to do a trial packing run.
And as suspected, was bringing waaay too much stuff. Stuff I'd definitely not need while there, and regret taking.
So I thought I'd share:
PACK 28 DAYS in a CARRY-ON
- bring only the things you feel comfortable in + like to wear
- is it really worth lugging around or sacrificing souvenir space?
- don't bring what you can get there (ie. shampoo etc)
- bring clothes that are easy to care for
Packing for one week
(with the assumption of doing laundry every week)
BOTTOMS // thrifted black skirt, denim shorts, black jeans
TOPS // Madewell stripe + dot sweaters, denim button-down, black cardigan, thrifted silk striped blouse, poppy color pocket tee
SHOES // Aldo brogues, ASOS leopard flats
BAGS // foldable Cape Cod tote, Coach black leather bag
ETC // light trench coat + scarf, yellow hanker chief, heart pendant necklace
NOT PICTURED // et cetera + incidentals, delicates, jewelry, gifts, mini umbrella, film camera + digital camera
inside the personal item (black handbag)
sketchbook + pens, tech + charge cords, wallet + documents, toiletries, almond snacks
wearing on the plane // trench coat, denim shirt, black pants, brogues
1 week = 3 bottoms + 5 tops = 120 different combinations
(accepting repetition, wearing 3 things together from 8 choices)
MATH IS FUN
I love this folding technique, highly recommended!
THIS was also very helpful for me!
And, ladies - I recommend doing this, as well [Lisa Eldridge on long-haul flights]