Packing is the bane of my existence.
Packing for a weekend trip home or an overnight retreat requires meticulous planning & weather checking, just to ensure that I pack everything and anything I could ever possibly need. It doesn’t help much that I’m an over-packer. I once checked a bag, almost at 50 pounds, for a weekend trip to Philadelphia. (Needless to say, more than half of what I brought didn’t see the light of day).
And now, I’m expected to pack for a month-long study abroad trip to Australia. A MONTH. We were given two checked bags, but I’m challenging myself to only bring one (and a carry-on, but still!). The goal is to bring only 6 days worth of clothes & wash frequently.
Packing is hard, y’all.
Here are some of the general guidelines I was given:
- no more than 6 days worth of clothes (yeah, ok)
- 4 pairs of shoes (uh, I’m bringing all my toms, so this could be a problem…)
- outfits that mix and match well
I’m at a loss here. There’s no way I can fit all of this. Let’s also discuss the fact that IT’S AUSTRALIA. There’s no way I’m not bringing tons & tons of souvenirs back. AKA I need more space in my luggage.
It’s real & it’s happening right now.