On Saturday I’m leaving for a three week solo trip to Europe for work – and pleasure. I have a notorious reputation as a ‘heavy’ traveller. Dozens of items get thrown into my luggage ‘just in case’ – just in case I’m invited to afternoon tea with the Queen…just in case I go to a black tie dinner… just in case. Of course these just in cases never happen and I find I’ve lugged half my wardrobe to the other side of the world and back, some of it never worn, paying excess or check-in fees, wasting time at baggage carousels, and generally being annoyed by my cumbersome ‘essentials’.
This trip I’ve decided to road test a different way to travel.
The Holly GoLightly method.
I’m only taking a 50cm x 30cm x 20cm carry on bag, a computer case and my hand bag.
A small bag will give me plenty of travel options. I can carry it on board or check it in and lift it easily onto Eurostar train baggage racks without waiting pathetically for a bloke to help me.
This is my first clothing cull of mix and match pants, skirts and tops, and a few scarves to dress up my outfits for meetings. They will need to be reduced by half if I am to have any hope of getting them into my little bag.
The big plus is that I’m travelling to the Northern Hemisphere during their spring/summer so no need for thick winter woolies. I’m going to take one jumper and one coat (which I’ll wear onto the plane)
My biggest problem is shoes. I want to take a pair of boots, my runners, some stylish walking shoes and some sandals. (I’m afraid Imelda is rearing her head.) And I still have to squeeze in my cosmetic bag!
Tomorrow will see the final cull and the ‘Closing of the Bag’ challenge without the need to sit on it.
Any tips you may have on travelling lightly would be greatly appreciated.