I’m on the road again the second half of this week. This photo is of my small carry-on bag, and my purse, which holds what I’ve packed for 4 days in 2 cities. As the weather gets warmer, it becomes much easier to pack light, but I’ve also figured out a few packing hacks over the years.
First, I’ve realized that I don’t need my whole wardrobe. Instead, I try to think through my itinerary, and lay out potential clothes for said itinerary. Then I edit to see if any pieces can do double duty, and I make sure most pieces are in the same color scheme, so I can use the same (neutral) shoes.
Second, we all have simpler outfits and less simple outfits. I try to go for the simpler ones. A wrap dress and a cardigan take up much less space than a suit, so if it’s an option not to wear a suit, I take the option.
And finally, I’ve learned that unless I’m traveling to, say, North Korea, I’m going somewhere inhabited by people who also buy and wear clothes, use toiletries, etc. A million vendors are ready to sell you a T-shirt should you run out of clean clothes. When we flew to Japan for a week (and didn’t have to check luggage!) it turned out that my husband had forgotten his suit jacket. Since he had some meetings — and Japanese people are very formal — this was not going to work. But Tokyo has stores. Where they sell clothes! We found him a new suit (which he needed anyway) and all was fine. There’s an old adage that when you travel, take half the clothes you think you need, and twice the money, and you’ll be about right. I think there’s some wisdom in this, even if these days you don’t have to pack money because everyone takes credit cards.
In other news:
I taped a Yahoo/CNBC “Off the Cuff” segment yesterday (that link goes to old episodes, not mine; I’ll share the link to my interview when I have it). The host asked me a question that totally stumped me: what’s one day I’d like to live over again? The problem is that this is kind of the “favorite day” question — and I don’t really have a “favorite day.” I think I’ve had a lot of good days in my life. But even if I answered something traditional for a favorite day, like “the days my kids were born,” then the second part of this question comes into play: would I want to live that day over again? No. I don’t actually want to relive the days my kids were born. They were kind of painful.
Do you have a day you’d like to live over again?
Fortunately, this interview wasn’t live. I never did come up with a good answer.
Over at MoneySavingMom, Crystal writes about What the Most Successful People Do at Work, highlighting Chalene Johnson’s habit of putting 3 steps toward her big goals on her to-do list every day. Three small steps are doable, but over time, small steps have great power.
At Acculturated, Christine Whelan, a professor whose dissertation is on self-help books, writes of giving her students the exercises in my self-help books.
Oil and Garlic writes that she’s enjoying the first half of What the Most Successful People Do at Work!
Fast Co runs an excerpt from the new ebook on The truth about how much workaholics actually work.