This post was originally published as a guest post here.
After 15 years of constantly traveling roughly every three or four months, not only did I know the expression “travel light”, but I also felt it to my bones… and muscles.
A while back, I’ve been asked by Diana to write a guest post for her blog about the way I pack for trips as an intro for a new section she’ll be opening on her blog and I immediately agreed. Not only because is Diana a dear friend to me, but also because I understood, then and there, that this was my opportunity to try and persuade women from everywhere, as men seem to have naturally developed a deep connection with the travel light concept, to agree with it, before having to get physically involved and ultimately suffer.
Throw away things (from your suitcase) while you still can. Coco Chanel famously said, “When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on.” I believe the same is applicable to suitcases - when packing, always take out the last outfit you put in.
Now let’s get to the practical things, also known as my personal guide to packing.
But before getting to the actual packing, I should mention that my ritual includes a preparatory phase. It’s a daydreaming episode, which is delightful! It must be performed in a relaxed context. Rushing will spoil it and make it ineffective. I usually do it the night before packing. It helps me figure out the right stuff for the right situations, and also limit the overall amount to be transported.