I’m trying to put together a travel wardrobe as I’m off on holiday in the next couple of days. I’m off to Italy and according to the forecast the weather is similar there to in the UK at the moment, with highs around 15 degrees when it’s sunny and dropping to near zero at night. That’s quite a temperature difference, so my strategy is going to be layering. I’m going to include light-weight long-sleeved tops and cardigans with jeans. I’ll also take a warm jumper just in case it gets really cold in the evenings.
After many years of travelling for work, I feel I’m quite a pro at packing; aiming to pack for all scenarios, but also pack light. After all, you never know when you’ll have to carry all your luggage further than you intended. (I learnt that the hard way after arriving in a strange city from the airport to find I had no accommodation). I usually make a list a couple of days in advance (just in case something needs to go in the wash) and then pack the evening before I go. The actual packing probably only takes 20 minutes.
Packing list for 6 day holiday
Bicycle shirt (long-sleeved)
Brushed cotton checked shirt
Thicker sweater / jacket
2 pairs of jeans
There will be underwear, shoes (1 pair only) outerwear too, but I haven’t bothered with a photo of that.
I’m always shocked though when I find out just how much time other people devote to packing and selecting outfits. My mother-in-law lays all her outfits on the bed in the spare room and starts packing at least a week before a holiday! But then having seen this packing in progress, she does tend to take a huge amount with her!
Perhaps though my mother-in-law isn’t the only person who takes, what I feel, is an extraordinary amount of time packing. I stumbled across this article, which is based on a survey of 2,491 Matalan customers. Apparently, deciding on what clothes to take on holiday uses up to 52 minutes each time. Even on a weekday morning, an average of 16 minutes was spent by the survey group deciding what to wear. In contrast, I think I must have spent all of about 5 minutes actually getting dressed this morning. To be fair I’m wearing the same skirt as yesterday so that was already “pre-selected”. However, I probably spent longer than necessary trying to find my blue cardigan. I didn’t find it and elected to wear a black one instead, even though it doesn’t match with the rest of my outfit so well. Perhaps this is the crux of the whole matter. Perhaps I don’t spend so much time on selecting an outfit as I’m quite willing to compromise. Who really cares if I would have preferred to wear the blue cardigan today instead? I don’t really recall spending any more time on selecting my outfit during Me-Made-May and there was the added inducement to select something that looked good for the photos and the blog!
Where do you fit on the scale? Do you spend a long time carefully deliberating the day’s outfit? Or do you fling on the clothes that are on your bedroom chair/ bedroom floor / first thing out of the wardrobe? How about your packing strategy?