On Traveling Light

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On Traveling Light

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately.

With Katie’s wedding planning and certain work obligations, I feel like I’ve been hitting the airport for short jaunts a little more than normal.

I’ve always been a bit of an anxious traveler.  Not only do I loathe airports (I’ve literally had an anxiety attack in the security line before), but I am a terrible packer who truly tries to think ahead but ends up in certain destinations with plenty of frills and fluff and zero necessities.

Anyone who doesn’t admit that packing is a skill can’t be trusted.

The thing is, on these weekend trips I’ve tried to reduce my stress level surrounding travel by reducing the things I bring with me. No checked bags. No hassle. Just me and a single weekender making the trip.

And while the stress surrounding the actual airport part was reduced tremendously by this one little change, my packing stress was doubling over. Where would my extra coats go? Only two pairs of shoes including the ones on my feet? It all felt impossible.

Until it didn’t.

Until only having one carry on actually forced me to make decisions and focus on necessities. I was forced to really think about my trip and what I needed.

Not only did it make the act of traveling and packing easier, it made my time in each of these destinations a breeze, too.  Sure, there were times when I wished I had a different pair of shoes that looked better with my dress or a sweater I accidentally forgot, but for the most part I was able to just relax and spend time with friends and/or family, focusing on the reason I was there in the first place – i.e., not what I was wearing.

Besides, as my mother always says, if it’s that important you can always buy it when you get there.

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As my mother always says, if it’s that important you can always buy it when you get there.

In the post:

sweater: similar here  |  denim: similar on sale here  |  bag: Valas (my go-to Leatherology weekender here)  |  boots: Valas (a less expensive option here and here)

  • Raspberry_Swirl

    I have a travel checklist so I don’t forget anything when I’m packing…definitely keeps it less stressful. If you’re traveling with a group, make sure you’re not double-packing things you could possibly share. People who travel a lot are the experts at packing light. They’ve had enough experience to know what works.

    • Lynsey

      Such a good point. I would also say, always see if the hotel has some of the things you are bringing. I’ve stayed at hotels before that provided everything from deodorant to curling irons. Really helps.

  • Michelle

    Is there a general packing list you go by, by any chance? Travelling is so stressful.

    • Lynsey

      I WISH. People constantly recommend that and, while I do sort of run through a mental checklist of necessities, I have more of a habit of laying everything out on my bed and running through my itinerary for the trip. I try to use the same pants, coats and shoes for outfits when I can. But it takes a lot of planning!

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