Packing Up!

A two week vacation is exciting until you try to pack it up in one piece of luggage!  Besides the fact I intend to avoid the $100 for a second piece of luggage, I also cannot imagine dealing with three pieces (one carry-on plus two pieces) of luggage day in and day out from hotel to hotel all over Spain.  Also, our tour company prefers we have one piece of luggage.

Today, I started the packing process.  I braced myself for days, but I couldn’t put it off any longer.  I’ve packed like this before, but not often enough to consider myself good at it.  Here is what I’ve done so far….

  1. I took post-it notes, but you can use regular paper and cut into 4 to 6 equal pieces. I numbered each note to correspond to the number of days and wrote what city I’d be in each of the days.  I also noted if they day included any church visits since those visits would require pants or longer (not mini) skirts and shirts with sleeves.
  2. I set out all the pants, shorts, skirts I needed for 15 days (including two travel day outfits).
  3. I placed the post-it notes with days that include churches (see #1) and placed them on the pants, capris or longer skirts.
  4. My plan has been to use wicking shirts since I know it will be very hot while I’m there.  According to the travel documents, I can expect anywhere from 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit!  I made a pile of my shirts with collars, my running solid shirts, and some dressier tops.
  5. Now it was time to do some matching!
  6. I placed the rest of my post-it notes on each of the piles.
  7. Some may not care about this, but I like to make sure I don’t look like I’m wearing the same thing day after day on vacation.  To avoid this fashion faux pas, I lined up the piles in order.  After surveying the 15 days, I decided I got it right the first time.  No additional changes were necessary.
  8. I gathered a couple of dresses I could use for special dinners.  I know we have five planned dinners with the tour and I’m sure we will explore the cities on our own too for some amazing Spanish cuisine.  I planned for nine.  These dresses are almost exclusively of the modern spandex variety.  These are great because they are wrinkle resistant and not too heavy.

Tomorrow I intend to iron what needs ironing, lay things flat and place the piles in three sections inside space bags.  I’ve used space bags before and they are awesome!  The space bags shrink the piles down nicely to fit all this in one piece of luggage.  While I travel, I take several 13 gallon trash bags.  As I empty a space bag, I place the dirty laundry in a trash bag and into the space bag.  This is how I keep it all organized and fitting into the bag throughout the trip.

Intimates will be packed at the last minute since I just don’t have enough of it to pack 15 days of it away too far ahead of departure.  One last laundry process will need to occur right before I leave so I can pack intimates to serve me 15 days!

Tell me what you think!