On Thursday, Logan and I left the ranch and headed to Red Bluff to spend time with my mom and on Friday we left for my book event. Since Friday, I’ve visited Ukiah, Hopland and Sacramento. And on Sunday, I flew out of Sacramento and arrived in Southern California. I will be in Southern California for a week because I’m taking care of my nieces and nephew while my step-brother is on vacation.
So far the trip has been fun and I’m thankful that I didn’t pack much stuff. I love traveling lightly because it makes my life so much easier. I don’t have to worry about checking baggage or being weighed down with a heavy pack. I only bring the essentials.
A year ago I wrote:
Before I leave for any type of trip, I ask myself two questions:
– What will I be doing?
– What type of climate will I be in?
Answering those two basic questions determines what comes with me. Let me give you a quick example. Last weekend, Logan and I went on a small road trip. We drove down to Little Shasta to visit family and relax. I knew we’d be lounging around the house, helping out with chores, and eating a lot of amazing food. Also, the weather wasn’t going to be too hot or cold, but just right.
Even though I’ve downsized my stuff, I’m still apt to pack my whole closet. To solve this problem, I put half the clothes I was planning on bringing along back in the closet. Most of my outfits center around my black dress. It goes with everything and it’s easy to mix and match with sweaters, shirts and leggings.
. . . Traveling lightly is an art because you have to carefully chose the things you are going to bring along. The more multi-purpose items you pack, the less stuff you have to carry. With less stuff to worry about you can focus on the people and places you’re visiting, instead of worrying about losing stuff or trying to decide what outfit to wear.
It’s 2012 and before any trip I still ask myself those two basic questions. It’s amazing how a small habit can make a trip so much better. For more on the art of traveling lightly, read this post.
What do you carry when you travel? Share your tips in the comments section.
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