Mood Packing 101
Take a lesson from me. Less is definitely more when it comes to packing. I was asked recently why I took so many sandals on my last trip. It’s funny that when I pack for a trip, I do it with imagined moods in mind that I may or may not have while at my destination. I’ll grab another pair of shoes or one more shirt often much like the three others I already have in my suitcase. That way just in case I’m in the “mood” for that shoe or shirt, I’ll have them. It all used to make sense to me.
Fast forward many trips later, carrying all my own luggage, and I seem to be narrowing down the number of anticipated moods I may have. This last trip to El Salvador though, I will say, I was able to fit four pair of flip-flops in my Mrs. Bird Bag. Old habits die hard and I didn’t have the nerve to say I had another two pair of shoes in my luggage. Did I need that many flip-flops for a four day trip? No, I didn’t. I may have given in to a little bit of, “But what if I feel like wearing these?” syndrome. In spite of my fallback, I am getting more adept at packing. Nothing makes you hip to the reality of your packing style than rushing across an airport lugging your bags and heaving a heavy backpack over your shoulders. Try to keep up with your companion who is carrying underwear, socks and a hat in one (in my opinion) under filled backpack. I am learning quickly to be in one mood and one mood only when I travel.