Packing, packing, packing…I am probably the worse packer known to this land. I like to be ready for anything and everything: rain, shine, nice restaurant, casual night, clubbing, fat day, skinny day, running, ect. ect. ect.. On top of that, I have a million clothes I have to choose from because I have not grown any sizes in 8 years.
Now I have the biggest packing challenge of all: pack for 3 months in Europe with 2 completely different tasks – 2 months riding and taking care of horses, and 1 month exploring Europe with a backpack (where I have to pack the lightest possible so I don’t break my back). I’ve been reading a lot of backpacking websites for advice on how to pack lighter. One in particular, http://www.backpackeurope.com, has this rule of thumb:
“Pack everything you think you will need, and get rid of half of it.”
This is not as easy as one may think it is! I am having a lot of trouble.
This is what I packed last year when I went to Italy and I thought this was light for packing:. I wore about a quarter of it and the big, high-heeled shoes were definitely a mistake.
This year I started with about the same amount of things and I have been trimming many things off of the pile through the last few days. BUT IT IS STILL NOT ENOUGH! The backpack is way too heavy! Give and take, I have my riding helmet, boots, half-chaps, and some barn clothes along for the ride this time. I think my plan is going to be to ship the riding stuff home after I am done in Tuscany at the end of July.
Today is a 2 day count down until lift off. I’m starting to get the butterflies =)