Imagine a suitcase that gets lighter every day.
Welcome to the world of throw away packing. Your carry on kit is about to get a lot lighter!
I plan my carry on pack with precision. Nothing makes the cut without careful consideration. It's not unusual for me to travel for a month with just three pairs of trousers and five shirts - and I always try to under-pack my bag, leaving room for souvenirs. But for those first few days of the trip, before conference papers or bags of coffee claim the space, I have room for my throw away gear.
Also on the chopping block during my last trip to Europe? A pink cardigan (6 years old) which had been stretched out and had some mysterious micro-holes. There was also a purple tank top that had shrunk in the wash and required a camisole underneath for decency. The camisole went too -it had a pasta sauce stain that was only obscured by the purple tank top! Put it all together and I had a not-horrible ensemble, if only for 24 hours.
Finally, there was a green blouse that always seemed to gap in the wrong places and a pink camisole top that was too translucent for solo wear (both did just fine when layered together for a day at the Acropolis.) Oh, there was also plenty of underwear that had seen better days. And some socks that had just one wear left in 'em. All told, my pack had room for four days worth of throw away outfits and, yes, I really did throw it all away!
Throw away packing has tons of travel advantages. It's a fun way to send off old favourites with one final hurrah. It's a great way to keep your pack tidy and organized during those first few sleep-zombie jet lag crazy days. It's an easy way to give yourself a little bit of variety in your travel wardrobe (at least at the beginning of your trip.) And at least you're not wearing the identical shirt in EVERY photo you take - there's more than one color going on! And It's awesome to feel like your pack is getting LIGHTER every day you travel.
I'm completely obsessed with packing - maybe a little too obsessed - but I think throw away packing is something everyone can all get behind. It's easy, it's free, and it's fun. What's not to love?
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