If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve most likely read all of our advice (like what to pack for a trip or how to pack it). But you still might feel stuck.
Which brings us to ask, why is this so hard?
By Way of A Story
My stepmother is well traveled and prides herself on packing light. I recall a time where a friend of hers remarked, “Wow, how do you manage to pack so few things?” In response, my stepmother sent her friend a packing list. The idea was, follow the list and you’ll be good to go, for any occasion.
Easy, right? Not so fast…
On their next trip, there is my stepmother’s friend at the airport… with a huge suitcase.
“You didn’t use my packing list?” my stepmother asked. “I did,” the friend replied, “but I added to it.”
The question is, why did she add a few things? The reason: she didn’t believe that the packing list would be enough because she couldn’t resist the what-ifs:
- What if we decide to walk the gardens of Versailles instead of visiting a museum? I’ll need a different outfit.
- What if we get tickets to the theater?
- What if it rains?
Instead of packing more, the right answer is the following:
Of the above challenges, there are none that can’t be solved with a simple, elegant, and versatile capsule wardrobe or versatile travel outfit that’s ready to tackle any activity that may arise.
Think of something comfortable enough to be outside, and nice enough for a fine meal. It isn’t that hard. I know this from experience because that kind of versatility is behind everything we make.
A lightweight packing plan will fall apart when you gild the lily. If you must have the absolute most elegant outfit for the theater in Paris, if you must have a new thing to wear every day, if you must pack for every scenario...if that’s the case, no one can help you.
My advice is to remember that style is often about looking effortless, and the confidence you gain from simplifying your wardrobe and carrying less will show – and look good.