40 and Fired had a better ring to it than 39 and Layed Off--thus the title and impetus for a blog. I'm a freelance writer living in the mountains of Colorado with my husband, children and high maintenace pets. I'm over the whole turning 40 thing, so this is now more about my humorous/sarcastic take on life, excercise and our daily adventures.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Traveling Light

I don't know how to travel light. I like the idea, but it never works for me.

A friend and I shared a hotel room in Boulder the other night. Knowing Kelly is a master of efficiency in all things, especially packing, I didn't' want to show up for an 18 hour stay with my large duffel bag. Instead I chose a 'grown-up' wheelie suitcase and regretted every single moment.

Kelly flew in and appeared with one bag, roughly the same size as my purse. I was driving and had my bag and two more pair of shoes that didn't fit in the bag--doesn't everyone need 5 shoe options (including three pair of boots) for a maximum of two outfit changes? Of course the weather was warmer than I anticipated, so I had to stop at a store on the way and grab a pair of lightweight leggings.

When I walked into the room, I now had a shopping bag, suitcase and two pair of shoes, in addition to my purse and computer bag. So much for efficiency.

And somehow, clothes doubled in space requirements during my brief sojourn. Luckily Kelly departed before me, so I wasn't feeling pressured to appear organized. Which was a good thing because it wasn't going to happen.

When I left the room, in addition to my bag (the new leggings fit inside), purse, computer bag and extra shoes, I was carrying a coat, unused running shoes and my toiletry kit because they no longer fit in the suitcase.

The house rule during my formative years was, if you can carry it, you can take it. While I admire those who effortlessly fit all they need in a half full, easy-to-carry bag, I've decided to stick with my childhood guideline. Sure, I'll be drenched in sweat by the time I get anywhere, but will have plenty of other clothing options! So I'm switching back to my forgiving duffel bag, and giving up on the idea of traveling light, at least until I'm too old to heft my stuff.

1 comment:

  1. I've been in tears over my own necrosis, not pressure from anyone else, of wanting to travel light but also be prepared for anything. Chris and I have a 3.5 day Christmas trip coming up that I'm already up nights thinking about how I'm going to pack light and have my heels for church, and my boots for the sweater dress I'm wearing on the plane and my running shoes that I of course won't use, but will take anyway as healthy lifestyle decoration. I wish I could get over myself and just check a bag already. It's not that big of a deal. I'm glad you've made peace with yourself and packing. Any day now for me...