4 February 2014

The suitcase has left the closet

It happened.

It was inevitable really...

It was only a matter of time before I got so overwhelmingly excited for my trip that I pulled out my suitcase and started packing way too soon.

It's strange to think that your whole life can pack up into one bag. At least, that's my goal anyway. I've been working to cut back on all the 'stuff' I have accumulated over the years, with not one but three large bags heading to the local op shop this week - and that's just clothes!

I'm trying to work to the rule that if I haven't looked at something or used something within the past 12 months, I don't need it. If only it were so simple to part with things! I could totally become one of those people you see on 'Hoarders', and you would never ever be able to find me amongst all the things I keep for sentimental reasons. It takes some effort to avoid that.

So, step 1. Clean out junk. This is a work in progress.

Step 2. Only pack things that I use regularly.

As a result of step 2, starting to pack now (oh, just a casual 54 days before I leave but who's counting?) is almost impossible. If I'm only taking things I use regularly, I can't exactly pack them.

Here is what I've packed so far...

  • Stationery. My big sister spoilt me with some beautiful notebooks (and cupcake sticky notes!) for Christmas and I'm saving them for my trip. Also a new pack of envelopes so I can send lots of letters. Friends, prepare your letterboxes!
  • Cupcake beanie. It's far too hot to wear it here at the moment, but it's basically my favourite thing ever so I can't risk forgetting it. 
  • Perfume. My amazing bosses at my day job gave me a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume to celebrate my 4 year anniversary of working with them. Again, I'm saving it for my trip.
  • Socks. I bought some new ones with a Christmas voucher. I'm saving them.
  • Bikini. I know we're in the middle of summer but the likelihood of me actually wearing this and going out in public before March is slim to none. 
  • Hair curling wand. I bought this last time I was in the US for approx. $20 at Walmart. It is a budget alternative to my usual hair straightener & hot rollers. It's in the bag.

    You'll notice that I have a few things that I'm keeping aside to spoil myself with on my trip. I've been saving so much money to be able to afford this that I haven't really been able to treat myself a whole lot. By putting things like these aside I hope that it will feel even more worth the sacrifice once I'm finally there! 

    I've only been overseas once before and I well and truly over packed for just 2 weeks, which I guess is pretty normal for a first time traveller. Hopefully this time I can pack more wisely.

    Do you have any tips for packing? I'd love to hear them!


    1. I love that cupcake beanie! I hope you have a fun and safe trip. Where are you off to?

      1. Thanks Lauren! I'm heading to California for a bit but mainly Toronto to study a Diploma of Confectionary Art! :)

      2. Sounds like fun! I can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

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      1. Isn't it just the cutest?

        I was given it for Christmas and I'm just waiting for the weather to get cooler so I can wear it - however, since I'm spending 6 months in the US and Canada I'm stuck in eternal summer for the whole year! Agh!


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