Here's an idea for your summer travels.
If you can start this idea now, during your summer adventures, it will help you on those usually-more-stressful holiday travels.
This is the idea:
Pack what you think you need, and then try not to use all of it.
Last year, we went to the beach with my come-from family, and I packed two swimsuits.
Because I always pack two swimsuits, and it seems like everyone else does too.
Or they pack three or four.
But even though I packed two, I tried to only wear one.
To see if I really needed two.
And it turns out, I didn't need two at all.
One was fine.
Not even a tiny bit of an issue.
Which means that when we went to visit my husband's come-from family a few weeks later where there would be lots of swimming, I knew I could just pack one suit.
I picked the one I liked best, and that was that.
It was awesome.
Because it meant I never had to wear the one I liked less.
On this second trip, I packed three pairs of shoes.
And I tried to wear just one pair.
I wasn't sure it was going to.
Some places we went, I put an extra pair in our backpack just in case.
All the extras did was weigh down the backpack.
I only needed one pair of shoes all week.
I do a lot of barefoot time, and I'm not into running for exercise right now, so I guess if I were, I would have needed shoes for that.
But I'm not.
And I didn't.
If there's a washing machine available, I only need 3 shirts, not 4--including the one I wear to start the trip.
I don't need to take my bulky slippers. Socks are fine.
I only need 2 bottoms, not 4, for a week. A skirt and a pair of pants work great.
I only need 1 long sleeve--not 2--in the summer, even if gets really cool at night and at restaurants.
I don't really need a necklace.
Here is what I'm wearing and pack now for a week-long summer trip like that:
8 underwear (I like the security of having clean underwear in case something outrageous happens and I can't wash anything and everything else is dirty. And I like an extra.)
1 pair of pants
4 camisoles (I wear these instead of bras.)
1 exercise shirt
1 pair of exercise pants
1 long-sleeve shirt
2 pairs of socks
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of pajamas
There is a lot of freedom in having just enough.
In sharing one bag with your spouse with plenty of room to fit it all in.
In not rooting and rummaging through a suitcase full of too much.
In having less to wash and unpack when you get home.
In getting away and not bringing all your baggage with you.
I love you, summer traveler.