Sorry for being MIA for the rest of October, but it was a crazy busy month. As soon as I got home from Mexico, I had to start preparing for my twin sister’s wedding. (It was beautiful and I wore a cocktail dress I have owned for two years. *Pat on the back.)
If you read my last blog post, then you know I was challenging myself to pack for my Mexico vacation in just a backpack. Some people commented “I do that all the time!” and others said “Are you crazy?!”. I’m not going to lie, I had my doubts if this was something I could go through with. I have traveled a lot and I like to think I’m a ‘light packer’, but even I have never attempted a backpack before.
So, let me go ahead and cut to the chase – I DID IT!!
Yup, you read that correctly. I packed for my entire vacation in ONE backpack and I LOVED IT! It was so freeing not to have to carry around multiple bags or suitcases.
And as promised, I did take a picture of everything I packed. (picture below)
I think one thing I had going for me was that this was a summer vacation. Shorts, tank tops, & bathing suits don’t require a lot of space. Not sure if the backpack would work for a winter trip. It also helped that I packed only ONE pair of shoes. My best friend, Amy, (who I went on the trip with) couldn’t believe that part.
But yeah, I wore a pair of flip flops on the plane and packed on pair of black sandals. I wore them every evening to dinner and they worked with every outfit. Again…beach vacation so my evening outfits were all very similar.
I also limited myself on jewelry. You can’t tell from the photo, but I packed three pairs of earrings and only one necklace. If I had wanted to ‘dress up’ one of my outfits, I could have just borrowed something from Amy. Let’s just say Amy really loves her jewelry and brought enough to stock a small storefront.
And with as little as I packed, I still didn’t wear everything. That blew my mind. When we were packing up to come home I realized there were two nicer tops and a t-shirt I hadn’t even touched. And I have NO idea why I keep packing a pair of yoga pants – I NEVER wear them. I swear that I’m not packing them on my next trip!
As proud as I am of not shopping this year, I’m even more proud of how it has changed my packing habits. I love how simple my travels feel with less clothes. And like I’ve said before – all your clothes are new clothes when you’re on vacation since none of those people have seen them before!
So, now I’m challenging all of you! Next time you travel - pack less. Try using just a carry on or use only a backpack. I’d love to hear how you did and what other “travel light” tips you have.
Side note – It’s November. That means I only have TWO months left in this yearlong challenge!!!! I’m beyond excited with how the year has progressed and I can’t wait to finally clean out my closet. As always, I’ll be keeping you posted.
My name is Misty Day (yeah, that really is my name) and I'm a normal every day person. I'm a twin, I work as an analyst, I take my daughter to Girl Scouts and swim team, I play bass guitar in a band, I love food and wine, I like new clothes, and I'm trying to be a better person.