I travel a good bit. Always for work. I always manage to tack on a few days here, or a week there, to enjoy a new place but I always manage to bog myself down with stuff. So much stuff.
Not this time ladies and gents! I packed for 7 day trip to NYC and the Hamptons in a back pack.
Here are my 3 tips for packing light and galavanting more!
1) FUCK THE WHAT IFS. A wise Instagram post once said
No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future.
When I packed my bag this time around I left the ‘what ifs’ for birds. I packed the very very basics. Any situation I ran into that I wasn’t perfectly prepared for… I would survive. Often when picking outfits for my travels I couldn’t imagine not having options. The idea of knowing exactly what I would wear the entire trip was nauseating. My outfits always reflect my mood and I love the creative muscle I flex to throw an outfit together. Well not this time.
I packed 4 dresses, a vest, sleep shirt, booties, heels and sandals.
And I ended up not even wearing the red dressy dress! Or the pink heels!
2) YOU ARE NOT THE SUM OF YOUR POSSESSIONS.
I am big on impressions. Give me a once over and you could probably know a good bit about me. But as Tyler Durden says, “we are the all singing, all dancing, crap of the world.” And what better city than NYC to help us understand just how small we are? When I am traveling I don’t always know exactly what I am going to be doing. I worry so much that when going to a party or dinner that maybe I am not wearing my best outfit. I want everyone to see me at my best and I usually feel like I could if done better if I just had my closet. If only I had packed more options.
Well fuck it! Who gives a fuck. I gave myself permission to be good enough this time around. Which in turn opened me up to less worry, more experiences and enjoying myself.
3) DON’T DISCOUNT THE VALUE OF SPRY
I think we all love our stuff just a little too much. After a year of living with two boys who own very little things I have learned to see the value in less. On this trip not only did I prove to myself that I really don’t need much ‘stuff’ to enjoy my trip but I also experienced the magic of being able to move through the city easily. Most of my trip I carried my back pack with me which meant I could go across town and see where the night would leave me without worrying about my bag. When it comes down to it the life experience is important than they way I look when I have it.
I had an absolute blast in the city and out in the Hamptons!
I am not sure I will ever travel any other way!
We really did think we were doing it in the right order.
So much steeze in one couple.
We got the stud memo.
Lovely hosts on the Lower East Side.
My little family all in the big city together. The weather was perfect to walk the High Line Park.
Beach day! My first day out on Long Island near the Hamptons!