New post on Zen Habits: Teaching Kids to Pack Ultralight.
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- Okay...but I'm still not getting it. If you only pack one t-shirt and one pair of shorts and you wear them to bed every night, that means you only have one other set of clothes to wear during the day. I'm only interested because packing light seems like a great idea, but I don't see how it works if you have nothing to wear to bed except your day clothes.Apr 15, 2012
- I wear jeans and T-shirt1 during the day, then wear T-shirt1 and shorts to bed. The next day, I wear T-shirt2 and the same jeans, and repeat. If for some reason T-shirt1 is dirty the first night, I'll wash it and wear T-shirt2 and shorts at night.Apr 15, 2012
- I LOVED this post! I am doing a month this summer too - Glasgow, Paris, and South of France. Hardest part of packing light for it will be the average 53F lows to 85F highs! (hoping some well planned layers, a multi purpose sarong that doesn't look "beachy," and a 6oz Marmot windbreaker/rainjacket will do the trick!) Any other suggestions TOTALLY welcomed in advance. :)Apr 15, 2012
- Okay, Leo. I see how it works now. I thought you had some amazing way of washing and drying your clothes super fast so that you always had something clean to put on for bed or for day wear. I was looking forward to learning your secret.
Your packing light idea is so great in theory. I was really impressed until I started thinking about the nuts and bolts of how it works. But now I don't think it does work. Not if you have to wear dirty clothes to bed (and wear undies in bed as well?). And what if you want to go to the beach? How do you swim if you don't have any swimming togs with you? Or beach towels?
We always pack one suitcase for us and one for the kids. It might be a bit more of a hassle when flying, but once we get to our destination, we have the luxury of swim wear, night wear and clean clothes. But I've always loved the idea of travelling light so we don't have big suitcases. Thanks for explaining.Apr 15, 2012
- Ruth I'm going to chime in and hope Leo doesn't mind... I see your point and of course a small suitcase works if you are going to spend a week in one hotel. :) but if you are going to be moving from place to place or staying someplace (like a hostel) where u don't want to leave your stuff alone all day then being able to comfortably carry everything with you all day long does become key.
I solve the sleeping issue by tossing in a cotton camisole and cotton undies (day wear undies are 2 pair of microfiber ones) and my big piece of plaid cotton material I use as a sarong also doubles as my "lounge dress," beach coverup, and beach towel. Of course guys might prefer to take a little microfiber towel to dry off with if needed. A tank and boxers take up no extra really and make great guys sleep wear. Solving the dirty clothes to bed issue - which I totally agree with you on! :)Apr 16, 2012
- Thanks for your input Chel. Interesting to read a woman's take on this. I love the sarong/lounge dress/beach coverup/beach towel idea. I might take that one up myself. That is sheer brilliance!
And with 5 kids in tow, I assumed Leo would be staying put in one place on holiday. But I understand the hostel problem (never stayed in one though) if anyone is holidaying there.
This has certainly been an interesting post. I never thought of taking holiday packing to such a minimum. Enjoy your summer in Europe and don't worry about feeling the temperature differences too much. I usually find a bottle or two of Chardonnay takes care of that. :)Apr 16, 2012