Every time I travel I wonder if I have over or under packed. For years, I have vowed to take notes on what I actually wear on a trip as I seem to forget what the “right amount” is to pack” by the time the next trip rolls around.
My husband, daughter and I are in St. Thomas for 2 weeks and Maine for a week. My husband and I will be working remotely while my daughter goes to sailing camp in St. Thomas (nice!).
This time, judging from the weight of my duffle bag I KNOW I over-packed. But this time, I am taking notes for sure. So, here are my criteria for deciding what to wear:
The location, the weather, (of course), the activities we will do, and whether or not we will go out to dinner. In St Thomas, we will be working from home, sailing on the weekend and we might go out to a dinner once or twice but nothing fancy. In other words, we don’t need anything more than shorts and t-shirts. In Maine it will be much of the same, although it can get a bit chilly there at night (my husband disagrees... but I will report it here for sure... so I don’t forget next time)
Here is what I brought, oh god, I am embarrassed to record it here but here goes!
•6 Long Pants (won’t wear these AT ALL in St Thomas, too hot)
•2 Yoga Pants (same as above, too hot)
•5 Sweaters/Outerwear (same as above)
•4 Dresses (casual-ish for going out to dinner)
•5 Dressier Tops (I might wear to go shopping downtown or to lunch, which is unlikely)
•4 Long sleeved t-Shirts
•2 Kutras (après sun!)
•6 kick around, casual skirts (I like skirts better than shorts)
•2 Pareo’s/Bathingsuit wraps
•3 work-out tops
•13 Tank Tops (Whoa!)
•3 Flip Flops
•1 pair Sneakers
Upon my arrival in St Thomas I put all of the: pants, sweaters/outerwear, dressier tops, 2 of the skirts, and all of the dresses in another room (I doubt I will touch these for 2 weeks)… This easily opened up half of the room in my duffle bag and took off about 20 lbs of weight. Now, let's see what I actually wear of the balance... stand by!