“Pack for the best-case scenario, not the worst-case scenario. Think in terms of what you can do without, not what will be handy on your trip” – Rick Steves
Ok, I would LOVE any helpful suggestions anyone reading this can offer!
A couple friends and I are backpacking through Europe for a month. With a little more than two weeks before we leave, I have finally begun really thinking about my packing situation. I have been dreading it for some time, but it’s time to come to terms and figure it out. How do you pack for a MONTH in something that now feels the size of a shoebox?!
Everyone I talk to and everything I read suggests packing light is the key to successfully backpacking. Ok, sure, got it. I figured, “I can do this. It won’t be so hard.” The I got the shoebox backpack, looked at the size and am nervous. Yikes! Whether I can do it or not…I will be forced! Now I’m not a MAJOR packer, I’m not ridiculous about it. I realize I can’t bring the stilettos that would be handy in Paris, or the extra books for the plane, or a variety of club shirts, sweaters, jeans, purses etc that I’m sure at some point in time would be handy. Yes, I know THAT! I was prepared to bring clothes that can be easily mixed and matched as well as layered. What I didn’t realize is that I really am only going to be able to bring about 3 outfits worth and a few extra shirts. Right?
So I need HELP! What is the most important things to bring, what WON’T I need? This is going to be my challenge. The good news, once I’m there…getting ready in the morning will be EASY! I can’t wait for THAT! Also, I surely don’t want to be lugging major weight around Europe either…so I know it is a must to pack light, but the question remains:
How do I turn
*disclosure* the backpack isn’t QUITE as small as my sample picture above, but it does FEEL that small!