Hands up if you suck at packing for a three-day trip? Keep your hand up if what you pack for three days away is the same volume as what you'd bring for three weeks abroad? Same!
Us chronic over-packers need options, okay? Take away my options, enter extreme anxiety, and a potential tantrum over hating everything I've packed.
For me, the root of the problem lies in the fact that I can't predict how I'll be feeling in three days' time and therefore, how I'll want to dress. It's as hard as trying to forecast the weather, tbh.
Will I be in the mood for colour? Will I feel bold enough to wear that fun new cut-out dress, or would I rather just stick to an old-faithful look? Or maybe I'll want to step it up a notch with something reallyyyy fancy… only I didn't pack any appropriate shoes for that specific ensemble.
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That's why it's safer just to bring almost my entire wardrobe (and shoedrobe, for that matter) so I'm not caught out.
But this isn't practical and I long to be one of those clever packers who can flit on to the flight with just hand luggage and the confidence to know that I have everything I need to look amazing all trip.