My first instinct was to pack a lot. I'd need professional clothes for New York and Houston, comfortable clothes for travel days, warm clothes for Canada's cold climate, and decent-looking clothes for sightseeing. All that packing would mean a lot of shopping.
But then I realized how hard it would be to travel with all that stuff. And how much all that stuff would cost. And would having three sets of professional clothes and hiking boots really make my trip that much more memorable? Only if I want to remember the hernia I get from lugging my bags around.
So, in keeping with my Five ideals of Wiping Out Waste, Making the Little Things Count, and Going Green, I've decided to minimalize my packing.
- I ordered a new, ultra-light, carry-on-sized suitcase that doesn't waste a single ounce.
- I limited my clothing shopping to the absolute necessities: new underthings, an all-purpose fleece jacket, and a pair of perfect booties that are comfortable, fashionable, and look just as cute with jeans as with a dress.
- I also ordered a new netbook computer with a full-sized keyboard, since I'll have to write and work a lot on the road, but my old netbook is not going to waste. My parents will be (re)using it at trade shows for their business.
- I'm taking my trusty Sony digital camera, despite the lure of buying a smaller, lighter, more advanced one. It still takes great pictures.
I'm pretty proud of the fact that, despite the lure of the shopping mall, I'm keeping my trip preparations to the minimum. Other than the above, I'm only taking items I already have. And all my purchases are solid investments that I'll use for years to come.
Are you Living Your Five?