Friday, July 4, 2014

Taking it All: How to Pack Heavy for a Trip

I know you're reading that title again.  Aren't we supposed to learn to pack light?  Every travel book out there tries to tell you how to live out of the smallest possible suitcase or avoid having to check baggage.  Heck, my own mother told me to pack light as I prepared for my upcoming two-week trip to Germany.  But she also taught me to be prepared for anything.  (As a child I don't think I was allowed to leave the house without a tissue in my pocket.)  As further testament to this, yesterday she reminded me to put a safety pin in my suitcase "because you never know!"

With all that being said, I want to pack heavy for my trip, not light.  I'm not backpacking across Europe; I'm not hauling my bags through the NYC subway.  There are wheels on suitcases and weight limits on airlines for a reason, guys, and that reason is people like me.  I'm going to show you how I packed my clothes for a two-plus week trip that requires me to have casual, work-casual, and professional clothing; is both a sightseeing and work focused trip; and in a way that still allows me room to bring home some souvenirs.

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