The Art of Packing

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

Good morning from Rocky Mount, NC!

Are you a heavy packer or a light packer? A roller? A just-throw-it-in, or a more organized packer? Do you use tissue paper? Depending on the size of the suitcase, where I’m going, and the mode of transportation, I have been all of those types of packers.

Several years ago when Allan and I were planning a trip to Italy, I knew I would have to learn the art of packing. That’s when I learned to roll. If you don’t know what I mean, just go to You Tube where you’ll find lots of help. I managed to fit everything I needed for a ten day trip to Italy in a carry-on size bag. I even had room to bring back some souvenirs! I also learned how to consolidate outfits – mix and matching tops and bottoms so it looks like you have more clothes with you. I was able to manage the same task last year when we traveled to Ireland (although experiencing the wind on the Cliffs of Moher made me wish I had rolled a few warmer pieces.)

Since we are driving on this trip, we have a little more room and can plan for the fluctuation in weather. In addition to two suitcases we have golf clubs, a dog bed, a bag of dog supplies, a bag of snacks (with supplies for martinis), a bag with my computer and writing materials, and a few loose jackets and wraps thrown in just in case. But with all that, as we made our way to the diner across the street last night in the snow and sleet and slush, I wished I had thrown in some boots!

Next stop, Charleston, SC!

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11 Responses to The Art of Packing

  1. jodimahoney says:

    I love this! My daughter taught me the art of rolling when packing and it’s a miracle worker! But, yes, you always do wish you packed that one more item! Safe travels.

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  2. Clare Landrigan says:

    Packing is complicated. I have gotten better over the years. I used to overpack and now I tend to bring less with me. I have never rolled or used tissue paper … two things to research. Glad you packed martini makings – loved that little detail! Hopefully you are moving on to a place where you can use those golf clubs!

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  3. dianeandlynne says:

    You know, no matter what you pack and how good you are at it, there’s always that ONE thing you wish you’d brought with you! I love the details in this piece, especially the snacks (martini as a snack, nice going!).

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  4. Lisa Corbett says:

    I’m a light packer. My husband needs to pack most of what he owns, no matter the distance or length of the trip!

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  5. lynnedorfman says:

    You are so good at packing. You certainly took a vsriety of things with you to Florida! I remember when we went to San Francisco in August we never thought we would need sweatshirts and light jackets. I can underdtand why you had not packed a pair of boots. Mother Nature is sneaky!

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  6. arjeha says:

    I admit that I am not good at packing. I always seem to pack way too much. I can never make up my mind as to what I want to take so I take it all. It is hard to know what to pack this time of year because the weather can be so unpredictable.

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  7. elsie says:

    Packing, what a topic! Lately, my husband and I only take a carry-on bag when we fly, so that limits the clothing. But if we are in the car, i will take more just because I can. Yes, my clothing is very monochromatic, black. I also am a big fan of the knits that don’t need ironing, so everything comes out wrinkle free. We tend to roll, but also use packing cubes to put rolled clothes in. Enjoy your warmer weather!

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  8. aileenhower says:

    Packing for the weather is always so tricky. Remember how freezing Boston was in July?

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  9. I never know what to pack. Tend to pack way too much. Rolling though goes a long way! Glad you are off to a warmer place! Safe travels!

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  10. aggiekesler says:

    I swear by packing bags! They have revolutionized my packing!

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