UK: “I really like my luggage.” “That’s exactly what it is, it’s luggage. You know how much time you lose by checking in?”

Starts with: The Pile

One of the biggest challenges of this trip was making sure I packed everything I needed to take without bringing a lot of extras. As my bio indicates, I’m a chronic overpacker, bringing an extra outfit, pair of shoes, swimsuit or workout gear on trips that simply don’t require it. Knowing that I was going to be shopping in London, I didn’t want to fill up the bag before I ever left my house.

The List

Luckily for me, I’m also a crazy list-maker and a bit obsessive when it comes to making outfits. In addition to my VERY detailed itinerary, I made a list of each day’s outfit, down the shoes. This was actually incredibly helpful for me not to forget anything as well as not pack unnecessary things. My main problem was that I was not able to double up the usage of any items of clothing the way that all the travel bloggers encourage you to do. I also brought too many pairs of shoes, owing to the fact that I had one navy dress mixed with black dresses.

All the Clothes

As it turns out, my feet swelled up with the heat, making both pairs of strappy heels almost unwearable, given the amount of walking I was doing. I’m on the hunt for dressy shoes that I can walk 5 miles a day in in 80 degree heat. They have to exist! With the heat, I didn’t need three pairs of jeans and could have used another skirt or two instead. But I was glad I wasn’t trying to wear any article of clothing more than one day because I was sweating too much for that to be not disgusting. I didn’t need a converter either, just the plug adapters, so I will be keeping that in mind for my next trip.

All Rolled Up

All in all, I was pretty proud of how I rolled my clothes and maximized the space in my suitcase. I wasn’t able to fill it only half full, but at least I have a goal for next time!


2 thoughts on “UK: “I really like my luggage.” “That’s exactly what it is, it’s luggage. You know how much time you lose by checking in?”

  1. frugalfirstclasstravel says:

    Being an absolute shoe-aholic and committed one carryon bag packer, I have never found strappy heels that are suitable for lengthy sightseeing. My advice is to get over the need for heels, embrace flats and enjoy your trip – I’d stand corrected but I genuinely don’t think both are possible.

    I’m heading off to Bali in a couple of weeks and will be taking flip flops for round the pool, flat sandals for the evening and for short adventures, and a pair of flat espadrilles for serious sightseeing. If I were going to Europe or north America for the summer I would be taking the same minus the flip flops.

    I write a lot about packing and the shoe question seems to be the biggest issue for most women so you are definitely not alone!


    • Jenn says:

      I’m still on the hunt for better wedges/heels because though my strappy sandals didn’t work for the weather that miraculously showed up, they do work for my day-to-day life in San Francisco. I rarely wear flats at home, so it seems slouchy to do so while on vacation unless I’m going on a hike or something. We’ll see!


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