This week we are pleased to present a guest post by Powell Berger a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Powell traversed the continents world schooling her three children and is an expert in packing light. Her website, powellberger.com, showcases her writing.
Every summer, I return home from Paris with this magic laundry stain remover all-in-one thing. I don’t know exactly what’s in it, or even the correct way to get the best results since I don’t speak or read French. But I first discovered this magic wand in a rental apartment five years ago when red wine threatened to ruin my favorite pants. I slathered this stuff on my pants, and voila! Problem solved.
Now it’s my mission to bring one home every summer. I treasure it, saving it for only the worst stains, making sure I have enough for the year before I return again next summer to get its replacement.
The same is true of my Nivea deodorant. I know deodorant is a pretty utilitarian thing, but I found this little gem in Iceland, at the airport I think, and I now make sure to smuggle two or three little glass bottles home with me every summer.
The Packing Light Club
That’s the thing about being a devotee to the packing light club. When I’m looking at three months of travel and one carry-on bag, every item goes through a serious vetting process before making the cut and making the trip. That means things like toiletries, jewelry, first aid supplies, and other “necessities” get added along the way. Nothing makes you go local faster than needing something and having to find it on the fly.
It’s a hard transition for some, trading in the plus size bags for a single carry-on, but once the leap is made, most folks don’t look back. For most of us, it doesn’t take long to realize that packing light isn’t just about weight and convenience, although those are pretty compelling results. Packing light is a travel philosophy, an e-ticket passport into adventure, culture, and community, whether that’s in Chicago or Katmandu. Click to continue…