Over the years I've done a lot of packing...and I always end up taking too much. I suppose thats a common female thing. You try to think of all the different occasions you may be going to experience. It could be hot. .It could be freezing! You could be swimming. Or walking, or shopping, or visiting churches.
Some of the clothes that our visitors here, wear are extraordinary but I am much too old now to wander around cities in shorts and sun tops.
At least I don't have to pack my husband's things....he is very determined on that score and in the past I have benefitted from finding just enough room in his suitcase for a couple of sweaters if needed!
Next week we are off again and its only a short trip but am I using it to do some experimental packing, Instead of waiting till the last minute and slinging a load of stuff into a case with just hours to go, this time I have laid it all out on the spare bed. I will try to make sure that things match. I will only take just enough for the week and no more. mmmmm. The road to hell etc comes to mind...
My appalling experience in Capetown last year of having to repack in full public view has I believe cured me of excess...I am determined never ever again to be refused at the last minute.
Tablets, Ipad and Iphone chargers, insect repellent, sun screen... shampoo, etc all need careful thought. as well as carrying!
At least we are spared from carting great loads of books around now....everything is on kindles etc...
I don't actually go till Monday morning early but the necessity of frugal packing is exercising my mind as you can tell!
But in the middle of it all I have chosen the hymns for Sunday....whew!