Friday, October 28, 2011

Packing Packing Packing

I am a traveler, a gypsy a true Bohemian. I'm taking time over the next years(notice the absence of a number) to travel and explore and recharge my creativity. I'll still be selling from my website great old stuff and new finds, a trade show here and there and will do some teaching. I will  be doing some tours to Asia and other venues are in the works. We will be spending more time abroad on our adventures! I'll be sharing photos, new treasures and thoughts on travel good food and good wine and new friends!

We are on our way to Italy for six weeks with a 5 day jaunt to Sweden.
Friends and family are waiting and we are excited. 
This is going to be a fun trip seeing family, friends and doing some work.
And of course my favorite eating the wonderful foods and drinking the lovely wines of Italy.

Packing seems to be hard for some. After many years of travel it comes easy to me.
I need to be ruthless when choosing what I want to wear. Sometimes we want to bring everything. My philosophy is I do not want to be burned by my luggage. Large heavy bags are like bringing a two year old on the trip. Many times when you are traveling you rarely see the same people two days in a row. Putting on a different scarf, belt or sweater will change your whole look. Not to mention it's very European!
The word is comfort. You must be comfortable and feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Don't bring items you've never worn. At least try them on see what they work with and break in the shoes.

This trip since we are seeing family,friends and children a larger suitcase is in order. Gifts requests for 5 lb bags of chocolate chips from Costco, gifts for a new baby and the request for marshmallows and Halloween candy.Not to mention shoes and makeup that my sister ordered and that arrived on the doorstep to "please bring over!"
The second reason for the large suitcase is old clothing and boots. The week we arrive we will be helping friends with their olive harvest. I'm excited to work outside in the Tuscan countryside and see the process from beginning to end of how are olive oil is made.
For this we both packed old shoes and shirts that can be tossed or left there.
I rarely bring jeans mostly I wear dress pants and skirts. This trip since we will be in the country for a good bit of it I brought a nice pair and an old pair.

We are fortunate that on our trips to Venice, Marche, Bergamo and Stockholm we can leave the large bag with family and just carry a small one.In most countries you can do this if you are returning to the same hotel if you want to do an overnight. 
Especially for Venice, you do not want to be dragging suitcases all over a city that you walk everywhere. The small carry on is exactly the size for a Ryan Air carry on. They can charge more to check your bag then the cost of the ticket!! 

My new favorite is a little bag I found. It has many pockets and sits right on the side of your body so not to be cumbersome. It has a nice thick adjustable strap.My kindle will fit my beautiful Groom wallet from and my ipod touch! Perfecto!
Now for a glass of Prosecco seeing some friends and a good nights sleep.

Stay tuned and welcome to my adventure!

If not now, when?



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