I remember when I took my wife to
Wow, did she have a lot of stuff. She plays the “You never know” game when she packs. That’s when you say to yourself, “You never know, I might be kidnapped by aliens and I would need my old sequined taffeta prom dress to escape the mother ship!” This is the reason people pack 5 pairs of shoes for a two day trip, or 6 ties for one business meeting.
We’re going to Italy next fall and I’m afraid
I have something my darling wife doesn’t; an experienced, road tested, and well exercised sense of what I will need, despite what “I may never know.” Other states and countries have washing machines, shoe stores, and other amenities that I can count on to handle any sudden crisis. Here’s a list of what the average business casual traveler will require for a five day stint in a new environment:
- Three pairs of trousers (I like Dockers, neutral colors)
- <!–[if !supportLists]–>Four heavily starched button down shirts (They resist wrinkles and a good dose of steam from the bathroom shower will de-odorize and freshen them right up)
- One (yes, 1) pair of casual dress shoes. I bought a nice slip-on pair (easy through airport security) that is black around the bottom and a nice neutral brown on top. They go with anything.
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>5 pairs of socks, underwear
- Two ties (for impromptu meetings, and I make sure they match the shirts)
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>One pair of jeans
- One “dop kit” with the bathroom toiletries, deodorant, etc.
That’s IT! You can fit all of that into a standard roll-aboard suitcase with room to spare, trust me. Roll the clothes into a giant bundle (check previous blogs for packing tips), and you’ll have enough room to take home souvenirs. I usually wear a pair of comfortable sandals, a pair of cargo shorts, and a casual shirt to the airport so I’ll have something to “bum around” in if I want to walk around for awhile.
So, what happens if they extend my stay, or a flight gets canceled and I have to spend the night, or it rains and ruins my shoes (you never know)? I use a washer, buy a new shirt, or shoes or whatever I need to get. Trips are stressful enough without lugging around half of your closet with you.