What is it about upcoming travels that always put a smile on my face? I'm obviously a born traveler because just the thought of having to pack and go somewhere exciting, even if it does involve an insanely long airplane trip with a toddler, gets me feeling pretty high.
Ask my hubby and my mom and they will confirm that I prepare for trips weeks ahead of time. I'm not like a lot of people who wait until the day before or even a couple of days before the big departure to start packing. I put a lot of thought into my packing.
I think about what I will wear, about shoes, accessories and jackets. I research the weather in the destination. I consider what activities we might do and how that affects what I will need to take. I always tend to over-pack, so on each trip now I try to plan things carefully as to not end up with way too much. But on trips like this when I know there will be nowhere to do laundry for a week, it's hard not to want to take more than necessary.
And then there's Liliana! Oh boy. She's a little bit easier and a little bit harder to pack for. I can easily take several outfits for each day for her because her clothes are so much smaller. But I find I mostly over-pack her clothes for sure. It's hard to know because of the weather being so unpredictable and because she is a toddler that could make a complete mess of herself in any given moment and require another change of clothes.
I started planning my wardrobe several days ago and just tonight put all Liliana's and my clothes into our suitcase. Maybe a bit premature as we leave 1 week from tomorrow, but I know my schedule is pretty packed until then and I don't want to be left in a panic the day before. Now I can relax and have time to think about my options and if I want to add anything to the pile.
The night before is when I will pack all the toiletries and all of my accessories. I will try not to take anything out of the suitcase until then so I don't accidentally leave something behind or have something not be clean.
I know you might be thinking I'm a nutcase for doing an entire blog post on packing, but I don't know what it is, I just get so excited about it and find it so much fun! I'm sure you will hear about it again within the next week ;)
P.S. All the pics of the luggage I posted are of my special luggage that I actually own :) I just LOVE it!!