Okay, I don't have this much luggage. And, alas, I don't own this beautiful set of Globe-Trotter luggage either. I wish I did -- the cases look fabulous. This British company has been producing hand-made luxury cases since 1897. Queen Elizabeth chose Globe-Trotter for her honeymoon luggage, how is that for an endorsement?
Sadly, Globe-Trotter is far out of my league. If I could afford such great luggage, I wouldn't need to worry about overpacking and how I'll schlep my suitcases on and off Italian trains this weekend (and in the weeks to follow!)
Now to my point: what to pack, what to leave behind, and how to keep my suitcase under the airline limit of 23 kg (about 50 pounds.)
Packing is never easy and I have such a powerful urge to overpack. I leave Saturday and amidst all the usual chores (cleaning up so my friends/house-sitters won't arrive to find a mess; pay bills, etc.) I'm also watching weather forecasts for Umbria for the coming week.
Looks like typical, mild fall weather for the region: a bit cooler at nights but mostly sunny, warm days with average temperatures of about 23C (what is that in Farenheit, maybe 73C?) Perfect!
Still, I'll carry a raincoat on the plane, and pack one pair of closed-toed flats and socks in case it does get chilly and really wet; I'll pack one extra pair of sandals as well as the pair I'll wear on the plane (in the hopes that it will be sandal weather the entire time I'm in Italy)
I don't think 3 pairs of footwear is too much -- I wish I could take more, especially since I can't buy shoes in Italy (no one carries my size, which is 12. I'm quite tall, so my long feet keep me from tipping over.)
I don't like wearing pants, so I'll pack just one pair (again, in case it turns cold and damp) as well as several summer-y skirts, cotton and linen which I like to wear. And, obviously, my travel iron because I don't like to be too wrinkled. I don't mind ironing, it relaxes me.
I'll also pack:
-- one lightweight blazer/jacket by Anne Klein which, for some reason, never really wrinkles. It's cream coloured and goes with everything;
-- one very lightweight red cardigan-style sweater and one black to wear over T-shirts if it's a bit chilly;
-- several T-shirts, mostly black, some short-sleeved, some long;
-- a couple of black blouses, one long-sleeved;
-- two pashminas (light to pack but can be really warm!)
-- one pair of yoga pants and an old t-shirt to wear around the hotel room when I'm just relaxing; (I'm not the sort of traveler who thinks she has to go, go, go. I like to put my feet up now and again.)
-- a couple of novels;
-- my Eyewitness guide for Umbria. The Blue Guide is my prefered guidebook, so I'll keep that with me in my carryon.
-- photocopied guidebook pages for Arezzo and Florence (rather than carry an entire Tuscany guide for the few days I'll be in that region)
-- a small umbrella, not enough underwear, too many toiletries.
The carryon will be crammed with camera, cellphone, medication, cosmetics, one change of underwear, chargers for the I-pod and my new Italian cellphone; plug adaptors; my itinerary and copies of hotel and car reservations; a few granola bars; a novel and the travel guide. I also copy train schedules for the towns I'll be visiting (how is that for anal?)
Sound like too much?