COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us. We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.
Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel. No one can take away those memories though. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.
Packing right for your trip isn't hard...
But don't worry if you pack wrong... as long as you pack light!
When you're traveling, you're often moving around, and who wants to shlep mounds of luggage from place to place?
You want to pack everything you need for your trip, but not too much...
That's what everyone worries about isn't it?
Especially with today's airline fees for checking luggage, you want to pack efficiently.
But what if you pack WRONG?
About the only way you can pack wrong is to pack way too much.
We've got lots of pages with tips on packing right for different situations...
--on how to pack in general, and
--how to pack for hot weather,
--or most things in between.
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Still, even we find that sometimes we packed wrong...
But since we've packed efficiently, we don't worry about it.
A trip a few years ago to Romania and Bulgaria.
We had been following the weather for a couple of weeks before we left in May....
The weather had been consistently just a little chilly...
And we planned to spend some time in the Carpathian Mountains and way in the north visiting the painted churches of Moldavia.
We knew it could get warm in May too...
Especially along the Black Sea and in Dracula country... so for this trip, we used our mixed weather packing list...
The day we arrived, their typical spring weather arrived.
It turned hot.
I ended up only wearing my short sleeved blouses, occasionally adding a light layer on top.
The long sleeved blouses and the wool pull over sweater never came out of the suitcase!
We didn't worry that we had packed wrong! We had everything we needed...
We just wore everything a little more often than we would have...
If we HAD run into cooler weather part of the time.
That's exactly what happened on a May trip to the Baltics...
The first couple of days it was much colder than we expected.
Using that mixed weather packing list had us packing right for both hot and cold weather.
(And it turned warm after only a couple of days.)
We like to be prepared...
But don't fall into the trap of over packing "just in case."
We still had everything in only one carry-on each...
Even though we didn't wear half of what we took...
We still had packed the right things for the destination at that time of year.
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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