The Packing Game

As much as I preach that people don’t need much while traveling, I can’t seem to be able to follow my own advice.
I think it’s time to confess that I’m a notorious over-packer. I don’t intend to be, I swear. I try to explain it away by saying “I like to be prepared!” or “I just don’t want to be cold!” (Really, I don’t!) but in some way I still always end up with more clothes, shoes and toiletries than I really need.

I’m in Istanbul until Sunday and I really am trying to pack as little as possible.
However, even for pyjamas I’ve packed a pair of pants, a short-sleeved and a long-sleeved shirt. This might be dumb, the T-shirt might be more than enough. But then I think back to that hotel in London. It was April and quite warm during the day but at night I was freezing and slowly running out of layers to wear. So the long-sleeved shirt has to stay. I guess you can see where this is going.

I feel like I’m getting better at packing each time I do it and I still end up with at least one or two shirts I never even touched. How’s that even possible?

In the end, my mum always told me that there are only three things you ever really need:  your phone, your passport and money.
If you have these things you can get everything else if you need to. This is a rule I’ve lived by ever since I started traveling on my own.

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