I’m not the most organized person in the world, and since I usually have to learn from my mistakes, I thought I’d generously share them so you can learn, too.
On my first overseas trip in early 2010, I decided I wanted to travel simply. This meant making do with one carry-on and the largest purse I could find. Mind you, I was going to be gone for nine days, but it seemed like a great idea at the time.
I made sure I took more than enough unmentionables, which were easy to pack and didn’t take up much room. I packed a pair of black leather boots that were supple enough to fold over and rolled my jeans into tight little balls. I chose tops that weren’t bulky and even had room for a dress that didn’t wrinkle or crease.
Since it was late January, I dressed in layers, putting a brown turtleneck over a lightweight shell. I wore jeans, brown boots and a brown jacket. I carried a long, dressier coat, perfect for any London fog that might roll my way.