This was me last year heading off to NYC
I will be in New York for 20 days.
I am allowed:
- 1x 7kgs Carry On Baggage
- 2x 23kg Check In Baggage
You do the math… suffice to say I’m freaking out a little!
Last year I was only away for 10 days and although it was tight I didn’t have any excess baggage. I half-packed each suitcase to allow space for purchases in New York and I put my camera bag in my carry on suitcase but on the way home I filled my carry on with shoes and used my camera bag as a handbag. I felt extremely clever.
Now Full Figured Fashion Week has twice as many events and is spread over the entire week not just four days. On top of that I have over a week of me-time to think of. I can’t just pack fancy fashion stuff, I’ll need comfy walking tourist stuff too. I have four days left until I get on the plane so I really need to get my act together… so of course I procrastinate by writing a post about it.
I’m staring at the suitcases right now and packing them seems unfathomable. How on earth can I possibly pack all I require? A part of me wants to pack knickers, bras, PJs and then buy everything else when I’m there. Another part wants to pre-plan all my outfits and put them in ziplock baggies and correlate them to a spreadsheet of activities. I’m caught somewhere in the middle and my brain feels like it’s going to explode.
Planning to take 2.5 suitcases is all well and good but I also have to take into consideration that for the second part of my trip I’ll be staying with my friend Kristin who has limited space, like all of New York. She also lives up five flights of stairs with no lift. My ass and thighs are crying in pain already. I’m trying to find a way to take only 1.5 suitcase but as I’m big and my clothes are also big it’s not proving practical. I do plan to post things home but to not make use of the extra 23kgs wouldn’t be economical.
I’m excited about New York and I know this is just part of the pleasure and pain of it all but I wish someone would just come over and take care of it all for me.
What are your top tips for packing for an overseas trip?