In order to be successful with the Two Suitcase Project, it is important to first know how to pack those suitcases properly. Knowing these best practices can help condense your load, and ultimately leave you feeling like are living more simply and eliminating clutter.
The following video taught me how to “Pack Like a Pro” for my adventures abroad and I have always packed this way ever since (you can follow Tom Ayzenberg on Twitter here: @tomayz or check out his travel blog here):
Packing is a trial and error process. After a week-long vacation, you will realize there were many things you didn’t even wear or use on the trips that you could have left at home. The best way to learn how to pack lightly is by going to visit a good friend or close family member. Leave most of your clothes behind and if you find yourself needing a sweatshirt to stay warm or a pair of shorts to run in, simply borrow them!
It helps to know the purpose of your destination in order to pack properly, just how it’s important to know your company’s goals in order to execute a marketing strategy properly. So what is your purpose? Are you traveling to casually visit family? Then you can probably leave the cocktail dress and the business suit at home.
Good luck and happy packing!
Champlain College graduation falls on May 5, 2012. This daunting date is only 5 weeks away, so naturally I’m having thoughts of moving out of my current apartment and into some unknown future location that I will eventually call my home. How have I prepared for this unnerving life event? As I mentioned in my last post, studying abroad helped me gain skills in many areas including the ability and stamina to just get up and leave without a lot of ‘stuff’ weighing me down.
This was all the 'stuff' I packed to live in Amsterdam for four months during my fall 2010 semester.
These days, I walk around my apartment and cringe at all the ‘stuff’ I will need to lug with me when I leave. I completely regressed when I came back to live in Vermont because I found comfort in having many different options for clothes, bedding, furniture, decorations, and entertainment. I have even more ‘stuff’ stored throughout my mother’s house in Massachusetts that I have long forgotten about. What typically happens, year to year, is most of this ‘stuff’ gets stored while I bring the absolute necessities with me to my new location. As years passed, I continued collecting because I became detached to the things I forgot existed in the attic abyss of childhood nostalgia or under my bed full of high school reminiscence. I’ve decided that this is no longer an option. Do I really need all this ‘stuff?’ It’s time to let go. I will no longer be hopping around every four or eight months and it’s my mother’s turn to have a nice house without my clutter getting in her way. Drastic changes will be occurring from this point forward, and it is my decision to actively embrace the change from every direction possible.
This was all the 'stuff' I had coming home from my spring semester 2011 at Champlain College. The back seats were down and the front seat was completely filled up.
The Two Suitcase Project is an initiative that developed after a conversation with my roommate (find her on Twitter: @alyssamneville) about studying abroad. What exactly does this mean? Well, we were both elated by the fact that we could just pick up and go anywhere without a lot of baggage. We felt so free and alive while adventuring abroad, much more so than we do now in our settled, comfortable environment. It’s time to bring those feelings back with the Two Suitcase Project. The challenge: can we fit everything we own in just two suitcases?
Stay tuned for future developments with this project and my journey to simplifying and finding freedom as an independent college graduate.