When I was in my twenties, every vacation was an opportunity to wear fabulous outfits. Of course, wearing a fabulous outfit means bringing multiple pairs of shoes and a lot of accent pieces and accessories. Luckily I grew out of that phase, and I now pack very simply, bringing things that are easy to pack and easy to wear. I never pack more than I need.
The one exception has always been my jewelry. I am crazy about costume jewelry. Nothing oversized or flashy, but interesting and unique pieces, especially earrings. I typically bring a different pair of earrings to wear each day — specially coordinated to my outfit — and sometimes even a different necklace to match it.
Last month, my husband and daughter and I traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to visit his family. In the spirit of simplicity, I decided to bring just one necklace – a classy set of silver-tone beads — and several pairs of silver-tone earrings. I wore the necklace and a pair of earrings on the plane. Imagine my surprise when we checked in to our hotel and I unpacked my suitcase, only to discover that I had left the box of spare earrings behind. So for our entire visit I wore the same pair of earrings every day.
And you know what? Nobody noticed, and nobody cared. It was actually quite a relief for me not to have to make a decision each morning as to which pair of earrings to wear.
Last week I went to New Orleans to attend the annual conference of NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers). I decided to wear the same necklace and earrings that I had worn in San Antonio, and not to pack any additional jewelry. Again, nobody cared!
I can still have fun coordinating my jewelry when I am at home, but I’ve found yet another way to simplify my packing. One less set of decisions to make when I’m packing and when I’m in my hotel. Amen to that!