I'm leaving tomorrow night and I won't be back until midday the 9th . . .wheeee!!! I'm a little concerned about leaving my Etsy shop for a week right before the holidays, but we'll see how it goes! I tried to make it very clear that I'm on vacation and orders will ship on 11/12 (crosses fingers and hopes everything goes well!)
So, not that you'd want to take packing advice from someone who almost caused major physical damage to themselves by lugging their massive suitcase up 2 flights of stairs at Waterloo last year (see pic), but I thought I'd share some of my favorite packing tips, picked up over years of travelling to the UK pretty much yearly. Use at your own risk! ;)
1) Socks and Underwear: These take up a lot of space in your luggage, not to mention the fact that its kinda gross lugging around used undies in a pocket of your suitcase for 2 weeks or however long you're on vacation for. A great solution is to sort through your undergarments right before a trip and pull out all the ones that still fit but, for various reasons, you intend to toss anyhow. Elastic on its last legs, dyed pink in the wash, tears and holes . . . you name it. Pack all of those socks and underwear and toss them out at the end of every night. This has the added benefit of a) creating less laundry for when you get home and b) giving you a bit more room in your suitcase on your return than you had on your departure. It Win win! This trick works for PJs too!
2) Rolling vs. Folding: Rolling ALL THE WAY on this one, it allows you to pack your clothes in tighter minimizing wrinkles, saving space, and creating a better cushion for any breakables that you may want to pack in the center of your bag.
3) Layering: Coming from someone who usually vacations in the fall in London, I can't stress enough how convenient it is to pack clothes that can be layered. I usually take tank tops, tees, long sleeve tees, sweaters and coats - and when worn in combination, the number of outfits i can put together is almost endless, a great space saver if you're travelling for a long time!
4) Neckwarmers!: Shameless self promotion, but my neckwarmers take far less room to pack than a traditional scarf! They're also easy to toss in your purse if the weather changes over the course of the day. And they're quite reasonably priced too (although they can't ship until 11/12, of course ;)). Available at
5) Crocheting On Board!: Ok, maybe not applicable to everyone, but for those of us who like to do needlework and who are totally unsure of what kind of tools are allowed on airplanes in this day and age (when even toothpaste is an iffy proposition), listen up! There IS in fact one great yarn and thread cutting tool that is 100% plane safe, approved, and guaranteed not to cause so much as the bat of an eyelash from your luggage inspector. This secret weapon is . . . Dental Floss. Not the floss itself, but the case it comes in. The teensy little metal cutter slices right through every type of yarn and thread I've ever tried it on, quite cleanly too! Pack a little project bag w/ some yarn, dental floss, a printed pattern, plastic hooks and darning needles and you'll be crocheting quite happily at 30,000 feet.
Promise to miss me while I'm gone!
Listening: The Clash- "London Calling"