Today I started packing for my trip. While most people won’t start packing till a few days before we leave, I need about 2 weeks to seriously figure out how to bring my insanely overpacked closet. Some say I have a problem (my mom), some say I am a horder (Meg), and some just say I like to shop. Nevertheless, I completely identify with the main character in the movie & books, Shopaholic. The high sliding the credit card, feeling new clothes beneath your fingers, that whole bit: it’s true, I feel it.
But I’ve now accumulate so many clothes that my smaller room at home is bursting at the seams. I first started by rolling all my tank tops. The weather is going to be summer when I arrive in Sydney so I figure the best clothes will be shorts, bathing suits, tanks, and dresses. While I want to be a fashionista and all cute, I want to also stay cool. I don’t enjoy sweating at all. I abhor sweating with a large passion. The only place sweating is acceptable is in the gym or at the beach. The End. I love having so many different colored tank tops but really focused on eliminating black from my wardrobe. Black is not for sun nor a great tan – both of which will be in Australia.
Then, I picked out what dresses I wanted to bring. I’ve always though that my dress collection was lacking. I realized I had been thinking that for far too long and had acquired a large pile of multi colored dresses… I’m the proud owner of two skin tight American Apparel dresses that are only worn out after many compliments are given – printed dresses with low v-necks and cover ups from F21, lots of hipster dresses from Urban Outfitters and the occasional more expensive dress from my favorite, Anthropologie. I folded these dresses up more carefully into my large suitcase.
What I did realize from packing is that I’m glad that I have a ton of clothes … although they might not be the most expensive clothes in the world. Many people say buy quality not quantity. As a college student, I say buy quantity. Your going to be moving, studying abroad, every couple of months or every year. Not worth the hassle of dry cleaning either!
After adding shorts and dresses I came to the realization that I will be taking two large suitcases and a backpack carry on. There is no way I can fit that much more into that suitcase, like sweatpants and sweatshirts – enough for me to be happy. So I added my summer shoes and called it a day! Time for lunch now anyway 🙂 Packing will recommence after this shortened (but still really long) work week!