Inspired Living: Over-packing

A stack of antique suitcases stacked up on a rolling cart.

We’ve all been there (some of us are there right now, in fact) – standing in front of an open suitcase, trying to decide what to take and what to leave behind for our upcoming vacation. The struggle is real, isn’t it? Some of us are minimalists, advocating for the “less is more” approach, while others (like me) proudly embrace the over-packer mentality. I realize, I have a problem…

Packing for vacation meme.

If you find yourself in the latter category, and your answer is “definitely 5 french horns”, fear not. Today’ we’re going to explore the joys and advantages of being an over-packer and since it’s fresh in my mind, I’ve got some tips to help you navigate the packing process for your next adventure.

  1. The Joy of Preparedness

One of the greatest joys of being an over-packer is the sense of preparedness it brings. You know you feel me. When you have that extra sweater or pair of shoes, you’re ready for any weather or unexpected occasion. That impromptu fancy dinner? No problem! The over-packer has an outfit for every occasion, ensuring they never miss an opportunity to look their best. So, embrace the joy of being (overly) prepared and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with it.

  1. Mixing and Matching

Contrary to popular belief, over-packing doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up with a heavy and disorganized suitcase. Well, heavy is likely, but disorganized is a no. With a little planning and creativity, you can make the most of your extensive wardrobe. Focus on versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. By selecting items that complement each other, you’ll maximize your outfit options while keeping your suitcase relatively lightweight.

  1. Packing for All Scenarios

One of the most significant advantages of being an over-packer is that you’re ready for any scenario. Whether you’re facing a sudden rainstorm or deciding to embark on a spontaneous adventure, you’ll have the necessary gear at your disposal. From raincoats and umbrellas to hiking boots and swimwear, you’ll be equipped to handle whatever surprises your vacation throws your way. And I don’t know about you, but I always have surprises, haha!

  1. Maximizing Efficiency

While over-packing may not leave you with any extra space (I certainly never have extra room), but it does encourage you to become a master of organization and efficiency. By strategically packing your belongings, folding, rolling, and utilizing every nook and cranny of your suitcase, you’ll discover creative ways to fit everything you need (and then some). Embrace the challenge of maximizing efficiency and take pride in your ability to pack smartly.

  1. Leave Room for Flexibility

And speaking of space… While I personally advocate for over-packing, it’s important to remember to strike a balance. Try to leave some room in your suitcase for unexpected items you might acquire during your trip (I’m notoriously bad at this and Jay usually looses some real estate in his bag). Whether it’s a piece of hand painted pottery from the beach or yet another T-shirt you just had to have (Kristine), having some spare space ensures you can accommodate these little surprises without worrying about how to get them home.

In a world that often promotes minimalistic and efficient packing, I think it’s time we join together and celebrate over-packers everywhere. The next time you’re traveling, go for it, my friend. Embrace your tendency to pack a little extra and then revel in the joy and freedom over-packing brings. If you ask me, it really is a win-win. Bon voyage!

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