Let me start out with a note about my previous entry Traveling Light with Joanna Lumley: less than two weeks later, there was a new Miss Marple series, and it premiered with The Mirror Crack’d, and Joanna Lumley was in it. And she wasn’t Marina Gregg. I howled and squealed. Oh well, she did a great job of capturing Dolly Bantry’s daffy vivaciousness.
But back to packing, darlings. What IS it about packing for a trip that is soooo beguiling? Is it the pure joy of putting things into small compartments? Is it the joy of planning out an efficient and useful wardrobe? Is it the special beauty of beautiful luggage? I don’t know, dears, I just don’t know.
Mighty Girl shares her traveling dopp kit right here.
Martha Stewart, whose magazine tends to run an article about how to pack every five years or so, shares some tips in this article.
And I, oh me oh my, indulged myself in some more pieces of Vera Bradley luggage last week. My pattern, Riviera Blue, is on clearance, so I just had to. I just LOVE to look through the details of all their different bags, and try to plot out what would be the PERFECT suite of pieces for traveling. Here is my best theory right now:
1) The Large Duffel. It’s the roomiest bag they offer. I already own a Weekender, and while it’s adorable, it really is just big enough for a weekend.
2) The Large Cosmetic. Unlike the ever-alluring Travel Cosmetic, this one is lined in waterproof material. It’s also twice as big, and costs much less, than the Trip Kit.
3) The Hanging Organizer. I have the old model, and it is the best thing ever. All of those small, waterproof compartments hold your tiny bits and bobs safely and visibly, and when you arrive at your destination you hang it in the bathroom and off you go. Regarding the new version… I love the deeper compartment at the bottom. I don’t like that the top one is no longer see-through.
4) It looks like the new Knot Just A Clutch would be a great purse to carry for doing touristy things. It’s fabric so it won’t be damaged by being sweated on the way leather would be, it’s small and light so it won’t gimp you up, and the strap is long enough to be worn cross-body, to discourage purse snatchers. Me, I have a Maggie purse that is almost big enough to stuff a Zip-Around Wallet into.
5) Clip Zip ID is a tiny piece that would surely fit into the clutch… I can’t find a picture of the inside of the clutch, but the description sounds like it does NOT have a clear ID slot. Boo. You could also stuff your currency inside it, for extra safety.
6) The Large Backpack sounds like a great option for touristing when you need to carry more stuff, for using as a carry-on, and it also has a clear ID slot right under the flap. Neat!
7) Perhaps a Vera or a Villager to use as a purse during the actual traveling process… plenty of room for snacks, water, electronics, books, and knitting. I have a Villager. It makes quite a nice pillow when the need arises, too.