Anticipation is a lot of the fun, but it's possible to reach a point in preparation where you drive yourself slightly nuts; I have reached that point with preparing for Paris next week. For a while, I would just wear something that I really loved, and then (after laundering) hang it onto the rack designated for Paris packing.
Okay, so now about 50% of my closet is ready to pack. Clearly not going to work out, eh?
And then I get panicky - what should I take? What if I forget something I really love? Will it all fit in my suitcase? You would think that I'd never done this before, or that what I pack will be the most important thing about the entire vacation.
So first off, I must remind myself repeatedly that nobody has EVER been kicked out of Paris for repeatedly wearing the same outfits.
And I can always shop when I'm there.
And MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, as long as I'm dressed appropriately, it's more important for me to be paying attention to what's around me - the people, the food, the art, the architecture - than to be obsessing about my own appearance. To some extent, if I simplify my wardrobe and my overall appearance, I will free part of my aesthetic sensibility to be open to take in Paris, rather than worry about what Paris will be thinking of me.
So let's say I travel like this:
And I decide, first pass through my suitcase, that this is ALL that I can pack. I've got an iffy left shoulder, and maybe I just want to carry a tote bag...
Beaded bracelet – Black Dakini, tee shirt – Majestic Filatures, infinity scarf – Tildon, rectangular scarf – Theodora and Callum, pearl necklace – Majorica, lingerie - La Perla, silver necklace – YooLa, black pearl earrings – Lee Renee, fleur de lis cosmetic bag – Lolo, toiletries – Flight001, ballet flats – Geox, dress- True Decadence
This gives me very little in the clothing department - I'm going to be very dependent upon the laundry at the hotel. But realistically, I have a decent variety of outfits from which to choose:
So I should be able to console myself with the knowledge that a clean tee shirt, a dress, and a pair of ballet flats are all that I need. Panic attack should be over...
Now I theoretically feel mentally and physically strong enough to pack a few more things - my next additions are going to be the clothes that I specifically would like to have with me for the rugby match I'm attending:
While jeans and a sweatshirt aren't the usual things that one packs for Paris, I will find these quite useful. I'm a very sweatshirty kind of girl, and I'm comfortable wearing a sweatshirt over a silk dress...
Maybe now that I've talked myself down from a complete frenzy of worry, I can consider one last round of things to include in my bag:
Yes, I wear a weird combination of dresses and sweatshirts... but this additional dress, sweater, and silk blouse will give me so many options that even in my most panicky moments, I should be comfortable knowing that I will be well and appropriately dressed...
This should easily fit into my carry-on bag. What in the world am I so worried about?