I’ve been queuing up a lot of media posts the past few days, trying to get my reactions down before they completely fade from memory, so I thought it was time to change it up a bit and talk about something that matters…my trip to Rome!
As I’ve mentioned before, when I was in the initial planning stages of this trip, one of the first sites I came across was Travel Fashion Girl. This was a really great resource I found while trying to plan how to pack, and since Alex Jimenez, the titular Girl, travels the world full-time carry-on only, it was exactly what I was looking for.
As a child, my mother was a notorious over packer. Seven people on a weeklong trip and her bags took up half of the trunk. (She’ll tell you whenever anyone needed anything she had it, which is true, but a tube of Neosporin isn’t THAT big.) When I went to Europe right after high school, I managed to travel carry-on only, but looking back I still think I took way too many clothes with me. So I was looking for a way to scale back my clothes as well as figuring out the best way to pack them (rolling is key, which I figured, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything else). Anyway, I highly recommend checking out TFG!
TFG is all about the capsule wardrobe. The site has lots of checklists available for download (free), and there are also a couple of e-books to help you along. It is geared primarily toward women, though there is this packing guide for men as well. There are different versions of what constitutes a capsule for different people and/or needs, from 6 (minimal) to 15 items (“maximista”), not including shoes or accessories. The big key here is having a single, cohesive color palette so you can mix and match depending on weather, culture, etc. I’m attempting to do a 9 piece list (10 including a jacket) and 7 pieces for Ben (8 with jacket), but I’ll save that for another post a few months down the road.
This post is about accessories! So I’ve chosen my color scheme (and with Polyvore’s help I have a pretty good idea of what pieces I want as far as color or shade go), and thinking about the environment, activities I’m planning to do, and places I’m wanting to go, so I’m looking at my shoes and accessories around that. For instance, I know any churches we go into I’ll need my shoulders covered, and while I plan to wear sleeved shirts on those days anyway, I know my itinerary might not always go exactly as planned. So I have both an infinity scarf (which is REALLY big, by the way) and a more traditional wrap for those occasions.
As for shoes, Rome is a walking city (and Florence is DEFINITELY a walking city), but I also don’t want to stick out like too much of a sore thumb, so I will be leaving the big white running shoes at home with my high waisted khaki shorts and fanny pack (I don’t actually own those things). I think the Keds are innocuous enough and will do nicely some days, and meanwhile the other two pairs I’m bringing, when I want to dress it up, are Crocs. I know, I know, a decade ago I hated them too. But they aren’t just ventilated garden clogs anymore, and they are stupidly comfortable. When I tried them on, the wedges felt like those moon shoes that no one I actually knew had in the ’90s.
The ring? Well, that’s my substitute engagement ring. I don’t really fancy the idea of losing my 120+ year old engagement ring on the other side of the Greenwich Meridian, so that will be staying with my mother while the cute three stone ring above serves its purpose. And the pearls, well, I like color and I like pearls, and those came as a set. And they’ll also serve in place of some jewelry with sentimental value. Then again, taking a piece of Treva (grandmother) to the Trevi would be pretty awesome. Then there’s the watch, which really I just wanted because I wanted it, but it will come in handy if for some reason our phones won’t show us the time (and it’s a lot more convenient than digging through a purse anyway).
I’m still searching for a crossbody bag that’s big enough for my DSLR with the lens on while not being a monster, but for the most part I feel very accomplished with the first leg of my packing journey!