I went home at the start of July for a bomb wedding and had the opportunity to evaluate the possessions that will stay with me for the rest of my Remote Year journey – unless of course I lose it, break it, or share it.
What I Have Not Used So Far:
- Cold weather clothing of any kind
- Wedge heels (only wore twice)
What I Rely On:
- Black maxi dress
- All of my other shoes
- Patterned tops
My theory in packing was to rely on neutral colors and styles for tops and bottoms. This, as a theory, makes sense. I’m wearing the same clothes every other week, so no need to stand out. However, in practice this does not make me feel cute, attractive, stylish, or fun. So I’ve swapped my gray, black, and white tops for things with a bit more flair to make me feel GOOD about what I’m wearing. Because that’s what dressing is all about – to make you feel like a rockstar.
Plus, everyone on this trip is wearing the same clothes over and over. It’s a non-judgemental group here with Remote Year Magellan, so there is absolutely no reason to be self-conscious about wearing my Oh My God Becky tank top every two weeks.
So, I went through every item in my suitcase (clothes, electronics, tchotchkes) and made hard and fast decisions while holding them a la “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (a great read by the way, if you’re into that sort of thing). Other items I ditched included my iPad which I never used, the wedge heels, and my hair dryer, curling iron, and straightener. For those last three, I realized I was wearing my hair wavy every day which is (1) easy, (2) quick, and (3) comfortable — it’s dang hot in a lot of the places I’m going and blasting my face with heat is about the last thing I want to do. And I reasoned that if I were to ever want to do my hair differently, I have friends who share.
Side note: I’ve used both my spork AND my headlamp in Portugal. I’ll call that a win.