This was the original packing list from our recent trip.
I've crossed out the items I didn't use.
4 sleeveless/short sleeve layering pieces:
4 long sleeve tees:
3 V-neck cashmere sweaters:
3 button-front shirts:
gray paisley(tunic length)
With temperatures unexpectedly warm
- upper 60s and 70s -
layers weren't necessary. I never wore the blazer.
We didn't do any "fine" dining, so the skirt
remained in the suitcase.
It's reasonable to assume that many pieces
can be eliminated, because
in Paris I will have access to laundry,
but, December weather should call
for some layering pieces, so
I'll be looking for that happy medium
to allow more room for
These items worked for me.
The color combinations were easy and
flexible. I felt well-dressed and appropriate
in my choices. The white cords were
fun to wear, though I don't see them
making the trip to Paris. My boots
proved to be very comfortable. I had casual shoes
in the bag, which I did wear, and need
to decide which pair of
shoes will accompany my boots
across the pond.
Overall it was a relief to see how versatile
the carry-on bag can be.
It eliminates a certain amount of "stress"
to know that I can do this,
though it's not a convenient system if there are several
overnight stops involved.
Everything had to be loaded and layered
rather precisely in the bag
(it was full)
which made for less-than-fun repacking
I'm looking forward to having a destination
allowing me to unpack once.