Sounds ridiculous, really, but I've begun packing. As I accumulate the things that I need to have with me, I've begun filling my suitcase.
The little RFID wallet is big enough to hold my passport and important papers and cards and as I check things off that to do list, I just immediately put the documentation stuff right into the wallet. Before I go, I shouldn't have to do anything besides add my driver's license to it.
I bought a back pack which is the perfect size. I can tuck my purse inside of it along my necessaries. It has a padded place for electronics. A hidden compartment for that little wallet of documents. Today, I ordered the books from Better World Books that I can read on the plane and while I'm waiting at the airport. I can leave them behind when I'm done.
I'm not doing checked luggage, so I have one wheeled suitcase and a backpack as my carry-on baggage, so it requires some thinking. In the end, I have 5 lightweight, warm (but not bulky) long cardigans. I have a dozen shirts, both dressy and casual, long- and short- sleeved, that I can layer for warmth (or not). I'm taking 3 pairs of jeans, and 3 pair of yoga pants (which can also be layered under the jeans if it's bitter). I'm wearing my bulkiest and best loved cardigan on the plane. I figure that with all the mix and match opportunities, everything will still fit in the suitcase, but I'm not going to look like I'm wearing the same clothes every day.
I didn't think it was possible, but it looks like I'll have plenty of room for everything. Except for a small toothpaste and some mouth wash and towelettes, I'm not packing toiletries at all. Cara will buy those things and have them waiting. I'm putting money into her account for her to do that for me.
Who knew planning a trip could be so fun? We're planning on one London play,. I have a black swing dress that will pack well. I was delighted to find that it matched very nicely with the patterned cardigan that usually goes with the red shell. All that considering and matching and weighing and packing...when I realized how much fun I was having today, I really had to stop and laugh at myself.