Although I am avid planner I’ve found that packing a suitcase is one of my least favorite activities. One suitcase needs to encompass items for all your activities, special events and changing weather. So many decisions, such little space!
After much research I discovered that just having a basic color theme such as black or navy as in a “capsule wardrobe” could reduce the amount of clothes I bring. Yeah! Traveling lighter is always desirable, yet does not always happen. Are you like me that brings a few more items…”just in case”?
Packing a suitcase is similar to packing activities and items into our life (“Life Suitcase”). This concept holds so much more interest for me then a mere suitcase. It seems to mirror a similarity to making choices on quality and quantity of what we put into our lives.
I find that using my core values of Integrity, Kindness, Service, Personal Growth, Spirituality and Fun as a life guide allows more comfortable decisions and much like that capsule wardrobe, makes packing my “Life Suitcase” easier.
Sometimes I find I just packed too much into the suitcase and it looks warped after zipping it up and I then must remove some items. The same thing occurs in my own life where I packed activities which sounded fun and engaging or at least interesting at the time — only to discover my life balance seemed warped and I needed to recalibrate my own balance and trim some activities down to what matters most. One suitcase, so many decisions. One life, so many decisions.
What are your thoughts? What works for you in packing the suitcase for your trips and … your other “Life Suitcase”?