But despite the detours and the distractions, I'm closing in on the packing for next week's travel. I think I've pulled together all the pieces I need, and now I just need to spend some time testing presumed combinations to see if they really work, then work out the laundry timing so that the garments I'm not ready to pack away yet are ready to go by the time I leave for the airport and that my carry-on actually closes and is a manageable weight (it's a Rimowa, in case you're curious, the Salsa Air, ever so light).
Once I know everything works and the case can be zipped, I'll post on what I'm bringing, but meanwhile, a reader asked me if I could point her towards some of my earlier posts on travelling with only carry-on luggage. This seemed a good opportunity to gather these together, so here they are:
From way back in 2008, this one and this one, when we travelled for three weeks late May, early June, Paris-Portugal, no washing machine.
for a 2010 trip, I took a few photos of my nearly-packed carry-on as well as of some of the outfits I planned, for three weeks in London, Paris, and central Portugal, late spring
in 2011, I showed you how I managed the issue of carry-on restrictions for cosmetics and hair care products, and here's the inventory of what I packed for that 6-week trip, but without any photographic evidence.
this inventory of what I packed, again sans photographic proof, from 2012 trip to Amsterdam, Bordeaux, and Paris in May. . . laundry facilities in Bordeaux.
this one from 2015 a 7-week trip that spanned September in Bordeaux and then three weeks in Italy, and during which we had access to a washing machine much of the time.
and then the real challenge, those Ten Weeks, One Carry-On, last year in Bordeaux (and Paris, and Berlin, and Rome, and Florence -- that was a great trip!)
Of course, many of you already follow Sue at Une Femme and you know that she's much more organized than I am, but for those who might have missed her 12-piece travel wardrobe posts, here's a link to what she packed for her most recent trip to Paris, a week in fall and another for a 12-piece wardrobe she packed for two weeks in Scotland and England in the spring.
And as long as I'm larding this post with links, I will let you know that I've posted again to my reading blog.