…THAT is the question! I have been going back and forth debating on what I do and don’t need for my trip to Europe. It’s hard trying to fit three weeks worth of clothes into one suitcase (that cannot exceed 44 lbs :( Thanks Contiki!). Something I definitely MUST avoid doing is overpacking.
To Overpack – (v.) To pack too many items in a pack or suitcase for a trip. See Sara.
I’m a textbook overpacker. I’m the type of person who needs to pack tons of unnecessary items of clothing, just so I have options when it comes to getting dressed. Because I’m going to be in Europe for three weeks (and I’m leaving in two days, YAY!), I’m going to have to re-wear many of my clothes. As frustrating as it’s going to be not having my entire wardrobe with me (which is a small price to pay ;)) my sister and I have had a blast accessorizing all of our different outfits to make them unique.
For the most part, Steph and I took some of our favorite dresses and used cardigans, jackets, scarves, and belts to accessorize each outfit! It was a quick and easy way to dress up/down our outfits so we can re-wear them :)
We also tried to find ways that we could turn day shirts into night outfits, that way all we had to do was a switch of the bottoms and we were ready for a fun night out! :)
Another great thing about having a sister is the ability to share clothes with each other :D Between the two of us I’m sure we’ll be set!
Now that we have all of our outfits set aside, all that’s left to do is pack it up! Wahoo! :D
After finishing finalizing our outfits, our family got dressed up for my grandma’s 77th birthday. She’s seventy seven years young :) I hope that when I get older I’m half the woman she is! My mom always says she can’t believe how old grandma’s getting, and I agree. She’s so lively and active, that it’s hard for me to believe that she is what some may call a “senior citizen” (even though she’s forever young in my book ;) ). Every year that passes, she gets a little older and a little bit wiser. One of her favorite quotes to live by inspires me everyday…
“To live a long and happy life you should do three things: stimulate your mind, your body, and your heart. Stimulate your mind by exercising it daily. Form your own opinion, speak up for what you believe in, be aware of what’s going on in the world. Stimulate your body by working out, whether it be long walks or a four mile run. And most importantly, stimulate your heart by continuously strengthening your relationships with the ones you love, because love is the greatest of all things.” -My Grandma
She is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, and I’m so lucky to call her my grandma. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you G-ma :)
Today I’m off to do some birthday shopping for my mom. Her birthday is tomorrow and I can’t be more excited to surprise her with some great gifts before we head off to Europe! Have a wonderful Tuesday, and get excited for all of the guests posts that I’ll be posting while I’m gone! :D
How do you pack for a long OR short trip?
What’s your favorite way to spend a birthday?
What’s your favorite memory with your grandma?