One suitcase, one backpack
|A man struggles to remove snow on his car and on the street in PyeongChang, northeastern South Korea, on Jan. 22, 2013, after more than 30 centimeters of snowfall hit the region in more than 24 hours. (Yonhap)|
Yes, the picture (above) was taken in PyeongChang, where I will be spending the majority of my trip. And yes, I'm constantly being warned to be prepared for (and I quote) "a kind of cold that no one raised in Southern California would ever imagine".
When I travel, I challenge myself to take the least amount of things possible. This includes clothes, electronics, toiletries, etc. One of the reasons I love Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher*, so much is that he travels with the absolute bare minimum (a foldable toothbrush in his pocket... that is all). Admittedly, I will never travel that light (I love my toys too much) but, I am getting better at it.
One suitcase and one backpack is the goal for this trip.
This morning, I learned that our hotel has laundry service, which will make packing easier. Though a bit on the pricey side, I really believe utilizing hotel laundry is worth it if it means that I can pack less. With the clothes, toiletries, and boots I think I'll be able to make the one suitcase a reality.
One backpack should work too. If you know me, you know one of my peeves is "carrying things". Even though I do, in fact, like "things" (I'm complicated. Duh). In addition to my laptop, camera, and tablet** there's plenty of room for the other odds and ends including an extra jacket and small toiletry kit for the 12 hr flight.
The one item I am dreading "carrying", yet know I will absolutely appreciate having with me? The humongous parka that I bought from Columbia. This jacket is a system. Seriously, there are so many different configurations for this thing that there's even a little instruction booklet that came with it. I haven't read all the way through it but, I think I can also turn it into a tent for summer camping. I wonder if Korean Air is going to charge me an extra baggage fee for it.
*Books good, movie bad. Later books not as good as early books but, the series is still worth checking out if you haven't already.
**For those interested, I'm taking my 13" Sony Vaio, Sony NEX-6 + 2 lenses, and iPad Mini.