Goal: two cities, five weeks, one suitcase (must weigh less than 50 lbs to win)
So, added to last week’s styles are sturdy clothes for winter in Johannesburg, with excursions to see lions, leopards, Victoria Falls (on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe), and I hope to see some elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and zebras as well as all manner of springbok and other deer. I will still be working and trying to find some great candid photos of some of the life in South Africa.
It all fits! And I weighed the bag on my digital scale — 24 lbs! Of course, that is before beauty products. This exercise is helping me with my packing anxiety. At least for the short term.
So, for my trip to Frankfurt, and then the next four weeks in Joburg, I have added layers. Here’s the bullet list:
- Cargo pants, heavy weight and ready to be destroyed
- Camouflage print pants
- African wax print skirt
- Vintage yellow polo sweater
- Yellow cardigan
- Olive lightweight wool sweater
- White T-shirt
- White thin cotton turtleneck
- Black T-shirt
- Mauve T-shirt
- Metallic tank sweater
- White rain shell
- Hiking boots
- Black flip flops
- Olive drab jacket with “flair”
- Three scarves, one cotton gingham, one rayon, one polyester (all white background, with black and a hint of accent color)
I think that I might be doing at least one more adjustment…
Goal: 1 suitcase for two cities, 5 weeks
Week 1 Frankfurt, Germany: Build around Brooks, Ltd. LoDo Shirt
This is the second blog planning my packing list for travel to Frankfurt, then on to Johannesburg, South Africa. I am using my inspiration shirt, named after Denver’s Lower Downtown, hence the ‘LoDo’ part of the shirt description. LoDo is where Brooks, Ltd. atelier is located and is also the part of town you see college students, out-of-towners, and business folks mingling together at restaurants and venues.
I might have mentioned that I have “packing anxiety” and that has driven me to plan this trip well in advance. So, I am testing out my one-suitcase bullet wardrobe plan, beginning with five ways to wear the LoDo shirt while working, drinking kaffee, and shopping in Frankfurt, Germany. Oh, and I should tell you, I am going to be eating like a German foodie.
Here’s the bullet list for 5 choices for the first week of five weeks on the road:
- Lilac cotton zip-front LoDo shirt, that doubles as a lightweight jacket
- Navy slim-legged pants (J. Crew)
- Black leggings
- Silk floral shell — vintage from the 80s
- White lightweight cotton turtleneck (think of the movie ‘Something’s Gotta Give’)
- Black vintage Chanel Logo T-shirt (best all around T-shirt ever)
- Black ballet neck tea-length dress
- Black waterproof loafers (Hunter)
- Black logo tennis shoes (Coach)
- Silk print scarf
- Black scarf
- Rhinestone necklace (J. Crew)
These five choices easily fit into the suitcase with plenty of room for next week’s challenge– 4 weeks in Johannesburg!
Managing time apart from my husband, partner, best-friend is work. Emotional work. Slogging through the day, remembering to build in those activities and behaviors that feed into a positive aloneness takes effort. I have to think about how I am taking care of myself. Hence the hashtag #hyggetaughtme, see Instagram for my attempts at self-hygge.
However, once the airline ticket is purchased, the emotional work seems to lighten! It’s easier, knowing that travel adventures are just around the corner! My best friend and hubby-boy is absolutely the best travel companion–he was a History major–and loves to do research. As we visit each place, he talks about historical events and figures, as well as cultural interests while I scout out local food, art, and museums. So, now to the style factor and…Let the packing anxiety/excitement begin! (Breathe in, breathe out!)
Let’s start with a list of activities in Frankfurt, Germany:
- Walking on cobblestones
- Having kaffee und kuchen with friends (everyday)
- Walking through the park, riding the U-bahn
- Eating out in the evening
- Museum (Natural History, Modern Art)
- Walking by the river
List activities in Johannesburg, South Africa:
- Visit wild animal parks
- Pet animals
- Go to markets
- Photograph everything
- Find reasonably safe food to eat and still feel like we belong on the Food Network
Next list the weather:
Frankfurt in June = Seattle in June
- Mild 74/54
Johannesburg in June/July
Now how to pack one suitcase for two cities for over one month…Hmmmm….first attempt. Here’s the bullet list:
- African wax print skirt (authentic African Wax Print produced in Holland)
- Yellow vintage polo
- Yellow cardigan
- Yellow/Gray/White/Black print knit skirt
- Camouflage pants (doesn’t really camouflage hips like I hoped)
- Cargo pocket pants (for animals to destroy)
- White cotton men’s s/s shirt
- White rain shell
- Charcoal wool sweater
- Heather gray cotton v-neck sweater
- Aviator jacket
- Green felt hat
- Rain coat, leopard print
- Fishing vest
- 3 T-shirts
- Chambray tunic/dress
- Linen Blazer, cream, black trim
- Cotton shawl
- Lace scarf
- Purple/Mauve/Pink Ikat Print (not authentic, I can assure you)
- Animal print scarf
- Olive drab work shirt
- Hiking boots
- Canvas Coach tennis shoes
- Missing: leggings, socks, nightshirt, beauty, Rx, technology
Here is a free download of a presentation inspired by my friend @Brookeknowsbeauty. I hope that this helps you in your mental health, your spiritual health, and physical health!
I absolutely love this generation of “kids” –they are a kinder, more emotionally aware group in general. However, they are also putting the “hippie” back in “hipster” to put it gently. Many of these kids are having some challenges finding their way, so I have put together a quick .pdf of a PowerPoint presentation that I made for one of my boys.
I have been working diligently since the kids were pre-teens to be the best parent and guide that I can possible be through frequent-healthy communication, and safe emotional guidance aka lots of listening.
I have also taken to heart the book of Proverbs in the bestseller, The Bible. As a parent helping my offspring find a career that will be satisfying, pay the bills, and fulfill the purpose that has been put into the hard drive programming, can be tricky. Mostly, there must be a giant load of trust in God, in his ways, his process, and that He is able to work outside of any parental fear, anxiety, nagging, et al.
So, here is the free download, Couples Work Plan. It was very helpful to my son and I hope you can find some ideas to use in your own consultation with your adultings.
If I were traveling to the Olympics or just to see Korea, this is what I would pack based on the weather I have been seeing on the news and based on today, St. Valentine’s Day, because I would definitely be wearing my beloved’s gift of white hiking boots! And we would be trying out as much of the street food as we could eat!
So, at the risk of looking like a Canadian sympathizer…Here’s my bullet packing list!
- White silk warm layer
- White cotton turtleneck
- Off-white cashmere turtleneck
- White down vest
- Really warm hat
- Cashmere knit hat
- Two really warm scarves
- Best wool socks, one pair from Deutschland and one pair from here in Colorado!
- New White Hiking Boots!!!
- American Blue Jeans
- Wellensteyn Schneezauber (snow wizard) coat