I head to Spain for 60 days from mid February to mid April 2023 and just compared my packing list to the Rick Steves packing list for women. I am taking fewer bottoms than the RS list and am second guessing myself. We will be checking our bags due to restrictive carry on rules from Australia.
I have also looked at Sarah Murdoch videos and while I am probably taking heavier pieces than she packs, I am taking fewer of them. I have never liked wearing silk - in trousers or tops. There's something about the combination of me and silk that seems to generate static electricity. The 5 tops I am taking are merino or moisture wicking activewear. I am also taking one cotton shirt for sun protection.
For my lower half, I am planning to take:
- 1 pair lightweight cotton blend black jeans (weight 14 oz)
- 2 pairs quick dry travel pants - one navy, one gray (combined weight 1.5 pounds) - dry quickly after a sink wash
- 1 knee length black stretch wrap skirt (weight 10 oz) - to be worn alone if weather is warm, and with leggings if weather is cold.
On the plane (27 hour flight) I will wear yoga pants (weight 9.5 oz) which will double duty as loungewear, gym wear and pyjamas.
I am not taking a dress as I don't think I will need one in addition to my skirt. I am taking two very lightweight mesh cardigans that "dress up" the black jeans and skirt for dinners in nice restaurants.
I am torn about whether to take a pair of capris or not. At home, I wear capris a lot, but my favourite ones are quite thick and heavy and take ages to dry after washing. We don't use a dryer at home and so I have no idea if my clothes can be tumble dried.
Has anyone ever regretted "packing light"? I am not a big shopper overseas as I have a petite plus figure and can't just walk into a shop and buy something easily - pants, skirts and dresses are generally way too long and hems need to be shortened.
Suggestions and/or reassurance welcome. :)