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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Packing light

I am finally headed to Italy! This has been a trip that I've been looking forward to for more than a year. My sister and I are joining friends for Gail's Great Escape in Montisi. I am going by way of London, then on to Pisa. We will spend a couple of days in Florence... where we can hit the leather markets and pig out on 'cinghiale'.

We will spend a Slow week in Montisi, using our villa as a home base to see Tuscany. I will do my best to post, but with dial-up it might be a challenge. Luckily I am traveling with two other bloggers. Jerry and Palma will also be blogging from Italy. You can get your fill of gelato and vino without getting on a plane!

Now back to the packing... I am the queen of black. It mixes and matches well, doesn't show dirt, and wrinkles just disappear. Besides~ wearing black makes me feel very Italian! I am getting 2 weeks worth into one suitcase. Especially since I am the one schlepping this bag on and off the train. It can be done.

Here are some 'professional' packing tips
* wrinkle free and mix and match are the key
* tiny t-shirts to long sleeves- layers make it flexible
* 2 pairs of comfortable shoes- and one on my feet
* use all sizes of ziploc bags for squishing things down
* no need to carry the whole beauty cabinet- just the essentials
* one light weight jacket that can fold into its own pocket
* pashmina shawls in bright colors for those chilly Tuscan evenings
* one camera with extra memory cards and lots of batteries
* I am leaving the laptop at home... I will be on the look out for internet cafe's!
* Most Important- an extra duffel bag the fold up into a tiny square. On the way home it will hold all the dirties and make room for olive oil, wine, limoncello and any other things that might sneak into my suitcase.
I'll have a carry on with my tiny purse tucked inside. That will meet that one bag rule.

Luckily I am meeting Holly in London! If I forget anything I will just borrow hers... just like when we were kids.
4 more sleeps and then I'm off y'all.



Lisa said...

Can't wait to see the splendors of your trip!!!

jennifer said...

Oh Sandi, you lucky lady! That sounds like so much fun!!

Travel safe and take lots of pics to share!!

Be blessed.


Anonymous said...

Sandi, As you know I'm thrilled for you not only because you will be with the Montisi gang but you will be able to experience all of this with your sister. Holly sounds like a gem and I know she will have a blast with all the slowtrav friends. I'm so happy for you. Will await the stories and the photos!Barb Cabot

PAT said...

Have a fabulous time, Sandi! Looking forward to a trip report, with photos, of course!


Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Had to laugh about the black making you feel Italian... I had to talk my little Italian mother into wearing some colors because it seemed all she chose was I wear a lot of black too LOL.
sooo, sounds to me like you might need a bit of help carrying those bags and I am happy to volunteer all I require is a ticket and some of the limoncello...


Sandi McBride said...

I am so envious! Not so much for Italy as for London...have a ball, hurry back, bring loads of pictures

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Thanks for stopping in y'all.
Barb~ You know we will have a great time- lots of stories to tell.
Francie~ Black is the universal Italian color.
Sandi~ I'll have a cup of tea for you in Londontown.

Sugar Bear said...

You are going to have such a fabulous time! Safe trip.

Pam said...

Lucky!! Wave to London for me as you pass through. Gah, I love that city.

I can't wait to see your pics when you return. Safe travels.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Have a great time. Can't wait to hear all about it. I don't travel much anymore, but when I did I loved the pashminas and the ZIP LOC BAGS! Be safe!

GardenGoose said...

oooh what fun! can't wait to see pictures.
safe travels.

Sally said...

Have fun Sandi - I wish I was going with you!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pam~ I'll do better than that... I'll have a cup of tea just for you.
Jill~ you day will come (again)Babies grow up fast!
Sally~ you can ride along on the blog.

girasoli said...

I am so excited for you!! I wear a lot of black also. I just bought another great little black T-shirt yesterday. It looks like you are a master at packing light. I have been trying... I don't think I could do the one bag rule though through London. Have a WONDERFUL TRIP!!

Gail Hecko said...

Sandi, will you come over and pack for me??

Donna Kay said...

Sandi - i can't wait to hear about this....and you cannot ever go wrong with black - my daughter's tell me I always look like Johnny Cash!!!!!!
Come visit and see my birthday surprise!!!!

joan said...

Oh hide me in your suitcase and take me along. LOL I hope you have a wonderful trip and I love your ideas about packing. I have learned that the hard way by packing way too much and never using half of what I bring. Can't wait to see photos. Have a safe and wonderful time.

Gumbo Lily said...

Sounds fantastical!
Can't wait to see pics.


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