During Thanksgiving week, Dear Husband and I loaded up our two-seater, hybrid car (yes, only TWO seats in that thing) and drove out west for a wedding. Two days of driving out, two days of driving back. How does a minimalist travel? Lightly and efficiently!
WHAT I WORE
- Black leggings
- Long sleeve wicking shirt (a winter running-type shirt)
- Black peacoat
- Black gloves
- Quick-dry socks (running socks, actually)
- Roomy tennis shoes
I would have liked to wear my black cowboy boots, but, sigh, I get chilblains when the weather turns cooler. Until spring rolls around, I can’t fit my swollen toes in anything but roomy tennis shoes or “sensible” Hushpuppies dress shoes with a boxy toe (specially purchased for the wedding).
Monday was our longest driving day. I felt kind of grungy and stinky by the time we arrived at our hotel. The good thing about leggings, a wicking shirt, and quick-dry socks is you can hand wash them in the hotel sink, and they’re dry and fresh the next morning.:-)
WHAT I PACKED
- Extra socks
- Extra underthings
- Stockings for wedding
- My sensible Hushpuppies that I found for 3 dollars at Goodwill (frugal win!)
- Dress for the wedding
- Earrings and a necklace for the wedding
- Toothbrush (DH packed toothpaste for us in his bag)
- Hand lotion
- Advil, just in case traffic was bad and gave me a darn headache! (Except near Nashville, the traffic wasn’t bad at all. Pleasant drive.)
- A book to read when DH and I weren’t chatting, singing to the radio, or listening to an audiobook
What’s missing? No makeup, no shampoo, and no hairbrush. I don’t wear makeup, and as for my hair, I have a haircut that can best be described as a Jamie Lee Curtis haircut. After using hotel shampoo, all I have to do is finger comb it and kind of muss it into place.
Everything except the (ginormous!) dress fit into a little tote bag my friend Karen made me or into my purse.
I’m not a big jewelry person, but this necklace is one of the few sentimental items I own and was perfect for the wedding.
I put the ginormous dress, made large because of a tea-length, 1950s-style, petticoat skirt, into a big bag and tucked it behind the two car seats. Fortunately, it’s mostly just squishy ruffles and went back there without complaining.
It was a nice road trip with my BFF (that’d be my husband, of course), a lovely wedding, and a travel experience made easy by our intentionally simple and light packing.
Make this day even better! Consider:
- On our trip I read The 12 Week Year by Brian Morgan and Michael Lennington. It’s geared toward setting business goals, but I found it to be extremely practical in planning my personal 2018 goals (or, as everyone calls them, my New Year’s Resolutions). If you’re the kind of person who makes New Year’s Resolutions, I highly recommend it.