I’ll be the first to admit I only learned to do laundry last year when I graduated college and moved away from home. I know, I know, shame on me, but my mom just put so much care into it at the time that I knew I could never compete. So I didn’t even try.
I have, however, always prided myself in how quickly I can pack for a trip. I usually pack 15 minutes before I leave home for the airport, and it usually consists of me throwing my entire wardrobe in my carry-on, save for my airline pajamas (which, on second thought, makes up about 90% of my wardrobe).
Last year my mom also pointed out to me that apparently there are clothing stores other than Old Navy. Who knew? She introduced me to this brand called Lacoste that has a stupid alligator logo on it (or is it a crocodile?). She told me that apparently it’s considered “cool,” and was my only chance of marrying someone on the @AmericanAir Twitter team. So I decided to invest in two of those shirts.
Anyway, ever since living alone I’ve had a habit of literally dumping my entire carry-on into the washer upon my return home, regardless of whether or not I actually wore the item on the trip. After all, when you’re mixing damp gym clothes and swimming trunks with unworn clothes, everything could use a wash.
Despite buying those two Lacoste shirts, I almost never wore them, though I did take them on almost every trip. Well, that was at least the case until this weekend, when I did wear one, only to find it was about as big as a tube top. Perhaps washing clothes with every trip isn’t all that good of an idea, and I should actually spend a bit of time organizing my clothes.
So I’ve come up with a new system for handling clothes on trips. Perhaps this is glaringly obvious to everyone else, though it was a revelation to me. Now when I travel I take the hotel’s laundry bag, and as soon as I have “used” clothes I place it in there. That way I separate my “fresh” clothes from my “used” clothes, and actually stand a chance of having it fit more for more than a month before shrinking into Barbie-sized clothes. It’s also an easy way to keep track of how much clothes has been worn and how much is still left on a trip in terms of rationing.
Anyone have any other packing tips that’ll knock my (clean) socks off?