everytime i look around my room, i'm disgusted at myself for bringing so many clothes with me. i brought two huge suitcases and a carry on and another big bag, and there is no reason for it. i hardly wear any of it. up until last week, most of it had been dirty since september.
i'm a packrat. i love keeping stuff, but i love keeping it so that someday i can throw it away. nothing feels better than shoving stuff into a trash bag. so, i think it would be equally liberating to travel with hardly anything. instead of lugging three giant suitcases around prague -- through the airport, into a transport van, up the fucking stairs at the villa, into a taxi, up 5 floors in our new place -- wouldn't it be awesome to just have one?
so the next time i travel i'm travelling light as possible. when i get back to the states, whenever that will be, the next big trip i want to take is another cross-country roadtrip. i was just looking at pictures from the trip i took with brendan to LA in june 2006, and it made me want to do it again. i want to take the northern route out to seattle, come down the west coast, then take the southern route through new mexico, arizona, texas, etc. then back up the east coast.
i want someone or several people to come with me, but the only rule is: you can only bring one backpack. you can only bring an extra pair of shoes and jeans, a thicker layer (sweatshirt or long-sleeved t-shirt, maybe a jacket if its cold but this would ideally take place in the summer), underwear obviously, and a pack of plain white t-shirts*. that's it!
everytime i've travelled i overpack and i always think "oh, i'll want to wear all these things..." but i never actually want them. i always end up wearing jeans and a t-shirt. and it's better that way, because who cares.
my other travel plans are: the trans-siberian railway. from january on i'm saving money so i can go in july.
let me know if you want to join me.
*piece of advice: if you ever find yourself in the men's department in target/walmart/your respective discount department store, purchasing your plain white t's, and you're trying to decide between the five-pack of Hanes or Fruit of the Loom, always buy Hanes! I've made this mistake one too many times.