I always pack too much. Always. This despite creating some of the most beautifully composed packing lists the travel world has ever seen. Not that I ignore my instructions, you understand, but pre-trip shopping for the ideal bag/short/jacket/sneaker/camera bag/gadget (delete as appropriate or, in my case, include all) tends to make the seams of my Rimowa cases bulge. Cases. Yes. Plural.
We’re adding a few final stop-offs to our East Coast road trip in September – just this evening we’ve booked the NoMad Hotel in NYC for the start of our trip and The Edition in Miami for our last hurrah.
We’ve learned a hard lesson, however: a two-case trip plus two carry-ons (damn you Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and your super-generous baggage allowance) to New York at Christmas means my osteopath is still reaping the benefits some three months later.
To ensure that I’m practically forced into clever packing mode, I’ve even booked a convertible for the road trip – limited boot space. Clever.
The trip so far takes in New York City, Washington DC, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, a week-long tennis academy, and then on to Key West. This is going to be tricky. We’ll be doing a fair bit of “fayn dining”, so there’ll be a necessity for some smart clothes, as well as tennis gear, plus beachwear for the further south we reach, as well as clothes and footwear for pounding the sidewalks and taking in galleries and museums. Plus room for shopping must-haves (more of that later). All to be squeezed into one suitcase. For an entire month of travelling. Gulp.
///The current list///
Footwear: Air Max | Sports shoe | Evening shoe | Birkenstocks
Clothing: White jeans | Military green lightweight chino | Selection of linen t-shirts | Polo shirts | Denim jacket | Swimwear | Golf/tennis short | Soft pants for driving
Evening: Tuxedo blazer | Lounge pants
Gadgets & stationery: GoPro camera | iPad Mini | Leica X | Cross fountain pen | Sharpie | Sketchbook
Toiletries: A selection from our favourites including Aesop, Haeckels and Kiehls
We’ll be updating and fine-tuning our itinerary and Tweeting for local recommendations for food, drink and must-see attractions in the coming months.