You know what’s crazy? When we went to Europe for 3 weeks, we took 5 bags for 3 people with plenty of room for souvenirs. But, when I pack for a weekend getaway, I take an entire bag just for myself and its almost busting at the seems. How is that possible? I guess I just cut myself a lot more slack when I know I don’t have to strap it to my back for hours at a time. I also take a lot less time to pack for a weekend trip – I just toss in whatever I think I might want. But, when I am traveling internationally, I am very deliberate about every single item that makes the final cut. I spend days or even weeks thinking about what to bring. I spend 5 minutes when we are going a few hundred miles. It seems the amount of time I spend packing is inversely proportionate to the distance I will be traveling.
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