There is a saying in Newfoundland: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.”
Living in Canada, particularly on our perch at the edge of the North Atlantic, we
almost always bring a sweater. Even in the summer. It’s a habit that is very hard to break, even when we are travelling to warmer climes.
Contrast that with our penchant to travel for longish periods of time, usually three weeks (and sometimes as much as six, if we can swing it), and the need to pack as lightly as possible…which makes the sweater decision a tough one.
We pretty much always bring a sweater (so that means three sweaters!) which almost never gets worn.
But time after time, that sweater gets packed.
Just. In. Case.
So it was with some pride that we, ever so daringly, went off to China this past summer with a total of ZERO sweaters in our suitcases. However, that did not happen without some trepidation and a ridiculous amount of discussion.
In the end, we decided that since we were going to a country with summer daytime highs of 40 degrees, numerous markets, and the capacity to produce much of the world’s textile products, we could chance it and buy a sweater if necessary.
And, as you may have guessed, that was not necessary.
Although this is a small thought, it reminded us that even though we feel we are savvy packers from all our years of travelling, less can be more. If you leave a bit of extra space in your luggage and pack a little less, then you can make a local purchase if necessary. If you have to do so, you’ve got a non-kitchy souvenir you can wear often upon your return; if you don’t, then you have less to lug around.
Contingency plans are good…but only when necessary.