In a very short while, I will be heading off on a dream holiday with my hubby to bonny Scotland.
Packing for a long trip is always a challenge. You want to pack for every eventuality but you also want to pack light, to leave room for souvenirs and all that. You need to think of weather – and in Scotland, weather can be quite unpredictable. It’s a matter of striking a balance between comfort and practicality.
On this little TED talk, she not only talks about buying nothing new, but shows the audience what she packed in her suitcase. Watch it first, then we’ll continue talking.
(I pause, while you watch fascinating, inspiring talk by Jessi. I am very patient.)
There. Good wasn’t it? But here’s the question of the day: could you do that? Could you pack 7 pairs of underwear and nothing else and then just shop at a thrift shop for a week’s worth of outfits, knowing that what you find is all you will have to wear for that week? It’s a pretty cool concept, isn’t it?
What I’m trying to get my head around is the consumerism aspect of it. While it is good that she shops thrift (which is essentially a fun way to donate to a charity) and gives back to thrift (which is her lesson in letting go) does it somehow promote consumerism? Even if she’s shopping thrift, she still dropped, say, $100 for a week’s worth of clothes that she’ll wear for that week and then never again. Is that a good thing or not? Where else but in the first world do we have this luxury?
But man, wouldn’t it be a blast? Imagine breezing in and out of an airport with nothing more than your undies and a purse! Could you do this? (Would you make it through security?)
If not, what’s your best packing advice?
P.S. If you are in the Abbotsford BC area this weekend, be sure to stop in at the TRADEX and join in the MCC Festival – you’ll be sure to find some treasures, eat great food, listen to some great music, bid on hand-made Mennonite quilts… I could go on and on – just come and see for yourself –the fun starts tonight!