“It’s not a fashion show.” My mom used to say to me as a teen when I whined that all my outfits weren’t fitting into my carry-on. I likely sassed her back with some iteration of “life is a fashion show,” and 15 years later, we’re having the same discussion as we get ready to travel to Paris in two weeks.
To sum up the above: I’m not a light packer. I never have been, and I can’t imagine I ever will be. I like options. I need options, and contrary to popular belief, I do believe that everyday life is indeed a fashion show. *shrugs*
Coincidentally enough, one of my friends is also traveling abroad this spring, departing a few days before me. She and I were having a similar discussion about outfit planning and packing. I laughed when she said she’ll be packing as lightly as possible because my packing philosophy is exactly the opposite.
While I know it’s unrealistic, I’ll do my very best to ensure each outfit is paired with different shoe/bag combos that match each vibe. My packing motto is: even if you think you have enough stuff, jam in some more.
Packing mentalities aside, heavily packing your suitcase full of designer duds is also two-fold, and for many, there is a concern of safety when traveling abroad. My mom, who is my travel partner this time around, expressed concerns over pick-pocketing and even heard of crossbody bags being cut off of tourists by thieves.
Being that I live in a big city like New York, I don’t find it a concern, and I’m not planning on changing my aesthetic to be less loud for this trip. Rather I’m planning to bring at least 4-5 different designer bags with me to match my outfits for day and night.
To Carry or Not to Carry
Have you traveled abroad recently to Paris or elsewhere? Do you carry your designer bags abroad? I’m genuinely curious and would love to know your thoughts!