I've done a lot of travelling around New Zealand and four ventures across the Tasman Sea, but it's taken a long time for me to learn what to pack so I can relax and enjoy my adventure.
However, I did fit in a wetsuit and a computer.
For three weeks in May and June I was researching a novel in Queensland, Australia. (See here for more details on that.) It called for travelling light and packing for convenience and adaptability.
BUT I'm a girl who likes to be prepared for every situation. You know the type? Then you know that travelling light is no mean feat. I'm pleased to announce there were only three items of clothing that I didn't use. There were two good excuses for this.
- It didn't rain.
- Ninety minutes before I expected to leave for a party, my brother said, "We're leaving now", so I went in what I'd been wearing all day.
Best Bit #1: MERMAID SKIRTBoutique Narelle mermaid skirt in printed stretch cotton with polyester lining.
I just got it finished in time for the trip. It doesn't require pressing after laundering, and I could wear it for a week and it still wouldn't look creased.
- classy enough to wear to a party;
- practical enough to roam a beach in or climb up to a lighthouse (being fitted over the thighs and full from above the knees, it gives kick room without exposure due to gusting breezes on beach or train platform);
- and comfy enough for hours seated on planes and trains without ruffling my sense of well-being.
The skirt looked good enough that a woman stopped me in Bundaberg Library to say how much she liked it, and Aussie film legend David Ireland came across the restaurant on Lady Elliot Island to say "Nice dress." Yep, I'll definitely pack that dress again.