Packing made easy (at least easier)

When I was a business traveler, I hated to pack because it was part of being a business traveler, which I didn’t like being.

Packing for my trip to Umbria is different, in many ways harder.  I don’t quite know what to expect of life in a tiny Italian village, so can’t anticipate precisely what I’ll want with me.  That’s the fun of travel, right?  OK, but what if I forget something indispensable?

Fortunately, I’ve found help:

  • Weather Underground — I went here first to get an idea what the weather will be during my stay.  I went to the “Travel & Activities” drop-down menu, selected “trip planner,” typed in “Orvieto” (the closest city) and the dates of my stay, and received a pageful of statistics about average temperatures and temperature ranges, chances of hot, warm, cold, rainy, and foggy days, and historic weather reports by day.  So I now know not to take my snow boots.  (One decision down.)
  • Packing Pro (iPhone app) — I like Packing Pro a lot.  It starts with an exhaustive list of anything anyone could EVER need, then lets me customize it for myself.  Next, it allows me to develop packing lists for each upcoming trip.  The Packing Pro website is here.
  • My Bella Vita — This is one of my favorite Italy blogs.  It has a feature called “Travel Tip Tuesday” that is great for trip planning.  There are several posts that include helpful packing tips.  Check this out.
  • Onebag.com — This is another helpful list designed to make sure you don’t forget an essential.  Go to the “What to Pack” tab for list heaven.  The author also argues against taking too much or checking luggage.

As a matter of last resort, I’ll remember the wise words of a dear friend’s father: “The funny thing about where you’re going?  They have STORES there!”  He was right.

Even so, I’m going to have to check my bag(s?), and I’m sure Mr. Onebag wouldn’t want me to take my yoga mat.  In all fairness, though, there IS a yoga studio near the house.  Come to think of it, maybe my business travel would have been more palatable if I had taken a yoga mat.