When we booked our recent trip to Bulgaria, we knew we'd be extremely limited on suitcase space, as we only had one big one and four little ones between us. We were so concerned about this situation that a fortnight before we traveled, we met up and had a "packing party" - read on after the jump to find out what this actually means!
It wasn’t just to make our flights cheaper that we chose to only have a small bag each for a 2-week holiday, but because we had to fit everything into a hire vehicle, and we didn’t want it to be a minibus! As we all prioritized cameras and films, it didn’t seem to leave a lot of room available for clothes. Despite the boys being remarkably cavalier about this, convinced they’d be ok with just three pairs of pants and one t-shirt for the entire 14 days, us girls were not so sure. We decided to pack well in advance in order that we could alter our plans regarding luggage and cars if need be. There, the idea for the “packing party” was born. The first step was for me to get to Lou and Dan’s house, with all the clothes and cameras I hoped to take.
The next stage of the “party” was to learn about the “Art of the Roll”, making all our clothing as small as possible in order to fit in the maximum amount possible. Dan was somewhat of an expert in this area, and even managed to take more than one t-shirt himself! Of course, in order to fit in more cameras (in the cups of my bras – for extra support) some clothing had to be sacrificed, but in the end, I was actually happy with how much I managed to squeeze into a small space.
Once we were all packed, it was time for the important stuff, which I largely let them take care of – like listing our items (so that we didn’t forget to bring stuff home), weighing the big case and measuring the smaller ones.
Of course, once all the serious stuff were finished, we still had plenty of time to squeeze in a movie, a takeaway and a zombie movie – this made it feel more fun than a dreaded chore – which it had been for some weeks due to the anxiety of not being able to take enough cameras with us! If you have a trip coming up, then have a packing party beforehand – you’ll be amazed at what you can fit in if you are organized!