Did I take too many clothes or just enough? I think there were possibly too many, although my case only weighed in at just over 16 kilograms on the way home. All my tees and shirts would make the cut again. Even though there were 10 shirts in various sizes and colours I wore them all. Some did need an iron after being washed but that wasn’t too much of a problem and at a pinch could have been worn unironed.
Of the bottoms ( 4 capri pants in white, grey, black and denim) I would only take three pants and leave the white ones at home (and possibly put in another skirt especially if I knew if it was going to be very hot ). I basically wore a skirt or a dress for the last two weeks (except at night or when flying). The grey and denim capris were by Sportscraft and kept their shape well after multiple wears. The black pants were from Ambre in Cambodia and they were fantastic. Never creased, always looked good and being black didn’t show any dirt. The black and white skirt was from Blue Illusion, and like the black pants, never creased and lasted five weeks of wear (and no laundry) and still looked good.
The one dress I did take (from Elsewhere in Phnom Penh) was possibly too light a colour. It needed to be washed it twice whilst we were away. But on the plus side it is light weight cotton and very cool. I just need to more careful when eating ice creams!
Most of my clothes (and shoes) were in blue, grey, black and red colours with white backgrounds so they all mixed and matched very easily.
Shoes – I’d take them all again. I was so impressed how good my USD35 shoes from Phnom Penh were that I will be looking for another pair when I am in Cambodia next year. The red Frankie 4 sneakers did not get as much wear as I thought they would, mainly because it was just too hot. They were worn more than the photos would indicate though, as I put them on for specific activities such as walking down into the cave or climbing over ruins.
Of the extras (underwear, scarves, jewellery etc) I had too much. Anyone who knows me well probably never thought they would hear me say I had too much jewellery and too many scarves! A scarf for the plane (and one more) would have been enough. I also bought a scarf in Trani and another in Rome. The latter was a forced purchase as I turned up for the Catacombs tour wearing a sleeveless dress and needed to cover my arms. I took a lot of jewellery, and although I did wear all of it except for one pair of earrings and some bracelets. About half the amount I took would have been enough. Bathers and the sarong I wore twice but they are something you need to take just in case.
Underwear – I took 12 pairs of knickers and four bras. I was glad of that many, although I could have taken less and washed and dried them overnight. I took two camisoles to wear under shirts if it was a bit cool (one black and one white). They did not get much wear as we were in a heat wave some of the time.
The red leather hand bag was used most of the time and the fabric green/grey bag I used on particularly hot or humid days. I also took a small black leather cross body bag I thought would be good for evening – which it was – but it was not really necessary.
My wearing on the plane clothes were good although I did not wear those pants or cardigan at any other time. That’s the problem with starting out in one climate and holidaying in another.
So in summary if I was going on a similar holiday in summer to southern Europe again I would take:
One pair of long loose pants for the plane
One long line cardigan for the plane
10 shirts of various styles including one to wear on the plane
3 pairs of capris or 7/8th pants
Either two skirts and one dress or two dresses and one skirt
One short sleeved cardigan
One long sleeved loose knit jumper
3 pairs of socks
A good leather cross body bag and a fabric bag
I’ve been asked for more info about my case. It was a So Lite 4 wheeled 61cm case from the Australian Luggage Company and I paid about AUD90 for it. On the plus side it was light and easy to wheel on smooth surfaces and the interior bottom is fairly flat making packing easy. On the negative side it was not easy to wheel on carpet, rough surfaces or cobblestones. I would have preferred it to be smaller, (ideally about 55 cms) but they do not seem to make that size any more. I also took an quite old carry-on bag (also from the Australian Luggage Company).
In summary thanks for reading this and for your comments. Actually documenting my packing list and travel wardrobe has made it easier for me to clarify what worked and what didn’t and make planning for next time easier. Next time will be Cambodia and Vietnam in January/ February 2016! I hope to see you all again then