Shoes. My downfall in packing every time. At home, I have a closet specifically for shoes. That – and handbags – is all it holds. My Dad lovingly (?) refers to me as Imelda – a reference to the infamous Filipino politician who owned 2,700 pairs of shoes.
I’ve struggled with packing footwear for as long as I’ve been travelling. How am I supposed to limit my shoe choice when I don’t know if I’ll wake up wanting to wear neon pink Pumas or polka dot peep-toes?
I have learned that bringing 10 pairs of shoes is a definite no-no. I never get to wear them all and my suitcases well exceed the weight limit. My packing suggestion? Try to limit your selection to three or four pairs. This allows you some variety, while still being practical. I try to bring a pair of sneakers for sightseeing and vigorous activity, a pair of casual flats for light walking and people watching, and a dressy pair for evenings.
Of course, location matters too! Leave those 4-inch heels behind if you’re heading to Iceland in January (don’t forget the snow boots) and make sure to pack your flip-flops and sandals if you are heading for the beach!