I planned my packing for the Oct 5 – Oct 15 trip to the Philippines using several matrices. Life worked out mostly as planned. This was how I thought it would work out:
|Cream tee||White tee||Pink tee||Dress|
I liked the planning method, so I built the analysis into my home dashboard. This is what my clothing logs tell me:
Here’s that listed by date (also from the same page):
|pink board shorts||A||1|
|dark brown capri pants||A||1|
|white Wanko lace||B||A||2|
|cream v-neck shirt||A||A||2|
|brown cable sweater||A||A||2|
|paint-spattered stretch pants||A||A||A||A||4|
|cream shift dress||A||1|
|light blue Jockey T-shirt||A||1|
|white Jockey shirt||A||A||A||A||A||5|
|brown skirt with pattern||B||A||2|
A and B distinguish different outfits on the same day.
I might need to fix the clothing logs as the pictures come in. I forgot to track some of the earlier days, so I filled them in from memory.
I wore the white T-shirt / stretch pants combination on the plane rides, hence the double-counted days.
Next time, I should bring more polyester and less cotton. I brought the cotton T-shirts because they were easy to mix and match. They were fine in the city, where we spent most of our time in airconditioned comfort. The polyester top I borrowed from W- was much more comfortable in hot weather. It dried faster after washing, too. Many of my polyester tops are more sport-like and can’t easily be matched with skirts, but I’ll keep an eye out for other tops that would be a good fit. The travel pants my dad got me should also make it easier to use my travel tops.
I should plan for clothes to dry in two days, not one. Maybe even three days, for safety.
We packed just the right number of clothes, I think. I didn’t feel like I packed too few clothes, and I didn’t end up with lots of clothes unworn.
W- totally won in terms of clothing. It turns out that scrubs are excellent for air travel: a loose fit for comfort; pockets for pens, passports, and boarding passes; and room to avoid aggravating sunburns.
Yay geek travel!