- By Judith Fein (Editor’s note: All Original World Travel blogs can be viewed on mobile devices by clicking on the following link: www-originalworldtravel-com.mobilizingusa.com)
Did you ever think that the way you pack your luggage for a trip might be a window into your soul? As a travel journalist, here is what I have observed about packing and packers. See where you fit in.
Last-minute luggage crush
1. THE LAST-MINUTE PACKER—CHAOTIC STYLE
You suffer from anxiety and postpone packing until the last possible minute. Packing makes you anxious, and the postponing makes you even more anxious, but you can’t help it. Clothes aren’t important to you, but people are. You attract people easily and like to be the center of attention. On the road, you feel that you’ve put the wrong clothes in your luggage, and end up wearing only 2/3 of them. You’re charming, but deep inside, anxiety rules.
2. THE LAST-MINUTE PACKER—ORGANIZED STYLE
You’re a person who decides, plans and acts. You have an illusion of control and are upset when things get out of hand. You sometimes have trouble in relationships because you are more head than heart. Inside, you’re childlike and whimsical, but this isn’t the face you present to the world. You are afraid of rejection.
3. THE MINIMALIST
You have one carry-on for a two-week trip, and there is still room in your luggage for gifts you buy on the road. You look great every day and change to new shoes and clothes every night.
You’re a no-nonsense person who is organized, as is your suitcase, doesn’t like much outside interference and wants to be in control of her own life. You’re smart, and not fast to trust or confide in others. You don’t like to be caught off guard. Your feelings are as organized as your luggage, but sometimes they refuse to be neatly packed away.
4. THE WORRIER
All your luggage is packed a week before the trip, and you still worry about last-minute details. You don’t indulge in too many frills, and are tightly-wound. You’re smart, sensitive, and have been hurt. You’re cautious about expressing your true feelings. You want people to love you but may push them away because you are so tense. You have a good heart.
5. TOO TOO MUCH
If you could pack the kitchen sink, you would. You are a creative spirit, and you dislike being told what to do. You present a carefree face to the world, but you think and re-think things, and you are easily hurt or wounded. You distrust authority. One example: The Packed Pilgrim.
The Packed Pilgrim
6. THE CONSULTER
Packing is a group effort, and it involves asking your significant other, friends or family for advice. Does this shirt look good? Should you wear all black? Is this luggage ok? You need attention and caring and aren’t sure of yourself. You require a lot of reassurance. You’re a good friend to others.
7. I DON’T CARE STYLE
You claim that you don’t care about clothes, or what others think of your clothes. Externals aren’t important to you. The truth is, you care very much and you want others to think of you as smart and competent. You are progressive and intolerant of others who are less so. You have high self-confidence and low self-esteem.
8. I’LL BUY WHATEVER ELSE I NEED ON THE ROAD
You are free with money, and a little smug. You have an attitude of entitlement and think money can buy you whatever you need. You are smart, creative, and a little on the conservative side. You are uncomfortable talking about deep feelings.
9. IT’S MY BUSINESS
You bought TSA-approved locks and luggage as soon as they were available. You avoid packing bright clothes; actually, your wardrobe is earth tones and neutral colors. Your space was invaded as a child and you’re careful about revealing too much of yourself. You’re intelligent but cautious, and you trust authority, perhaps too much. Once you make up your mind, you don’t easily change it.
10. JUST IN CASE
You try to cover your bases—in case this or that happens on the road. Some of it is reasonable, and some of it is over the top. You take care of others and give away too much of yourself. Although you seem to be open and trusting, you have a deep wariness about others, and try to prevent them from hurting you. You have a big heart.
11. THE ONE PER CENTER
Packing is not something you do. Others do it for you. You spend zero time packing—because you are going to one of your several houses, and everything you need is already there. You want the best of everything, especially luggage. You don’t like the word “no.” You are generous and controlling. You want others to be impressed by you.
12. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
You fuss over every item, pack and re-pack. In. Out. You’re highly indecisive and you have trouble visualizing things, so you have no clear idea of what you may or may not need. You’re envious of others and don’t have a strong sense of yourself in the world. You know what you need; you just don’t believe you do.
So, before you pack your luggage for your next trip, think that when you close your suitcase, you may be opening a window in your personality and who you really are.
About the author:
Judith Fein is a multiple award-winning travel writer and speaker and the author of LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel. Her website is www.GlobalAdventure.us
Editor’S Note: Original World Travel offers amazing journeys to accommodate whatever your packing style is!