Travel Suitcase – What to Pack?

Holidays are a great opportunity to relax and unwind, but the thought of packing a suitcase often left me feeling the complete opposite. Over the years I’ve noticed how I had built a level of anxiousness over what to pack and this left me feeling overwhelmed or burdened by the task.

A number of questions would rattle me, including:

  • How much do I pack?
  • What is the weather going to be like?
  • Have I packed enough warm and cooler clothing?
  • What if I can’t buy the same things in the place that I am visiting?
  • What if I pack too much and the luggage exceeds the weight allowance at the airport?
  • What will I wear to make me ‘fit in’ with the other people I am travelling with?
  • What if I choose the wrong clothes and they won’t have my size to purchase more?
  • Do I have enough toiletries and do I pack extra for others that may forget?

With time, I noticed that I had become accustomed to feeling this way and noticed how much this overwhelm would start to consume me weeks before I was heading off.

In many situations I would start to plan outfits in my head and organise mini “to do lists” to make sure everything was packed and that I didn’t miss a thing. This even affected my sleep and I would often dream I was at the airport catching a flight and had either forgotten to pack or, even worse, left my passport at home.

This changed when I recently became inspired by the work presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine on appreciation being the key ingredient in building a solid foundation upon which to base all aspects of my life. I knew that I had developed a solid foundation that supported me in my day, but I was missing the glue that held this all together – APPRECIATION!

Over the past month I have worked on developing an appreciation of the smallest parts of my foundation; from the quality of the time I take to moisturise my hands each day, to drinking water regularly to keep myself hydrated. I realised that my suitcase packing is a simple task that can be done as part of my day, no different to my morning routine that included showering, dressing and eating.

As I planned for a recent trip, I stopped and asked myself a few questions before I even attempted to place the first item in the suitcase:

How much do I really need to support me on this trip?

  • Am I choosing clothes that I feel to wear – or what I think others would like to see me wear?
  • Am I appreciating the care and detail I take into packing?
  • Can I ring a travel buddy and ask if we can share items such as hairdryers etc., to avoid doubling up?
  • Is the trip about ‘impressing’ others or ‘just being me’ with others?
  • Is what is in the suitcase coming from my own choice to feel what is needed to support me?

What I discovered with the packing process this time was:

  • As I packed each garment I appreciated how great this felt on my body.
  • I chose shoes that were not based on how well they matched my outfit, but on how comfortable they felt on my feet.
  • I selected clothes that I knew from experience kept me warm in winter and cooler in the summer months.
  • I packed toiletries that I use each day, so this was already part of my foundation.
  • I packed colours that I felt to wear, not what I thought would suit the places I was travelling to.

What seemed to be a hard and overwhelming task became so simple when I chose to appreciate myself even more and simply placed these items in my suitcase.

Building a foundation of appreciation has been the way in which I have chosen to heal a lot of the anxiousness, not only in packing a suitcase, but in many other aspects of my life. The feeling of it being a burden, the list writing and the worry about not getting things right are no longer part of my daily routine.

Learning to live from my foundation of appreciation and bringing this to my work, chores and all the other areas of my life has removed the anxiousness and given me more space to enjoy the opportunities that are on offer.

With this appreciation, anything is possible as it reminds me that anytime I may wobble or have self-doubt, I can return to the simplicity of the foundations I have laid down.

With deep thanks and appreciation to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, for showing me there is another way to live that supports us all to build more of who we are, and remove the overwhelm and anxiousness that can be fed to us when we choose not to appreciate our inner knowingness.

By Anonymous

Further Reading:
Appreciation – A Pathway To Love
Appreciation, Appreciation, Appreciation
What Is The Science of Appreciation and How Does It evolve All of Our Relationships.

683 thoughts on “Travel Suitcase – What to Pack?

  1. Thank you Anonymous for the timely reminder of how appreciation of ourselves supports us to be in a harmonious flow with life and all that is presented to us on a daily basis.

  2. I know how there are so many things in life which seem to just be there to overwhelm us 🙂 And yet isn’t it also an amazing reflection to lovingly remind us that a steady and solid foundation is what holds us, no matter what happens in life and however life tries to knock us over.

  3. I often have to pack going from one extreme to another 40° C to -6° C for example… It is always a great way of checking in to make sure that one is super aware, and covering all bases.

  4. Appreciation is truly key to deepening the relationship with ourselves and in building a solid foundation that supports us with everything in life.

  5. What you share here is so important for us all to read and feel the truth of our creations. That cause anxiousness to not be fully ourselves takes an effort, and it takes its toll.

  6. Appreciation is an ingredient that I don’t always put into my day and it is very telling with how my day then plays out. I’ve just travelled overseas twice in one month so I have had plenty of practice with packing. I learn every time I pack, what worked the time before or what didn’t and each time I refine it I feel the support when I reach my destination. My last trip I actually stopped and appreciated even the small things of having all my toiletries that I needed. This is a huge change from complete overwhelm packing, not knowing if I had the right clothes or if I had enough etc. to enjoying the experience.

  7. Inspiring to read how anxiousness has been removed by your level, your foundation of appreciation and it exposes the fact how appreciation in my life is there now and then but not consistently as the solid foundation I know it can be and how this creates space and freedom in our lives.

  8. I thought on reading t his, holidays should be a time of relaxation, and then I further thought, actually we should be at ease in any moment, and if not then clock it and evaluate why. Appreciation is certainly one way to take the tension away, I can relate to allowing this unease at times where it would be smarter to just let it go.

  9. Thank you for the tip – it is always good to travel with appreciation – I will make sure that I pack it and with it.

  10. Appreciating ourselves is so important because we do not do it enough, but there is always a moment to stop and just appreciate what is there to appreciate on that moment, and then those moments continue to build so that we have a solid foundation of appreciation as our platform.

  11. I had similar anxiety dream as yours, of feeling distracted and forgetting my passport and missing my flight. I notice I get these dreams when I am making unloving choices in my life.

  12. If appreciation gives us a solid foundation in life, I can see why the world is in such a mess. Most of us allow critical, negative, doubting thoughts to run on repeat in our heads. It actually feels lovely to treat yourself with appreciation. It is like looking at a child who is quietly playing or sleeping and just loving them for who they are.

  13. It’s like the appreciation helped you to re-gather yourself and not get lost in worrying and so simplified the process too – I’m sure this is something we could all apply to many tasks in life!

  14. Anonymous, this is very cool; ‘Learning to live from my foundation of appreciation and bringing this to my work, chores and all the other areas of my life has removed the anxiousness’, I will experiment with this, how beautiful to have appreciation as your foundation.

  15. Until reading this blog I had not appreciated the knock-on effect of appreciation in the way it is presented here and it is true.

  16. I love how the appreciation you shared Anonymous actually confirms who you are and how much you value yourself. Each confirming movement made brings a great deal of simplicity to all areas of our lives and packing or anything else done in this way becomes an absolute pleasure.

  17. Appreciation of ourselves and our Divine qualities is the best preparation for any journey we will undertake here on earth, as this will hold us in good stead for whatever life will present us with.

  18. worry about not getting things right…I know very well, especially at work. This makes me go with thoughts in my head instead of being in my body and then this anxiousness feelings appears. Very true it is to built more appreciation towards one selves in this case. This means that we not just think in our head that we are ok or amazing but that we feel in our body, that we open up our heart to ourselves to deeply surrender to ourselves and accept ourselves deeply. This I am practicing now to built this deeper foundation in me.

  19. I have been planning to renew my passport and it was quite similar to what you share – I would have many questions and what ifs, like when the least busy time might be; where to take the photo and when – should I go after work one day, or go before going to the passport office on the day; do I really only just need my current passport – I was driving myself into anxiousness, and yes it is a choice, a rather indulging one, and that is how I create and fill ‘spare’ time when there isn’t one.

  20. I have become great at packing what I need for trips and not bringing along excess stuff that never gets worn. The last time I travelled I knew I would be doing a lot of walking so I purposefully packed comfy shoes, rather than the ones that would look best with my outfits. I will remember to bring along a big dose of appreciation the next time I pack.

  21. The anxiety over what to pack can come from us worrying we will forget something, be left unprepared or not have what we need. I recently took trip to China and I was super prepared, packed lovingly and was covered for many situations. But when I arrived in China I discovered my luggage hadn’t. It took another 2 days for my bags to reach me. So it was the same outfit, which was an warm enough for a cold aeroplane but far too hot for a Chinese summer, no makeup, and none of anything I had packed to support me on my trip. But what I discovered was that I was fine, more than fine actually, I was great and felt amazing. And I I simply did what was needed and rolled with what was happening. The preparing was great and super supportive but I didn’t need any of it. All I need is my connection to me and from there everything else works out.

    1. Lovely Nikki, and so true, allowing, accepting, and staying connected to our self helps support us in all situations.

  22. I have been travelling a lot lately and realise how often I over pack. I am learning to travel light and trust that I have everything I need in my suitcase and if I don’t I can alway buy it. No stress required just plan accordingly and trust what I need will be available.

  23. When I read through the list of worries that you describe here at the beginning of the blog anon it occurs to me that most anxiousness I also feel is when I am thinking about or worrying about the future and something that hasn’t even happened yet! And I have also found as you have that the best cure for this is to stay focused on the moment and the quality of my movements in the moment and really appreciate them.

  24. Us humans like to make things difficult so we can solve the problems… but there is a simple way to live and one that doesn’t create problems in the first place.

  25. Packing a suitcase to go away reveals a lot about how we are living on a daily basis – do I actually like the clothes I am taking? Are they good enough? And if,for example, they are not good enough – why wear them at all, why have them in my wardrobe?

    1. Having read your comment I am realising more and more when I feel not to take a certain item away with me, that I haven’t worn that certain garment in years I am now questioning why that is still in my wardrobe too. Time for a de-clutter methinks.

  26. I can truly start to appreciate that when I remain present with myself in the moment I can connect with and feel what is needed for the coming day not in anxiety but from a knowing and felt sense.

  27. “Learning to live from my foundation of appreciation and bringing this to my work, chores and all the other areas of my life has removed the anxiousness and given me more space to enjoy the opportunities that are on offer.” Appreciating even the small things in life can bring much bigger changes than one might realise at the outset. One of the biggest things I appreciate in my life is my finding – and staying with – Universal Medicine. The impact this has had on my life is profound.

  28. As a travel agent I love this question. 🙂 Packing can cause anxiety as we are stepping out of our comfort zone and the safety of our home where we have everything we’ll need, or if not we know how to access it – we feel safe. But it’s a great time to ponder whether it is our things that make us feel safe and secure or something much deeper – our connection to ourselves.

  29. I am choosing to bring appreciation into all aspects of my life more and more, and I’m starting to enjoy it, ‘Building a foundation of appreciation has been the way in which I have chosen to heal a lot of the anxiousness, not only in packing a suitcase, but in many other aspects of my life.’

  30. OMG. How amazing is it to just stop and consider what would be supportive for yourself? I am awesome at going into overdrive, overwhelm, overdrama etc etc. But when I make the choice to do it differently, my golly gosh is life suddenly so much simpler! The question for me is why on earth do I need make that choice everytime. It’s a work in progress in changing my default settings.

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