It was a dark and rainy night when our two travelers land in Budapest. Their flight had been delayed out of Charles De Gaul (nothing new there), the luggage missed the connecting flight (it was off stalking conveyor belts) and hunger was gnawing unmercifully at their tummies (that bad airplane food suddenly seemed doable).
Sometime past the witching hour, the disheveled travelers reach their hotel. All she wants is a Diet Coke and a hot bath. Ah, to her disappointment, she will have neither. Giving up on any civilized accouterments, the travelers collapse into bed and sleep until the morning sun pushes open their eyelids. Time to explore!
They walk and look and do and shop. Ah, they shop. OK. She shops; he pays. She makes calculated purchases. He gives her that disgusted “not more stuff” look. He knows the luggage is of the extra small variety and will never accommodate more stuff. But, our lady traveler is unmoved because she knows the secret of the vanishing clothes.
Flashback to packing day: We see her bag splayed open on the bed. She carefully selects each gently worn item. She folds a pair of khakis, pressed but definitely past its prime. Next, a faded black t-shirt is snuggled against the inside suitcase rail. A jacket with some fraying around the collar is zipped and pressed into place.
A pair of shoes is resting at the edge of the bed. In contrast to the clothes, they appear almost new. No scuffs or scrapes and plenty of tread on the soles.
She knows the secret:
• Good shoes are critical
• Clothes are disposable
Flash-forward to our travelers in Budapest: Our lady traveler is exploring this new territory. Maybe she will find a great top or the perfect pair of pants. With each discovery, she will retire an item. The old will be recycled. Let’s call this…progressive attrition. Thus, the bulk in the suitcase never changes.
The rule is simple: Something IN requires something OUT.
Smart gals know the joys of vanishing clothes:
• Don’t buy new before the trip
• Pack the old
• Discover a new treasure in a new place
• Recycle the old
Now you know who dunnit in the Mystery of the Vanishing Clothes. It’s you! Go Gals!