The Packing Dumpling

Thank you Hortense at French Delice!

Years ago I went with my friend Barbara to a packing demonstration, and I was mightily impressed, but retained only the scantiest impression. Enter the hero: youtube!

2am saw me glued to instructional video after video, and honestly some of them were pretty bad. As well as those which pack ten pairs of shoes (these are not my people), there are specialised ones such as for for scuba divers, but who would trust a person who didn’t take her snorkel set out of the enormous stiff plastic packaging?

The essence of it is to have the clothes arrive in good condition, as uncreased as possible, and to pack all that you need and only what you need. To each his own on choices: I was drawn to technique, and that boils down to layering your shirts and trousers around a central core of rolled or folded T shirts, just like creating a dumpling.

This was the most useful, although if you were aiming at perfection you would go for the butler training. The essence of the thing seems to be having the waistbands of trousers tight against one side of the suitcase with the legs dangling over the other, alternating, and then shirts with their collars against the hinge of the suitcase, but there are also handy tips about where to put your toiletry bag and plastic bags round leaky things. A satisfying exercise, all in all.

We went out to lunch today and I had to undo a little of it as I had packed Stefan’s only belt…

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3 Responses to The Packing Dumpling

  1. I love packing…I wonder what that says about me?! Maybe I was a butler in a former life?

    Kat :)

  2. Stitchfork says:

    We only travel with carry-on luggage any more. Love the clown-car style packing video! Have a blast in NY! Safe travels!
    xo Cathy

  3. liz says:

    Loving your blog and have enjoyed looking through it today :) . . . and – I can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you get back!! I had to laugh when I saw the last sentence about the belt – as I am always asking my husband . . . where is my belt?? And although I have several – in his mind I only have one – it is my favorite and quite honestly the only one that matters!! :) And I agree – take only what you truly need . . . and LOVE!!! Enjoy your trip!!! :) liz

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