So I’m off to America for two weeks or so. I was always scheduled to be in New York at the beginning of November for meetings, so when I was asked to speak on a panel at a global conference in Miami on the 8th, I decided to wrap my New York-ing around that trip.
That means LLG is US-based again for the second time in a month. I’ll be in Manhattan for three days this week, then I fly to Miami on Friday, leave again on Wednesday, and stay in New York until the 14th.
Packing has been driving me bonkers because I’m going to be in two climate zones, each with a wide range of requirements, on this trip. New York’s weather at the moment runs the gamut from snow to sunshine and I’ll be both brunch-ing with friends and taking serious meetings, and for Miami (80F) I need conference friendly attire, f**k off cocktail frocks AND beach kit.
Although I’ve been booked (by the conference client) on Business with British Airways, – which is a joy on so many levels, particularly because you can take up to three bags at maximum weight (32kg) – I do need to be able to actually lift my bags myself, and that makes three stuffed cases a stupid idea.
So I’m taking my biggest case filled with coats, Heat Tech, boots, layering pieces, and little numbers for all those work lunches & dinners in New York, my medium case packed with swimsuits, silk shirt dresses for work, party frocks & open toe heels for Miami, and my fantastic Tumi hard shell cabin case for the journeys with laptop, Kindle, Samsung Tablet and all the tech toys that make up my travelling office.
Well, that’s the plan. I’ve spent the evening digging out everything. My flat here in London is bigger than anywhere I’ve lived in the past few years, but its design means everything not used daily has to be packed away in high cupboards and drawers. I’ve already managed to rain down all my summer shoes on my head from a great height whilst manoeuvring their box out of storage, and only just remembered where I had stashed my beach stuff.
It’s all laid out in my dining room at the moment, as I try to pare it down. I’m an experienced enough traveller to know that I must only take things I wear frequently in London, as opposed to things that I think I might wear, but I still seem to have ten pairs of shoes, boots, & ankle boots for the NY part of the trip, and five pairs of wedges for Miami. And an awful lot of dresses, tights, handbags and beach cover ups. Etc etc etc etc….