Saturday, February 2, 2013
So what exactly does one pack for a 12 week internship in the middle of winter? A limited color spectrum and cardigans. Lots of cardigans. This is essentially advocating layering, but for grownups. When I was living in Scotland six years ago I layered with hoodies. But now I am an adult and need to show up to work where the locals are dressed nicely, and the foreigners are dressed like grad students.
There's a few more tricks: (1) multipurpose items (my pajamas are yoga pants). (2) Know your country. Sometimes you can buy additional items where you'll be staying. I, however, have US size 9.5 feet and so purchasing shoes here in Japan would present a slight challenge. And (3), bring things you plan on leaving behind, so that you're guaranteed space for souvenirs. I have a bath towel, a pair of black shoes, and a tired pajama shirt that are all going to retire here in Japan.
This all fits into a large suitcase, a carry-on-sized suitcase, a laptop backpack, and a tote bag. Along with a bunch of other non-clothings.