Whenever I take a trip to Malaysia, I pack pretty light. On this past trip, Angel and I only brought a small carry-on bag and a backpack each for the 6 week trip, and a decent chunk of the space was taken up with a few large items we were bringing over for storage purposes, like my wedding dress and Angel's suit coat.
The reasons I feel so comfortable with going on a long trip to visit family with so little clothing packed are several:
1) My family does 3-4 loads of laundry every single day. With many people, a tropical (sweat-inducing) climate, and only a small washing machine and area for drying clothes, this is the only way to stay on top of the chore. With such frequent laundering, I never have to worry about completely running out of clothes after a few days!
2) This family has a lot of girls, and for the most part, they lend me their stuff willingly. Take the outfit above, for example. The nail polish is my sisters'. The shoes are Mom's, as are the earrings, and you can't see it, because of the overwhelming personality of my curls on this particular day, but I was wearing a sparkly red barrette on the right side of my head--also Mom's. The necklace is actually mine, surprisingly, but it was a gift from my parents last year, so in the end, basically everything tracks back to Mom, right?
3) Malaysia has been my #1 favorite shopping destination over the course of my life, so if I'm in need of clothes while I'm there, I just buy them. I love the styles available, which tend to err on the side of much more colorful and quirky than average American mall clothes. If you hit up the right kinds of stores, clothing really isn't expensive, and the size of my frame is pretty close to ideal given the limited size range sold there. Granted, I'm on the tall side, which explains why I'm wearing a t-shirt minidress as a long shirt (bought for 30 RM or $10 US) and skinny jeans as cuffed, cropped skinny jeans (bought for 21 RM, or $7 US). I'll probably never get over my passionate love for purple jeans, and that's completely okay.
Hey, you wanna see behind the scenes of a real-life fashion blogger doing a shoot?
There we are, happily ignoring Angel's prying camera as I tack on a couple outfit photos to the end of a family photo session in honor of the New Year's Holiday. And yes, I was supposed to be wearing red, but my 'packing light' strategy meant that I didn't have any red clothing to wear...and the red-colored pickings from the red of the girls' wardrobes were pretty slim by the time they'd gotten dressed...