Baggage restrictions make packing for a year abroad a challenge. Luckily, the internet is full of advice for how to do this, and I decided to take a stab at my own approach. So, here are what I consider to be the essentials of an effective packing list.
1. Yarn in a variety of colors. A few neutrals plus one accent color is standard packing advice for clothing, so I’m just applying this idea to yarn, too.
2. Knitting needles of various sizes.
3. Knitting notions, including a cable needle, tape measure (for measuring your knitting), tapestry needles (for weaving in the ends in your finished knitting projects), stitch markers, and a knitting gauge, because there is no way you’re going to remember which size all those knitting needles are.
4. A book of knitting stitches, for inspiration.
5. Some finished knitting projects, because it’s cold in France.
6. All the yarn you will need to knit a sweater. You’ve never knit a sweater before, but you bought all the yarn for it a year ago, so might as well bring it with you and put it to use!
7. A knitting book or magazine with the pattern for that sweater you’re going to knit, because you should probably not improvise on your first sweater.
8. A stylish bag for carrying around all of your knitting gear.
After packing all of this, there is obviously not a whole lot of space left in your luggage, but don’t worry. With this method, you won’t need to pack any clothes! Just knit yourself an entirely new wardrobe once you arrive at your destination. Or even on the plane, if you’re lucky enough to be on an airline that allows knitting needles in carry-on luggage. (Sadly, not France. Sniff.)