10 January 2017

The most known Packing List


The beginning of a new year is the time when everyone shares lists of what to expect and achieve in the next months. I do love lists and suddenly this list came into my mind, probably the best known packing list ever, written by Joan Didion. Maybe you still haven’t read it yet so here it is. And if you don’t know Joan (or only know her through her recent Céline’s ad ) it’s time to read some of her articles and books because she one of the most inspiring women ever.


In her 1979 book, The White Album, American author Joan Didion reveals and explains the packing list she used when working full-time as a reporter:

“This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes”.










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