A Suitcase Full of Dreams 

As I was packing my suitcase last week, I was struck by a wave of nostalgia for all the trips I had packed for over the years.  As a child, my little red suitcase was packed for me by my mother and I paid no attention to either the vessel or its contents. I was generally too excited about the destination to care much about what I might be wearing on my days away. As an adolescent, I was resolute about what did and did not make it into my suitcase: a rigid decision-making process that was governed by hedonistic self-consciousness and neurotic overplanning. Invariably, I always packed too much. Now, as an adult, the experience of packing is a joyful and meditative one. I envision the days ahead with anticipation and happiness. My packing plan, by extention, is guided much more by the heart than by a head full of strategy as I gather my temporary, transitory wardrobe, glad for the experiences that await my arrival.

I am packing my suitcase again this week as I head to our family’s cottage in rural Ontario for a week. I remembered the beautiful photography of Yuval Yairi, an Israeli artist from Tel Aviv whose series called “Memory Suitcases” beautifully illustrates the impermanence of travel: the places we visit, the people we meet and the strong images that make up our memories of these places after we return.

To see more of Yuval’s work, click here




Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.


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Ann Schnur

thank you for your mindful thoughts on packing for journey. I have always dreaded packing a suitcase and have always over packed as well. and so as I pack for our next adventure I will have a different perspective thanks to you !!


Those are gorgeous – ethereal, whimsical and wonderful. They transport my mind to other places, other times.


Call me old fashioned, but I love an old leather suitcase. Travel used to be so glamorous but now it is hard plastic luggage that does not have the same aged beauty. I get to pack this week. Love the pictures!