Tomorrow we head away for one month. We have a few long flights/layovers (whose dumb idea was that?!). Needless to say, we’ve both been preparing our small bags for our second lengthy trip doing carry-on only. We do it every short trip, but a month away takes a little bit more planning.
We’re heading to Paris, Prague, Dubrovnik, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Then we head to Canada’s east coast for 10 days, followed by a quick stop in Ontario on the way home.
To help you with your packing, I’ve re-worked my travel list this year based on successes and failures of last summer. I promise, you CAN do it!
This is my “female” list – I’ll post another one for the men based on Billy’s list later.
- One dress (mine’s actually got shorts inside, win!)
- One romper (found this one at Gap)
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of leggings
- Three reversible Barcelona camis from Express
- Three kimonos/cover ups
- Seven pairs of underwear (stick with cotton for traveling)
- Three pairs of socks
- Sports bra
- Regular bra that can be converted into strapless (it’s great – Victoria’s Secret)
- One pair of sandals that are somewhat dress but super comfy (Cobb Hill by New Balance, also available at Hudson’s Bay right now for almost 50% off!!)
- One pair of runners (not shown, will be wearing on the plane)
- One rain jacket (George at Wal-Mart, great deal)
- One belt
- Two pairs of earrings
- Poncho/dress/skirt from Buttercream Clothing (not pictured, will be wearing it on the plane for warmth!)
- Four 100mL refillable bottles purchased at Wal-Mart (or find similar leak-proof version on Amazon) for shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, and laundry detergent
- Bar soap
- Make-up: pur minerals SPF 20 BB cream, bronzer, blush, mascara, brushes
- Solid body butter bar from Rocky Mountain Soap
- Pocket Pharmacy from Saje Natural Wellness + additional “arrive revived” roll-on
- Eye mask from Saje
- Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution (found a 100mL bottle of it at Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Eye drops
- Hand sanitizer
- Body spray (great for refreshing clothing too!)
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- Universal adaptor
- Bounce sheets in suitcase to refresh clothing
- Hair straightener
All of this can fit into a 19″x15″x6″ suitcase. I’ve used Ziploc bags to roll up some clothing (the camis, kimonos, romper) and suck the air out for added space. My bag weighs 7kg and is approved as a carry-on for all airlines (the most sticky European airlines have a 10kg and 21″x16″x8″ dimension maximum). This little bag was an amazing investment, but I honestly couldn’t even tell you where to buy this specific one. I found it on a buy-and-sell website for $20. If you search “wheeled backpack” on amazon, many different options come up for you. This one has decent reviews, is priced well, and fits carry-on regulations.
Remember some tips:
- Make sure your bottoms can pair with your tops
- Reversible or items that can be worn multiple ways are best
- Plan for about a week’s worth of clothing or outfits and do laundry
- Plan for the weather, but make sure you have warm weather and cool weather clothing (especially for evenings) as weather can be unpredictable
- Get a cross-body purse to keep personal items close: money, credit cards, passport, camera, medications, etc.
What kind of a packer are you? Any tips or suggestions?