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So, packing can be hard. How can you possibly know what you want to wear 9 days from now, when it's already hard to pick out what you want to wear every morning? In case you're wondering, today's outfit is called Green with Envy....anywho, I digress. If you are planning a trip, I highly suggest packing everything in a 1 carry-on. It eliminates extra baggage fees, time waiting at the carousel for your luggage (if it hasn't been lost or crushed) My father in law actually had one of his bags wedged underneath those carts that they use to haul all the luggage to the plane, by the time he got it, the bag had a giant hole burned through it and had lost a good portion of it's contents.
This though requires some amount of planning, but lucky for you, I've done that already.
I started with what would be the perfect bag. This girl, had a good post about the bag she chose, and it does look like a nice one. It costs $250 though! That seemed like a lot to me. The bag to the left is the one I went with. It's from Ebags, and it is going to be awesome( it has over 3,000 reviews). It was only $79.99, which is a heck of deal compared to many other bags out there. I got it in the mail the other day, and I'm pretty convinced that it is going to be awesome. It's convertible from backpack to shoulder bag, has lots of compartments, and compresses and expands depending on how much you've packed.
In addition to the bag, I also got some compression bags, like these. I don't think it's going to be super critical on the way there to compress everything. But, if you're like me and you want to do some shopping on your trip, you're going to need additional room on your way back.
Here is what will be going in there: Note, It will be in the mid 70's for a high for this trip. I will do a "how to pack for a winter trip" later, because that's a whole different beast. Anyone can pack for 2 weeks at the beach...swim suit: check, flip flops: check...end of list.
Anyways, back to business
2 light weight dresses (that can be dressed up or down)
2 pairs of skinny slacks( not jeans, because jeans are heavy and take forever to dry)
1 pair of leggings
2 pairs of shorts
3 tank tops for layering
one pair of sneakers, these
one pair of sandals,these
And there you have it, and a bonus two of the tops and both dresses have only been worn once. Leaving you even more options in case you spill pizza sauce all down your shirt.
Now, this is more than some other posts I've seen have suggested. I read one where it suggested 4 tops for 2 weeks. That means you're going to have to wear every top 3 times. Unless you know that you are going to have access to a washing machine, that is a recipe for a smelly disaster. I mean, on vacation, you're walking around, hiking, at the beach. Your clothes are going to get dirty and sweaty, and if you're anything like me, will likely spill food on yourself... or is that just me?
I've also allowed for changes in weather. If you are going somewhere like Miami that is pretty consistently warm even in the evening, then you don't need the leggings, the cardigans, or the long pants. But in Italy in May, the weather will range from about 55 for the low to 75 for the high. Also, a lot of museums like at the Vatican will not allow you to enter if your knees and shoulders are not covered. So, you're going to want to layer so that it the morning or at a museum you can put on or take off a light layer to adjust for changing temperatures and entrance requirements.
As you can see I stuck with similar colors, but I still feel like each outfit is different and unique.
I will pack one scarf and wear a second, same goes for earrings and necklaces. I will also have my Ipad and earbuds.
Toiletries: I will have two small bags, one with liquids and one without
This liquid one meets the 3-1-1 rule (3 oz in 1 quart bag, 1 per person)
Some of the notable items are:
tiny bottle of perfume, sunscreen, and smoothing serum. You'll have your favorite items, but just make sure to not over pack the 1 quart bag. It's not that big and you don't want it busting open. If there's something that you HAVE to have, but can't find it in a travel size, consider using a generic 3 oz bottle like I did (pink one) for my smoothing serum.
For my non liquid bag, I have the basic make-up items. There's no bronzer, or highligher or primer, or whatever are all the other things Pinterest tells you that you need to use. Keep it simple and basic. It will be less stressful and you don't have to worry about sweating all your make-up off and looking like a crazy person half way through the day.
Some of the notable items:
Olay water activated face wipes. These are great, they are 4in1 (cleansing, toner, moisturizer, and exfoliater) and eliminates the need for a liquid face wash. I prefer the water activated ones rather than the pre-moistened ones. Then you can take just a small amount with you and pack it with other items (like my deodorant and tide packs) without getting everything wet and goopy.
The tide packs for washing items in the sink if I manage to spill wine and/or gelato on myself everyday...I'm being real with you, this could happen.
A separate bag for bobbi pens, earrings, etc.
In my purse, besides the obvious wallet, I will also have my passport (make copies and put them in a separate bag, sunglasses, tissues (for bathrooms with out TP...that's the worst) A Go Girl which I will admit seems a bit strange. But It has saved me on a number of occasions, without giving you TMI, I'm pretty sure I didn't go camping enough as a child. Italy and lots of other places in the world sometimes only have squat toilets, as in, only a hole in the ground. If this looks like something you want to keep your bum as far away from as possible, I would get a go girl. I am also going to carry a water bottle. Italy has a lot of clean public water fountains, and bottled water is super expensive and not typically served complimentary with meals.
The bag is a cross body which I picked on purpose. This decreases the chances that someone is going to try and snatch it off your shoulder, and it's just super convenient.
I am not taking a curling iron or blow dryer. This would require that I buy a voltage converter, like this. They often are around $30 and are a bit bulky. Be careful to not just buy an outlet converter, like this if you are using any electrical items that cannot handle 240 volts. The outlet convertor just changes the plug size and shape, not the voltage. Most laptops and cameras can, but check first. If it can't and you plug it in, it could explode or catch fire=the worst.
After fully packing it, with iPad and everything, it only weighed 12.8 lbs. Not too shabby! It might be hard to tell in the picture, but I have TONS of room left. Which will be great for buying pretty things for friends and family and I'll be honest for me too!
Most importantly, keep things simple, because
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz