Packing

Carry-On Chronicles: Winter Travel Packing

(Repeating, for third time) I have written before about vanity being a detriment to smart packing and that it is more relevant that you stand in front of the Eiffel Tower in whatever clothes vs stand in front of the CN tower in a great outfit. 

Funny enough, because this time? I’ll actually be going to see the Eiffel Tower.

On December 25th I will be leaving on a 12-day trip that will take me to eight countries in Europe. I will start in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Paris (France) for NYE, Denmark, Sweden, Prague (Czech Republic) for the ballet, London and then finally Iceland.

I have never done winter travel to another cold place, especially not to eight different ones. During this trip I have like three spa visits, two alpine trips, museums and even the ballet as an activity. Usually I’d be totally fine with being a bum in thick clothes the whole time but some of these require me to look a little nicer or be prepared to go swim.

This trip managed to be under $2000.00 for all flights and stays, and I wrote about that here. With the money saving, this means I’m only going to be allowed 10kg (22lbs) with me on this trip. Some of the airlines I’ll be flying on do allow more, but I have to base it off packing for the one that allows the least so the 10kg it will be.


This is how I broke down my packing (clothing) list for this trip:

1 x boots, 1 x winter coat, 1 x all black hoodie, 1 x heavy wool pants, 1 x long sleeve, 1 x scarf —— these I will be wearing, to avoid putting heavy things into the carry-on.

2 x skinny jeans, 2 x leggings, 4 x long sleeve, 2 x bra, underwear, 3 x socks, 1 x heavy wool sock, 2 x nice shirt, 1 x PJS, 3 x swimsuit, 1 x day bag, toiletries

This time I saved A LOT of space for toiletries by switching to this Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. I have read MANY a travel blog that said this liquid can do it all so I’m willing to test this theory out. I brought two little carry-on size bottles of it to be used for: washing hair, body wash AND doing laundry in my sink. Will update on how this works out.

All the things going into the carry-on are on the right, all the things for the personal item on the left.

All the things going into the carry-on are on the right, all the things for the personal item on the left.

Unlike my previous carry-on travels, this time I won’t JUST have the carry-on. Because this blog keeps me very busy and I don’t want to take time off from posting on it, I finally bought myself a new laptop and will take advantage of the whole ‘personal item’ allotment for the flights as well. Basically, you can carry around a purse along with your carry-on bag. This purse of mine is just for my items needed to work on blog/stay connected.

1 x Pixelbook, 1 x Anker Portable Charger, 1 x Tripod/Selfie stick, 1 x Picture Bluetooth Shutter, 1 x Voltage converter, 1 x Waterproof bag, 2 x Chargers

Carry on + Personal Item

Carry on + Personal Item

I hope this packing list ends up working well for me because unlike some of the warm-climate places I go to where just buying anything is cheap, THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN EUROPE. Especially not in places like Switzerland and London where the Canadian dollar doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Happy packing everyone!

- Mirna 

 

 

Carry-On Chronicles: Cancun Packing

I have written before about vanity being a detriment to smart packing and that it is more relevant that you stand in front of the Eiffel Tower in whatever clothes vs stand in front of the CN tower in a great outfit. 

This trip, I mean, I might need to be a little vain? 

From August 31st-September 3rd I will be going to Cancun with my boyfriend and this trip was supposed to be just beach and activities, very simple. Some zip-lining, sightseeing and a catamaran ride. We didn't pay the extra fare for checked in luggage, because a carry-on totally suffices for some hot weather activities during a long weekend. 

Well, things changed and now for one of the nights on this trip we will be staying in this cool high-end looking tree house hotel. Obviously, I need some hottaz outfits for the pictures I want to take there. 

We have our own private outdoor hot tub. Then there is the beach. Okay but there's also this really nice dinner spot. Suddenly all that vanity I talked about TOTALLY became my reality for this trip. Something about staying in very nice places makes me want to dress better for pictures. 

This is how I broke down my packing (clothing) list for this trip:

Friday - outfit for flying, bathing suit for beach, outfit for dinner reservations 

Saturday - outfit for bus ride to Tulum, bathing suit for beach, outfit for dinner reservations (but make it three different outfits because I want to make sure it's really nice)

Sunday - outfit for bus ride back to Cancun, bathing suit for beach, outfit for party

Monday - outfit for flying

The final packing list looked like this....

3 x bikini, small purse, underwear, tripod + bluetooth control, day bag, 2 x waterproof pouches, charger + portable charger, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, aloe, cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush + toothpaste, romper, a dress, linen pants, 3 x earrings, sunglasses, bandaids, hand sanitizer, PJ's, water shoes, 3 x tanks, 2 x sandals, 2 x shorts, extra beach towel and leggings for flight home.

All the things going into the carry-on

All the things going into the carry-on

As with my previous travels, I just broke it down into what I think I would need per day and packed like that. The weight limit for a carry-on with Interjet is 10kgs - my carry on with all that aforementioned stuff is 7.10kgs. Not bad. 

Made it under the weight limit! 

Made it under the weight limit! 

I managed to fit all those items into my carry-on and stay under the weight limit. Even with some inklings of vanity, I made it work. I believe that is the perk of going to hot places, bikinis and shorts don't weigh very much. I don't think this will go as easily for me when I travel to a cold place, but for now I have succeeded once again.

Happy packing everyone!

- Mirna 

 

 

Carry-On Chronicles: Cropover Packing

I'm flying to Barbados tomorrow for a week-long shenanigans-filled carnival trip. This trip has been in the works since about December and I have been planning every small, big, intricate, complicated, expensive part of this trip for more than half a year. The time has finally arrived.

Usually, for a week long trip to only one location I would be fine with bringing the checked-in luggage that allows me to have an extra 50lbs of clothing I probably won't use. However, this year because of our return flight going via St. Lucia and said flight being on the unreliable Liat airlines - issa no still. The last thing I need is to worry about my luggage magically being lost on a 40 minute flight. I've had enough anxiety with this trip, I don't need to add to it. 

Luckily for me, packing light is something I do masterfully. When I went to Asia in December, I traveled with an 11lb carry-on for 19 days. So Barbados for one week should be a a breeze right?

Wrong.

Like a previous post of mine about vanity being a detriment to smart packing, I definitely had some of those issues packing for this carnival trip. The whole thing with carnival is you still have to look good for the parties. I can't be bumming around in the same 1-2 jean shorts everywhere.

Not only do I need a different outfit for every event, as an added nuisance this time I had an inflatable cooler to bring with me. (We land at 1:30pm tomorrow, the first party starts at 4pm, there was no way for me to get my hands on a cooler for the cooler fete so I just brought my own)  

This is how I broke down my packing (clothing) list for carnival:

Wednesday - outfit for flying, outfit for Fyah D wuk

Thursday - bathing suit for morning, outfit for errands, outfit for Lush

Friday - outfit for Candy Coated, bathing suit, shoes to wreck for Foreday

Saturday - outfit for Bliss

Sunday - all white outfit for Jalapeno Sunrise, outfit for Soca Brainwash

Monday - comfy shoes for Kadooment

Tuesday - bathing suit

Wednesday - uh....use something from the first flight + outfit for errands?

The final packing list looked like this....

3 x romper, 3 x bra, 9 x undies, 4 x shorts, 4 x shirts, 3 x bikini, 3 x sandals, 1 x shoes for Foreday, 1 x inflatable cooler, 2 x socks, 1 x purse, 2 x waterproof bags, 1 x toiletries bag (lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, aloe, sunscreen, makeup etc), Jewelry for costume, Phone charger + whatever outfit I would actually fly in that is not packed. 

All the things going into the carry-on ( the blue and white in the left corner is the inflatable cooler ) 

All the things going into the carry-on (the blue and white in the left corner is the inflatable cooler

I broke down everything I would need to pack on a per-day basis so I knew I'd have a new outfit for whatever the occasion was and guess what? It worked. I fit it all into the same backpack I used for my trip to Asia and into a purse aka 'personal item'. 

'Personal Item' purse on left, Backpack on right

'Personal Item' purse on left, Backpack on right

The nice thing about packing for hot countries is not needing to bring anything particularly heavy when it comes to clothing. Shorts and rompers do not take up much space. I also could have chosen NOT to bring some of the toiletries - but since I had the space I figured I would bring the necessities just in case. 

Happy packing everyone!

- Mirna