The joy of budget airlines is they provide you with an opportunity to see how little you can take on a trip. While I did have standard carry-on space available to me, I decided to challenge myself to see if it was possible to travel for my 5-day trip using my leather handbag.
Here is what I packed.
Planning my outfits in advance has really changed my life – from my everyday “work outfit” plan to planning in advance what outfits I will wear on a trip.
For the trip to Budapest, I had 3 outfits:
Outfit 1: Jeans, tshirt, white tshirt, scarf. (This is also what I wore on the plane. The scarf makes for a great eye cover/blanket/pillow, depending on your needs).
Outfit 2: Grecian tunic dress + utility shirt. (The dress for this outfit = the skarf in outfit 1 and 3. It is amazing.)
Outfit 3: My “I dream of Jeannie” pants + crop top + scarf
I brought minimal accessories and outerwear. I brought a very lightweight jacket (water resistant), one pair of trainers, and a simple necklace and ring. I also brought a bathing suit, three pairs of socks, and 3 pairs of undies.
This system worked out pretty well, however, I did end up purchasing a vintage skirt which I am obsessed with and ended up wearing several days on the trip (combined with my black crop top from outfit 3).
It was also really hot, so I didn’t actually wear my jeans. After giving it thought, I realized that I don’t really love wearing jeans when I don’t have to! I think for my next trip, I will skip the bulky, constrictive pants in favour of a wardrobe comprised exclusively of stretchy pants, skirts, and dresses. I will also throw a pair of hot pants in to wear under dresses to minimize chaffing. I also finally found my perfect summer sandal, which will definitely be on my next trip.
Makeup & personal care:
Obviously, with air travel is that you need to separate out your liquids and ensure they are less than 100mL. Thus, I have two “personal care” bags.
Makeup bag: blush, mascara, brow gel, lipstick (I only brought one! What?), toothbrush, night mouth guard, floss
Liquids bag: sunscreen, deoderant/toothpaste*, contact solution + spare set of lenses, coconut oil, lip balm.
*I have been making my own deodorant and toothpaste for a while now, and while I have slightly different recipes for them in my everyday life (including a charcoal based toothpaste, which would be a disaster for the underarms!), the base ingredients are the same: coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oil. Thus, I have made up a small batch in an old eye-cream container, with a few drops of peppermint for minty freshness. Aren’t I clever?!
First aid kit:
Also, if you read my Traveling sick post, I did mention that I need to beef up my first aid kit supplies. My expanded list for my next trip is:
- Advil (or other preferred pain killers)
- Nasal spray (I was conflicted on this, as liquids are such a pain, but apparently my sinuses hate me and being congested during a flight is the actual worst)
- Allergy meds (Both Benadryl and a daytime version like Claritin)
- Anti-chaffing cream
There are a few things that I have not been able (or willing) to cut out. This includes my giant dSLR and the corresponding extra batteries and cards. I also have my iPhone, a set of earphones, a mophie charger case, and charging chord. The charging cord for the mophie is the same as that for charging my camera battery, so I only took one Europe wall converter and one USB charging cable.
Other odds and ends:
- Passport & cards case (obviously!)
- Small canvas bag (which proved to be really useful for wandering)
- Metal water bottle
- Fanny pack (neon pink. Because).
- Journal & pen (plus one refill ink cartridge)
- Fitbit (Not essential at all, and my battery lasts a long time, so I didn’t bother with the charger. It was fun to see confirmed how many steps you wrack up in a standard day of travel!)
Things I want:
- Steripen. I ended up buying a lot of bottled water which made my zero-waste aspiring heart cry a bit. This might be my next travel splurge item.