UPDATED: Carry On Ready

2017 was the year of Domestic Travel for me. I got a new job in March which allowed me plenty of time to do some short trips (plus annual leave! Winning!). I kicked off with a four day getaway to see friends in Townsville followed by two five day trips to Perth, a week in Darwin and rung in the New Year back in Perth. with all those trips to the airport, I re-evaluated what I take with me (I didn’t check any bags this year), with the bulk of my things in my trusty Antler cabin case and all the things needed to keep my sanity on flights in my favourite Fossil tote. I wore almost the same thing on every flight too – black skinny jeans, cardigan & ballet flats.

Without further ado, the updated list of things I take to keep me sane…

UPDATED carry on ready

  1. Cashmere Scarf. Airplanes can get cold, even in the Summer months. (Shown is the Cuyana scarf which I’d buy but postage to Australia is far too expensive to justify)
  2. L’Occitane Hand Cream. A friends mum got me addicted to this stuff and now I take it everywhere. The best stuff for my very dry and sensitive skin!
  3. Keep Cup. I spent 2017 doing my best to avoid paper coffee cups and at the airport was no exception for me! I love this one as you can close up the mouth piece and it doesn’t leak in you handbag!
  4. Kikki K travel wallet. I got this beautiful leather one as a gift to replace my (very) old and tatty canvas one and I’m in love! Plus it can be monogrammed!
  5. Kobo Glo. I bought this one a couple years ago to replace the one I left on a flight home from Copenhagen and it’s still going strong! I never board a flight without it!
  6. Leather Cable tidies. I found these at JB HiFi and bought a few more to give as gifts! I prefer these to the plastic ones I was using.
  7. Water Bottle. On a domestic flight I always carry a water bottle. There are plenty of places to refill it in most airports plus it saves money and cuts down on plastic bottles (my second battle after coffee cups)
  8. Fossil Emma Tote. I splurged and bought myself a new handbag to celebrate my new job and love it! Well made, durable, great size and at a good price (bonus- I got mine on sale!)
  9. Slip Eye Mask. I spotted this on a blog I love and thought I wouldn’t be able to buy it in Australia but how wrong I was! It’s made by an Australian Company!
  10. Urbanears Plattan headphones. I have had mine for a few years and still love them!
  11. Kikki K leather pouch. The Australian alternative to the Cuyana Travel pouch and it can also be monogrammed!
  12. NOT SHOWN- snacks. I always have some healthy(ish) snacks in my bag. Even if I don’t eat them, it’s nice to know they’re there.

xx Lauren- navy

Packing Carry-on only for a Wedding Abroad + Tips for packing

“Lay out all your things, then take half the clothes and twice as much money.”

I don’t know about anyone else but I still find myself writing up lists on what to pack for various trips, then leaves packing until the last moment and doesn’t bother to read the list.

When I packed for a quick trip to Europe to see my friends get married, I packed the morning I was due to fly out. Given that I didn’t depart until 11pm, that seems like quite a while except that I started work at 10am and then headed to my sister’s house for dinner before she drove me to the airport which is still a good 1½ drive from her house (two hours from mine). I had to make sure I had everything I needed for the week plus a change of clothes for after I finished work in my suitcase at 9am.

I had my list of things written out and when it came to packing, I didn’t look at it. I was only going for 8 days (2 full days would be spent travelling from Australia to Denmark and back again) so I was only taking a small carry-on suitcase but I still needed to pack a nice dress for the day’s festivities, make up, and heels for partying in plus a gift for the bride and groom. I also needed to take into account the Danish weather in September. It could be pleasantly warm one day and cold the next.

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I also wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do any washing so I was taking enough clothes to get me through without washing. I was pretty impressed by what I actually managed to get into the suitcase!

Here’s the list of what I took

Antler Cyberlite 56cm Suitcase (my green one is 3 years old)

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Clothes, Shoes, & Accessories

(Including what I wore on the plane)

  • 2 pairs of pants/jeans, 1 pair shorts, 1 skirt
  • 4 tops
  • 3 cardigans, 1 jumper
  • light raincoat
  • one dress (I chose one based on the material- it didn’t get creased in my suitcase)
  • pyjamas
  • underwear
  • 1 pair heels, 1 pair sandals, 1 pair flats
  • Scarf
  • jewellery
  • Small leather bag

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Toiletries

I only took travel or sample sized products where possible and put others in smaller containers. I also divided everything into 2 bags, a clear one for liquids and a pink one for everything else. This meant that I could easily locate all the liquids at security without any delays or annoying the guards and didn’t have anything confiscated because it was too big.

  • travel or sample sized face wash, toner, & moisturiser (thanks Clinique counter at Myer)
  • foundation, bronzer, eye shadows and make up wipes
  • travel size body wash and cream
  • deodorant
  • tooth brush and small tube tooth paste
  • hand cream- this lived in my handbag after I’d gone through security screening.
  • lip balm with a tint of colour

Electronics

  • Kobo e-reader (which was sadly left on the Copenhagen- Doha flight coming home)
  • iPod
  • iPhone
  • camera
  • headphones and airline adaptor
  • cables, chargers, & power adaptors

Extras & Handbag

My handbag in this case was my Hedgren shoulder bag

  • 2 packets Tim Tams (for the bride and groom)
  • eyemask
  • snacks for the flights (more were bought in Denmark for the trains and flights home)
  • Lonely Planet “Denmark” guide (I know now that I can get these on my e-reader)
  • passport and tickets
  • glasses & sunglasses
  • wallet
  • convertible travel pillow (which I somehow managed to fit into my suitcase when I didn’t need it)

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So looking at all that now, it looks like quite a lot of stuff but I can assure you that there was nothing that wasn’t worn or used. It also all fit comfortably into a 56cm suitcase with room to spare!

Packing Tips

These tips are ones that I have have learnt from past mistakes or were given to me by others and work well!

  • Choose your clothes wisely. Think about the clothes and the climate/ weather of the place you are visiting. Seems like common sense but it’s amazing how many people turn up in the tropics with wool jumpers and believe me when I say it’s a big mistake to travel to Scotland without a rain coat! This also goes for special occasion dresses- that pretty dress you have your heart set on wearing to the wedding might not travel well (creases) and the last thing you want is to waste time trying to find somewhere to steam it or find a new one. I deliberately chose a dress made out of the scuba material that wouldn’t crease when folded in my suitcase! Also pack clothes that go with everything- fewer pieces + more outfits
  • Don’t take too many pairs of shoes. The wedding was the first time I’d ever packed heels for an overseas trip. Unless you know you’ll wear them more than once, they’re not worth the space!
  • Don’t take anything that you’d be devastated to lose. They’re best left safe at home.
  • Do pack a nice outfit to go out in. This could be out to dinner, a show, or a club. You still probably don’t need heels though- flats can look cute! (I really want a pair of these flats)
  • Avoid taking too many electronics. Unless you need that laptop for work, you can leave it behind.
  • Always get travel insurance! If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel! Seriously, needing medical help abroad can be costly and don’t want to see the hospital bill should anything bad happen.
  • Check the terms of the travel insurance. It might not cover all your activities or you may need extra coverage for certain items you plan on taking!

Anything I missed? Got any good tips? Let me know!

Carry on Ready…

There are some things that I like to have close by when I’m travelling, be that by plane, train, car, boat or bus. They keep me amused, happy, comfortable, and organised. Carry on ready

  1. Kobo Glo e-reader. The first e-reader I bought, I accidentally left on a Qatar Airways flight from Copenhagen to Doha (I was most upset that I couldn’t finish my book on the Doha-Melbourne leg). My sister gave me a voucher to get a new one and I gotta say, I love the Glo. It has a back light that’s easy on the eyes and allows you to read in the dark (plus the battery life is excellent).
  2. Urbanears ‘Platten’ Headphones. I love these, they’re comfortable, colourful, fold up and the sound is great. I also have an airline headphone adaptor (eBay, under $3) so don’t need to use the crappy airline headphones.
  3. Travel Pillow. This was a great purchase! It converts from a U-shape to a rectangle and has a clip to hook on to bags.
  4. Hand Cream. I know I’m not the only person whose skin dries out on planes. This stuff lives next to me at home and it’s no different when I’m travelling. This Sukin one is my favourite- I have it in my bag, car, at work, and on my bedside table! (I use several other products of their’s too.)
  5. Kikki.k travel document wallet. I hate not knowing where my tickets are and this keeps everything together in one stylish leather wallet.
  6. Snacks. Buying snacks on budget airlines can be expensive and there’s no guarantee that they’ll have something you’ll like. Stock up at the supermarket before you head to the airport!

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  1. Change of clothes. If it’s a long haul flight, I like to have a change of clothes in my carry-on. Flying between Europe and Australia, there’s always at least one stop en-route and it feels much better to board that second (or third) flight in fresh clothes (or fresh undies at least!).
  2. Wet Wipes. Great for a refresh or cleaning sticky fingers.
  3. Hand Sanitiser. This is always in my handbag and my carry-on. Nothing worse than picking up a bug on the road.

Anything I’ve missed? Email me or comment and let me know!

Always packed…

There are certain things that I always pack when I travel to foreign places. They help to keep me organised, comfortable, and ready for anything.

Always Packed

  1. Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. I have had these since my first trip over ten years ago and they are still going strong! I have a couple, including a double-sided one, to keep tops and undies organised and separated from the dirty things.
  2. Bobino Cord wrap. My godmother bought me one of these a few years ago and I loved it! I now have them in a couple of sizes to keep cords neat and tangle free.
  3. Notebook. I don’t take a travel journal with me these days but I always have a notebook handy. I write places to visit, things to see, recipes, and anything else that comes to mind when on the road. Don’t forget to bring pens too!
  4. Travel Towel. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says “you’ve got to know where your towel is” and I think it’s spot on advice! It’s great to take swimming, use in hostels, and wiping of the sweat after a long day!
  5. Eagle Creek Wallaby Toiletries kit. This one is great. The hook is perfect for hanging on rails and out of the wet and there is plenty of space inside for everything a girl could need whilst on the move.
  6. Fleece jumper. I never leave home without a comfy fleece. It doesn’t matter where you’re going, you always need to keep warm at some point!
  7. Rain Jacket. I was caught out in the rain without a jacket once (thanks Scottish weather) and will never let that happen again.
  8. Dry Sac. I bought a dry sac from Kathmandu after I spent 2 hours walking in the sleet in Switzerland and destroyed my passport with water (never easy to get a new passport when abroad!).