How to Pack – Wanderlust


My sister Corinne and her husband came for a 5-day visit last week and brought one carry-on piece of luggage. This was impressive to me because they were flying in from spending an entire week with another sister, which meant they compiled 12 days worth of clothes/necessities into a 24″ x 14″ space! I don’t even know if I can limit myself to that for a day at the pool.

Nonetheless, I felt inspired. I feel like a big trend right now is “paring down” (see Kacey’s post on a capsule wardrobe) and if there’s something that needs some “paring down” it’s my packing habits. I have my own 12-day trip coming up, and I can honestly say I don’t have any hope of squishing everything into a carry-on suitcase. But limiting myself to one full-size piece of luggage would  be a step in the right direction. And this article from World of Wanderlust will give me a good start:


How to Pack: The Bare Necessities

The challenge has been set: pack a weekender bag with just 10 essential items. If its the bare necessities you want, it’s the bare necessities (no more, no less) you’ll get. Of course you might wanna throw in a pair of undies and a change of clothes… but for everything else, you can do with just 10 items.

What you’ll need and why:

To tag your luggage – Whether you invest in a luxury leather embossed tag or simple use the paper tags provided at the airport, tagging your luggage is essential to ensuring a smooth ride when you’re on the road. If you’re taking a big trip, be sure to tag both your check-in luggage and carry-on, because leaving your luggage in storage at the hotel can also lead to trouble identifying yourself and getting back what is yours (speaking from experience) !!

A killer pair of shades – Its just a bonus that these Ray-Ban round glasses are as stylish as they are detrimental to sun protection – especially handy if you reside in the Southern Hemisphere and see a lotta sun year-round!

An (instant) film camera – You can’t go anywhere without creating memories. But what is better than creating memories? Capturing them. One of my favourite newbies to my must have travel accessories is a Mini Fuji Film camera. In an instant I have captured a moment, it’s in my hands, and I have it forever.

A passport cover – There’s a reason my passport looks so rundown – well, actually there are two. Firstly, I never took good care of it. I’m surprised it is still reminiscent of a small book with stamps, let alone in existence! The second, is that it is almost full and has itself visited more than 50 countries. For the next passport I receive, I’ll be taking care of it inside my Gigi NY passport cover (complete with embossing – just. so. fun.).

Shoes that look good, feel good – So you’re wondering what shoes to wear on your travels. You want something comfy, but you don’t wanna sacrifice style. Take it back to the original – and the best – and get yourself in a pair of converse. For around $50, you can’t go wrong.



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