To celebrate the beginning of 2016, my boyfriend and I travelled to Singapore. It was our first trip to a destination in the summer time and the first trip we were limited to just carryon luggage. So, how do you pack a week’s worth of stuff into carry on baggage?
Star with a small suitcase or duffle bag. I use an Isaac Mizarhi suitcase which measures 58cm x 36cm x 23cm and meets the requirements for most international and domestic flights. Be sure to check baggage limits with your airline beforehand to avoid any nasty fees!
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- 3x shirts
- 2x pairs of shorts
- 2x dresses – a nice one for a night out at dinner with our friends and a more casual one for when we go shopping
- 1x playsuit because they’re practical, comfortable and very cute
- 2x pairs of shoes (a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a pair of thongs/ sandals for beach days and afternoons spent lazing by the pool)
- Bathroom essentials (hairbrush, toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc) packed in smaller containers and stored in a clear travel bag. You can find affordable travel sized bottles of your bathroom essentials at supermarkets, chemists and some retail stores.
- A hat
- A beach towel and swimmers
- A pair of jeans in case the weather takes a turn for the worst
- A jumper/ jacket for the same reason
- A camera
- A book to keep busy on the plane
- My iPad – I take my iPad for entertainment on the plane and to access free WiFi at hotels to contact my family back home.
- Chargers and an adapter – you’ll need to check what adapter the country you’re visiting requires before you leave Australia. Buying adaptors at airports can be very expensive so I recommend purchasing one when they’re on sale from stores like Kathmandu.
My quick travel tips:
- Always wear your heavier clothes and shoes on the plane to save weight in your luggage, especially when you’re returning home with lots of shopping. Some airlines have strict weight restrictions that can be as low as 7kg so weigh your bags beforehand to avoid paying extra fees.
- Bring a copy of your check list with you for travel insurance purposes. If you happen to lose your luggage, you’ll know exactly what’s missing! (If you’re packing for a longer trip you might want to take a photo of your luggage just in case).
- Bring a photocopy of your important documents like your passport just in case they go missing or get stolen. You can never be too careful!
- Some airports including Sydney international charge to weigh suitcases and baggage so weigh your luggage before you leave home just to be safe.
- Plastic bags can mean the difference between wet and dry clothes in your suitcase so bring a couple in your luggage. You never know when a plastic bag can come in handy.
What are your travel essentials? Are you planning a summer time holiday? Let me know in the comments below!