I made (to myself) a bold choice of leaving to London with only a backpack (crammed with stuff, definitely weighing more than 8kg). That meant ditching a few things off my checklist, outfit-planning, bad words and I still didn’t get it quite right. Almost, but not completely. Leaving my SLR Camera at home was one of my best decisions though.
Mom found this backpack for 15€. It was super light and spacious, and not too bad looking. It ended up being a blessing, for there was no way I could fit everything in my old one.
Here’s what I packed for a six-day-trip (5 nights):
- My Converse (I wore boots, so 2 pairs of shoes in total)
- Pants (Obviously I also wore one pair of jeans, so 2 pairs of pants in total)
- 3 shirts (I wore one, so 4 in total. I could’ve left at least 1 out)
- 1 jacket (I wore one going, so 2 in total. One thinner and one thicker)
- Few pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, 1 thin cardigan
- Makeup (lightly) and other hygiene products (explained below), toothbrush
- Scar, sunglasses, a small purse (to walk around with)
- Computer (tablet), phone, digital camera, phone and computer charger + adapter
- Notebook, pen, medicine (mild painkillers, allergy & stomach meds)
I didn’t count in any clothes I would possibly buy from London, and even if I did, my original plan was to not worry about weight-limits, and to send everything I bought with the mail. Luckily, I only bought a few things that fit in my backpack (though it probably would’ve been too heavy, if they had weighed it). I was glad to learn, that if by the looks, your bag meets the size requirements, they won’t weigh it. But don’t push it 😉
Mom found these cute small bottles from Cien and the toothpaste, and the rest I took in small old medicine-bottles (properly washed, of course). I have to admit, I could’ve gone by with even a smaller amount of face wash and toner, but basically this was the perfect size. Deodorant was something I wouldn’t bother to carry with me, so I bought one upon arrival.
I could’ve left out a few things, but honestly, this was a good amount to take with me, because it wasn’t my plan to go shopping. If I hadn’t gone shopping to buy more clothes, these would’ve been more than enough. The only reason I took two pairs of shoes, was that in case I got blisters or the other pair would hurt, there would be a different pair. I think it’s a really good piece of advice. If you walk much, take two different pairs of shoes. And by that I don’t mean those brand-new, ten-inch stilettos 😉
Have you learned any great hacks on the Art of Packing?