1/6/13

How to travel with only hand luggage and still look okay


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know I've been traveling quite a lot, especially my monthly visits to Sweden before Daniel moved here. If you're flying budget airlines and you're a cheapskate like me, you'll be traveling with only hand luggage. Everything has to fit into one 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm suitcase and it can't weigh more than 10 kilos, and of course you need to save some space in your bag in case you do some shopping. Which, in my case, is likely.

I don't want to brag (just kidding, I totally do), but in those years I've become quite a pro at traveling light. I just wanted to show you how I pick my items so I don't have to wear the same every day. I won't pay any attention to essentials like undies and a toothbrush, 'cause hopefully I don't have to tell you to bring those. Over Christmas I went to Sweden for two weeks and here's what I brought:




Four button-ups: A blue one, a denim one and two white ones. Four skirts: A gold one, a floral one, a lace one and a leather one. All in neutral colors so they'll match with everything else I'm bringing. Three sweaters: My wolf sweater and Batman sweater to protect myself for the Swedish cold, a fancier pink one. Two necklaces.

Notice how every item I brought can be worn with every other item I brought? Technically it should make for 76 different combinations, not even counting accessories. Whoah! I could wear a button-up with a skirt, the next day I could wear the same but add a sweater. Or just the sweater instead of the shirt. Or a different skirt. You get the point.

Some more tips:

  • I only picked fabrics that can deal with some serious suitcase action, so I don't ever have to iron anything.
  • Think about what items take up the most space in your suitcase and wear those to the airport. You can always take 'em off once you've passed security. Did too much shopping on your trip? Layer like you're an Olsen twin, girl.
  • I roll everything up to minimize creasing and save space.

26 comments:

rougeimaginaire said...

This is really useful because i'm going to Sweden in February and even though I can bring 23 kilos I still want to save some room for shopping :)

Sóley said...

Haha I love it! :D Very useful :)

I'm A Love Addict said...

This was so helpful
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Jessica W said...

Great tips. I need to pack for a long weekend at the end of the weeks. These tips will definitely come in handy :)

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Cindy Nguyen said...

Great tips and lovely items!! :-)

Cindy x
www.cindynguyen.ca

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh, I hear you on packing light! I'm in a long-distance relationship and have this down! I love the phrase "layer like you're an Olsen," too -- very clever.

Fashionisam said...

great tip!
I love all of your clothes so much, haha.

fashionisam.blogspot.com

Puput said...

it's really useful, thank you very much for sharing. If I follow my plans, I will travel often this year :p

http://puputnopitasari.blogspot.com/

Liquorice and Pumps said...

Love the tip! Always have the same task when traveling, great tips, sure am going to use skirts more :D

xx

liquoriceandpumps.blogspot.com

Nerissa Arviana said...

Ah i like your trick, thank you for sharing! Love all your stuffs btw <3

SophiaCharles said...

love everything! especially the lace skirt and the batman sweater! and this post is really helpful, big thanks!

Sophia
decaffashion.blogspot.com

Lens & anything Else said...

Really like your stuff!

elle s'appelle pauline said...

Thank you for the tips!

www.ellesappellepauline.blogspot.nl

xoxo

Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

Such good advice! <3 I am a speedy packer, but always bring SO much stuff. I never have enough room for shopping - it's so annoying!

x
Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

Jessica Silva said...

nice tips! the colors are amazing...love the tones! <3

http://lookcloserlook.blogspot.pt

iamturquoise said...

i always end up taking either too few or too many items that end up not matching :D

http://iamturquoise.wordpress.com

Babes in Thriftland said...

I'm going to Europe for 3 weeks this spring so I'm definitely saving this post!

herecomesthesun said...

This is really handy advice! And probably quite relevant to my life this year so thank you!

Also I love the Olsen twin advice too, such a good point haha :) x

herecomesthesun said...

This is really handy advice! And probably quite relevant to my life this year so thank you!

Also I love the Olsen twin advice too, such a good point haha :) x

Клюква said...

youre a real master!
my applause!

Kim @lovecloth said...

LOVE this..where the white ones from? i need them

Aleksandra said...

I travel a lot and your tips are really useful, thanks :) Especially love the "layering" tip - I totally do this on the airports... Thanks again!

Une Dandizette

Bad Taste Toast said...

Oh God I hate packing for trips, especially when you can only bring a small suitcase! You are my packing-hero, everything in the photos looks so matching! <3

JM Mericle said...

this is so amazing. I always try to pack like this for my trips and somehow always fail. love having these visuals to inspire me! thanks for the secrets!
xo
-jm www.threadandbones.com

X. said...

Can you tell me where you got your gold skirt? I've been trying to find something like that for forever. Also, the white shirts. I've never managed to find any kind of shirt that doesnt need ironing upon arrival.

Ankoku_Sisters said...

Hahaha that is cool!I'm gonna follow your tip when I go to trip in April :D Great blog! <3