Packing is not rocket science
So, let’s not make it more complicated than it needs to be. We don’t need lists or charts or hours of planning. Of course, if that’s something you enjoy doing, by all means do it. As far as I’m concerned, that just sounds like a lot of work, and can do without it.
So, where do we start?
The weather, destination, duration of the trip and airline luggage allowance, that’s what we need to keep in mind. In this case I was packing for a 3-day trip in Barcelona in early June (= hot weather, casual wear), and travelling with cabin luggage only. In fact, I was travelling Business Class, so I could have taken an extra piece of cabin luggage, but I was fine with my cabin-size trolley and a tote bag.
Cabin luggage dos and don’ts
Cabin luggage means a bag or a trolley that fits into the aircraft overhead locker and a handbag / small(ish) tote (or just the one bag / trolley, depending on the airline) that you place under the seat in front of you.
It does not mean half a dozen bags and parcels of various shapes and sizes that you try to smuggle past the cabin crew. Don’t be that space hogging egomaniac who thinks aircraft overhead lockers are just for their personal use. There is absolutely no excuse for such rude behaviour; it is stealing, plain and simple. Remember, your fellow passengers have paid for their share of the overhead locker, too. In other words, if what you plan to take with you doesn’t fit into one trolley, either leave it home or check it in.
Worried about potentially losing your checked luggage? Use a Trakdot or other similar gizmo to keep track of it. That way you can see your suitcase moving around the airport where it got stuck when you changed planes (yep, been there…).
What about cosmetics and toiletries? Well, you know those resealable plastic bags you’re supposed to fit everything in? Repeat after me: if it doesn’t fit into the plastic bag, leave it home or check it in…
What to pack for 3 days?
First things first: the bag. A small crossbody bag always works: hands-free and bag-snatcher safe (this is a real concern in Barcelona). And two pairs of sunglasses should be enough. What, one pair should do it? NO WAY! I always take my favourite (of the moment) pair and a spare.
And the clothes? Well, what goes with the bag? The orange and navy maxi dress you saw in an earlier post, and this jersey maxi skirt, for example. I wore the skirt on two days out of the three (mainly because I like it so much). I also had another maxi skirt that I was wearing on the flight over, but there are no photos of that. Oh well, another day and another post…
OK, making progress…
Next, let’s find some tops that go with the skirt, non-iron only. A linen shirt (or two) is always good as it also protects me from the sun. No, I don’t iron them. It’s linen for heaven’s sake, it starts wrinkling the second you take it out of the wardrobe…
OK, where were we? A couple of t-shirts and two pairs of shoes. That’s a lot of walking around in 3 days, so let’s make that 2 pairs of walking shoes. Well, that’s easy: all my shoes are walking shoes (as I have no car or a chauffeur, I have no use for impractical shoes). Let’s make the other pair sandals, it’s summer after all. I could probably manage with just one pair of shoes, but it’s nice to give my feet an alternative. You know, when they get sore and angry after a long day of walking, a ‘new’ pair of shoes might fool them into thinking they’re being pampered…
OK, now all we need to do is toss a couple of necklaces into the mix and we’re done. So, to revise, that was one cabin-size trolley containing a maxi dress, 2 maxi skirts (well, obviously I was wearing one on the plane…), 2 t-shirts, 2 linen shirts, underwear and a nightie, a big round hairbrush, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of sunglasses, 4 necklaces (I only wore two, hmm…), a sun umbrella, a pashmina (to wear on the plane), a crossbody bag, a Longchamp le pliage tote (to toss magazines, handbag, etc into for the flight for easy access), some toiletries (yes, I bring my own shampoo and conditioner; my hair is a real diva…).
Yes, there was enough room for some shopping, too…
maxi skirt: lexington / sunglasses: Marimekko / bag: Furla / linen shirt: Marks and Spencer (old) /
t-shirt: KappAhl / white shoes: Clarks (old) / sandals: Clarks / sun umbrella: James Smith and Sons
And if was going away for a longer period, a week maybe? How would I fit everything in, then? Well, that’s easy, I’d take a suitcase and check it in…
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