..or how I ended up wearing a short,leggings, a top, a skirt, a dress, a pullover, a jacket, a blazer, a vest and a raincoat altogether for take-off.
When I'm writing this, I’m just on my way to California, travelling from London with a carry-on and a small handbag, for a week. If you know me, you know I always have lot of stuff with me, different cameras to capture everything, phones, shoes, a half drugstore to keep me feeling pretty and plenty of change of clothes. When I mentioned it to my friends that I plan to do sightseeing on Monday before going to the airport, everyone would ask me where I’m putting my big luggage? And I would just laugh, why would I need a big luggage?
Have to admit, my mom is not the female version of Jamie Oliver. Nor did she thought me how to do my make-up, and after learning English for years she is still just looking at the pictures on my blog. But there is something she is unbeatable, and that’s packing. Every time when we travelled, and thanks to my dads obsession, we travelled a LOT, she would pack if there would be a zombie apocalypse next week. She would teach me to prepare for everything and anything, and effortlessly manage to bring all that stuff through security without paying extra.
I like to take the time for packing for a trip, to make sure I don’t miss anything.
I usually ask myself:
What if it will be cold? What if it will be hot? What if there will be a poolparty? What if I wanna go hiking? What if that dress gets dirty? What if I ruin my shoes? What if I need to get in the VIP in a posh club? Can I do backbends in that?
Pro tip: If you are not sure about taking a piece of clothing with you, try it on and dance in it in front of the mirror. It usually helps.
Regardless of where you are travelling, it is always a good idea to:
- Try bringing clothes you can combine
- Always have spare shoes. Always.
- Bring something waterproof, at least a light rain jacket. It can fit anywhere.
- Make sure you can close your hangbag. “Shopper” bags are very fashionable and look cute, but believe me, pickpockets will appreciate your style.
- Dress comfortably for the flight. Being in a tight space can already make you stressed, it’s unnecessary to wear things which make you feel weird
- Layering is key.
London isn’t the coldest place on earth, but at 7am, after sleeping 4hours I wished I could make my way to the airport wrapped up in a thermo sleeping bag.
After measuring my bags and realizing they are a bit more heavy I felt I need to get more creative with bringing all those clothes with me. Your bag might get measured at the airport, but you won’t, therefore you can wear as many layers as you want. It's a flight, not Tinder, no one cares if you look like you have put on a little bit more. Unless you feel like networking, but I prefer to sleep on planes.
Fill your pockets with the heavyest small things, like phones, cameras and bring a light bag with yourself to throw all the things you normally wouldn’t wear on the flight until you have the time to sort out your stuff.
And the result for me this time?
Sorry for bad quality pics, the lighting in my room is worse than bad. Yep, in the end I was already going nuts about packing. And I was singing California by Phantom Planet loudly. Obviously.