Packing is always a nightmare, never mind trying to live out of your hand luggage for any length of time. Nevertheless, I am about to do just that as I follow Green Day from Belfast to London, and home again over 5 days! We are going to be flying for the entire journey, and trying to be wise, we opted to only travel with cabin baggage. I guess we both like a challenge. You would think that my regular visits to Cambridge have me well versed in packing light, but as I usually travel by train, the fear of over packing this time is real.
For the following 5 days my life will be folded into my Ted Baker travel bag, a Skinny Dip backpack (which I can’t say is particularly big), and I will 100% be utilizing my trusted bumbag that I picked up at Boomtown, and the big ass pockets in my rain mac. Overall, I wouldn’t say I’ve got much space, but I will be able to make do with what I have. I just need to try my hardest to dwindle down my usual make-up collection!
So here is what I am taking with me..
One spare pair of jeans
A top for each day
Underwear and socks for each day
A clean bra
A toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
And that is it!
It’s so easy to pack things that you just don’t need. I usually trip up with my make-up bag by packing 3 different eye shadow palettes, 5 different lipsticks, a contour, a highlight and fifty different brushes… and the reality is, I just don’t wear that much make up. I end up weighing myself down. I’ve always found packing my clothes to be easier, because my everyday style has followed the same formula since I was kid – and that is band tee, skinny jeans, and Doc Martens. It really doesn’t need to be more complicated than that. You don’t need a fresh pair of trousers for every day of the week, if you are away for a few days, just take a back-up in case your originals rip. I always reckon if you have enough pairs of knickers, you’ll make it through your trip… even if it means a few unwashed clothes and outfit repeats!