In 2016, I got on 30 flights. 26 of these were short-haul across Australia. It’s safe to say, I know how to pack well when you only have a carry-on bag. Normally, I only travel with a 7kg allowance but this time I need to take my laptop for work so I purchased an extra 5kg. You can adapt these tips to suit any allowance (even better if you have checked luggage).
I’m heading to Brisbane for a week, come pack with me!
Going away for a week? You do not need more than one pair of pants and one skirt. If you’re gone for under 3 days, don’t even bother packing pants. Just wear the same pair. You’ll save space and be able to curate better outfits, plus if you plan on shopping you’ll find new bottoms anyway.
Pictured above is my faux-suede mini skirt that I thrifted and a pair of Dotti denim. I will be wearing the skirt on the flight because it is heavier than the jeans. Skirts are fantastic – you can dress them up if you need to. I have never travelled without a pair of jeans. Why? Because as you can see they fold up so well, don’t crease and I can match them to almost every top in my suitcase. When I’m in Brisbane, I do a lot of bushwalks and trips to waterfalls etc so comfortable pants are an essential.
Next up – beauty.
I use a clutch handbag from Kmart as my makeup bag. It worked out cheaper and the two compartments make it easy to keep things organised. It’s big enough to hold all of my makeup and even bigger eyeshadow palettes. The pink brush roll came with my Designer Brands 10 Piece Brush Set (check out my review!) and is perfect for brush storage when travelling. I separate my brushes from my makeup to ensure they stay safe.
If you are worried about things leaking in your makeup bag, use small zip lock bags to keep the product in. This way, if something breaks (it’s happened to me many times) you won’t open a makeup bag to find foundation all over everything inside it.
I have a very extensive skincare routine for both my face and body when I am at home. However, I find when travelling I don’t have time to do all of it. So, I like to use these Garnier Micellar Water Wipes to take all of my makeup off and bring a small body moisturiser. I’m currently using Sleepy by Lush, which smells amazing (it’s also the perfect cure for chub rub).
Perfume is also important to think about when you travel – if you’re heading overseas, you can’t take anything over 100ml in your carry-on. I like to take perfumes that have a thicker, tougher bottle than just pure glass. I alternate between Black Opium by YSL and the Miu Miu fragrance.
As you can probably tell from this photo, these shoes have been well loved. If you’re going away for a weekend, you only need one pair of shoes. O N E.
If you choose a versatile and comfortable pair, you won’t find any issues. If you’re going away for longer than a week or you have special places to visit – bring two. I tend to choose a dressier pair (this time it’s mules from Rubi) and a comfy pair of sneakers – my well loved Reebok Instapump Fury’s.
When visiting Japan earlier this year for two weeks, my Instapumps were the only shoes that came with me.
Make sure you wear the bulkier pair on the plane!
Now onto the fun part – tops!
On this trip, I’m taking three shirts. The first is my BIG LOVE Records shirt that I picked up in Japan and I will be wearing this on the flight with my skirt and a big bomber jacket. Speaking of jackets – YOU ONLY NEED ONE!! And you should wear it or take it on the flight with you.
Next is my well loved Comme Des Garcons green striped long sleeve. There is a tiny hole in it (RIP) but I still love it nonetheless. This shirt is perfect because it’s super cute and matches both the skirt and the jeans.
Then we have my faithful Weathered long sleeve. I bring one of these everytime I travel – they are comfortable and perfect to wear on the flight home. It also matches both of my bottoms. Are you noticing a pattern here? Make sure pieces match and work well together so you can eliminate “I don’t know what to wear!” moments.
It’s winter in Australia so of course you need some jumpers and turtlenecks.
The first photo is of my brand new Uniqlo Disney Collection sweater. This is super warm and perfect for a chill, relaxing day while away. I recommend bringing something like this everytime you travel.
The second photo is a shot of my two Uniqlo turtlenecks that have travelled the world with me. These are around $20 in-store and are made of extra fine merino wool. They are warm and they can be dressed up or down depending on the bottom and accessories you pair them with – hence they come with me anywhere I go away from home. You also do not need to iron these. The less ironing that is required, the better the piece is to come away on holiday with you.
No matter where you are off to and how long for you need a book, one versatile bag and sunnies.
And finally – don’t forget pajamas, your toothbrush and make sure you pack washbags/plastic bags so you can differentiate between what is dirty and what is clean when you return home.