Travelling light with just a carry-on suitcase has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love the feeling of freedom it brings with it and I’d never go back to lugging a huge case full of stuff I don’t need around with me again.
When I went to Copenhagen a few weeks ago I made a huge mistake and checked my carry-on case in after being offered a freebie by the airline. Your case not coming out onto the carousel is everyone’s worst nightmare right? Well, that was me on arrival in Copenhagen! I was told my case had been lost. I was kicking myself for agreeing to let the airline check it in when it was so easy to keep with me. Luckily it had just ended up on the wrong carousel and I found it an hour later but still, lesson learnt. I can add another pro to travelling light – your luggage can’t get lost. I made a promise to myself there and then to never check my carry-on in again.
The south of France (Le sud de la France) has a reputation for glitz and glamour but there is a quieter side to it. My packing list may seem too casual for a lot of people but that’s my travel style and I’m sticking to it. You’ll never find any ball gowns in my carry-on!
I’d planned a very slow and steady 4 nights in Cannes. My plans included lots of laying around the pool at the hotel, drinking coffee in cafes, wandering around the Old Town, shopping some of that French style I’m obsessed with, if I fancied it and eating as many croissants as I could justify. This packing list served me perfectly. I felt comfortable all week but still felt stylish. I wore everything but not to the point where I felt I’d worn them out.
I’ve attached the links to the items (or similar) for you but they aren’t affiliate so I don’t get paid if you buy anything. I’m not telling you to buy these items, I simply want to share what works for me in the hope it may inspire you to travel lighter so you can spend more of your time and money on what really matters; the experience.
I’ve listed what else I packed in my carry-on below;
- DSLR Camera and charger
- Laptop and charger
- Phone charger
Hair and Beauty
- Flannels (just because I like my own)
- Mascara, liquid eye liner, brow gel, lip balm
- Travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, deodorant,
- Hair brush and comb
- Sun lotion (purchased at the airport)
- 4 x pants
- 1 x strapless bra
- Hoodie for the plane
- A pair of yoga pants and a cami for relaxing at the hotel
- A good book (I’m currently loving Essentialism)
- Notebook and pen
As always, I was tempted to stuff those just in case items into my case. Things like a hairdryer, extra outfits and hair straighteners were questioned but I knew deep down I didn’t need them. I know that I prefer to forget about styling my hair when I’m away, because it’s one less thing to worry about. I also know that having too many outfit choices stresses me out and there are never enough hangers for them in the hotel room anyway. I never needed any of those just in case items while I was away and having proved that to myself will make resisting them next time even easier. I hope that my putting this theory to the test spurs you on to give packing light a go yourself.
What are your lazy holiday essentials? Would this list be enough stuff for you? Let me know in the comments below.
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