Packing: I’m a failed minimalist
I am not a minimalist. (Post inspired by a true minimalist!)
However, I did want to pack smart for our vacation. I’m not sure that I have succeeded, but when I come back, I’ll let you know how much of what I brought I didn’t use. For last year’s vacation, I brought 1 too many dresses and probably 2 too many pairs of shoes. I promise I won’t wear something on just for the sake of “using” it!
We created a packing challenge for ourselves by planning a trip that has two purposes & destinations. The Russia portion is for a conference for T’s work. There is a welcome reception one night, and a banquet another night, both of which require some level of dressiness. In St. Petersburg (I read online) it is more common to dress up (at least somewhat) for dinner and it generally isn’t a casual city.
After St. Petersburg, we go to Scandinavia. This is a place I’ll fit right in! The dress is more casual, the women don’t wear a lot of make-up, and people are generally somewhat outdoorsy and down to earth. (Again, speaking only based on what I’ve read online – let me know if you know better!) My day time clothes will be the same in whatever city I go to, unless we are doing hiking, biking, or other active things. Which we definitely plan to do!
Travel Stuff: The plane rides are LONG and numerous. We leave Friday and arrive Sunday! This stuff is all about comfort or entertainment.
- Outfit: Gray T-shirt, purple long sleeve half zip shirt (doubles as a hiking shirt), and a blue fleece, black pants with some stretch. Hiking boots (because they are heavy, but I’ll probably slip my TOMS on once I’m on the plane).
- Miscellaneous: Travel books, unisom & ibuprofin, ear plugs, glasses, ipod, neck pillow, eye mask ipod, hair ties & headbands, tiny brush/mirror, liquids, make-up bag, books, passport & notebook holder, wallet
- Cords/electronics: camera charger, gorillapod, ipod charger. I’ll bring my phone & charger too, and the camera… was in my hands. 🙂
- Floral day dress
- Black dress (reception, with scarf everything is laying on, and also works as a day dress)
- Gray dress (banquet)
- Tops: 5 light & small tanks of various degrees of dressiness
- Black Shorts – I’m thinking of replacing with (or adding?) a longer black skirt, as I’ve heard shorts are not popular in Russia (or in europe?). The black pants in travel outfit also can be worn with the tops.
- Skinny jeans (not pictured) – I know jeans are a travel no-no to serious travelers, but I’m bringing them anyway.
- One light sweater (striped white and green)
- Black cardigan
- Ballet flats and flat sandals (pictured below)
- Not pictured – black trench coat
Hiking: I could leave a lot of this behind if we didn’t have some hikes planned, including (maybe, hopefully!) a glacier hike. The fleece from the travel day also really goes with this stuff.
- Blue 3/4 sleeve lightweight hiking top
- pink hiking shirt (I’m bringing 1 more hiking shirt that was in the wash)
- Black hiking pants
- Baseball hat, wool hat, gloves, Buff headband
- blue soft shell jacket
- Socks (2 wool, 2 liners, 1 -2 ankle socks)
- Gray bag containing underwear and bras
- Sleeping clothes (that pile of pink stuff is 1 pair of paints, 1 pair of yoga shorts, 2 tees and 1 tank)
Moment of truth…. can I fit it all into a carry-on sized daypack?
First I packed everything down & rolled all the clothing. The tank tops are in the packing cube, the hiking clothes were stuffed into the yellow bag, and I added my sleep clothes to my underwear bag. (Don’t worry, I bring a separate bag for dirty stuff.) See that bag in the back? That is my goal!
Ta-da! I could have scrunched the dress in, but T has to pack a full sized suitcase (he needs a suit) so I thought I’d put my nicer dress in with his stuff.
The other stuff fits too! The pants were in the wash (i do plan to wear pants) & i forgot to stick the TOMS in the bag.