I love traveling – who doesn’t? This February, I spent two weeks visiting friends and family in Vilalonga, Barcelona, Brussels and Budapest and I managed fitting all I needed in a small low-cost friendly 25-44-55 cm carry-on and a small handbag.
Above are the places I have been to, and temperatures have been ranging from 15°C in Spain to -2°C in Hungary. I also needed clothes for hanging out with my friends, walking out in the cold, attending parties and family dinners.
This is a what’s in my bag post so let’s get on with it.
I chose this Shanghai Tang because its clasp makes it very challenging for pickpockets to get in. I obviously look like a tourist and Asian women are a target nowadays so better be safe than be sorry. The other reason I chose this handbag is that it is a day-to-night option, small enough to be an evening accessory, with elegant jade details.. in my eyes anyway. I brought my Ipad mini, my Iphone (with which I took this picture), chargers, an extra battery, a light flashlight, lipsticks, an eyeliner and a lip balm, a pen, pills, a card holder, a wallet for legal tenders and invoices, a small change wallet and my ID, passports and vaccine card.
My carry-on was filled up. I think I could have packed even less, but I do like a good change of clothes. Initially I wanted to bring a cocktail dress for Chinese New Year but I had to let it go, in favor of more versatile outfits. I also had Spanish hams and a box of French chocolates at one point because I came bearing gifts.
An overview. From far left to the right : a plastic vacuum pouch with dirty clothes, a blue purple coat, two hardcover books I was offered in Spain, a brush and a bag of cotton pads, a pair of greyish blue high heels, a red Moroccan makeup pouch, the infamous liquids pouch, a pair of light Nike trainers, a lingerie pouch, a black pouch filled with clothes and the pink pouch for my bikini, which becomes pretty handy for wet suits.
So what is in my black pouch?
Two leather and fur vests I have overused. They keep warm and are very versatile. I guess I could have brought only one because they are so bulgy and heavy, but je les aime d’amour!
Two cashmere ponchos. Ponchos are great : sophisticated and laid-back, good for layering.
Two dresses that can be worn with shorts or pants : a black baby-doll dress and a trending cotton dress I bought in a Polish franchise.
Two leather shorts and a grey skin-tight trousers otherwise known as a pair of slims.
Three light tops.
A gym outfit. Very important.
And here are the contents of my liquid pouch and my Moroccan cosmetic pouch.
I also wore a long winter coat, a pair of thigh high boots, a greyish blue cashmere sweater and a pair of leather shorts.
Enough said! Here are a few shots of the outfits I wore at the Opera, at a dinner, at the closing of Barcelona fashion week, in a touristic venue and in a gentlemen’s club :
All in all, I could have brought more and I could have brought less. I am quite fond of having a ready-to-take carry on for a winter trip, it helps lessen the stress of planning for weeks worth of clothes.