What’s in my bag for a two-weeks trip in cold weather?

Bonjour !

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.

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#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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.

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#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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.

 

#what's in my bag -  Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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?

#what's in my bag - Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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!

#what's in my bag -  Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

Two cashmere ponchos. Ponchos are great : sophisticated and laid-back, good for layering.

#what's in my bag  - Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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.

 

#what's in my bag  - Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

Two leather shorts and a grey skin-tight trousers otherwise known as a pair of slims.

#what's in my bag -  Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

Three light tops.

 

#what's in my bag - Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

A gym outfit. Very important.

#what's in my bag -  Fondamentally 君悦

#what’s in my bag – Fondamentally 君悦

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.

Toodles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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