on the road

Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you ask me, you can either be a person that loves packing or despises it to the end of the earth. I find myself in the latter category, given that I rarely travel and haven't picked up the tips and tricks that make the process a little easier! Anyway, next week I’m off to Melbourne for a few days but even the thought of packing for that overwhelms me, so I thought I’d take baby steps starting with my carry-on. The flight's only 1.5 hours so obviously this stuff wouldn't do on a long haul flight, but it also wouldn't look out of place for what I'd want with me on long train rides home. Hover over to see the numbers!

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - I can't be the only one having Sherlock withdrawal symptoms, right? Anyway, Penguin Classics are typically light and relatively cheap reads, so I won't be too sad if it happens to get lost or worn out from being knocked around my bag.

2. Notebook - If I need to write notes or have an epiphany on the road, putting pen to paper is the way to go!

3. Earphones - Whether it be on a flight or train, catching myself without headphones on public transport is the worst. I'm still on the lookout for a pretty but lightweight pair, but for now these Samsung ones tide me over just fine.

4. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream - I'll admit it, I'm a hoarder when it comes to travel-sized things. For some reason using them daily feels wrong, so obviously I get excited when I get the chance to break out my collection! Anyway, I've been a bit obsessed with hand creams lately but should really refrain from buying more. The struggle is real...

5. Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Lolita and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Romantic - I wasn't kidding when I said that I needed to lay off the balm stains! I'm not even much of a red lip wearer, but the fact that this one can be built up makes it extremely versatile.

6. Systane Ultra eyedrops -  Planes and my perpetually dry eyes are never a good combination, so these are a no-brainer.

7. Pentax K-r - For those of you wondering what camera I use, this is it! I always use my 35mm f2.4 lens when travelling since it's compact, performs decently in low light and has a good focal length.

8. Tetley Cinnamon Orange teabags -  Teabags might seem like a weird thing to travel with, but it's always nice to have when the hotel's tea just doesn't cut it! Plus this brew's delicious and feels like a giant hug, for lack of a better word.

9, 10. kikki.K pen and tissues- Trust me, when you're travelling there's always a time when someone needs a pen (same deal with tissues). Might as well be prepared and save yourself having to ask someone for them!

11, 12. Contacts and Osiris B21 glasses - On a long haul flight contacts are totally out of the question, especially if I plan on getting some shuteye! I think I'll be fine this time around, but I find it's always best to have my glasses on hand anyway.

13. Samsung SGS2 - I'm lacking an iPad or tablet, so my phone suffices as an entertainment device for now! I've mentioned the Pocket app before, but it's seriously a lifesaver for storing the articles that I always procrastinate from reading.

14. Clean & Clear Oil Control Film - Does anyone else get a weird sense of satisfaction from using these? No? Well in any case, they'd be essential for what I hear is a heatwave in Melbourne right now. Summertime oiliness, I'm prepared for you.

I'm probably taking this Zara satchel that I bought on my trip to Melbourne last year, funnily enough! Admittedly I haven't worn it much since my brown tote came into the mix, but the shoulder strap is good for some handsfree action (especially when shopping). Anyway, there are probably a gazillion things I've forgotten to include here considering my tendency to overpack at the last minute, but at least it's a start. What are your travel or flight essentials? Enlighten me!

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  1. When packing things for a roadtrip or for school
    I try to take less as possible and only bringing
    the things are needed and handy. Sometimes
    I bring too many of these 'handy' things with me..

  2. I love your satchel, usually when I travel I make sure I have hand sanitizer, my camera, phone, extra tissues, and passport. Sometimes I have an extra book or something to entertain me but other that I try to keep it simple. Especially for airplane travel since they make you empty out your bag for the security

  3. Love the satchel and your choice of reading material :] I hate packing myself but I like traveling. I think I would die without my iPad when I travel - really good for passing the time and such.

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. Love your satchel to pieces! Well, it's very wise of you to carry teabags, cinnamon orange sounds spicy and delicious!

  5. Always enjoy these kinds of travel posts. Probably because I'm a sticky beak haha. I usually find packing fun before a trip but during and on the way home is when I lose interest and just chuck everything in and hope for the best.

  6. Ooh, looks like we have a pink and orange theme going on here. I would say I'm the opposite of you, I like packing as early as possible.

  7. I pack the night before, and guaranteed to always forget something. I'm wondering how you took this photo whilst your phone and main camera of choice is in the photo. I am suddenly doubting my love for Moffat since the season finale of Doctor Who and Sherlock... But I'm still going to anxiously wait for season 8 and season 4 respectively.


  8. Ooh I hate packing. I always leave it until the last minute and then I'll end up with too much stuff because I feel like I need to take everything! Ah I miss Sherlock as well. I always need to take a book with me haha but I don't want to wreck my books in my bag. Hope you have fun in Melbourne. :)

  9. I loved reading this post and have made notes for my future travels! I never thought of bringing tea with me however what a perfect way to unwind after a long day sight seeing and shopping! I hope you have a marvellous trip in Melbourne petal, it is one of my favourite cities in the world!

    XO's Paige

  10. Aww haha I like that you carry teabags. I gotta say, I'm the opposite and love packing! Hope you have a good time in Melbourne, and that the weather is a bit cooler when you're there.

  11. Looks great! I love packing to go somewhere but I hate unpacking once I'm back home!

    erin // beingerin.com

  12. I absolutely love your bag! It's definitely a piece that can match any look and add a touch of class. I need to try Babylips too! I can't believe I haven't already. Have a lovely time in Melbourne!



  13. I wish I could travel this light (hand luggage)! Love your satchel. Have a great trip.

  14. I hhaaaate packing. I usually just shoving crap in at the last minute lol. Nice picking with Mr. Holmes :)


  15. Your satchel is gorgeous and a notebook is always a must have! You're waaaay more organised than I am, I'm terrible at packing!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  16. Haha, I'm the worst packer! I usually just shove as much as I can and hope for the best. But I love that bag! I think that it's perfect for traveling. I agree that being hands free is the best route to go!

  17. i'm kind of an obsessive listmaker so i always make a list of all the things i'll need to pack so i don't forget anything. i think you've pretty much got it covered for carry on though, and i love your handbag. i need a good quality big black one for travelling too.

    little henry lee

  18. Love the purse! I do enjoy packing, but not when I get OCD. It's so much easier to have everything laid out before hand and an idea of what you want pack :)

  19. really enjoyed this read! you have a great blog here - can't wait for future posts! i agreed with basically everything you had to say about what you are bringing - i think the penguin classic books have such a well designed look to them actually, and have never seen where one can buy them, but really they just look so great aesthetically. such a fan of sherlock as well so maybe i should take an actual stab at the book that inspired the series! i feel the exact same way about travel-sized products - i tend to feel their only proper use is in transit on long haul flights for example, but honestly, keeping a hand-sized hand cream in your bag seems like a good thing to just always have! i can't tell you how many times i wished i had something like that with me esp. during these months. i always bring my own tea bags as well bcos i just feel it makes things that much more cosy and luxurious when one is far away from home.

    rae from love from berlin