Since Mark and I have started traveling together I have never checked a bag, ever. He thinks of himself as a master packer, and is pretty good at editing my packing list when I come downstairs with piles of clothes.
We have gone to Rome for a week, Hawaii for a week, our wedding and honeymoon and I have still never checked a bag.
There are a few reasons for this: I don’t like to carry a bag and I don’t like to wait (and now pay) for my checked bag. I have learned that if you pack smartly you usually won’t need to check a bag, either!
When we went to India for a week we shared a backpack and a carry on duffel bag. That is it, and I still came home with unworn clothes.
Here is what I packed – or a very close match at least:
The trick for packing light and not feeling like you’re a wandering backpacker is to pick wearable pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways; skinny jeans are perfect day or night, same with the jersey skirt and cardigan.
As I have mentioned previously I am not a “product girl” so I don’t have a separate caboodle for my makeup supplies. I brought with me the Laura Mercier bronze/blush duo and cake liner and smashbox lip gloss. I do not ever travel with a blow dryer – every hotel in a first world country has one, even the hotels in India, and on occasion I will bring a hair straightener.
I fly in my bulkiest items, and shoes; that means I wear boots on a plane, or in this case my ballerina sneakers. I always fly with a pashmina, which doubles as a blanket in flight, and if I am bringing a jacket for the trip I usually don’t have it packed so that I can easily access it when I am out of the airport.
Memories from travel are not made in front of the mirror, so I pack light, move quickly and take lots of pictures!