I Got 99 Problems but Packing Ain't One

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I can't be the only one who has never done hand luggage only when going on holiday before? I can't be the only one who has had sleepless nights wondering how on earth you can fit a weeks worth of holiday clothes in one suitcase with a weight limit of 10kg? I can't be the only one who has panic attacks about only being able to take 10 x 100ml bottles of liquid? Can I?

When I go away for a weekend I can take a suitcase and fill it to the brim so the thought of having to somehow find a way to fit a weeks worth of clothes into a suitcase really was playing on my mind so for the first time in my life, I packed over 24 hours in advance as a test run. (I went away to Disneyland Paris once and the coach was setting off at midnight so I decided leaving my packing to Eleven O'clock was a bright idea). 

So if you too are like me and need to know help and guidance when it comes to packing hand luggage only for a whole week then worry no more, you have come to the right place.

The first step is to find a suitcase that meets the requirements, all airlines tend to have different requirements but normally buying anything named a 'cabin bag' should mean your suitcase will meet these requirements.

I found the easiest way to do this was to first organise my packing into piles; my piles consisted of:


Evening Clothes
Day Clothes
Hair Accessories
Travel Adapter
Phone Charger

The great thing about going hand luggage only is you can still take an additional bag to stick on your arm. So the sensible thing to do would be put hair brush's phone chargers, travel adapters and anything small and compact in their instead. I also ALWAYS take a pair of fluffy socks for the plane as I tend to travel in sandals and my feet get too cold from the air conditioning so I wear my fluffy socks then, I also wear the on an evening when the suns gone in and even though it's far from cold I like to keep my feet covered.

Here I actually have 7 night outfits, 4 day outfits, 3 cover ups, 4 bikini's, 2 towels and FIVE pairs of shoes. Which is way more than I need considering we are staying in an apartment and have a washing machine. It's always better to have more than you need than less than you need in my eyes, and if it all fits in why not.

The next step is to ensure this does actually all fit in otherwise it's time for rearranging which luckily for me, I could get everything in with ease!

The tip to do this is to ensure you have really light weight clothing, anything that's a blouse material is perfect, super lightweight and folds up so small. Shoes wise, I have taken a pair of flip flops, 2 pairs of sandals and 2 pairs of Tom's. Tom's are perfect because of the canvas material they are easy to adjust the shape of without damaging and are also extremely light weight. 

After ensuring that I could fit it all in, it's time to fill the toiletries bag. The easiest and most sensible thing to do which for once I'm actually doing is buying my necessities when I get there, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, sun cream etc. This then allows me to fill my 10x100ml allowance with things that I wouldn't normally be able to take.

Now despite saying I was buying sun cream and shower gel out there, I came across these mini's that are 100ml or less so given I'm restricted this time I'd be daft not to pack them! I also have packed a reviving mist as it's perfect when laying on the beach and you start to get a bit too hot and clammy from the sun, you can just spray your face with this and it cools you down and smells so fresh! I highly recommend.

I really don't plan on using my foundation while I'm away given that I'll have a tan and it won't match my skin colour but I just feel a sense of security knowing I have it with me. I've also got a concealer/highlighter to cover up any unwanted spots that may appear. The rest of the make up is for an evening when I want to glam myself up.

I popped this all in my see-through bag ready for customs. You can't see from this picture but a Naked palette and a HD brows palette also accidentally slipped in to the bag too. My bad.

Then I popped the bag back in my case on top so I can easily access it for when I need to take it out at customs.

The next step is the moment of truth... the moment people dread most while going on holiday. The scales! How much does my bag weigh? All of my items came to a  grand total of 9.2kg and the allowance on the air line I am flying with is 10kg. Perfect.

Now all I need to do is pick my heaviest/largest item out and wear that on the day I fly making more space in my case and also making it lighter to avoid any chance of being pulled out for my case being too heavy.

Packing this case has to be one of my biggest achievements this year, I actually feel quite the expert on it and I'm looking forward to flying without having to wait around a baggage carrousel for my luggage. Straight to the sun for me please.

Are you going away anywhere nice this year?


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