Holidays loom again….oh life is just too exciting! This time we are going for TWELVE days, first to Tallin in Estonia, then a ferry ride to Helsinki in Finland and then back to Tallin to tour around Estonia. We are staying in hotels for a change, and we will be on the move, so no handy washers. We need to be able to handle to luggage easily.
Normally my trips are much shorter and I survive with a carry on case. The longest I have survived with a carry on is 8 days in January. With a washer in an apartment.
Check in baggage with easyjet are expensive, and we need to keep luggage to a minimum as we will be on the move a lot. So the challenge is , can I survive with my carry on? Easyjet have no weight restriction but the size should be no more than 56cm x45cm x25cm including wheels…People on TA claim to survive for three months with a small case. so here goes……
here is my packing method……and for future reference my packing list.
step one, assemble all the liquids
As you can see I decant as much as I can into small pots. Contact lens cases are useful. Otherwise toothpaste, moisturiser, hair conditioner, (which I only use a tiny blob of,) liquid make up, are all in small pots. Actually the make up primer “airbrush away” could go in a smaller container. See if it fits.
Shampoo is normally in a smaller bottle but this is a “travel size and fits.
Travel size roll on deodorant.
Mascara and Touche Eclat.
One colour of lipstick and blusher as all outfits match.
Contact lens cleaner and contact lenses.
Eye comfort drops.
put in small zip plastic bag.
step two. assemble all non clothes items. Remember easyjet do not allow a separate handbag.
Lightest shoes, with socks stuffed inside.
Blow up pillow, eye mask and ear plugs. (you never know when you may be stranded at an airport!
Medicines, Pain killers, anti emetic, anti diarrhoeal, usual supplemants.
Small first aid kit with plasters, dressings and antiseptic wipes.
Compeed blister plasters.
Non liquid make up items.
Make up remover pads.
Factor 50 sunblock stick.
Portable shower bracket.
Portable hook with pegs to hang washing
step three.roll up all the clothes tightly.
The rules for clothes are. They must all match each other and be lightwiight.
The principle is that light layers can be worn over each other dependent of the temperature of the weather. Thus trapping air between the layers to keep warm if it is cold. So suitable for all seasons. Also lighter clothes are easier to wash if necessary.
Here I aim to pack.
Twelve pair of knickers (have to have a clean pair daily, cannot count on washing!)
Three pairs of pyjamas.
twelve pairs black socks(similarly, NEED clean socks!)
two pairs tights, black/neutral.
three pairs hold ups
One black underskirt
six tops,,,,, orange/red colours
three vest tops,,,, black white and peach.
two pairs trousers.black…. One skinny jeans, one thicker cord .
two dresses in similar colours.
one leggings, to go with above dress.
one jacket to match above
one swimming costume
one pair of flat black comfy shoes.
I will wear, my heaviest shoes with heels. Jeans, top black cardigan, and Orange coat .
So here goes! ( at this stage I really don’t believe all this will fit in)
Here is the empty case size. Size 56cm (22″) long x 36cm (14″ ) wide x 24cm (10″) deep. Well within Easyjet restrictions. It is separated into three compartments.
First shoes to the side, and non clothes spread around the base.
Next..tightly pack a layer of rolled up tops trousers and vests.
Finally for this compartment fold best dress and jacket around each other to minimise creasing.
Next compartment. Underwear and pyjamas
Not forgetting the handbag.
Finally, in the outside pocket, netbook connections phone charger and liquids.
Opps! forgot the hairdryer.
STILL zips up easily. Great!
Love from Bolton
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