Dora the Explorer may have a song about her backpack but she’s not the only one strapping one on for an adventure. I am currently exploring various parts of Scandanavian countries along with London and you guessed it – I will be taking a backpack! How will I, the queen of overpacking, do it? Great question! Let’s explore the bits and bobs that made the cut for 15 days on the road.
From what I have read, layering is everything when it comes to packing a backpack – especially Iceland. What I have been trying to do is plan to pack as many basic clothes as possible so I can mix and match different outfits – can’t have too many repeats on the ‘gram – am I right? Shoes are by far the hardest decision. Make sure to stuff socks or small items into shoes so you utilize space.
I managed to fit in two pairs of jeans (blue and black), a pair of leggings (plus the pair I wore on the plane), two skirts, one dress, two tanks, five long sleeves, a wool sweater, a couple tees, pjs, two bras, a scarf, a hat, runners, flats, gloves and underwear!
I have been working hard to keep the blog up-to-date while I am away to avoid having to take my laptop. I definitely want to avoid being another horror story of a stolen laptop from a hostel or having it fry under the airport scanner – yikes! But I do want to stay in touch with the world so I made sure to pack the following:
- Chargers for iPhone/iPad, GoPro and FitBit
- FitBit (to count all my steps)
Shout out to all my ipsy and beauty bag fans! Travelling is the time that your collection of mini products becomes the most handy. I like to always take little versions of beauty products with me on trips because they take up less space and I don’t have to worry about my Becca highlighter breaking in an airport or on a hostel floor. Side note: This is also a good trick for people who like to try lots of products – I like to buy gift sets from Sephora often. They leave me with small products I can take on trips and I can test them out for cheaper before I commit to something that will last me a year. This time I brought all essentials (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dry shampoo, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.) along with minis of my fave products (chocolate bronzer, Becca opal and Mac concealer.)
Of course you can’t forget the random necessities. This includes a combo lock for hostels, a book, eye mask, ear plugs, currency, passport, copies of important documents.
Phew, that was almost as exhausting as packing and repackage the bag. What are your necessities when travelling?