How to Pack: The Bare Necessities

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The challenge has been set: pack a weekender bag with just 10 essential items. If its the bare necessities you want, it’s the bare necessities (no more, no less) you’ll get. Of course you might wanna throw in a pair of undies and a change of clothes… but for everything else, you can do with just 10 items. Here’s why:

What you’ll need and why:

To tag your luggage – Whether you invest in a luxury leather embossed tag or simple use the paper tags provided at the airport, tagging your luggage is essential to ensuring a smooth ride when you’re on the road. If you’re taking a big trip, be sure to tag both your check-in luggage and carry-on, because leaving your luggage in storage at the hotel can also lead to trouble identifying yourself and getting back what is yours (speaking from experience) !!

A killer pair of shades – Its just a bonus that these Ray-Ban round glasses are as stylish as they are detrimental to sun protection – especially handy if you reside in the Southern Hemisphere and see a lotta sun year-round!

An (instant) film camera – You can’t go anywhere without creating memories. But what is better than creating memories? Capturing them. One of my favourite newbies to my must have travel accessories is a Mini Fuji Film camera. In an instant I have captured a moment, it’s in my hands, and I have it forever.

A passport cover – There’s a reason my passport looks so rundown – well, actually there are two. Firstly, I never took good care of it. I’m surprised it is still reminiscent of a small book with stamps, let alone in existence! The second, is that it is almost full and has itself visited more than 50 countries. For the next passport I receive, I’ll be taking care of it inside my Gigi NY passport cover (complete with embossing – jsut. so. fun.).

Shoes that look good, feel good – So you’re wondering what shoes to wear on your travels. You want something comfy, but you don’t wanna sacrifice style. Take it back to the original – and the best – and get yourself in a pair of converse. For around $50, you can’t go wrong.

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A good (great) digi camera – While I love my instant film camera, I would be lost without my Olympus PEN camera – which is my #1 tool in capturing all my travel photos AND videos. Its a life saver!

Some noise blockers – There are two reasons why I wear my headphones with no music actually playing: one) so creepers don’t talk to me as it immediately says ‘i’m busy’ and two) to cancel out the plane noise when sleeping, resulting in a deeper sleep.

A quality handbag – I don’t know many (if any) girls who don’t like to change their handbags with the seasons – currently I’m running a winter bag, which means I couldn’t stray from black as it goes with EVERYTHING. I love this little investment piece – especially for travelling. In fact, I can fit all these items into this bag with space! It also fits my apple macbook air, which makes it the perfect plane handbag.

Face cleanser – Late last year I was introduced to ‘the ultimate’ face cleanser. Prior to trying this product (which was recommended to me by a blogger friend), I had convinced myself that expensive beauty products did the same thing, just with better packaging + marketing. How wrong I was. The Eve Lom cleanser was the saviour my skin needed. I won’t go a day without it!

A hat (because I said so) – okay, so, you don’t really need to pack a hat. It isn’t really a bare necessity… but it sure is an easy way to cover your bed head without spending precious exploring time in the bathroom. Hats also dress up any outfit and make you feel reminiscent of an Audrey Hepburn film…what more reason could you want!?

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    July 9, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I have a passport cover, (I couldn’t resist the coach one, and it holds both my passports since I’m a dually) but just remember to take it out of the cover before you get to the customs guy. They won’t take it with the cover on.

    July 5, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Love this ! you’re just like me ! I need a passport cover though 🙁 Also, how do you get the scrolly thing for all the items ? is it a widget ?


    July 4, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Welcome to the Paris struggle! In the Metro I have my headphones in at all times, especially at night when my phone is dead. They make me feel safe, and like 90% of the time people won’t talk to me, and if they’re creepy I can just pretend like I don’t hear them 😀


    July 1, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Great ideas. I am using a few for my trip to Northern Michigan this weekend.

    Jessica @ The Belle Voyage
    July 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I’ve got to get some of those headphones! Love the color and after a few crazy flights lately, I feel like you can’t put a price on “noise-canceling”. Great list!

    June 30, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I would also add in face moisturizer and sunblock! Those shoes are a good call, too!

    Departures With Aimee
    June 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Wow I totally needed this! I always end up leaving something out…

    Lauren Marinigh
    June 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is incredibly helpful! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    June 30, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Nice list. I REALLY have to get a passport cover. I actually can’t believe I haven’t been turned away for it being so ragged!

    June 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I started singing the song from the Jungle Book upon reading this blog title!
    Love the passport cover 🙂

    Gemma Carey
    June 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Great post! Deffo agree with the instant film camera. Nothing beats a good polaroid!

    June 29, 2015 at 6:07 am

    awesome list these are always my to go items when flying!

    Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver
    June 29, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I completely agree with the passport cover! I didn’t have one when I studied abroad and when it was brand new it got completely trashed. Had my hairspray bottle bust all over it. At least now I have a cover on it so you can’t tell too bad any more. I’ll be getting a new one in a year and it will go straight in the cover! Thanks for the tips.

    June 29, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I pretty much always wear my converse when I travel, they are the absolutely best!! 😀

    June 28, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I wish I’d learn to pack only the bare necessities. Maybe for my next trip I’ll just use this list… 😀

    Jessica C. (A Wanderlust For Life)
    June 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Great list. I am partial to my Kindle on a plane as well. I am not a huge fan of tablets and even if I were, I appreciate the e-ink in e-readers. Just easier on the eyes. Ear plugs and an eye mask can come in handy too!

    June 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I love bringing accessories in general so a hat and a pair of sunnies is fine by me! I use my headphones to drown out the noise too!


    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    June 28, 2015 at 6:06 am

    If you’re traveling in the summer a pair of Birkenstocks would be perfect too. I’m all about shoes that are comfortable and good for your feet 🙂

    Clipping Path Outsource
    June 28, 2015 at 4:33 am

    What a nice list! My finest moment was a good conversation with a potential customer!

    La Cosa Preziosa
    June 28, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Nice post! Love the idea of the headphones without music to aid sleep, must try that. I would add an un-put-down-able book to the list. For me it’s the best way to beat the inevitable airport delays/ queues/ boring transit bits, they just slip by unnoticed.

    June 28, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Hi Brooke,
    This is a very interesting list, and not really what I was expecting! I’m a bit confused as to why you would need both a film and a digital camera. To be honest, I didn’t really think people bought film cameras anymore, and I’m struggling to understand why anyone would. Care to enlighten me?

    June 28, 2015 at 2:40 am

    I love that powder blue passport holder! I super agree with you about tagging your luggage. It makes life less hassle free.

    June 28, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Haha “a hat because I said so” Hahaha so cute!
    XO Janina

    June 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Such a great – and spot on – list! I love minimalist travel 🙂

    June 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I always carry my mini fuji film camera as long as my DSLR on my travels! I love instant little memories…

    Birkenstocks are also amazing as all-around shoes.

    Maaike - Travellous World
    June 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Haha I’m just at this point where I can only take a small-sized backpack with me on my next trip (weird airline restriction rules or pay €32 extra for luggage which is a few cm larger. I think not), and being very careful at what to bring. The problem is that I’ve to carry a DSLR with me, which takes up aprox. half of the space. We’ll see; it’s a challenge for sure! 😉 x Maaike –

    Parrotfish Journey
    June 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I like your list . my bag is kind of like that every time I travel . everything is only what I might need in a moment

    June 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    A good face cleanser is so important! I love the Eve Lom cleanser and have been using it daily since 2011 (the hot/cold muslim always feels so luxurious and relaxing). Even though sometimes I shudder at the price, I wouldn’t be without it. The absolute BEST moisturiser (even though it’s supposed to be treated as a mask, I don’t treat it as such) for travelling is the Origins drink-up intensive moisture mask. It’s a super-thick hydrating mask that I always leave on my face for long flights. I won’t travel anywhere without it. I get super dry skin and this is the only thing that helps. It is definitely one of my essentials.

    June 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So true. 🙂 A camera is SUPER important to have, even when your not travelling. :’) I havent been travelling much lately, yet I still make memories everywhere and have to bear with the loss of not being able to capture it. Passport cover sounds like a good idea.:) And a hat! Thanks! I love your blog.