Hello again from my flight to Belgrade. Yesterday, while packing, I thought to share my strategies coming form the years of light packing. In the last couple of years I am often flying with low cost companies that will charge extra for a suitcase. Up to now, I could bring my carry on trolley, but now the conditions of Wizz air had changed again, so I can bring only a backpack or small sport bag. This time, I am flying to Serbia, staying 12 days, and I plan to pack in 7 kg (about 15 lbs).
Let’s say that whatever I do in my life I like having a list. There is no difference between grocery shopping and packing. You want to make the most out of your money. Currently, I prefer this packing list from Pinterest.
I write down the occasions that I have to attend (this time there will be wedding of my best friend, but my dress and shoes are already in Serbia) and I check the weather. Then I make a plan which combines easily combinable tops and bottoms. The weather in Serbia should be pretty hot, so I am not planning to take my running clothes with me and towels and most of the cosmetics I am planning to steal from my mom. So let’s start with the clothes:
I am taking 1 pair of jeans on me, 1 more in the bag (I could probably get away without these if I was not too clumsy and spilling things on myself) and a pair of Capri pants in grey. I intentionally skip vibrant color capris that I have, since they are really hard to match.
Two pairs of shorts, one jeans hot pants that I plan to wear to the beach and one mint color longer ones that are also usable for the evening walks. One neutral skirt that works good with hot and cold weather (I intentionally skipped to summery, too colorful or to thick skirts), and totally out of the rule, I am taking my new colorful light skirt since it weights so little and it is so pretty. This one I plan to use for a couple of dinners that we have. I made sure to have gray thank top with me.
A white silky cardigan that I plan to use for the colder nights, and also to cover my shoulders in the church for the wedding.
One long sleeve top, two tank tops and two T-shirts. know that this look like too little. But I plan to use my parents washing machine and to fit in in some of my old tank tops (since I lost 4 kg).
Five undies, sleeping bottoms, a swimming suit, 2 pairs of socks (hello mom’s washing machine) and only very small cosmetic bag with make up, face wash and cleanser (I plan to use my parents shower gel and shampoo).
City bag (a new one from TkMaxx), and a clutch that my mom takes to the wedding (my white clutch is already in Serbia from the last flight).
Agenda, wallet, cell phone and charger, keys, wedding greeting card (I hate getting these things in the last moment), sunglasses in a case, passports and boarding passes (Nenad is going with me), folder with a chapter from Janeway’s immunology and light reading. Please note that you are allowed to bring a reasonable amount of reading material in your hands, so you don’t have to count the books in those 7 kg.
Not pictured are my netbook and charger and trench coat that I will bring in my hands. Also note that I am using very ugly sport bag, since I can fit many things inside. I do plan to buy prettier one as soon as I find a good offer.
Ready, set, go. Serbia here we come!