I watch vlogs and read blogs about people packing to go away but none of it ever rubs off on me. I overpack – however I like to refer to it as being prepared. It’s probably an aspect of my anxiety but I like to ensure that I have all of my home comforts with me. I therefore thought I would share a post with you about how I pack – I’m not suggesting you follow my example! Last week we drove up to Wales to stay with my partner’s family. This is my favourite kind of trip because it means I’m not limited to how much I can bring – if it fits in the car it can come with us.
Here is a visual of how much stuff I bring (this doesn’t include my partner’s little suitcase). To put it into perspective we were away for 4 nights. I thought I’d explain to you what I pack in each bag and why!
My suitcase is pretty straight forward, clothes go on one side and toiletries, etc… on the other side.
When packing clothes I tend to pack a couple of different outfits a day – this is for a number of reasons. The first reason is that I’m never sure what I’m going to feel like wearing and the second reason is that the weather in Wales is very unpredictable. In addition to this I pack some comfy clothes that I can change into in the evening to sit and watch television in.
(Am I convincing anyone, other than myself, that I need this many outfit changes?)
The other side of my suitcase holds my straighteners, deodorant, dry shampoo, hair oil, perfume and a couple of books. In addition to this I always bring our own shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel and razor. We split the drive up by staying at a hotel half way and so our own toiletries are necessary.
I definitely overpack on make-up when we go away. However, I see it as a chance to experiment with my make-up and use products that I don’t necessarily always use. Needless to say those less used products tend to stay in my make-up bag. At least I tried?
Here’s a little peek inside the bags as to what I bring with me. I guess 4 mascaras are not necessary but it is my daily routine to use all of them! I always put my make-up in my Longchamp bag so that if I decide I want to do my make-up on the journey it’s easy find in the car. Usually I’m too busy sleeping to do my face. I also keep my hair ties and slides in with my make-up too.
My long champ bag also holds our phone chargers and my face moisturiser. All the essentials…
This little bag here is where all my medicines are kept and it comes everywhere with me. Inside this pouch is every medicine that you could ever dream of – if you have anything wrong with you chances are I’ll have a tablet for it. Surprisingly, I don’t often take any pills, however I like to be prepared. This pouch also contains my earplugs so that I can sleep peacefully!
Snacks are a must have on a long journey! The Tesco bag in the first picture contains these goodies. I have found that service stations do not cater well for vegetarian gluten-frees and so I always make sure we have some snacks with us – and some for my boyfriend. The drive is around 7 hours and so snacks help to break it up!
The final bag in the first picture is my boyfriend’s backpack, inside this is my camera and my little pillow to help with my neck problems!
As you can see, I like to be thorough with my packing!
How do you pack?