HAND LUGGAGE ONLY – Summer Edition

3 years ago I used to pack everything bar the kitchen sink when I travelled. Fast forward to present day and I am all about taking Hand Luggage Only!

Now this will have to be a 2 part-er (yes, that is now a word) because what you would pack for a week in Asia is a little different to what you would pack for a winter city break in Europe. So welcome to the ‘Summer Edition’ of Hand Luggage Only.

This is what I took with me for a week in Bali.

First things first, you have to decide whether you are going for a backpack or suitcase. I’m a firm believer of the backpack > suitcase. I find it easier to travel with, I can just shove it on my back and it leaves my hands free. It’s especially handy (no pun intended) when I know I am going to be travelling from place to place.
With that being said…

PACKING LIST

  • BACKPACK
    Personally, I would really like an Osprey bag but considering I’m broke (and Becky managed to wangle me a lovely little discount) I bought this 30L backpack from Mountain Warehouse. I haven’t had much luck with Mountain Warehouse backpacks over the years, with my last 3 having died on me (I LOVE MW’s accessories though!!) but this one did the job. Although if you’re travelling for a longer period of time I would recommend investing in a more durable brand.
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    This one has side pockets which I found useful to store my liquids in for easy access in the airport (I also prefer to keep them there incase of any leaks – saves on having to wash clothes in the event of an accident), 1 main compartment and 1 small compartment at the bottom where I could keep my shoes separate from my clothes.

Now to fill it…

THE ESSENTIALS

  • PASSPORT!
    Do NOT forget this. Seriously. Forget this and its game over.
  • TICKETS and PAPERWORK
    Boarding passes, Visas (if required – check this way in advance), any paperwork required for transfers and accommodation bookings
  • MONEY
    and a back up, e.g. a credit card (trust me, you’ll thank me when you’ve partied a little too hard and splashed your money up the wall)

If you have these, you can survive (almost) anything.

THE INTIMATES

  • UNDERWEAR
    Enough (and some) to last you the length of your trip
  • SWIMWEAR
    I only took 1 bikini on this trip and found it was more than enough

THE WARDROBE

I like my wardrobe to be minimal but interchangeable so I will deliberately pick out things that go with everything (in other words, a lot of whites/plain colours with the odd bold item).

  • 1 X SKIRT
  • 1 X SHORTS
  • 1 X LONG TROUSERS
  • 1 X DRESS
  • 1 X GYM LEGGINGS
  • 1 X SPORTS BRA
  • 9 X TOPS
  • 1 X SET OF PJ’S
  • 1 x HOODIE/JUMPER
    To travel in
  • 1 X WATERPROOF JACKET

For SHOES I take:

  • TRAINERS
    For hikes and working out (not my kinda thing, but if its yours)
  • SANDALS
    For day time exploring and going out in the evening
  • FLIP FLOPS
    You just can’t travel without FlipFlops

TOILETRIES

This is a pretty self-explanatory section, but just incase you’ve forgotten something…
(Confession – I had to look up other travellers packing lists for toiletries to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything here LOL)

  • Any MEDICATION you may need + Painkillers (again, trust me)
  • TOOTHBRUSH + PASTE
    I took a mini travel sized toothpaste and found it to be plenty
  • HAIRBRUSH + BANDS
  • SOAP
    I quite often double up my Shampoo as soap to save on space
  • SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
  • RAZOR
  • DEODRANT
  • TAMPONS / SANITRY TOWELS
  • PERFUME
  • MAKE-UP
  • FACE WIPES
    I prefer to take Face Wipes over Cleanser when I travel because they’re more versatile
  • SUNCREAM
  • INSECT REPELLENT

ELECTRICALS

  • ADAPTER!!!
    Make sure you check which type you need before you travel.
  • PHONE + CHARGER + EARPHONES
  • CAMERA + CHARGER / SPARE BATTERIES

MISC

  • BOOK / KINDLE
    For those long journeys or just to relax with. I take my travel journal and write my own stories.
  • TOWEL
    For those of you staying in hostels I would recommend buying one of these towels. They’re quick-drying, fold up small and can double up as a privacy curtain on your bunkbed!
  • SUNGLASSES
  • DAY BAG
    I take a little over the shoulder bag that can fit my phone, camera and money in
  • PLASTERS
    For those blisters from all your exploring
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Let the game of Tetris commence…

On a side note, I’d suggest investing in some Packing Cubes. I find that they make travelling so much easier. They keep your bag neat and organised, you can buy them (on Amazon) in sets and they come in different sizes – usually around £15 for 6.

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& Voila! You’re ready for your adventure!

Have you ever travelled with Hand Luggage Only? Do you prefer a suitcase or backpack?
Let me know in the comments!

Chloe xo

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BALI STOLE MY HEART

I was originally meant to visit Bali back in March 2016 as the end destination of my 5 and a half month backpacking trip around SE Asia (with my Travel Buddy Becky – check out her blog here) but due to unforeseen circumstances we didn’t quite make it.

Fast forward to December 2017, a few messages and a brief ‘it is quite far to go for a week, isn’t it‘ discussion later, we had 2 flights booked to Bali for March 2018.

Bali stole my heart.
Why?

I felt safe.

I LOVE Asia. It’s probably my favourite continent to explore but Indonesia was the first country where I didn’t even question walking around with my phone out or leaving my belongings on the beach whilst I went for a dip in the sea (not that I would recommend this – leave at your own risk). The atmosphere felt relaxed and everyone seemed to mind their own business.

I even felt safe on nights out. Now I don’t know whether this is because I had drunk a cocktail of different drinks so my inhibitions were lowered and I felt invincible or whether it was because the people there are just genuinely caring – probably the latter. I mean after one night out in Gili T, a very kind local got off his bike after seeing me staggering (I looked like Bambi on ice), to walk me back to where I was staying after I had drank one too many Bintang’s. You would not get this treatment in London…

Ohhhh Bintang ❤

The Landscape.

In the space of a week I went from wandering the lush green forestry and rice fields in Ubud to relaxing on the pearly white beaches with crystal clear seas in Gili T to staggering up active volcanos in Bangli. Where else would you be able to do all of this in such a short amount of time?

The People.

I have never come across a region of more friendly, kind and caring people. Every local that I came across wanted to know my name and where I was from – and not just to get you to buy things from their stall (which if you have been to Asia, know this is a breath of fresh air).

One evening in Gili T, we sat watching the sunset on the beach with a group of guys from mainland Bali who were just visiting the Island to escape the silent day of Nyepi – just like us. They bought us beers, taught us some Balinese and we taught them some English slang.

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And this is why I love travelling. The things you see and experience, the people you meet. There’s a whole world out there itching to be discovered, so why not fly to the other side of the world for a week? You never know, it could be the best trip of your life.

Chloe xo

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So, hi! My name is Chloe and I’m a wannabe hippie and travel & lifestyle blogger. I’m not too sure what sort of posts this site will have but that’s all part of the fun.

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