There are certain things I don’t mind spending more money on – skincare, healthy organic food, and experiences (trips, concerts, plays, etc). However, I am frugal at heart. So when my husband and I made plans to take a trip and travel via plane, I didn’t want to spend the extra money to check baggage – so I had a mission – fit everything I needed for a 4 day trip in one small carry on bag that isn’t much bigger than a large purse.
[As an aside, yes, my travel bag is leather. I transitioned to being vegan in April 2016, and I do not advocate leather use. However, this bag in an anomaly for me, as it was a gift from last year and was not purchased with my own money. It is a very durable, well-made bag, and to get rid of it would result in my needing to purchase another travel bag, which is counter-intuitive in a sense. In the spirit of using what I have, I will keep this bag until it wears out, most likely. I just thought I’d add my thoughts about this bag, considering this is a blog with an eco-friendly, cruelty-free stance. I will not purchase any leather products in the future, just to make it perfectly clear.]
Keep in mind, I like makeup, skincare, nice clothes, a change of shoes, etc, when we travel. But it was a challenge I knew I could take on.
First, I started setting aside travel sized items of everything I typically use for bath/body/makeup. I re-used some small sample bottles for other items and simply scooped some of the product into a smaller container to make it more travel-friendly. This allowed me to fit all of my makeup, skincare, and other toiletries into 1 quart sized bag. A miracle, I tell you.
In my quart bag I packed (p.s. I may be forgetting some items, but this is a pretty accurate list):
- coconut oil
- bar face soap
- one vial of face oil
- eye balm
- bar body soap
- SPF moisturizer
- eyebrow pencil
- eyeshadow palette
- 2 lipsticks
- 1 lipbalm
- 1 cream blush pot
- 1 cream bronzer pot
I also took a very simple approach to packing clothes for the trip –
- 1 pair of black/grey athleisure-style yoga pants*
- 1 pair of black yoga capris
- 1 pair of gray leggings
- 1 periwinkle colored dressy rain jacket*
- 1 black camisole*
- 1 neutral camisole
- 1 fuchsia camisole
- 1 gray short sleeve T-shirt
- 1 purple/fuchsia blouse
- 1 neutral long-sleeve T-shirt*
- 1 burgundy blouse
- 1 sports bra
- 1 regular bra*
- 2 pairs of socks*
- 1 black bathing suit
- 1 pair of black flats
- 1 pair of sneakers*
(items with * indicate items I wore during the flight)
I also packed my phone, tablet, camera, and charge cords, but my husband carried the camera and cord in his bag. There were a few other small miscellaneous items in my bag. On the way home, I even managed to fit a few very small gifts/souveniers in my carry-on, including a stuffed animal for my little girl. I was quite pleased with myself for making it work.
In the end, the minimalist approach to traveling was no big deal and even liberating – I didn’t need 6 pairs of pants, 10 shirts, 4 pairs of shoes…you get my drift. We were too busy enjoying each others company and walking around seeing the sights to worry about wearing the same pants two days in a row, you know?
When you travel, do you ever “travel lightly”?