November 2016 · South East Asia 2017 · Travel

Please Buy Me Hermione’s Beaded Bag for Christmas.

Two blogs in three days is it 2011? No it’s too early for dinner but too late to get stuck into anything big.

In case I hadn’t mentioned it I’m going backpacking soon, and I’ve borrowed a rucksack to do a trial packing session. I’m going to be honest with you, reader… it’s a little small. I mean, I’m small. There’s no point getting a 100 litre bag when I wouldn’t be able to lift it. And how much stuff do you really need? Other than underwear, medication, money and your passport?

Mr Potato Head Overpacking
from Twitter

Well not gonna lie I was hoping to take a tablet so I could reconnect with nature, aka blog for fun. And I’ll need a pair of shoes that aren’t walking boots. Oh, and solid shampoo and eyeliner because I read somewhere that sometimes the only difference between sanity and insanity when you’ve been sitting on a bus for 14 hours in a foreign country is wearing something that makes you feel like you. And ‘me’ is black eyeliner and clean-ish hair. But I also like clean-ish skin and I’m pretty sure my extensive moisturiser collection won’t fit… We’ll be visiting a lot of sacred temples and museums so I’m definitely taking trousers and tops with long sleeves. But we’re going to like have fun so I need shorts right? And a bathing suit. And pyjamas because sleeping is my favourite hobby and a hoodie or cardigan because hostels are full of people and sometimes you need to hide beneath swathes of material even if it’s 40 degrees. Oh and I’m taking a notebook for making art and a notebook that’s my diary. And I definitely need my tablet charger and phone charger. And contact lenses. And my prescription sunglasses and my regular glasses. I need a three month supply of the pill, emergency IBS medicine because who knows what the fuck I might accidentally eat and ear plugs because hostels are full. Of. People.

I need to lay everything I might need out on my bed and whittle it down to what I actually need.

While I’m off having a crisis, let me know: what’s the one thing you won’t travel without? Have  you ever over or under-packed for a trip? Have you ever witnessed a luggage fuck up of epic proportions? Help me out.


2 thoughts on “Please Buy Me Hermione’s Beaded Bag for Christmas.

  1. Haha awe! Yeah I have to start thinking of this too. So last time we packed real light, had almost everything we needed, and a bit too much. I really can’t remember specifics at the moment though. But that is the plan, lay out all we WANT to take andthen eliminate all or most what we dont need. I HAVE to bring this knit I made for someone, but I more than likely be buying clothes out there, so, as yousaid, underwear. Oh! Toilet paper or those wipes things actually. That is one I cant live without haha. Most places have something, but not all. (Was this too honest? I think not between us, eh? Ha! 🙂 ) oh and, last time I took these exercise stretch bands. I only used them once, but it was nice that it was there. Oh, also my mp3 player…especially the headphones.
    So hey thanks for getting me brainstorming! 🙂


    1. I am definitely packing toilet paper. The plan is to lay everything out and cut it down… I keep seeing blogs where people are all ‘get 25 outfits from 8 lightweight garments!’ so I’m going to try that. You gotta stay stylish on the road… or clean, at least.


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