Since the arrival of cheap and cheerful flights, I can now travel abroad for less than I would pay for a train to Nottingham from York.
This does however mean that in order to bag the advertised cost, you need to be able to travel with just cabin baggage and not be fussy about your seat. I am happy to go with both of those requirements if it means I can hop over to Croatia for a weekend for £40.
Therefore over the last five years I have got very good at packing minimally with a capsule travel wardrobe to ensure that I have everything I need for a trip, without incurring extra baggage costs.
I have had quite a few people ask me what I pack for a short trip away (usually seven days or less) in my carry on, and therefore as I am imminently about to hop on a plane to go to Switzerland, I thought it was perfect timing for a post!
What I wear to fly (short to mid haul)
Black leggings or soft skinny jeans
Lightweight loose top
Knitted loose jumper
Flight socks – not worth the risk not to!
Slip on flat shoes
Glasses from Select Specs with Sunglasses in bag
Black handbag for essentials with a book
Travel documents holder with passport, insurance details and money
Destination guides or documents
In my case
Black cigarette trousers
Two knitted jumpers
Black dress x 2
Three lightweight tops
Purse with two pairs of earrings, two bracelets and necklace
Spare book – I read horrendously fast which is slightly annoying for travel
And that’s it. It looks a whole lot more that I had expected when I write it down, but it all fits nicely and neatly into my travel-on case.
Obviously this list isn’t what some would define as super minimalist. However it’s the perfect collection of capsule things for me and my travels. I think if I went with less to wear I would find it harder to adapt to all situations. Likewise if I took less makeup or accessories, as fashion is something I am conscious about.
It also helps that I have themed my wardrobe and defined my own personal style so the majority of what I own is easily mixed and matched with each other.
What are your travel essentials? What can you never leave at home?