Mr. D and I are off to Milan, Bellagio, Venice, Bologna, Florence and finally a one week yoga retreat in a villa in Tuscany. Having successfully navigated three weeks in Asia this past spring carry on only, we are committed to avoiding the baggage carousel.
Using my trusty packing cubes and my Osprey 40L backpack I was able to fit in:
- 4 elbow length Adea tops in black, grey, light and dark blue
- 1 short sleeve Adea top in white
- 1 cotton tee shirt for sleeping
- 2 sleeveless Adea tops in pale peach and pale yellow
- 1 dressy black button front blouse
- 2 Prana camisoles for yoga and for under the dressy black blouse, black and white
- 1 J Crew pale peach lighweight merino pullover
- 1 off white lightweight merino cardigan
- 1 grey and black striped Merona pullover
- My awesome grey travel pants from Lululemon (see my Asia post)
- 1 pair dark blue skinnyjeans
- 2 pair yoga capris
- 6 pair ExOfficio undies
- 1 bra
- 1 reversible Athleta knee length dress in blue
- 1 black Athleta below the knee skirt
- 2 silk scarves from Cambodia
- 2 necklaces from Cambodia
- Patagonia black ballet flats
- Black sandals
- Black Naturalizer tennies
- 4 pairs merino socks, really three are “sockettes”
- 2 pairs tights, black and grey
- Patagonia Nanopuff
- Yoga towel
- 1 quart bag of non-liquid junk like bandaids, soap, etc.
Cinched and ready to go, travel yoga mat included. I know, right! How the heck did I get all that stuff in? I’m telling you, packing cubes and really smart brands like Adea, Athleta, ExOfficio, Patagonia, and Prana make it possible.
I’m also taking a black Longchamps large bag with a zipper that expands its size:
I don’t need to open the zipper for the trip over, but who knows, perhaps on the way back after a bit of shopping. The bag is very lightweight, sturdy and can function as a carry all or a purse. It will hold my Canon Rebel camera, my iPad, my packable black trench, charging gear, my 1 quart liquid bag, my deflated neck pillow and compression socks and, if need be to get past the airline regs, this:
Most of the time toodling around, this Baggalini cross body bag will be all that I will need. For the flight it holds my passport in its RFID case, boarding pass, iPhone, Canon s110 pocket camera, RFID wallet, small comb and brush and some wipes. Once through security it will also have some small makeup articles from the quart bag.
Its kind of amazing that I can take all of this in such a small space! In fact, I’m kind of thinking I have packed too much … but Italians are very fashionable and I don’t want to look like a frump or have to do much laundry. Everything can dry overnight that needs to be washed in a hotel sink. That’s key.
On the plane I’ll be wearing black leggings (not yoga pants but more stylish so I can wear them out to dinner), a black merino knee length cardigan, a merino shell, a scarf, and Sam Edelman black booties.
Some things are different tech wise this trip. (You can see what I did tech wise last time here). Mr. D and I have added Viber to our phone apps so that we don’t have to bother with an Italian sim card or a later model phone. I’ve ditched the tripod and the telephoto, both of which I did not use and which took up valuable weight and real estate. I just don’t think my iPhone cuts it in low light situations like a dinner out and I hate that I can’t shoot raw with it or do much editing. So, I’ve gotten the tiny Canon s110 to carry in my Baggallini when we go out and I don’t want to lug the big Canon.
So that’s it! Ciao! I’ll let you know how it goes!