Most people I know, will be, by now, finishing off the final morsels of their Christmas pudding, watching old films, tidying away or laying on the sofa, finishing off the Quality Street (and hiding the wrappers, with shame) …Oh wait! That last one’s me! But one thing I do know is, tonight is the night when I decide to be brave and pack for Copenhagen.
In less than 48 hours, I will be arriving in Denmark, where the weather is forecast to be freezing (if I’m lucky), with just hand luggage. Yes, you heard me right, hand luggage. Why, you ask? Because, in six years of travelling around Europe, I’m sick of lugging luggage through city centres and on public transport.
So, here’s the brief. Five days in Copenhagen, where the weather could be anything from 8 degrees to minus 3, must be able to walk distances and must be warm. If I’m fashionable, that’s a bonus.
Here’s a snippet of some of the things I’m taking…
The basics. One neutral, warm coat. Two pairs of warm, comfortable shoes…one of which will be a pair of boots. One pair of jeans. All of which, I will travel in. As long as I get the basics right, I know I will be okay.
One necklace. Yes, just the one. Necklaces are heavy, hard to transport and easily tangled. This necklace was a present and I love how my friend knew that it would match everything!
Dresses as skirts. I stumbled across the ingenious invention of layering quite by accident. I had lusted after a yellow polka dot skirt, yet could not find one anywhere. When I found a dress in the same pattern, I shoved a jumper over the top and voila! I had the skirt I had wanted. Yes, I know… I’ll never be Einstein.
I’m planning on layering dresses with shirts and jumpers for a day look and uncovering the dress for a night time look. If I want to be a little more casual, I may even layer a khaki shirt over the top and add a pair of grunge like boots.
Pinafore dresses are great for layering too!
Not exactly ground breaking, but space saving.
Accessories. Let’s face it, it’s going to be cold so my coat will be zipped up A LOT. Which means, on view, will be my winter woollens! Scarves, hats and gloves can all be bulky and take up valuable space in my luggage. So, as my coat, is neutral, my woollens are monochrome with a pop of yellow. As these will be on show for the majority of the holiday, I’ve sneaked in an extra scarf. I don’t know what you think, but the tartan scarf completely changes the look.
Liquids. When my mum goes on a mini-break, she buys miniature shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray…you name it. How much do we actually use and how much is left in the hotel room? This time, I’m taking shampoo and conditioner in sachets, you know the free ones from magazines? In my plastic bag will be lip balm, shampoo and conditioner sachet, mascara, liquid eyeliner, hand moisturiser, toothpaste and deodorant. That’s my lot.
And, if there’s room! I’ll sneak in my leather satchel. If not, I’ll stuff my camera and lip balm in my coat pockets and hope for the best. I’m tempted to sneak in an extra set of thermals and maybe my cuban heeled boots. Oh, and if there really is space, then my hair curlers… that’s pushing it!
So! That’s my packing almost sorted. Now, I just need to think of another space saving way to whittle down three shirts, four jumpers and three dresses!
Are you jetting away anywhere this Christmas break? Do you travel light? Or, do you take as much as you can carry?