I’ve done some packing lists here in the past but those are for traveling on a short term basis. aside from my three-month stint in hong kong, the longest i’ve been traveling as a tourist is my 3 week-tour around europe, and for that i have just packed a week’s worth of clothes. I have also packed for different kinds of weather, like my summer trip in bangkok, my winter trips in hong kong, my autumn trips in hong kong, and my spring trip in europe, with a bit of thermal wear as we climbed the snow capped mountains in the swiss alps, and various other trips.
packing has never been a challenge for me as i have famously travelled around europe in under 15kilos worth of luggage (famous because i never shut up about it, hehehe), and i’ve also gone to a weeklong trip with just my carry-on.
this time tho, i would be packing for something entirely different. I will be packing for an entire year, and complete with all 4 seasons of the year, as i would be taking my masters in Sweden for 1 whole year. packing for an entire year is a whole lot different than packing for a few months, and yet, i have the same luggage weight limitations. am not about to pay a hundred dollars per excess kilo even if i had the money, which i so totally do not.
in my case, budget is an issue. Don’t get me wrong, i would never try to pass myself off as impoverished. that would be an injustice to my hardworking family. but that’s just the thing, even if my family has a little bit of spare money, i’m not about to just mooch everything off of them. With the prospect of studying abroad, i am a full-time student, unless i find a job there, and i have to take out my entire life savings just to come up with the first part of tuition for the first semester. i had to beg my parents and my entire family to loan me the money for the remaining half of my tuition fee for the first semester, plus plane ticket, plus food, plus living expenses.. you get the picture. i know, i’m extremely blessed and fortunate to have the most amazing, most supportive, and most generous bunch of people in my life that i call family. okay. imma stop now before i get all weepy and fizz out my laptop keyboard with snot and tears. lord knows i haven’t got the moolah to replace it!
also, packing for the winter is an entirely different process altogether, and especially difficult for me as we don’t exactly have winter in my home country. in fact, even the coldest months can still be uncomfortably hot, so i don’t exactly have winter clothes at the ready. During my trip to the snow-capped Swiss alps, i’ve gotten away with just layering my clothes and a leather jacket, although i have never admitted it til now, froze my butt off pulling that stunt! but hey, it was just a day trip so i survived. i don’t think that trick would see me off the entire winter in scandinavia!
another challenge is the packing process itself. if you’re traveling for a few weeks or a few months, you would probably survive without bringing your running shoes or your airbrush makeup or your laptop. but for an entire year? you’d probably miss those, and if budget is tight, you buying those things when you get there would probably financially hurt you, especially if you’ve got one at home in good working condition.
also, i plan to travel around europe, at least the ones that are close to sweden like denmark and finland, and for that, i have to make sure that the items i pack are “travel friendly” as well. i know, i’ve already said that budget is a little tight and traveling can be a little spendy. Not necessarily. what makes travel expensive are the plane rides and hotel accommodation and the shopping. i plan to take trains and whatever cheap mode of transpo there is, stay in cheap hostels, and i’ve never been a shopper when i travel even when budget is in abundance. i just like seeing the sights and taking pictures. so i guess i’d be okay on that front. plus, i got myself an ISIC (international student’s identification card) which is a discount card that’s practically recognized all over the world, and it gives the cardholder access to exclusive discounts on hostels, airfare, entrance fees to museums, shopping, etc. will talk about the ISIC more next time.
so my game plan is to pool every possession i own, weed out the most important ones (hello LVs and airbrush kit. I’m taking you with me even if that means i have to live on just one pair of jeans the entire year!), and fit a little bit of everything in my luggage, bearing in mind the weight restrictions. this entails a lot of surfing around the web for blogs of other study-abroad students to check what they’ve decided to bring abroad. I’ve tweaked a bit of it to be more “me” even though lord knows i cannot afford to be “me” right now! or anytime in the near future, for that matter.
My Travel Outfit
for description please read my Plane Outfit post.
so behold my packing list! Read more…
I have been bitten by the travel bug ever since I was young. Back when I was a little girl, my parents have taken me to various parts of the country with them, not to mention the time when we would travel all the way to my father’s ancestral house in the province every weekend. Because of this, I have been a packing semi-pro. (i always remembered to bring my Barbie and asthma medicines even when my mom woul forget them! haha)
I have also travelled some parts of the world, sometimes wiith my family, sometimes with friends, but most of the time, alone,, and I loved every single minute of it!
Over the years of travelling, I’ve picked up quite a few travel tips and I have stuck to it religiously! Here they are! Read more…
My Mom and Aunts started me early on the travelling bit. I was barely a year old when they first took me on a 10-hour roadtrip.
I was almost 3 years old when I first rode the plane out of the country.
I was 11 when I first travelled by plane solo (to visit my aunt).
Needless to say, the travel bug bit me really badly and I have not gotten it out of my system.
I do not claim to be a travel pro, but over the years of traveling I’ve picked up a few tricks here and there. I’ve also fallen prey to a lot of packing and travel mishaps that I know exactly what not to do when travelling, but hey that’s an entire blog post altogether.
Right now, let’s talk about the airplane essentials.
I’ve already covered the basic travel outfit/s for short or long haul flights, so let me share with you what I absolutely cannot live without inside the airplane.
These are not the carry-on must haves which I will probably cover in another blogpost.
This list is for when you’re already seated in the plane with your carry-on trolley in the overhead compartment and/or your handbag under your seat. and I like to put these things in a clear pouch. As you know, I love making packing lists!
Normally, before I settle in, i make googly eyes at the cute steward or hunky fellow passenger (whichever strikes my fancy) to help me carry the trolley bag atop the overhead compartment. I thank him with a coy littlle smile afterwards. and then I take my iPad and clear pouch off my hand bag and then I make sure my hand bag is under my seat. This is if I don’t need or want to change into my in-flight “uniforrm.” Otherwise, I change into my “uniform” right after i get the trolley settled in the overhead compartment. (For short flights, I don’t really change.)
anyway, these are the contents of my “clear pouch.” Enjoy! Read more…
My friend C and I have been planning an overseas trip for quite some time now. We originally wanted to go somewhere in Europe or Australia, but we decided that it is too ambitious considering the budget we’re gonna spend is coming out of our own pockets (and not from our parents, mind you! We like to delude ourselves sometimes that we are “living independently” already) so we decided to go somewhere in Asia first. We’ve shelved the Europe idea for 2014-2015, fingers crossed.
I originally wanted to go to Singapore because it has been years since i’ve been there last, and i haven’t been to the new Universal Studios yet, but she went there early this year with her family so that’s out of the question. I vetoed Hong Kong because i go there practically every year, ’til 2010. And I refused to go to Bali until I get some semblance of my bikini bod back! We’d rather go somewhere we’d soak up the culture, and we landed on Bangkok.
But of course, the challenge did not stop there. Being both competitive, we decided to have an extra challenge. We should survive a 6-7 day trip with just ONE (1) carry-on bag and ONE (1) handbag! (mainly because I know that the shopaholic in her would not be able to resist those Bangkok goodies!) My downfall of course is that I tend to be a pack-rat and I end up overpacking. Of course I intend to correct that via this challenge.
It worked to our favor that the airline we chose gave discounts if you travel light, meaning you don’t check-in a bag or luggage. I decided to take my Hawk trolley bag that is carry-on safe and converts into a backpack
So to ensure my victory, I decided to have a packing list do a test-packing and guess what? I succeeded, with plenty of room to spare!
So what do you pack on a 6-7 day trip to Bangkok? well it depends. if i had my bikini bod back, then screw the temples. I’d be hitting the beach from day one and you’d have to drag me outta there kicking and screaming! my luggage would just be bikinis, cover-ups, sunblock, sunnies, a beach towel and a kindle. But not having my bikini bod is another sad story altogether, and let’s just continue with this post