That’s right, I’ve converted! I’ve just packed 6 weeks worth of travelling into a backpack and I never thought I would be one of those people able to travel light but I can go one step further and say I also have room to spare!
Although I’ve travelled before, I’ve never travelled without checking in luggage, I’d never travelled light. I did explore some islands around Thailand once with a backpack but it was a huge 50litre monster that weight 25kg when full. I may as well have stuck with a suitcase. My poor back, NEVER Again. Travel light enough to keep your bag with you all the time or check in a suitcase at the airport. Those huge backpacks are seriously not worth the trouble!
My purpose of travel is photography so I wanted a bag that accommodated my camera and MacBook. The Hynes Eagle bag opens like a suitcase for easy access to everything.
With those soft duffle backpacks I had visions of constantly rummaging around blind for something particular, or having my Canon DSLR wrapped in a pair of jeans, it just didn’t sit right with me.
So I searched the internet and this one caught my eye because it had a safe compartment for your laptop, and the shape meant I could pack easily and access everything quickly.
This bag has several compartments which I like. You can open a little slot at the front to access important documents, sunglasses, phone and anything else immediately important which saves having to open the entire bag in the middle of the airport.
The second compartment is directly behind the first and has 2 padded slots for your 13″ MacBook and Tablet. I don’t have a tablet but I’ve made use of the smaller padded compartment by putting all my GoPro equipment there in the form of a tripod selfie stick (which is also compatible with a DSLR or a phone) and the GoPro itself. Details about all the camera equipment I’m taking can be found HERE.
Now one thing that dawned on me was the strict rules around carrying liquids through airport security. You are allowed one 20 x 20 plastic, see-through bag per person and the liquids inside cannot exceed more than 100ml per item. I always wondered why anyone in their right mind would buy those expensive miniature cosmetics in the holiday aisle.. I’m so dim sometimes.
So how the hell do you choose what liquids to take?! Actually I found this easy, aside from the necessities like shampoo, body wash and toothpaste (is that even a liquid?) I also managed to fit in a body spray, foundation, mascara and eyeliner. The sealable bag I bought from a discount cosmetic store, it originally had empty bottles in that you’re supposed to fill up yourself but “aint nobody got time for dat”. Of course it’s a great way to save your money though because the kit was only £1.30 and then you fill them up from what you already have at home, and each miniature was at least £1 so if you want to scrimp and save those pennies it’s definitely an option!
Now for the main attraction.. What do you pack for 6 weeks? Bearing in mind I’ll be moving around a lot, the longest I’ll stay at in one place is 2 nights.
For my adventures it’s even more difficult because I’m starting in South Tyrol in Italy where it will drop below -4 degrees centigrade and finishing in Cebu in the Philippines during peak season. So now I have to pack 2 opposite seasons worth of clothes. Here we go.
It’s easier to pack the basics first and then if you have space you can pack a couple of stand-out items. I started with basic long-sleeved tops that I can either wear as a layer underneath something warmer or as a top on their own. For some reason I feel like I need to wear stripes when I get to Venice. I’m weird like that and plan my outfits around locations.
I live in jeans so I don’t feel bad about taking 2 pairs. I made sure they were different in style and colour, one pair of stretchy blue and a skinny black. I’ll probably live in my North Face thermals until I get to the Philippines and I’ve added a pair of active leggings that can either be worn by themselves or as an extra layer. Photo quality is off in this one as it got dark and I got lazy, oops.
I own so many jumpers anyone that knows me will know how hard it would have been to choose one or two. I chose a light grey hoodie with fleece inside that fits 2 sizes too big (I like them that way) and the softest jumper in the world that is quite thick but easily able to wear as a layer if it gets too cold. Both from NewLook.
I had to be really picky about shoes too because they can take up a lot of space, I need shoes for the Winter and the Summer seasons that won’t take up too much space, are suitable for walking up snow-covered mountains and would look okay with everything I’m taking. Not too difficult then.
I have some proper walking boots that are fleece inside, support the ankle, have good grip, are completely waterproof and the comfiest boots I’ve ever had.. BUT THEY’RE TOO BIG FOR THE BACKPACK! GAAH! So I found these on sale today (£16 NewLook) and figured they may not be as comfortable but they actually look a lot nicer.
So I’m not worried about the lack of options I have to wear in Italy because it will be so cold I’ll have my coat done up the whole time anyway. I’ll actually be spending most of my time in the Philippines and Summer clothes are so much easier to pack because they’re small and light!
Again, start with the basics. Basic tops, I just made a pile of all my favourites and narrowed it down by eliminating any similar items. For example I realised I had 2 white vests, so there I was eliminating down to 5 basic vests.
I never wear everything I take on holiday. I could pack 30kg worth of stuff for one week and only ever wear 2 pairs of shorts. So that’s how many I’m taking. 2 different styles and colours again. Again, my bad for photo quality it got late, eek.
With the basics covered I could start to add some pretty items! But actually the 2 dresses on the right can be worn as a dress or tie it up to wear as a top with some shorts so I’ll get more wear out of them.
Usually I’d pack up to 6 bikinis on holiday but I’ve accepted that I’ll have to do laundry on my travels and so one light and one dark bikini should be enough. The white bottoms really give a good ass tan too. Maybe that’s another blog post?
And lastly a pair of plimsoles that literally go with everything and are comfy.
Bonus, the straps for carrying it on your back tuck away into their own little compartment so you can carry the bag by the handles if you want. I’ll be reviewing the Hynes Eagle bag as soon as I’ve experienced travelling with it!
I have enough space left for other items I might remember to pack, I’ve cheated a little bit by wearing multiple layers at the airport and I’m bringing some stuff that I wouldn’t miss if I had to abandon them.
But overall if there’s anything I need I’ll probably just buy them as I go along. The only thing I can think of that I need to buy there is a razor because I don’t think you can’t take them in your carry-on luggage incase you accidentally stab someone while shaving on the plane?
Let me know if you’ve ever travelled with carry-on only or thinking about doing it!
Thanks for reading!