Keep Calm & Carry On
Hi friends, Thanks for checking out my first blog. I recently embarked on a 26-day trip to Thailand with merely one small 40L backpack (and I still looked stylish! - I hope.). I want to share how I accomplished this for anyone else who loves clothes and loves to travel and wants to avoids checking bags at all costs- especially when plane hopping. Anyone who knows me… knows that I am notorious for over packing and I’m a fashion fanatic. It’s not uncommon for me to change my outfit 2 – 3 times a day in my normal Toronto life. On this life altering trip (eat/pray/love style) I had 3 completely different destinations to consider when packing for the 26 day long vacation. I had to be smart and create some strategies to make this work with my one small backpack.
Country: Sing Buri, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi. City: Bangkok. Beach: Phuket and Koh Phi-Phi. Tactics that saved me: All my clothes were either black, white, tan or denim. Easy to mix and match. I wore jean shorts 75% of the time. Rugged, comfortable, cute and edgy (and look good dirty!) Also, denim and black hide soils and stains well. White and tan just looks fresh and kept me cool. My cashmere pashmina was a life saver. Cashmere in Thailand at the hottest time of year you ask? Yes! It served as my blanket on the 16+ hour plane ride. It was my pillow on long bus rides and riding in the back of open air taxis. My cover up of choice for visiting temples (females have to have their shoulders and knees covered when visiting temples), and I also used it as a beach blanket. It was my only piece of luxury that I brought – It was dry cleaned as soon as I got home and it’s right back to looking fabulous. (By the way, we will be selling these cashmere pashminas at STYLEARTIST.com.) Packing cubes- I cannot stress how great these space savers were. Keeps your belongings well organized and easy to find. All items I wore during the elephant sanctuary portion of my trip would need to be separated from the rest of my clothes, they all fit in 1 medium cube – Some clothes I trashed after the elephant portion of my trip (you can imagine why) and the remaining, I had laundered at a cost of $2. Large cubes were used to separate tops and bottoms. One small pack for toiletries and bikinis and I was set. The other benefit of the cubes was protection from the humidity. I placed a fleecy dryer sheet in each of the cubes to keep them smelling fresh. Clean perfume- Warm Cotton. This is the best scent to throw in your bag and spray on at anytime of day to make you feel and smell refreshed when you don’t have time or luxury of having a shower !! The fragrance captures the comforting scent of just-out-of-the-dryer freshness. The 30ml bottle is also airport friendly! We will be selling a range of Clean perfumes at STYLEARTIST.com we love them so much.
During this trip I embraced my bohemian spirit and wore my hair naturally curly. My jewelry was worn 24/7. I chose mainly bracelets- that can handle beach and salt water and also comfortable to sleep in. I had a special ring made for me out of elephant hair by a Mahoot– but I lost it, I actually left it in a hotel bathroom in Phuket. A valuable lesson learned, on a trip like this don’t take your jewellery off ever, wear it all the time or don’t bring it!
Thanks for reading, From the diary of a travel loving fashionista! Michelle