le packing du carry-on

Off to Spain tomorrow! Over the last year I have become pretty efficient at packing for potentially multiple destinations, without knowing exactly how long I will be gone for or what I will be doing. This is a lot easier in summer, when you know that you won’t actually freeze to death for the want of clothing.

I love reading these kind of “What to pack” articles, so here is mine!

What To Pack For A Fortnight In Europe, If You Like Running, Swimming and Hiking, Hanging Out With Friends, But Are Not Really Interested In Looking Sophisticated:
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Top row:
What used to be my phone and is now my GPS/WiFi device, until I get around to buying a SIM card; handbag which will be crammed into the carry-on (ONE PIECE OF HAND-HELD LUGGAGE ONLY says EasyJet); fake laptop (iPad + bluetooth keyboard) and chargers for all electronics; running shoes (which I will wear to save on space).
Second row:
The Best Scarf in the World (big enough to act as pareo, towel, shawl, small tent when in need of shade); running belt and hat; undies bag (5 knickers, 3 socks, 2 bras); make-up bag; sleep bag (earplugs, eyemask, bagink); gold sandals; black flip-flops.
Third row:
Sequinned swimsuit (in case I want to look pretty at the beach); goggles and swimming cap (in case I want to actually swim lengths at the pool); 2 singlets, 1 casual t-shirt, 1 slightly dressy t-shirt; 1 casual-to-dressy dress, 1 casual dress, 1 dressy dress; nightie; toiletries.
Fourth row:
Sports bra; running shorts and running shirt (smallest lightest quickest drying for both); jeans (which I will wear on the plane); shorts; Icebreaker fitted hoodie; loose black cardigan.

The handbag contains the usual bits and pieces, including a tube of Burt’s Bees outdoor bug bite relief, and an SPF30 “Eye’s Cream” (oh ho ho, so punny) soothing stick. Those are my two magic travel products.
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While I’m dishing out the advice here, my Icebreaker merino hoodie was ridiculously expensive (£120) but is probably the best value purchase I have ever made. I bought it nearly a year ago and have worn it almost every single day, and even when I wasn’t wearing it, it was balled up in the bottom of my bag, just in case. It’s warm, lightweight, flattering and breathable, and after a muddy, sweaty, beer-soaked hash, you can just throw it in the machine without a second’s hesitation.
As illustrated at my first down-down, below:
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Everything squishes into my Chinese Taipei Road Running Association bag. I coveted one of these bags the entire time I was in Taiwan; being injured for so long, I didn’t actually run enough to really “qualify” for one. But Bas and Erica gave me one as a going-away present — possibly one of the best gifts I’ve had in a long time! Now, who wants to gift me a Garmin…
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