Last weekend I went to Barcelona for three nights (well, actually it was two because I missed my plane, but I packed for three). Because I flew EasyJet I took everything I needed for the trip in a carry-on – which are generally much smaller sized than the ones allowed in the US. It’s quite an art to fit everything in, but I managed by rolling all my clothes, not folding them. Of course I wouldn’t be able to do this in the winter, but the lightweight nature of summer frocks means it is just about possible.

Although when I discovered on the way back that the EasyJet hold charge for a case is only £11 if booked in advance, I think I would probably just check my bags in the future. (It’s travelling on airlines like Ryanair where fitting everything in a carry on is vital.)

I ended up wearing everything I had packed, bar one dress and a top so I think I got it right. My biggest mistake in the past has been not packing enough changes, forgetting that when it it is really hot & sticky outside, you may want to change more than twice a day. Cutting back on the number of shoes I took with me was probably the best decision I made. I can’t believe anyone noticed that I wore the same pair twice in the evenings. There was a swimming pool at my hotel, hence the costumes & kaftans, and I’m glad I took two suits, because changing into a damp one is not pleasant.

This is what I took for a Friday-Monday city break in 30C temperatures:  6 x dresses, 4 x tops, denim shorts, 1 x jeans, 1 jacket, 1 shawl, 1 cardigan, 5 pairs of shoes, 1 handbag, 1 evening bag, 1 sunhat, 2 swimming costumes, 2 kaftans, underwear, 2 camisoles, 1 nightdress, 2 pairs sunglasses & my specs, makeup bag, sponge bag – including sun protection, camera, remote & case, laptop & charger, PlayBook, 2 x phones, USB charger & cables, adaptors, mini tripod, notebook, headphones, assorted costume jewellery, hairbrush & clips, BaByliss Big Hair styling tool.

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(If I stand face on in this dress I look pregnant. Just saying.)

Oasis Turquoise Colour Block Kimono Dress WAS £60.00 NOW £40.00 (Although I got the kimono sleeves cut off & tailored)
Etoile Isabel Marant Shirt Dress £245

Zara blue & white check silk dress
Zara python print dress
Wallis cherry & raspberry print dress
Tie Rack navy cotton sundress

J Brand denim shorts

Wallis” target=”_blank”>Wallis floral print long sleeve peasant blouse
Zara turquoise fitted long sleeve shirt
Nanette Lepore navy silk top

Eres grey/blue tank swimsuit
Ginger’s Island custom navy swimsuit
Zara turquoise linen caftan
Zara brown linen caftan
Laundry straw sunhat

Assorted bras & knickers
Nightdress
Uniqlo Dry Lux camisoles x 2 £7.99, now £4.99

Bloch tan & cream patent ballerines

from Trilogy)
Zara long sleeve grey silk shirt
Uniqlo navy merino cardigan £29.99
Pierre Hardy for Gap wooden wedges (eBay)
Theory cream silk double breasted jacket (£90 from £395 at Bicester Village)

Bashed-up & soon to be replaced M&S cabin-size spinner case

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Right that is defo a bit spooky!
I am going to barcelona in a couple of weeks time for a three night stay to celebrate 26 yrs with lil hubby. It will be dreadfully hot (yeh!) and I am packing a carry on case that fits Easyjet dimensions. How the heck you got that lot in I don’t know. I have already started trying combos and lying it all out as i realise I will have to be selective. Daytime isn’t a prob shorts and tops comfy sandels/fit flops. But evening and heels too is proving difficult. Humph

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Very handy video, I shall be looking back to this next time i go away !

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Love this thank you but the links of the two Wallis blouses , the Zara and the Nantette blouse don`t work please could you sort I`ve tried to do all sorts to no avail

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Wow, that is like an act of magic. I’m planning to go to Sicily at the August bank holiday and was resigned to wearing a few sundresses over and over. I have short hair, so don’t need the hair thingamajiggy but all else I could probably use (bar the bronzer). Thanks for that!

P.S Love the hat, thanks for the reminder to buy one. I’m tanned by nature but do not want to end up with croc skin so I buy the biggest hats I can find.

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Wow, that is amazing! I am the lightest traveller in the world (however, considering the usually bland and uninteresting sartorial choices I make, this isn’t surprising); watching this video has inspired me to pack more, more, more when I travel, and to be more adventurous when dressing. Thank you, LLG!

P/S: It’s always a treat to watch your videos – you have such a soothing voice.

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Hi, great blogpost. Very useful. The link for the bag didn´t work on my computer. Can you let me know where it is from and how much it cost. Also I would love to know which laptop you use and if you recommend it. Many thanks.

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Great piece! i’m going to Malaga for 5 days next week with ryanair and i only have 10kg cabin luggage so this has been really helpful – i’d like to know how much the case weighed though!

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Great video, thanks for sharing. I love that you showed what makeup and beauty related products you packed, too.

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Hurrah’s!!! Dilemma of heels solved! Just got smashing pair of black strappy suede wedges in Jones sale. Fab bargain, comfy on cobbles wedge, height sorted dressy sorted! Hurrah’s again!
Now just a rummage through lightweight silk type shift dresses in wardrobe and that’s me done.
Just watched vid
Your rolling/packing advice is doggy’s wotsits, thanks muchly Jx

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Yes! So many of the best rules of packing – roll don’t fold, bring extra bathing suits, and limit the number of shoes. Great tips!

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