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.


(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
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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I agree your voice is so soothing! Thanks for the great video… please do more! I was just wondering if you would recommend the Desa bag? I have never actually heard about them but I am looking to spend about £200-£300 on my first proper bag. I am just about to finish my MA and am looking to go to various interviews etc and also need a smart bag to use on a day to day at my current job…. would you recommend the Desa bag you have for the job?

Sorry this is all a bit hurried! Thankyou


Ahhh Sasha I wish you could just take me with you……Loving the posts this week and glad to see your getting sorted house-wise. Best of luck to you’re mum to with the big move also.

If you’re ever in Melbourne please do let me know – would love to show you the foodie highlights of Melbournes famous cafe culture.

Lots of love


My goodness, looks like more than enough for 3 days and sufficient for a week, but if you got it in then why not? If you buy a new carry on case it’s worth watching out for the weight as well as the size in case you fly with an airline like Ryanair that weighs your hand luggage.


That’s miraculous, I can’t believe you fit all that in there! You’re a travel goddess!

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