I couldn’t take a Zoe and no Bailey or Bailey and no Zoe…
After the last post, I want to share a couple of my own pictures of my luggage. I think its a lot easier to get an idea of things from someones snapshots, vs the website photos.
Here are the two travel bags coming with me. Both are 90% ready to go.
As you can see, the Windjammer Tote is so empty it can’t even hold it’s shape. (I’ll be adding my iPad, which will help.)
Now, the insides!
It’s all there – and you can see in the top picture how neatly it all fits! The packing cubes are fantastic. I’ve rolled my clothing tightly, and packed for where I’m going. For once. My one empty cube will be filled closer to my departure.
Next travel post, I’ll open it all up and show you what made the cut for my first attempt at traveling with a minimalist mindset. No jeans! One pair of shoes! You wouldn’t have believed the horrors of my earlier packing experiences. You would have laughed at me stumbling around the airports though!
Along with all things geeky, I’d like to talk a bit about travel & minimalism at On Into the Night. This post has a bit of each.
This summer, I’ll be heading out for an 11 day stay in Arizona (2 days are travel). I’m taking a carry on, and a large handbag. Not checking any bags. I’ve learned from previous visits to pack a lot lighter!
My most recent trips, were with a small ladies backpack from The North Face (sometimes as well as a checked suitcase). The model I have is long discontinued, and the closest I can find of their current offerings is the Jester. It’s held up remarkably well, year after year. It’s much more comfortable on my small frame vs a unisex offering. That being said, it wasn’t great as a carry on. The oval zipper opening made a full bag’s contents tumble out. The outer pockets were useless if the bag was tightly filled, because they didn’t extend from the bag. I really couldn’t use the bungee cord to either tighten my packed load, or to attach gear being tossed into overhead compartments.
This trip, I’m going to be decked out in one of my favorite brands, Lug Life. My bag is the full size Puddle Jumper. (In orange, because that’s how I roll. ) The dimensions are 14.5″w x 15.5″h x 6″d. It’s a minor size increase from the backpack, but it lends itself better to my particular travel needs. I love that there is no hook & loop tape, no snaps, no buckles. It’s all zipper, or magnetic closure.
Going into the Puddle Jumper, are 3 small-sized packing cubes from ebags. Dimensions: 11″ x 6.75″ x 3″ – they fit perfectly. These cubes will house all the clothes (which I will share more about in a future post).
A 2 pack of Lug Clearview Envelopes Dimensions: 8″w x 5.75″h x 0.5″d. These will hold my medications, contacts, eyeglasses, and liquids. Basically what I need to take out at the airport security check points. They will be in an outside pocket, although I haven’t decided which one will work best until I have them full.
The Lug Parasail Ripple Cosmetic Case, Dimensions: 9.5″w x 6″h x 4″d, will hold the very few cosmetic items I use, as well as accessories. That will all fit in the outer pocket. The inside will hold my electronics accessories. In this case, that means my iPad charger, iPhone charger, and everything I use with my phone’s camera. That will take up next to none of the space, but I plan to fill it on my return home with a gift or two for my son.
A luxury item coming with, is the Lug Nap Sac Travel Blanket + Pillow Set, Dimensions: 10.75″w x 7.75″h x3″d. Great for the plane, as well as in the cold air conditioning.
That takes care of the inner contents of the Puddle Jumper. It all fits, but there isn’t much wiggle room.
My handbag will be the Windjammer Everyday Tote, Dimensions: 12″w x 12.5″h x 6.5″d.
My usual handbag is the Lug Somersault Pouch, Dimensions: 9.5″w x 9″h x 1.5″d. I wear it cross body, and it has more than enough room for what I like to carry with me – wallet, iPhone, keys, pen, mini tape measure, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and my earbuds.
My wallet is the Lug Mini Handspring. Dimensions: 4.5″w x 3.75″h x 1″d. Just right to shove in my back pocket when I don’t want to carry a purse. (iPhone in hip pocket of course.)
The reason for taking a day tote (which at home doubles as a handbag + diaper bag, now that my son is older, and I no longer need to carry an entire bag of medical supplies on me at all times), is simply because I would rather have room to spare, than not enough space during travel. I hope in the end, I’ll return with a 3/4 empty bag, but if not, it will be great to have somewhere for any overflow to be directed.
I should note, just a Lug fan. Also, I can’t vouch for all the links posted, just the first result for the item when I searched. I don’t think I paid anywhere near full price for anything on the page – I’m an avid sale watcher.
Watch for my next travel post, coming soon.
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One of the most fun things I’ve been up to, is enrolling in, and starting Photojojo U. It’s an online class for iPhoneography (or Android, if you must). There are two lessons per week, for four weeks. So far I’m really enjoying both the lessons, as well as the new folks I’m meeting on our Facebook group. Twice a week I’ll share my completed assignments.
Caffeine is a great tiny program brought to you free, by the folks at Lighthead Software. Caffeine puts a tiny (kinda cute) coffee mug icon on the top right menu bar of your screen. When not in use, the mug is empty. When you use it (click the empty mug), it’s full of *coffee* – what it does is prevents your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming, or going into screen saver mode.
The program has a drop down menu from the icon, that can bring up a preference menu, as well as a simple choice of how long to keep it active.
You can get a direct download from the site, or download it from the Mac App Store.
Fantastic free app.
My apologies for the cord clutter. Shameful. -_- When my son is out of the toddler/everything must be baby proofed phase, it will be resolved.
27” iMac, 2.9GHz, Intel Core i5, with 8GB (upgrade is on my wishlist ), 3 TB Fusion Drive (wireless keyboard & mouse included)
ineo External Harddrive 1 TB (gift)
ASUS External DVD drive (gift)
iPhone 5, 32GB (upgrade, thank you TMobile)
iPod Nano, 4GB
iBook G4 (gift from late Grandmother)
iPad 3 (sliced open, to get baby out present)
Polaroid Zink Portable Printer (gift)
Not shown, Epson Small in One Printer, shared by household
The white desk was actually free from Target. Long story.
I’m proud of my setup, and very thankful for it. I’ve built it up since 2004. Some pieces seem to last forever, and some… not so much. With the rare exception, I use things until all the life is gone, or someone else can get more use out of it.
This is my *thing* – I don’t go out, don’t take vacations (Although I did hit Arizona last year, first trip in over a decade!), don’t care about clothing, cosmetics, etc. We’ve all gotta have something, right?