When we travel, we like to travel light, but since we're staying primarily at our home in Galicia, we have the luxury of carrying a bit more weight, since it will stay at the house. My husband leaves clothes there every year, so his packing becomes easier and easier with each trip.
Home, sweet home.
I, on the other hand, don't have that many clothes, so what I bring is what I wear...here and there.
Last year, I wrote a piece about how I was planning to pack. And each year that I go, it gets a bit easier. Weighing my bag at home helps alleviate most of the concern. But still, undoubtedly, I will be holding my breath at Iberia's check-in with fingers crossed that I am not overweight.
Iberia allows 50 pounds for a piece of checked luggage. Even with that allowed weight, I still have to think about what I want to bring, versus what I need to bring, which brings up an even bigger conversation about my own first world problems and the idea of creature comforts.
Regardless, here's what is making the trans-Atlantic journey. I usually bring one checked bag and one carry-on (for books, electronics, and my daypack).
- CoffeeMate Sugar Free French Vanilla Powdered Creamer--This is for my morning coffee at home only (We have instant coffee...dreadful.) Otherwise, it's café con leche all the way, baby.
Quest Bars--These protein bars are my go-to snacks. They are not coated, so I don't have to worry about them melting and they're chewy, so I don't have to worry about crushing them. And you can't beat the nutrition. It's a win-win.Quest Bars are still my go-to protein bar (and a nutritional security blanket), but this year, I am leaving them behind and eating like a local. My husband will be thrilled.
- PB2. I bring a bottle because I like it with my bananas.
Splenda. I can get Truvia in Spain.
Luckily, we have a washing machine (but no dryer, as what seems to be the norm in Spain), so this greatly reduces the amount of clothes I need to pack to be comfortable.
- One maxi dress
- One black cardigan
- One colored cardigan
- One pair of jeans with belt
- One white button down shirt.
- Oversized hoodie sweatshirt
- Hooded rain jacket jacket.
- Light Columbia Omni-Heat jacket
- Fleece zip-up jacket
- Two long-sleeve t-shirts
- Three pairs of capris
- One pair of black yoga pants
- Three white tank tops
- Two scarves
- One pair of flip flops
- One pair of dressy sandals
- One pair of walking shoes or sneakers
- Bathing suit
- Two pairs of pajamas
- Seven pairs of underwear
- Two pair of Ex-Officio performance underwear...trying these out.
- Five pair of no-show socks
- Fleece throw
Toiletries, blow-dryer, and vitamins, Euros and my Spanish bank ATM card.
- iPhone, using wifi access only...the camera is great!
- My phone-friendly gorilla pod, remote and extra lenses.
- iPad, with downloaded books, bluetooth keyboard, and wifi access only
- My MacBook Pro...tentative...depending on wifi access for publishing.
- Nikon Coolpix L120 camera with 2 8gb SD cards
- Chargers and USB cords for all of the tech with adapters
- 2 paperback books
- A notebook
- My international driver's license
If we forget anything, we'll get it there.
The countdown is on!
Galicia is spectacular. Consider adding this corner of the world to your must-see list.
The view from the upstairs bedrooms at sunset.
How do you decide what makes the cut when you pack? Any non-negotiables?