If you think it is hard packing light for yourself, think about packing for 4 girls at the same time. Yes, this is my life: I am Renata Velloso, 39 years old, mother of 3 beautiful girls ages 7, 9 and 12.
This summer we are going to spend a month traveling around the UK. Our trip will start with a week in a farm in the Ipswich area where my sister-in-law lives. After that we are taking a sleeper train to Scotland and stay in Edinburgh for a week. Then, we are going to Liverpool for 2 days in our way to Bath Spa, where plan to stay for 5 days. Finally our trip ends with a week in London. So you got the picture: we need to pack light, as we are going to be on the road, but at the same time we will be in many different places hiking, walking, going to museums and castles, and even to a show at Leicester Square.
For this trip we decided to take just a carry-on each. We choose the Ikea backpack on wheels. It is such a smart bag because you can release the attached small backpack if you need a day bag. The price is good too, which is especially important if you need to buy 5 pieces.
Our packing list:
1 pair of jeans
3 long-sleeved t-shits
7 pairs of underwear
5 pairs of socks
1 Waterproof jacket
3 pairs of leggings
1 long-sleeved dress
2 pairs of shorts or skirts
1 summer dress
1 pair of walking shoes
1 pair of flat sandals or flip flops
Shampoo/Conditioner, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, ponytails and bobby pins.
Moms bag also carries:
As a family of flashpackers we are also taking one tablet or reader each, one laptop as dad needs to work on the road, two cameras (a DSLR for mom and a point and shoot for the oldest daughter) and a tripod.
The plan is that our clothing will last a week but as we are renting vacation apartments during our trip we expect to be easy to do laundry 4 times. Laundry is not our favorite activity for a summer vacation but we guess it is much better than carry a super heavy luggage around.
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About the Author: Renata Velloso is a Brazilian Medical Doctor living in the US with her family. The family is planning an around the world trip for June 2014. Before that they are taking as many “test drive trips” as possible in order to see if it is possible to stay together for long periods of time without killing each other. You can follow their adventures subscribing the Youtube channel or their website www.homesweetworld.com