What to pack when you are travelling for 30 days? Unlike my last big trip to China which was strictly backpacks only, for this trip I took a big roller suitcase so I had the liberty of packing more clothes. I was heading into temperatures of 25 degrees down to minus 5 degrees, so warmth was clearly driving my thoughts as I packed (the day before too – so not like me!)
I chose the colours navy and maroon with a hint of purples and plums as my travel wardrobe colour theme. My knee high leather boots are plum coloured, and I took my navy flats. For heels/evening wear I chose black leather booties and for beach walks I took my Havaianas. I also took some sneakers for walking and hiking.
I took my favourite blue jeans and some navy jeans that I recently got from Rivers Australia, plus a navy mini skirt I also got at Rivers. I threw in 3 pairs of leggings, 2 black and 1 navy for lazing about in and to wear under skirts and dresses.
I took 5 different dresses that could be worn with leggings and boots, with flats or booties and cardigans and jackets or on their own with flip flops on warmer days. All featuring the navy, blue, red, maroon, purple colour scheme.
For tops I took a few different short sleeved and sleeveless blouses and tees that can be worn over singlets and/or under jackets and cardigans. I took a thin navy cardigan ($6 from K Mart – bargain!) and a maroon knitted cardigan. I also packed a long sleeved navy top and a jumper with sequins sewn into the knit.
Took a thickish maroon blazer and my go everywhere all weather black shell jacket. Two scarves that match the colour scheme were thrown in as well as two purple/burgundy beanies and a pair of charcoal possum fur gloves. Three plain tank tops for layering, 2 pairs of pyjamas and a pair of walking pants completed the winter wardrobe!
I was surprised to have some room left over, which means I can do some shopping while away. Already hit up Walmart and got two $10 tops for layering as I felt I didn’t have enough for keeping warm in the sub zero temperatures!
It is always a challenge when you have to pack for an extended holiday, 3 weeks and over. You can’t take an outfit and set of underwear for everyday, which you may pack for short trips. Most people pack an assortment of easy, wear anywhere, day to night clothes and then try to do some laundry throughout the trip.
Depending on the size of your luggage also depends on how much you pack. I will be travelling for 32 days out of a 50L backpack. Any bigger and I can’t physically carry it on my back. With one small cross body bag, I had to be a packing ninja to get all my clothes, underwear, shoes, toiletries, accessories and travel items in the backpack! Plus still have some room left for shopping!
My colour theme for this trip was black and grey neutrals with denim items and aqua/teal pieces. I will be travelling around China and Hong Kong, with a week in the USA afterwards, so weather will be mostly pleasant, averages between 20 and 30 degrees.
Here are my packing choices!
BOTTOMS – blue skinny jeans from Target, black mini skirt from K Mart, 2 pairs of black leggings, dark denim shorts from City Chic.
TOPS – 4 black tank tops for layering, black cardigan and grey leopard jumper from Paper Scissors, striped long sleeved tee and black floral sleeveless blouse from K Mart, mint sleeveless blouse from Valley Girl, black and teal studded sleeveless blouse from Charlotte Russe, black sheer blouse from Sussan and a navy and aqua love heart tee shirt from Mix Apparel @ Coles.
I recently brought an all weather jacket from Rivers, water proof, wind proof, with adjustable sleeves, a hood and hidden protected pockets.
DRESSES – Multi coloured striped casual dress from Charlotte Russe, dark grey graphic print dress from Valley Girl and a floral sun dress from K Mart, all able to be worn on their own or with leggings and a cardigan or jumper. I like dresses that can be day or night and even flying gear and sleep outfits for overnight trains.
I’m surprised I had plenty of coordinating colours in my wardrobe for Tender Shoots. Somewhere between a limey green and a neon yellow, with all tones of yellow/green coordinating.
I wore these pants, the scarf, necklace, watch and earrings today, with plenty of Batiste dry shampoo in my dirty hair (high pony please!) and Maybeline’s ‘Tough As Taupe’ Colour Tattoo eye shadow.
Garnier must be happy their products colour coordinate with Tender Shoots this Spring!
I have red appliances and accessories in my kitchen, but these funky lime green utensils would look pretty cool too.
I already have eight pairs of Havaianas, but not lime green!
Day 1 – Acai
I chose a relatively safe combo to kick start Colour Fest. I already have a lot of purple, especially like Acai (Pantone 19-3628).
Today purple leggings, a paisley dress with a mix burgundy, purple and orange, a purple sweater, tan boots I had made in Vietnam and bronze coloured accessories. Too easy!