Tomorrow I fly to Amsterdam for 3 nights to have a girls weekend with my Mum (who lives in Dublin). It’s been a little last minute, she booked herself to go months ago before we knew we were coming to London. Just a few weeks ago she asked if I wanted to come along since she already had a hotel room booked and of course I was more than excited about the prospect.
Booking flights only two weeks ahead meant that they weren’t super cheap, although still very reasonable compared to what any flight from New Zealand costs. However, I soon discovered that the cost of checking in a bag was nearly 2/3 of the cost of the ticket itself! So, I decided to stick with just carry-on luggage since I’m only going for 3 nights and I was sure I could make it work.
EasyJet have rather strict carry-on rules, they don’t allow passengers to have a handbag as well as their small suitcase/bag which means I also have to fit my purse! Thankfully, they only have dimension specifications, not weight so I don’t have to worry about how heavy it is.
I often get asked questions regarding how I pack for holidays so I thought I would document the process for this trip!
Zoe Vine Isabelle Dress
Collectif Trixie Doll Dress
Sarsparilly A Mermaid Song Dress
Trashy Diva Obi Dress
Bettie Page Golly Miss Dolly Dress
Mak Cardigan in White
White Cami (for underneath Bettie Page Dress)
Glamour Bunny Nightie
2x pairs of flats
When packing like this, the first thing I do is count how many outfits I need and I try to make sure that all items can be paired with just one petticoat, bag, shoes etc. This usually means choosing items that all have a colour in common.
The weather in Amsterdam is still nice and warm so I’m taking along 4 summery dresses which all have elements of white in them so I can wear the same white petticoat, white bag and I only need one white hair flower.
I’ve also packed a plain black dress in case I want something a little bit more dressy for nighttime which ordinarily I wouldn’t wear a white petticoat with but it’s not too much of a issue.
I also tried to pick dresses that weren’t overly bulky like the Trashy Diva Obi. I find the most efficient way of packing them is by rolling- I’ll have to iron them when I get there but that’s unavoidable.
Gold RetroResins Hoops
I’ve keep my accessorising to a minimum but of course do need a few things. I’ve got a white bangle that will go with all my outfits and then threw in a pink one for the Trashy Diva Dress. My gold RetroResins hoops go with just about anything so I’m bringing those along and I’ve also packed a white and a pink headscarf in case I want to do quick beehive.
Hair, Makeup & Skincare
8 of my favourite brushes
Hairbrush & Comb
Tin of Bobby Pins
Makeup Remover Wipes
LUSH Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser
Antipodes Manuka Honey Moisturizer
LUSH Honey Trap Lipbalm
Lanacane Anti Chafing Cream
This is one of the more tricky parts as of course you can’t take any liquids over 100ml in your carry-on. So, since my daily cleanser (Antipodes Juliet) that I also use to wash off my makeup exceeds that, I’ve instead opted for LUSH Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser which is in a more solid form and am taking makeup wipes to help get my makeup off at the end of the day.
I have several different moisturisers but for 3 days, I decided to just take the Antipodes Manuka Honey one as it’s great in the morning under makeup but I can also use it at night.
I’m only packing the essentials when it comes to hair and makeup. I’ve picked out 3 lipsticks (a red, bright pink and light pink) so that I’ve got a choice of what I feel like on the day. I can’t take hairspray on board so I’m planning on buying a cheap can when I get over there. I’ve packed my hair doughnut as they are great for when you are travelling and want a quick, easy updo that will last the day.
I take my portable battery with me everywhere now, my phone always dies quickly and I want to make sure I can charge it on the go so I don’t miss out on taking photos or can use Google Maps if need be.
Packing everything was surprisingly easy, I was expecting to really struggle to cram the suitcase shut but in fact I still had a little bit of room. I didn’t include what I will be wearing on the flight but I think I could have easily fitted everything if I vacuum packed the petticoat. Since I have space, I will probably add in another cardigan or two in case of chilly weather.
This will be more than sufficient for a weekend away, assuming I don’t buy anything! If I do, I’ll probably have to ask my Mum to take it back to Dublin with her and I can pick it up at a later date.
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