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I’ve got this in the bag.

What to pack to wander the Weleda World

By the time you’re reading this the bag is packed, the journey has started. Let’s hope that I have got this packing business sorted and everything I need is on the journey with me.

On shorter trips I like to travel lightly, using carry-on only as much as possible. I love being free to explore from the moment I land.

But by no means is this a small trip

‘I definitely haven’t packed lightly!
My bag needs to be as ready for any adventure as I do.’

The Weleda team have an epic line up of activities planned – from working with the growers in garden harvests in New Zealand, visiting anthroposophic doctors in under privileged medical centres in Brazil and tending the Pomegranate and Sea Buck Thorn fields in Italy to sailing on the Sydney Harbour in Australia, attending the Organic Beauty Awards in Sweden and Espace day spa days in Paris. Everything in this bag needs to have me ready for any adventure.

‘Three months, eleven countries, hundreds of experiences and a multitude of climates means every item in this bag needs to earn it’s keep.’

I have been very lucky and the team at Vaude have helped me pack. I’ll be taking some of my favourite of their sustainable, eco-friendly and socially responsible clothing with me.

Ready for adventure

What makes me even more comfortable in Vaude’s ready for anything outdoor range is knowing their commitment to making the world a better place, so that future generations can enjoy the outdoors just as much as we do. Long lasting and timeless clothing that’s easy to repair and even recyclable! I couldn’t be more comfortable with that.

 

‘Everything we do, we do in an ecological and social fair way.’
Antje von Dewitz CEO

So that I’m packing the things I really do need and not just my whole wardrobe, here’s my tips for packing a multi-purpose, adaptable bag that is ready for any climate or experience.

My packing tips and tricks

Wear all your heavy, bulky things on the plane
Boots, jackets and jeans are my go-tos.

Carry a set of light weight, comfortable clothes to change into on long haul flights
If I am to have any chance of sleep this is a must.

Layer instead of bringing bulky items

Layers, layers, layers
Rather than take large, chunky items think thinner items in high quality natural fibres. They will keep you warm but give you so many more outfit options in warmer conditions.

Multipurpose shoes that look presentable are a must
Rather than packing heavy hiking boots, runners and street shoes my tip is to find a pair of trail runners that look presentable as a day shoe… the ultimate three in one! Your feet will be supported yet lightweight whilst hiking and trail runners are so comfy that you’ll be able to sight see all day in them when you wear them as a day shoe. I must admit at the last minute I couldn’t help throwing in my street shoes too.

A scarf, towel, blanket – multi-purpose items are my favs.

Pack a large scarf that can double as a sarong, towel or travel blanket
Items with a multitude of uses are my favourites.

Keep your toiletry bag to only the essentials
See what I’m packing in my beauty bag. 

For medications, first aid items and even my green powers take what you need and put them in snap lock bags. Simply removing packaging can save a ton of room and weight.

 

 

I love lightweight, natural cotton skirts and tops
They can team up as dresses for special occasions and also be mix and match casual outfits when dressed down. My favs are from Spell the Gypsy Collective – sounds like me to a tea! I need to be ready quickly and these never need an iron which I love. And they look amazing and feel amazingly breathable in warm climates or look great with tights and thermals on cooler days… haha layers, layers, layers.

Ready for anything

Here’s what made it into the bag

Clothing
A mix of urban and outdoor clothing that I can layer up and mix and match to extend the wardrobe as much as possible.

  • extreme weather jacket
  • leather jacket
  • shell jacket
  • skirt and top combos – that can mix and match and dress up and down.
  • floral, floaty dresses that don’t need ironing.
  • 2 x leggings
  • 2 x jeans
  • overalls
  • 4 x long sleeved thermal tops
  • active tanks
  • 2 x belts
  • large scarf
  • padded vest
  • singlets and cami’s that can we worn with everything
  • 3 x shirts
  • denim skirt
  • my fav collection of silver jewellery that I wear just about every day

Shoes
Always wear your heaviest shoes on the plane.

  • lightweight, ankle hiking boots
  • street shoes
  • low heeled ankle boots
  • flip flops
  • neutral high heels

Hats
As an Aussie girl sun protection is an issue close to my heart. I always have a hat (or two) with me.

  • wide brimmed felt hat
  • cap
  • beanie

Beauty
For shorter trips no way would these make it in the bag, but for three months on the road with a world leading, beauty brand I can’t leave them behind.

  • hair dryer
  • hair curler/straightener.

I definitely haven’t packed minimally but I feel like I have go everything covered!
At least I hope so!

What can’t you live without when you are travelling?

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  8. Disagree on wearing bulky and heavy clothing on planes: If they don’t fit into your suitcase when your journey just begins, you either picked the wrong suitcase/bag or packed too much! This strategy is only for returning flights 😉 Good luck on your travels!

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      Thanks so much for your well wishes! Packing is always a tough one isn’t it. On a trip this long, with such varied experiences I have to be inventive when it come to packing, that’s why this trick works for me. I like to take a canvas tote with me on the plane so that I can take off these heavier items once in the air and be able to neatly tuck them away overhead. I totally agree that wearing them during an entire plane ride would be really uncomfortable!

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