12 June 2015

What's in my backpack

Our big summer vacation tour has begun, yay! :) We are going to be away from home for a few weeks, travelling around the south of Finland to see family and friends. After our Britrail trip last summer, I became very good at packing, if I do say so myself. I thought I might share a bit of what I'm taking with me this time.

I always start my packing process by making a list (I'm one of those people who love to make lists). I jot down everything I need so that I can check and double check that I have everything I need. I take out everything on the list and set in on the couch or bed so that I can see if I'm missing anything. When I actually start packing, I roll up my clothes in stead of folding them. That way the clothes won't get wrinkled and I can fit more things into my bag.

My backpack is from Asaklitt and it holds 65 litres. I bought it before we left on our rail trip a year ago and I prefer it to other kinds of bags or suitcases. It fits a lot of stuff, it has a decent amount of pockets and compartments, it's easy and comfortable to carry and the best thing is that you have both hands free at all times. What else could you ask for?

Because the Finnish summer is what it is, that is to say incredibly unpredictable, I had to pack for all types of weather. We also have all kinds of stuff planned for the time that we are gone: we are going to be working out (I'm happy to say that I'm still going strong with the gym thing on top of yoga and running), babysitting three kids under ten, going to a summer cottage, and celebrating my best friends wedding, among other things.

- Garnier Skin Naturals All Fresh Cleansing Milk for normal to combination skin
- Garnier Skin Naturals All Fresh Toner for normal to combination skin
- Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture+ Soft for normal skin
- Nivea In-Shower Body Milk Skin Conditioner for dry skin
- Nivea Stress Protect antiperspirant
- Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment for misbehaving, frizzy hair
- Cien Sun Cream spf 50
- Dermosil After Sun Lotion
- toothbrush, shaver, etc.
- medicine

I don't wear make-up on a daily basis (actually, I wear make-up only a couple of times a year), so I don't carry any. I'll be staying with my sister at the time of the wedding and will borrow her make-up - she has loads! My toiletries are centred around skin care, since I have sensitive acne prone skin that tends to get dry very easily. I also don't worry about shampoo, because we'll be staying with our families while we are away and there will be shampoo and such there.

Basic clothing:
- trousers
- jeans
- black shorts
- 4 t-shirts
- 2 vest tops
- white jumper
- 2 dresses
- playsuit
- bikinis
- socks, underwear, leggings, etc.

I'll have access to laundry machines while we are away (except at the BF's family's summer cottage), so I'll get a chance to wash my clothes as often as is needed. Of course I'm taking the clothes that I'm wearing today, too. That means basic jeans, t-shirt and beige cardigan. And I wouldn't go anywhere without my purse (that holds my phone, wallet, etc.). That's basically it, though. 

"Other stuff" that's not in the picture:
- rain coat and trousers
- scarf
- hat
- fitness gear: trousers, shorts, shirts, shoes and sports bras
- 'formal' shoes (for the wedding)
- sandals
- laptop and charger

I know the list seems long, but when you think about it, I'm not taking a lot of things with me. I'm not going to be carrying the backpack on long hikes or anything, but I still don't want to be hauling too much stuff around the country. There are more shoes than I would normally carry around; on our six week long rail trip I only had trainers and flip-flops and I got on really well with just them.

We left home last night and came to Helsinki to my parents' apartment. Today the BF and I are actually going on a day trip to Tallinn, because my lovely sister got hold of some coupons that make travelling extra cheap: 2€/person! So, even though I told you guys we'd be sticking to travelling in the homeland this year, we are going abroad - again.

I'll keep you posted on what we get up to on our tour de south of Finland! :)
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