Baby - Check / Luggage - Non
Sometimes (read – All the times) I feel quite jealous when looking at those pics on Instagram where girls are travelling with Louis Vuitton suitcases in nice outfits, such as containing a beautiful camel coat and high heels. In my case, it's usually plenty of layers of the clothes that I'm going to wear during the trip: khaki colour traveler trousers (easy for hiking, not heavy and soft enough for spending 20 hours wearing them), some kind of a warm sweater or a jacket that I can put on if it gets cold outside, compression socks, boots or sneakers and lastly my 35l backpack with everything I need for at least 3 weeks trip.
by NATALYA KORNISHOVA
On our current journey to Mexico, we have two backpacks. One of them is baby’s backpack where one half is for carrying our little Nina and the other half is full of her stuff – diapers for the first couple of days, baby food (gosh, I miss those breastfeeding days), some extra clothes and a couple of toys to entertain her on a plane. So mine and Max's stuff is in one 35l bag that is small enough to be taken to Ryanair aircraft’s cabin (the priority one, we are not crazy).
While packing, I try to use the so-called Marie Kondo method. You know, when you take some pieces of your clothes and then try feeling and imagining whether they are the ones to make you happy or at least satisfied. The first difficulty with this is that you have to imagine how would you feel in a badly planned trip. The second thing is that it's quite difficult to pack for the warm lands if it's -5 outside, because in that situation “happy” means more warm clothes. But maybe I'll better shut up with my "problems" here. In brief, the most important thing to have in mind – the clothes have to be multifunctional and fully compatible. For instance, the trousers I wear on a plane should be usable continuously on a trip and I never take high heels with me.
BUT! I always have a dress for a special occasion, even in really hardcore trips. For our hiking trip to Nepal in 2015 (9 days in Himalaya mountains) I took a pearly white long simply looking but my favourite dress. Well, I must admit, I was “feeling” this dress every day when walking with my 8 kg backpack on 4000m above the sea level but still, it made me feel great! I knew that I'm prepared if, for example, a Nepalese wedding is on our way. There was none sadly… But usually it is some kind of unexpected occasions happening on the road, so I always like to be prepared for that accordingly. Now I remember to put some special occasion outfit for Nina as well. This time it's a light white and pink dress with pearls and for me – an ascetic silk dress for a New Year’s Eve. There is another reason not to take too many clothes for such minimalistic trip because then you leave space in your bag for the new ones – the local treasures that will remind you the mood of your adventure, the places and people you were with while wearing this dress. It's the best souvenir I can bring from any trip. Same with locally crafted earrings, these are my biggest passion!
But what about baby’s things? Usually, people are curious where do we put all the diapers for the whole trip. Guys, our baby is not the first and only one in this World. There are other little human beings in other countries and parents there are not using green leaves to deal with baby’s needs for quite some time already.
We don't take a lot of toys, of course. The ones we do – are the most favourite and the most compact ones. A must-have is an IKEA pyramid (thank God IKEA was opened in Latvia this year). I like this toy, which can be used in multiple ways and everywhere. Although I have noticed that during our trips Nina doesn't have much time to play with her toys, since she is too busy while exploring the surroundings. She climbs ruins, meets new people and walks walks walks. Here in Mexico, I barely can take her out of climbing Maya pyramids in Ek Balan. I started to think that she is the reincarnated Maya – she wanted to explore these places madly.
My must-have list when being a minimalistic traveler:
- Travel sandals. I also adore Crocs ballets, cause they’re light, compact and can be worn everywhere;
- My pashmina scarf. Ideal to protect from the colder wind, shower rains, as well as to cover baby stroller from the sun and when baby falls asleep. A scarf is also a great thing if you are going to visit some temples. Some of them require visitors to wear skirts;
- A special occasion dress;
- A special occasion dress for Nina.