How to Travel with Hand Luggage

Hey lovelies!

Tomorrow I’m going to Paris with Martin for a few days. We’re traveling with EasyJet, which I think is really great for the price. The only minus is that you have to pay to check in your luggage. Since we’re only traveling Monday-Wednesday this time, and don’t have intentions of shopping, we decided to only bring hand luggage this time. It can be a struggle to pack that lightly, so I thought I should share my thoughts and packing with you.

I’m packing in a hand luggage approved cabin bag, from Primark. It’s very light and has two compartments on the outside for things you need to be able to reach easily.

Clothes

When you travel with just hand luggage I recommend to check the weather before you leave. You don’t have that extra space to pack for any occasion. We don’t seem to be lucky with the weather this time. A bit warmer than here, but cloudy and rainy. When I’m about to fly I pretty much always wear the same kind of clothes; Skirt, leggings, top and a sweater. This time I’m also going to wear a raincoat to be on the safe side. I usually travel in a pair of comfortable trainers to walk in, and bring a pair of ballerinas to wear if we go out for dinner. As the space is very limited this time, I’m leaving the ballerinas and pick all black and discrete trainers. The clothing that will be packed is listed below.

  • A pair of jeans
  • Two basic tank tops
  • A more fancy top, to wear with the skirt I’m traveling in, for a night out
  • A special cardigan to wear during the football game we’re there to watch
  • Extra underwear and socks

Makeup and Toiletries

Traveling with hand luggage you are quite limited when it comes to liquids. You have to make sure your bottles don’t contain more than 100 ml, and you have to keep it in a resealable plastic bag. I will bring the following:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair brush, hair bands and bobby pins
  • Travel case with makeup brushes, blush brush and lash comb
  • Cleansing wipes (A simple way to avoid extra liquids)
  • Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion (If you want to save place you can leave this out and buy what you need at a supermarket and leave it as you go home. If you, like us, have these travel sized products at home, you can save money instead)
  • Foundation, kohl eyeliner, eye shadow trio, powder, blush and bronzer (I chose the Make Up Store foundation as it has a built in sponge, which will work fine these few days. I’m not bringing a mascara since I have an eyelash extension at the moment.)

Other Essentials

I also like to bring a small purse that I can use while I’m away. Just make sure you have enough space in the bigger luggage, as you’re only allowed to bring one piece of luggage on the EasyJet flights. (Check┬áthe rules of your airline. If you get to carry more, just smile and say thank you) In the following list you’ll find out what other essentials I chose to spend space on.

  • Passport and wallet (of course)
  • iPad, Notebook and a pen (This is great if you need to find information, or write down what subways to use, places you’ve seen or just get inspiration you want to remember.)
  • Sunglasses (I know it’s supposed to be rainy, but I have very┬ásensitive to light so this is an absolute must for me)
  • Camera
  • Chargers (for iPhone and camera)
  • Plasters and medicines (just in case)

With all this packed there’s still a tiny bit space left if I find something to bring home, like one of those teddy bears with the country name on them that I like to collect.

Travel lightly

 

Do you ever travel with just hand luggage? What are your best tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Vaction update and an old hobby

Hey guys!

Time is running by so fast. It feels like our two week vacation just started, but it’s already over. We started our vacation with four days in Scotland. We flew to Edinburgh on Monday night and stayed there for two nights. It’s such a beautiful city. My second time there, and I was as amazed this time as the last. We didn’t do anything in particular, but just strolled around, did some shopping and enjoyed each other’s company. On Wednesday we took the train to Glasgow. I like Edinburgh more, but Glasgow is a quite nice city too in my opinion. Some people say Glasgow is gray and boring, but I’ve such great memories from my visits there, it still appeals to me. We met a few of my friends, that had also traveled from Sweden, and went to see the football game we had come for. Not a win at that game, but a good result for the return game at home, and we stood as winners in the end. Thursday we headed back home.

Back in Sweden we hang out with some friends, prepared for a party to celebrate our new apartment, had the party, watched more football games, celebrated my sister in law’s (to be) birthday and tried to relax as much as possible.

Tonight Martin is working his first shift after the vacation. Starting off with night shift gives me some well needed alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love Martin and I love having him around, but I am one of those people that needs some time to myself every now and then to work properly.

When I packed all my things for the move I got reminded of all of my crafting material. I used to love crafting, but I haven’t spent time to it in forever. Today when I sat here all to myself, listening to the rain and wind outside, I felt like getting creative and make a card for my friend that just got a daughter. I felt a little rusty as I grabbed my stamps and pens, papers and scissors, but it was so much fun as I got started. It isn’t one of my most advanced pieces of work, but I loved doing it. Wouldn’t be surprised if some more of this happens soon.

Haylie

I use Promarkers to colour and the stamp is from Panduro Hobby. Unfortunately I can’t remember where the papers and flowers comes from. It’s just things I found in my stash.

Do you have/used to have a hobby that you find your way back to every now and then?

 

Wyndham Garden

Hi everyone!

Time is running by so fast I barely manage to follow. Can’t believe it’s December already! I do still have a few New York posts I’d like to write and share, so hopefully I’ll manage to get that done during this week.

At first we were looking at hotels on Manhattan, but found it was quite expensive if you wanted a private bathroom and wifi in the room. Since it’s crazily expensive for us to use 3G or 4G abroad, wifi is essential for us, as we might want to look up things for the trip or re-book our flight as we travel on standby. We found a hotel that seemed okay and almost booked it, but through a deal on Secret Escapes we got to think of the possibility to live on Long Island instead, getting a lovely view over Manhattan. We looked at other hotels in the area and found Wyndham Garden. The reviews were great, and it was said to be really easy to get to Manhattan with the metro. For the same price we were about to spend on quite shabby hotel, we got a four star hotel, close to the pier with one of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. (See pictures in my last post about New York here)

To not live on Manhattan was a great decision. It was so nice to get out of the city, to a calm area, after a whole day with loads of impressions. The area was great. People were out walking their tiny dogs, and not once, as we were out in the late evenings, did we feel unsafe in any way. The hotel offered a free shuttle bus to the Metro station every 30 minutes (it was just a four minutes walk though, so we went by foot) and it was just one station away from the first stop at Manhattan. It was also just one line to the AirTrain to JFK airport.

The hotel was very nice and clean and the staff was really friendly. The room included two double beds, which was perfect! One for sleeping and one for packing and showing off all the nice shopping. The bathroom had a small bathtub, just perfect for a foot bath after a long day of walking. No way near big or deep enough for two persons to take a full body bath. Not even for one person to be honest. But, since the first hotel we were looking at barely had a private shower in the room, this was perfect!

We would defiantly recommend this hotel, and we will for sure look at this hotel again, the next time we’re going to New York.

New York, I’m in love

Hello!
Now we’ve been back in Sweden for a couple of days and been trying to get back on track from the jet lag. It doesn’t make it easier with birthday parties and an all night out, but we’re getting there. 
New York was AMAZING! I really didn’t want to go home so soon, and I can’t wait to go back. Hopefully I will just have to wait for a few more months before I go back with Martin and my sister, Fia.  
We decided to live in a hotel on Long Island, with the view over Manhattan, which was genius! We lived in a very nice and calm area, and it was really easy to get to the city center with the metro. Also we got a way better hotel for the price compared to what we found in Manhattan. (I’m planning a review on the hotel in the near future.)
Visiting New York has always been a big dream of mine, and it was just as fantastic as I had imagined. I got a little starstruck at Times Square, “I’VE SEEN THIS ON PROJECT RUNWAY”, and a whole lot of other movies and TV-shows, but that’s what got on my mind. Walking around, and eating breakfast, in Central Park was just as beautiful and fairy like as I had hoped, with all the squirrels and birds that allowed you to come really close. Rock of Ages was way better live on Broadway, than watching the movie from the couch at home. And 9/11 became real, when I stood there at Ground Zero and noticed all the names of victims. Not to mention the view from the pier in Long Island, both day and night, at the Manhattan skyline that gave me goosebumps all over my body.
Aaaand, for a shoppoholic like me that was an insane experience as well. We got time for a lot of shopping in the city and a whole day at Woodbury. THANK GOD, I have a boyfriend that loves shopping (almost) as much as I do, and don’t mind spending the days in a whole lot of stores, and a whole lot of changing rooms. USA is extremely cheap compared to Sweden to start with, and if you go to an outlet or a sale it’s impossible to not go bananas!  
I could write about this trip forever, but it’s getting really late and I need to work tomorrow. Stay posted though, I do have a few more posts about New York planned. It’s just a matter of finding spare time, which is sort of scarce commodity at the moment, but we’ll get there!
Good night for now!

Chicago – Tourist tips

Hi there!

So it’s time for the last post about Chicago, for this time. Since we got to Chicago on an impulse, we didn’t know much about the town before we got there. In this post I want to share some of the things we learned and might be useful tips for a visitor.

Airport transfer

When we got to the airport we asked for the best way to get into city center and was recommended to take a shuttle bus. For $46 we got to go with a mini-bus that left us just outside the hotel entry. It took quite a long time (close to 1,5h) because of the trafic, and we had to sit stocked up with a few strangers, but it was still perfect for a first time visitor that didn’t know where to find the hotel.

On the way back to the airport we realized how much better the train was. It took about 40 minutes and costed us in total $6. The walk from our hotel was just 10 minutes long, so we saved both time and money. At the hotel they asked us if we wanted them to call a taxi and when we told them we wanted to take the train they just said “Smart move”. It’s quite easy to get stuck in traffic during rush hour.

Next time we go to Chicago we will skip the shuttle and just take the train. Especially since we now have a clue about the city and isn’t completely lost when we arrive.

Shopping

If you, like me, are used to European (not to say Scandinavian) prices the shopping is great. Both Macy’s and Nordstroms was like heaven to me! The have just about everything you might need, good prices to start with and quite a lot of sales.

If you are from abroad and shop at Macy’s you can ask for a discount card at the information desk, and show your ID-card. This gives you 10% off, which covers the taxes.

If you have a day to spend, I would really recommend to go to the Fashion Outlet (read previous post) It’s impossible to leave without a great deal!

Sightseeing

Since we didn’t have much time, we didn’t do much sightseeing, but we did take a stroll in Millennium Park which was quite an experience. The modern art was really cool!

A walk down to the pier to watch the skyline in sunset is also highly recommended. It was so beautiful, and powerful, for someone coming from a little town like me.

If we would have had one more day, we would like to go on a guided boat tour around the town as well. It seemed like a really nice thing to do. Next time, Chicago!

Other

If you haven’t checked out The Cheesecake factory, do so! Yummy!

Bring a pair of good walking shoes, because it’s really easy to get around by foot. And don’t forget a jacket! Chicago is called the windy city, so even when the sun is shining the air can feel quite cold.

Don’t come with full bags. If you like shopping you will need as much space as possible. Just bring the most important stuff!

So what do you think? Is Chicago a place you would want to visit?

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Chicago – The Cheescake Factory

Hi there!

As both me and M are big fans of desserts and Big Bang Theory we couldn’t not go to The Cheesecake Factory, as we found out they had one in Chicago. It was the perfect thing to do before we went to pick up our things and go to the airport for our trip back home.

When we got the menu we realized we wasn’t in for an easy pick. Everything sounded so delicious. Since I’m crazy about raspberries my choice wasn’t too hard in the end, and I think M was a bit affected about my love about Dulce de leche ice cream and the fact that I told him a few times that sounded like a nice one. So Dulce de leche and Lemon Raspberry Cream was served. We decided to split them and eat half-half, just to get a real taste at both. They both tasted like a little bit of heaven, but the final winner was the lemon raspberry. Mainly because the Dulce de leche was way to heavy for us. The first two bit was amazing, but then it just got too much. Lemon Raspberry was a bit lighter and was just perfect!

The service was great! We got a table quite quickly and we didn’t have to wait long to get served. The girl taking care of us was lovely. Can’t really remember her name. Vicky, I think? The only thing that we didn’t like too much was that it was so cold in there! We weren’t really tempted to sit there, so we ate up and got out as soon as we could. A bit warmer and we could have stayed longer, enjoying or cheesecakes to the fullest. That would have been perfect!

 

Chicago – Hotel Felix

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In Chicago we stayed at the Hotel Felix. Since we booked last minute, we got a good price of the hotel, and it was much worth the money.

I’m used to staying at cheap places in London where you have to struggle to get the big bags up, or down, quite narrow stairs. That was far from the case this time! It felt quite luxurious stepping in to an elevator and having a well dressed man delivering the bags up to your room. A room that was very nice and clean. Not very big, but just perfect for two persons staying three nights. And that bed was impressive! It was so comfortable. I rarely sleep well away from home and my own bed, but here I slept like a baby. Free WiFi that worked without any trouble! Perfect for us that would be charged plenty from our operators if we used the 3G-net. Now we could still check out maps, transfer and other information we needed.

The staff at the hotel was really friendly, and helpful. They answered all of our questions and gave us useful tips about the city.

The location was great. It was close to everything in the city center. About ten minutes walk from the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place. In the other direction it wasn’t far to Millennium Park and the train station to the airport.

There are a few minor things that could have been better. For example they took a deposition of $50/night that they didn’t inform us about until we questioned the way to high amount of money drawn from our card. Money that still isn’t transferred back. Maybe this is common in the States, but for a first time visitor we would have wished for this info in advance.

We we’re also hoping to be able to have a late check out, but the fee of $50/half an hour, was way too high in our opinion.

Overall, we were very happy about the hotel and can defiantly see this as a place to go back to next time we visit Chicago.

Chicago, we will be back!

Hi there!

Yesterday we got back from our little weekend in Chicago. Just in time to celebrate my birthday today. Woke up this morning to my family and boyfriend singing Happy Birthday (a Swedish version of it) and giving me some really lovely gifts. And my little dog was the center of attention as usual trying to help me open everything up. Oh, the disappointment when he realized there wasn’t anything for him to play with.

Anyway, Chicago. What a lovely city! Both me and M are in love with it and have promised each other we will go back sometime! We have a few more places on the list, so it might take a while, but we will be back! No doubt about it.

What we liked about it was that it was so cozy even though it’s so big. Also a big plus for how easy it was to get around by foot. Our hotel was at a very central location, so we could walk everywhere we wanted to go, except the airport and the Fashion Outlet of Chicago. And we loved the people! Everyone was so friendly, everywhere you went. In Sweden everyone is quite closed and private, but here people started talking by just the look from a stranger.

These two pictures are a  good example of what we loved about the city. In the level of sight it looked so nice and intimate, but when you looked up the town was rising to the sky. Pretty awesome! The highest building in our city felt kind of small compared to this town.

We went down to the pier to look at the city skyline, and happened to get there as the sun was setting. It was so beautiful! Had to take a selfie there, which we sent as a postcard to family and friends. Using an app from the Swedish Post, it arrived before we did! Very appreciated by the receivers.

Last day we had really lovely weather and we felt like we had reached our shopping budget, so we went to the Millennium Park to stroll around and watch the cool sculptures. I really enjoyed watching the modern art. Most places I’ve visited before is known for it’s old and close to antique architecture, and I love that, but this was something completely new and exiting in it’s own way.

During the week I will post more specific posts about the hotel, places we’ve visited and tourist tips that we learned during the trip. Stay posted if you’re interested in more about our Chicago trip!

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We’re in USA!!

Hi everyone! 

As you may know, me and M had planed a trip to San Francisco. Since we travel on standby-tickets we have to be prepared for a sudden change of plans. So was the case this time. The flight to San Francisco was fully booked last night so we had to look for other options. The result? We are in CHICAGO!
After a long flight and a long taxi drive, we have checked in at Hotel Felix, which we like a lot so far. We are way to tired to do anything productive today, so we just went to 7eleven to pick up some snacks and relax on the room. What we could see from the taxi windows it seems to be a very cool city. Can’t wait to explore it closer tomorrow!

Our adventures

Hi there!

I’ve always loved crafting, but the past few years it has pretty much been packed up in boxes since I’ve had so much else going on. Recently I’ve been falling back into old habits a bit and enjoy my little crafting corner again.

Me and M both loves to travel, and M has a job that makes it possible for us to get around the world as long as our employers gives us a few days off every now and then, which they seem willing to do most of the time. This fall we’re planning trips to San Francisco, Madrid and New York, and in January when the Christmas stress and sales at work are over we want to go to Iceland for a weekend to recharge.

These two little hobbies ended up in a little notebook, to keep notes needed for the trips and save memories. The first trip to Prague in July already has it’s place in here.