Real life one bag travel: taking one carry on bag to the tropics

Hi Frugalistas!  I’m off for a 10 day trip to Bali with my daughter.  We’ll be staying at a resort and plan on doing a little sightseeing and a lot of swimming (my daughter is almost 10).  We will both be sticking to my one carry on bag only rule for our luggage – despite being on a minimum baggage handling trip, there is no reason to let my standards slip – plus I’m keen to teach my daughter good habits from an early age.  I’m also sticking to my principle of taking multitasking pieces that can be dressed up and down and using a consistent colour palette (mainly purple and white).

A consistent colour palette and multitasking pieces are key regardless of where you are packing for

So, here is my list of how to pack for Bali (or any other tropical resort destination):

I don’t wear shorts, so I’m taking 3 light linen dresses for every day use

White jeans – for traveling and for dressing up at night

A white Tshirt – for traveling and for helping to cover up when visiting temples

A white 3/4 sleeve fancy cardigan – for traveling and for evenings

A purple shrug – to cover my shoulders and for the evenings

2 white sleeveless T shirts for slipping under a cardigan or shrug

An opaque caftan to cover up from the pool and to wear over the jeans in the evening

A maxi dress for the evening (dressed up) or for shopping (dressed down)

A sequined top and a sequined skirt for mixing and matching with the T shirts and the jeans for the evening

Three pairs of shoes – a pair of flat espadrilles for walking days, a pair of sandals and a pair of flipflops

Flat heeled espadrilles do everything sneakers do and more…..and in a more stylish package!

A swimming costume and sarong.  The sarong can also be used as a wrap to cover up when sightseeing if required

A waterproof fold up tote for the pool and shopping

Toiletries and plenty of sunscreen – all decanted into smaller containers to meet carry on requirements


Some fun and funky costume jewellery for evenings

A daytime tote

Check back next time I talk packing to see what’s in my daughter’s carry on bag!


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5 Comments on “Real life one bag travel: taking one carry on bag to the tropics”

  1. Anita Mac 28/11/2012 at 1:36 am #

    Great list! Totally the way to go too! Took a teeny tiny carry on to Barbados for a week. Still managed to come home with clean clothes! Have a great trip!


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