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Surprise! On Tuesday afternoon I’ll be on my way to Sydney for a 2 week holiday! Without the kids! Without TSH! It was a bit of a last-minute decision but after finding a super cheap air ticket and heavy negotiations with TSH, we went with it.

How will I cope without seeing the kids for 2 weeks. PRETTY DARN GOOD, I can tell you. It will not be a problem. They will have more ‘daddy time which they will love and I’ll have more ‘me’ time, which I love. It’s win win for all.* I’ll be sleeping in, shopping with my mum and visiting all my favourite Sydney restaurants with my sister.  And thanks to the upside of global warming, Sydney is experiencing unseasonably warm spring weather so lazing on the beach is also on my horizon.

Today is packing day so I’m planning what to bring. I did some research for this post and stumbled upon some packing tips from  (This trip will be definitely non-luxury, I booked the cheapest ticket and hence will be literally flying around the world for 33 hours before landing in Sydney, however I do have the feeling the holiday still counts as luxury as I will be doing it all without kids.)

1. Roll, don’t fold – you will actually fit in more clothes if you roll them up very tightly and then tightly pack into your case. What about my usual ‘chuck it’ method whereby I just check everything in and need to sit on the suitcase to close it. I don’t want to break with tradition.

2. Make a list – before you even contemplate reaching for suitcase, plan what you will wear by day and what can go with what and stick to it! Apostrophe’s make me nervous, I will not be sticking! to anything. Planning what I will wear day-by-day seems far too much work at this stage so I don’t see any list making in my immediate future. 


This is exactly what my packing will look like.

4. Plan to wash – it’s really easy to wash some of your items mid holiday. I’ll be staying with my mum. Nuff said, if anyone will be washing, it’s not gonna be me.

5. Buy when you get there – you can buy some consumable items when you get there – saving you even more space! I’ll be buying more than consumable items let me tell you now.

6.Wear your bulkiest items – if you’re really struggling to pack everything wear it! Layer up. I’m leaving all my bulkiest items I usually wear with my husband so it should be fine.

7. Fragile items – pack any electricals in the centre of your case, cocooned by soft clothes. The most fragile item in all of this will be TSH but I’ll deal with that upon return. 

Is it time to pack now or should I leave it to one hour before departure and just stuff shit loads of crap into a suitcase before flying out the door and leaving my passport on the kitchen bench?

*Not for TSH, sucked in.

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  1. Peta #

    Or…bring nothing and let everyone else buy you lovely things as you spent your last cent on your ticket. We can always do a good bout of Vinnies shopping, Sam’s girls are the masters. Warning though, you may be returning with a poncho!

    September 8, 2013
    • I’ll be returning to poncho weather that is for sure, October in Sweden. Vinnies sounds great!

      September 8, 2013
  2. The weather’s been terrific. I still wear the occasional very light pullover, but mostly it’s been shorts on the weekend. Have a great time 🙂

    September 8, 2013
    • Thanks for the tip! I’m packing light for sure 🙂

      September 8, 2013
  3. Sounds delightful!!! Have a great time! I’m a planner so I’d definitely think about what to plan, weather and activity wise. But I wouldn’t pack til the night before. Gosh it’s so much easier packing for yourself than for two kids! Enjoy!

    September 8, 2013
    • It’s so much easier when just having to worry about yourself – just like the good old days…

      September 9, 2013
  4. So tell me, who has better prices on clothes and shoes? Sweden or Sydney? If Sydney, just stuff some cash in your pocket and buy everything when you arrive. Or perchance you are going thru Singapore for a day and can just stock up there? If you were coming through America, I’d drive you to the nearest Target and Walmart and you’d be all set–for life.

    September 12, 2013
    • Oh I love Target! We have it in Sydney but not in Sweden so where was my first stop?!?!?!?

      October 6, 2013
  5. Love the tips! I do some of them… I used to have a habit of buying new perfume each time I travelled o/s. So I wouldn’t take any and I’d buy it duty free and use while away. It was actually great as certain perfumes reminded me of certain places. To this day Hypnotic Poison reminds me of a tropical hotel room in Fiji!

    Guess you’re here now and I hope you’re having a wonderful time!

    September 17, 2013
    • It was absolutely amazing! One of those trips were everything was right and perfect. What a great idea re the perfumes, one little sniff and all the memories would come back at once…

      October 6, 2013

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