Thank you to Epiphanie camera bags for providing me with this amazing and beautiful camera bag to use on my trip to Ireland! All reviews are truly my own.
I am leaving for Ireland in ONE DAY. Y’all, I can’t even describe how excited I am. My flight from Atlanta at 8:00am tomorrow morning to take my mom and I to JFK airport. We’re going to spend the day in the Big Apple before hopping a late night flight to Shannon, Ireland!!! EEEEKKK!!!!
I thought it would be super fun to show you what I’m packing. It’s a looooong flight from JFK to Shannon (like 7 hours), so I know I’ll get bored. I’m hoping to catch some shut-eye, but I might be too excited. I’m using my gorgeous Epiphanie camera bag as my carry-on luggage for this trip, because it’s so roomy I don’t need anything else! Take a peek:
My husband works for the airline, so my mom and I are flying standby, and that always makes me a little nervous about my luggage getting there the same time I do, so I definitely made sure to pack a change of clothes in my carry-on bag just in case. But what else is in there? I chose the Brooklyn style bag because of the backpack feature, but man is this thing spacious!
What’s in the bag?
* make-up & toiletry bag
* passport wallet
* a couple notebooks for blog stuff
* Ireland travel book
* pencil case
* Nikon D5100 with 18-105mm lens
* extra SD card
* camera battery charger
* Epiphanie shoulder strap
That’s a lot of stuff, right?!
When I get to Ireland, I’ll pare it down quite a bit to make it easier for walking around being a tourist. I’ll take out my notebooks &magazines for sure. I plan to keep my journal with me so I can document my trip. I’ll probably also pare down my makeup bag, only keeping a few essentials with me during the day.
The partitions easily velcro to the inside of the bag, so it’s simple to rearrange them to make things fit properly.
I love the pockets all along the outside, too. The big zipper pocket on the back is where I will keep my passport wallet. It will be up against my back as I carry it, so nobody can get to it easily when we’re abroad.
The small flap pockets on the front were a great place to store my snacks, gum, and glasses. I’ll use one of the side pockets to stick my boarding pass once I’m at the airport. You know you have to show it like 800 times before you board so I need easy access.
As far as my checked bag, I had to use a big one. It’s quite a bit cooler in Ireland right now than it is at home in Georgia, so my clothes are kind of bulky.
What’s in the suitcase?
* 3 scarves
* small purse
* bathroom stuff
* undies, bras & socks
* 2 pair of boots
* 2 sets of PJs
* 2 tank tops
* 3 vests
* 2 sweaters
* 3 cardigans
* 5 long-sleeve t-shirts
* 2 button-up shirts
* 1 lightweight jacket w/ hood
* 4 pair jeans
* 2 washcloths
* ziploc & garbage bags for dirties
I pack kind of weird, but it has worked for me for a long time. I lay my clothes flat and layer them, then fold them over onto themselves. Less wrinkles + more space! I got all of this in my suitcase with room to spare! And, because I’m taking full-size shampoo and conditioner, I’m putting a small piece of plastic wrap between the bottle and the lid to prevent spills.
Alright, I’m off!
Be sure to stick around, though – I have a full blog schedule next week while I’m gone, so the fun will continue! AND…..when I return from my trip, YOU get a chance to WIN AN EPIPHANIE CAMERA BAG!!! So don’t go anywhere!