Here it is, a picture of my packed carry on suitcase! This is a 19 x 8 x 16" size. I have everything I need in it, I hope! There are 4 tops to mix and match with 1 skirt, 1 pair of shorts, and 2 Capri pants. Enough underwear (I hope), sandals, hat, shopping bag, snacks, shampoo etc., slippers for relaxing at night, personal hygiene items, umbrella, and my notes and maps.
I'm so proud of myself. You should have seen the HUGE suitcase and carry on I took to Europe in 1999! And that was for 1 week. This will be for 3 1/2 weeks! In the photo above, you can see the small 1 litre (1 quart) bag you are allowed for carry on. It contains my shampoo, hand lotion, face soap, toothpaste and Polysporin cream. Everything has to be in a clear bag, and you have to load it into the bin at security. I always feel rushed in that line, so I hope I remember to do everything correctly. You have to remove your shoes and put them in the bin too.
I'm using the shopping bag while I'm in Europe, and also on the plane to hold my nibblies. I'm always very nervous when I fly. I don't like heights. Once I'm in the air I'm OK. I try not to think about the thousands of miles below my feet. I can get quite giddy doing that.
Here is my purse, which is very light weight. I paid $30 Cdn for this thing, so I hope it holds up. It's the lightest purse I've ever had. I've tried it out a few times, and it's quite comfortable. Some of those items will disappear on the plane. I'll use the eye shades and the wrist bands. The wrist bands really work for me. I get motion sickness and if I put those on my wrists 1 hour before we leave the house, I'll be fine. They use acupuncture and it works for me. There is one small plastic knob on the inside of each band, and it presses into the middle of my wrist and somehow magically gets rid of my nervous stomach. Cool, eh? If you click on the photo, it appears larger in your screen, and you can really see everything up close. Kit has her passport. My passport is in my money belt, along with my money. I will keep it on my body at all times. Did you know that you have to keep your passport on your person at all times while traveling in a foreign country? I just found that out.
Well, I think I'm all set! Can you think of anything I've forgotten?