This past long weekend I jetted off to Costa Rica. It was my first visit, but it definitely won’t be my last. Four days was too short that it wasn’t sweet – almost a tease. I met hospitality from the minute I walked off the plane until my return. The culture is warm, welcoming and rich like its ineffable sunsets. The food is tasty with a big Caribbean influence, something very familiar to me. I’m ashamed to say that I stayed at the JW Marriott Guanacaste (20 minutes from Tamarindo Beach) only because as beautiful as Costa Rica is I was not doing myself any justice by staying so remote #dontjudge. A big however, it was one of the nicest resorts I’ve ever stayed at, with impeccable service and perfect for a short weekend getaway.
If you know me, you know that I hate baggage. That includes life baggage but staying within context I’m talking about packing. I figure the less things I travel with, the less I have to worry about. Put it this way, I’ve done national and international pageants with one piece of luggage. Crazy? I think not. As a woman who mostly travels to warm countries, my pieces are usually small and light. The typical trick – roll everything, and mix and match – it’s the key to traveling light. I know, most of the time we don’t want to wear the same thing. To be honest, when you change things up and accessorize, very few people notice or even care!
What to pack? : My essentials are my toiletry bag which I make sure to keep everything under 100 ml. This usually holds my essential hair and makeup products, creams, lotions, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Enough underwear…maybe that extra one for unexpected layovers. For accessories I usually carry sunglasses, earrings, and necklaces. At least two pairs of practical shoes or sandals plus running shoes which I wear during travels because they’re heavy. A camera because I love to capture every moment. Last but not least, my clothing. I might pack one pyjama, but to be honest I usually sleep in underwear, especially if where i’m staying is hot #TMI. I make sure to have at least two leggings, one to travel in and the other matched with a sports bra for working out. A couple tank tops only because they go with almost everything and take up no space at all. One or two summer dresses, one skirt and my bikinis of course. One of my tricks is to make sure that most, not all, of my pieces are practical in colour which makes it easier to mix and match. Statement belts or necklaces will also dress up your outfit for a night out. It may sound like a lot, but so far these items only take up three quarters of my bag. I usually fill the rest with smaller items if necessary, like a belt, socks, and my travel blanket #yesihaveablankie #imalwayscold. Also, make sure to leave a little space for souvenir shopping.
All of this is very possible with a maximum sized carry-on bag (9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches) and don’t forget your personal item (i.e. duffle bag, backpack, tote bag). Most airlines will not charge you fees and you don’t have to worry about waiting on your bags when you get off the plane. That’s unless they make you check in at the gate.
Remember to make a list. Thank me later. That’s if you’re down with traveling light.
sunglasses (right) –> purchased in a little shop in Tamarindo Beach $9 USD. I always buy a fashion piece as a souvenir when I travel to a new country.