Using the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 packing method with a bump

A little while ago I stumbled across A Pair & a Spare‘s genius article, How to Pack: The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Guide (definitely worth a read if you are packing with a weight limit). With our Lord Howe Island trip upon us, a 14kg weight limit each (which must include our snorkel) and a growing baby bump to accommodate, I put the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 guide to the test. P.S. it passes with flying colours!

All pieces are non-maternity but bump-friendly (early second trimester, I’ll be just on four months pregnant while we are away). The entire capsule wardrobe, plus essential toiletries, a little make up (tinted moisturiser, concealer & mascara), suncream and a large contingent of mosquito repelling paraphernalia (plug-ins, outdoor spray, industrial strength insect repellent and Stingose®) as Lord Howe is known for its high mosquito population at dusk, fit into a standard carry on bag. We will hire flippers for snorkelling on the island. Thanks Geneva, I am normally a chronic over-packer and your guide has totally changed the way I approach packing.

So, what’s in my suitcase?
Catherine - Lord Howe IslandAnd for those who want the details

TOPS
Cecilie Copenhagen V neck and high neck long sleeve cotton tops – easy, breezy cotton and the a-line shape makes it perfect throughout pregnancy | Skin & Threads long sleeve linen jumper – a light layer to add in the evening | Two simple tees in soft cotton that can double as a PJ top or work out tee

BOTTOMS
Leather shorts (these are Uniform Studios from a few seasons ago) – easy wipe off when you have a toddler in tow | Cecilie Copenhagen cotton shorts – mix with the matching Cecilie Copenhagen top for a top to toe look or a pair back with a simple tee | Jac & Jack silk drawstring pant with elasticised cuffs – keep those mozzies out during the evening and soft enough to wear to bed | The Upside long yoga pants – for a little beachside yoga or a long afternoon walk

DRESSES
Three easy dresses to take you from beach to bar (I’m taking the Assembly Label distance dress, a very old beach throw over from Scanlan Theodore and a super fine cotton tunic that I just toss over my swimmers).Lord howe island #3SHOES
Havaianas for the beach | Sneakers for walking | Jason Polan for Soludos wink espadrilles for everywhere else

BAGS
I love my State of Escape bag for the beach (in fact I’ve snuck in a new black purchase for myself, from Bassike, so the husband will take my old white one) and it will double as our carry on bag for the short plane trip. P.S. I’m lusting over the new khaki too | I’m also taking my mini cross over tote from Scanlan Theodore (new season colours out now) for hands free walks up for a morning coffeeBump friendly packing 4SWIMWEAR
I’m totally crushing on everything Marysia at the moment. The soft fabric is very forgiving and in a slightly larger size than usual has plenty of room for a growing belly

HATS
A leather cap for walking | And a wide brim beauty for lounging. I’ve chosen a Nerida Winter straw wide brim that squashes down easily for packingLord howe island #2ONE OF EACH
Something to read | Sunglasses of course – these are Guys & Dolls in blush from Pared eyewear | Zadig & Voltaire super light cotton scarf – to keep the evening chill at bay | A light turkish towel – takes up barely any suitcase room | bkr water bottle | Camera to snap the memories – while I’m a DSLR obsessive I must admit I am quite taken by the new Olympus Pen F for travelling light | Don’t forget the snorkel and goggles

And you are packed!

One Comment on “Using the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 packing method with a bump

  1. Pingback: A family trip to bliss | catherinegrace

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