Hilo, Diana here! I’ll be temporarily heading abroad for a job based in Hong Kong! It isn’t a permanent move but I’ll be packing light for long term. The temptation is to bring my whole closet with me. But since I’ll be flying economy, that definitely won’t happen! So I’ve got to narrow it down to the essentials and the basics!
I’m lucky that I don’t have to wear a suit since it is so hot and humid during the summer. And I hear that it doesn’t cool down until pretty late in the year. Not unlike my hometown, the San Fernando Valley, except that it will be muggy and sticky! I don’t have to wear suits, but I have to dress conservatively. So I think that a few button-down tops and pencil skirts will be sufficient. Here’s a sample of what I intend to bring with me to Hong Kong!Aside from work clothes, I like to stick to the basics. That way I don’t end up with a bunch of outfits that have to be worn a certain way or with particular weather etc. And since Hong Kong is humid, I need clothes that allow me to breathe. But I don’t want to walk around the city half naked either. So I like packing light, loose clothing that will cover me up like a lightweight short-sleeve sweater. Layering my Nikibiki camisoles with sheer or crochet tops is also a great option. So I’ll bring those along too!
And denim is another basic in my book too. I wouldn’t necessarily wear all of my denim together. But I’ll definitely bring a pair of dark wash jeans (unashamedly so that I do not have to wash it as often), a denim top, jean shorts, and a jean jacket. A little bit of khaki is good to have for variety too!
And of course I’ll need shoes! I wish I could bring a lot more! But first and foremost, I’ll need shoes appropriate for work. I prefer wedges because heels get exhausting too quickly and flats also cause discomfort after a while! Since I plan on being very active, exploring every possible inch of Hong Kong and keeping up some HIIT routines every now and then, I’ll bring a new pair of shoes for that. I reached the 300 mile limit on my last pair whoot whoot! And since there are nearby beaches and I’m arriving during the summer, I’ll bring a good old pair of flip flops! I’d like to bring a pair of casual sneakers too, but we’ll see how much I can fit into my carry-on!
I wish I had a pair of DAV Rainboots to take to Hong Kong with me because it will be typhoon season when I arrive. I will just have to make do without them! But if you are traveling to a place that receives heavy rainfall, I recommend trying out some DAV Rainboots because they are really lightweight and easy to take along with you. Just take a look at our tutorial:
Of course, I’ve got to include underwear and socks. But I’m not about to post pictures of that! And beauty essentials like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are for checked baggage, which is just an extension of the same idea! Now to see how to get this pile into a carry-on suitcase!
Rolling is the key. It saves on a lot of space, letting me know how many more button-downs for work or loose blouses I can squeeze in for everyday wear. I don’t roll the blouses that I’d rather not chance wrinkling immediately, since I don’t know when I’ll get access to an iron.
My suitcase already looks full, but this one is actually divided into two compartments. So I can lay a few more articles of clothing flat on top of this layer and add more clothes to the top compartment.
My suitcase is pretty convenient because it also has a separate compartment for my shoes so that they don’t intermingle with my clothes! But as a precaution, I also wrap my shoes in plastic bags before packing them up.
And now I’m ready to zip up! I’ll keep my jean jacket on hand since the plane gets chilly!