The Balanced Mom Travel Diaries: Packing for Five Days in London


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Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I jump on it. In October, I went to London to see Rodger and the LA Rams take on the Giants! I stayed for five days and six nights, and I loved every minute of it.

This was my first time in London, so I was undeniably excited about my journey. I knew the weather would be a lot cooler than in Los Angeles, but I didn’t mind — after all, I’m not one to pass on the chance to shop for new clothes! Missguided, EGO, Sorella Boutique, and Popular Demand were just a few of the shops I visited to prepare for my trip.

Traveling is a passion of mine, and there are few things I enjoy more than exploring new places! I was only six years old when I traveled alone for the first time. My parents used the unaccompanied minor program at the airlines to fly me back and forth between Ohio and Texas. (I’m sure it saved them money, since they didn’t have to buy an extra ticket to fly with me!) Anyway, ever since, I’ve been traveling all around the country — and internationally — in order to make lasting memories! I even racked up my frequent flyer status back when Rodger and I were long distance, and I would fly from Chapel Hill to see him in St. Louis almost every week. There were times when I would book a flight an hour before takeoff, and pack just enough to survive a few days in my transplant city!

Needless to say, I’m pretty much a pro when it comes to packing! Most of the time, I try to pack as light as possible to avoid going through the hassle of checking a bag. (I hate waiting in lines and spending money on bags!) That said, when I’m a little more flexible, I love to pack a diverse wardrobe! In my experience, the following are some of the key things travelers should pack for their next trip to London:

  • Electronics – outlet converters, chargers and backup batteries, a camera and accessories, etc.

  • Jackets and dusters

  • Boots
Loungewear for travel and touring
Clothes for dinner and clubbing

Now that you know what you need, here are some tips on how to pack efficiently:


1. Make sure that you have the right luggage.

The best luggage is lightweight, well-organized, stylish, and easy-to-handle. I found the most amazing luggage company called CAL PAK — it’s super affordable, and they deliver all of these things.


2. Get a luggage scale.

A luggage scale will allow you to weigh your bag and make sure it’s not overweight before you leave for the airport. Say goodbye to those oversized luggage fees! 


3. Pick up some packing squares and organizers.

This was a game-changer for me! It’s so much easier to find your clothes this way, and it will save you a lot of space. These organizers will make packing and unpacking a breeze, and help keep your clothes wrinkle-free! I got mine on Amazon from VAYEEBO and LYCEEM. I love them both!


4. Roll your clothes.

This is an effective way to save space in your bag. It’s really simple and doesn’t take much extra time. It’s totally worth it!


***BONUS TIP: TSA Pre-Check will make going through security a breeze. Trust me — getting TSA-certified is time well spent for frequent travelers.

Below I will share a video on how I packed for my trip to London. I’ve also included my packing list, which you can use for your own travels. Please download this packing list and let me know how it works for you.

Safe and happy travels!





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