30 June 2014

What's in My Bag: 8 Days in Vancouver and Saskatoon

My little brother is getting married this weekend. Technically, he is already married, but this time they are having a big ceremony and I will be attending in person rather than via Skype. I'm flying to Vancouver with my parents and we will spend a few days there before heading to Saskatoon — the Paris of the Prairies — for the wedding. It's been almost seven years since my last trip to Canada and I'm really looking forward to it. Here's what I've packed.

The weather is going to be pretty warm — up to 31 degrees C on Saturday for the wedding, it seems — but cooler in the evenings, so I've tried to bring a variety of clothing options: four dresses, three shorts/jeans, a blazer, two cardigans, four casual tops, one smart top, my gym kit, bikini, underwear, two scarves and four pairs of shoes.

I tend to wear dresses most of the time on holiday, so I'm bringing my striped monochrome Madewell dress, my blue and pink French connection dress, my purple TopShop fit-and-flare dress, and a patterned coral dress from F&F at Tesco. Oh, and my bridesmaid's dress, of course! I've packed a pair of cornflower blue J. Crew short shorts, some jean capris from White Stuff and my American Eagle super-stretch jeggings, which I'll wear on the plane, along with my H&M black jersey blazer. I'm also bringing my favourite two Mango cardigans in royal blue and pink. I have four casual tees and tanks (mainly in blue or pink shades) and my new pink pussy-bow sleeveless blouse from H&M.

As I'll definitely be doing some jogging, I packed my running kit (mainly from Lululemon), and a pink and green patterned bikini from & Other Stories in case I get some beach and/or pool time. For a warm-weather vacation, I usually bring three pairs of shoes: ballet flats, trainers and flipflops. This time, as well as this trio (black flats from Banana Republic, purple Asics trainers and purple Havaianas), I am bringing a pair of patent black heels from M&S. I don't normally wear heels, especially not on holiday, but wedding needs must!

Elsewhere in the case, I managed to fit my toiletries into my aspirational 'eat cake for breakfast' pouch from Kate Spade and my make-up in a polka-dot bag from TopShop. The side pocket of my suitcase is filled with jewellery, tech kit (cables, chargers and adapters) and useful bits and bobs.

As usual, I'll carry my medium slate-grey Lonchamp Le Pliage onto the plane, which contains my e-book-filled iPad mini, passport, wallet, phone, headphones, Private Eye, my new teal Moleskine and all of my Canada travel research notes, gum, an eye mask and an inflatable neck pillow. Flying with BA means that I can also bring my Madewell cross-body, which holds my DSLR and zoom lens, as a personal item.

Although it's a long-ish flight to Vancouver, we arrive tomorrow afternoon. Plenty of time to enjoy some of the numerous Canada Day festivities. Maybe I'll even meet Pacey!

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