What’s In My (Vacation) Bag(s)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted—sorry about the lack of writing. I was away from home and away from my computer (for the most part). I took a much needed technology vacation. However, I know that some of you are interested in know what I packed in my vacation bags.

First, I packed my handbag. Really, it’s too big to be called a handbag, but that’s pretty much what its general purpose was.

This is a Lands End tote, and I love it because it
is so big and I can cram all kinds of things into it.

You can see what each item is by clicking on my Flickr link.
Also, if I decide that I don’t want to carry tons of stuff, I can make the bag smaller by snapping the sides together.

That’s pretty much what I did—once I reached my destination, I took out all of the things I didn’t need with me all the time and carried only those items that I did need. When I went to the lake front, I added towels and water and whatever else I might need. This bag never let me down—always enough room for whatever I might want with me at any given time.

I also brought with me another Lands End tote—this one carried all of my “extra stuff” that I might need while away.

You can see how well it holds a number of items.

In detail, here are the items:

Again, you can see what each item is by clicking on the Flickr link.
Sadly, I didn’t use everything I brought with me (most of the extra books, my new journal, the yoga paws). I knew from the beginning that I was probably over-packing. But I am of the mind that it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. This is true especially where books are concerned because I hate to be without a book. So, it’s better to bring more than I need.

As far as my Malden is concerned, I didn’t change too much about it for the trip. At the back, I did add an envelope with directions and information regarding the house we rented. I also added some yoga practices under my “Notes” tab. The practices are usually kept in my Happiness Binder, under the “Yoga” tab. But they too took a little trip, spending the week in the Malden.


I will be doing another “What’s In My Bag” post on my summer work bag. Also, I bought a new tote bag while away which I filled with vacation goodies. Look for that post in the near future as well.


  1. Good post. Those bags are fab and I particularly like the one that folds in at the sides to make it smaller. I also hate to be without books and agree that it's better to have to much than not enough. Look forward to your next post.


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