A Short Trip to Sydney and the Contents of My Bag

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in


Tomorrow I am leaving Melbourne for few days of fun in Sydney. The main reason for the trip is to attend the IIN Sydney conference where I will study with  Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of IIN, and hundreds of other IIN students and alumni. IIN students and alumni from all over Australia are coming together to learn, go hiking, do yoga, listen to inspirational speeches and eat delicious food. As a cherry on top I get to catch up with an old friend! This weekend is going to be fantastic, I can feel it!

I am packing now as I don't like to be rushed and I want the trip to start as calmly as possible.  So far I have  packed, made a list of  few places I want to visit, and eat at. Packing is pretty easy as I am only there four days, so there's not much stuff to pack.  I have to make sure I pack something red because the dress code has stated that we wear something red, so we can paint the town red. Everything fits in my only handbag, which happens to be quite large and I didn't have to buy a small carry on luggage (Yay!) Here's what I am taking  in my carry on bag,

  • one dress,
  • one  jumper,
  • one pair tights,
  • one swimsuit,
  • one pair of flip flops,
  • one pair of hiking shoes,
  • one pair of boots,
  • one pair of shorts
  • a t-shirt,
  • pyjama set (Plus plenty of socks and undergarments),
  • toiletry set,
  • notebook and a pen,
  • phone & charger
  • assortment of teas with ,
  • thermos, and
  • a jar of coco-nutty granola

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One of the small but significant lessons I have learnt from my travelling experiences is how important tea is to me. A hot mug of tea makes me feel relaxed and  at home wherever I am. Since a lot of the time most places only have few types of tea, I am  taking things into my own hand and bringing a selection of teas with me. Since they are small, weigh very little and I drink at least three cups of tea  it doesn't make sense not to bring any. This time I am bringing peppermint tea, chai tea, roobois, English Tea Shop's White Tea with Blueberry & Elderflower, English Tea Shop's Calming Blend, English Tea Shop's English Breakfast, and English Tea Shop's Pomegranate Green Tea (I know what you are thinking, and yes I take my tea very seriously!).

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Another thing I am doing to make my life a little simpler this trip is to bring my own breakfast/snack.  As you can see, I am bringing a small batch of homemade coco-nutty granola with me because it can be hard to find healthy snacks on the road, especially gluten free and sugar free stuff. The plan is to buy some organic yoghurt and fruit, and store in the fridge ( I made sure the accommodation had a fridge and a kitchen). This way I can start my day right, plus I can save my money on breakfast and spend it on dinner with friends.


One more sleep until Sydney. Any places I should visit while I am there? Let me know in the comments!

With love & simplicity