Over the past three years of traveling I’ve exchanged clothes with people around the world, been given some very special items and purchased a few amazing finds. Basically, the contents of my suitcase are pretty eclectic. No item has made it along with more the entire trip, but a few have been with me for years and are pretty close to my heart. From a feather ring in Port Douglas to Genie pants in Thailand, this is what I’m packing.
These boots are made for walking and they’ve done their fair share around the world. It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on these bad boys at a vintage shop in Brisbane, Australia. I can’t remember the name of the shop, nor what year they were made, but I do remember dishing out $AUD60 without hesitation. It was my birthday and I’ve wanted cowboy boots forever. They don’t go down well at say, a locals hangout in Donsol, Philippines (everyone stared and one guy even said, “Western boots,” like he was spitting something gross out of his mouth), but they make you feel like an American bad add and are very easy to walk in.
A Bobbi hat
This item has been with me the longest of all the pieces on my list. My friend Bobbi, who I road tripped Australia with, made it for me at the end of our tour. That’s right, she made it. It’s pretty cool looking and I’ve worn it in all climates, from the tropics of Port Douglas, Australia to the snowy city of Queenstown, New Zealand.
I found this little number at a market in Chiang Mai. I paid about $5 for the dress and a belt to go with it. It makes me feel like a dainty traveler, like I’m on my own Roman Holiday. I wore it on my 26th birthday, which might be my best yet.
I’m sure anyone who has dated an English man can relate to this. Ric is a Liverpool supporter, so naturally the first gift he ever bought me was a Liverpool top. I like it not only because I’m a fan myself, but also because it reminds me of the first Christmas Ric and I ever spent together, Melbourne 2010.
A definite impulse purchase, but I don’t care. I’ve always loved the 50s style leopard-print coat and have been looking for one for a very long time. It’s hard today, because new coats in that style are either expensive or cheesy. So when I spotted one that was neither at a vintage store in Santa Cruz, California, I just couldn’t say no. It’s a fake, from the 50s and cost $100. I feel like Caggie Dunlop whenever I wear it.
I never would have attempted to wear leather before this coat, but Ric convinced me, so how could I say no. I do love it. I bought it at a boutique on Chapel Street in Melbourne for $AUD99. I’ve had it for over two years now and it’s starting to fall apart, because I wear it constantly. When it finally does, I’m not sure I’ll own another leather coat again considering it took 24 years to finally find one I like.
Genie pants Thailand
Part of my SE Asian uniform, I admit it, I f*cking love genie pants. I don’t know if they’re the most stylish digs, but they’re so comfortable, easy to throw on at the beach and you don’t have to worry about whether what your wearing is too short for the temples when you have these bad boys on. I’ve owned four pairs in the past two years.
This dress isn’t actually from Germany, but it reminds me of the traditional dresses that girls wear at Oktoberfest, so I always associate it with the country. I bought the dress while studying abroad in London in 2007. Another vintage item, I bought it in Soho and its from the 1960s, so a pretty ideal shopping experience in the city considering this dress is definitely swinging 60s and Soho was the place to shop at that time.
This is another one of my favorite purchased in Thailand. I bought it on Khao San Road, where most tourist do their shopping in Chiang Mai, for no more than $4. Like my dress from Chiang Mai, I love traveling in this.
Australian opal earrings and feather ring
I don’t carry a lot of jewellery with me, because I rarely wear it and I don’t really want to worry about it in hostels, but there are two pieces I bring along everywhere I go and both are Australian. First are the Australian opal earrings my dad got me for my 21st birthday. He purchased them in Aruba, because my birthstone is opal but he’d never seen the stone like this. I hadn’t either, but it became my favorite. Australian opal is a greenish blue, compared to the white we’re used to in the USA.
My next Aussie jewellery item is from the Sunday Markets in Port Douglas. I’ve always like feathers, because of my Native American ancestry, but I never owned anything with feathers except for a dream catcher. When I saw this ring, I had to have it. It was the feather item I’d always wanted. But I actually associate Ric with it more than my ancestry. We started dating not long before I found this ring and there was only one available at the stall. That one fit my wedding ring finger perfectly.
Everyone says it’s bad luck to wear anything other than an engagement or marriage ring on that finger and I’m usually very superstitious, but I didn’t care for some reason. I was definitely just too lazy to go to a jewelers and get it fixed, but now that I look back, maybe it was a sign.
What are you packing? If you liked this post, let me hear what’s in your suitcase.