Packing List – Singapore

My planned trip to Singers has come around very quickly, and as I’ve mentioned in another post I’ve booked a seat only ticket. I’ve done carry-on only before, but this time I’m doing my best to exercise ninja-like light packing skills.

I’m borrowing the unhusband’s Yee Ross Crumpler backpack for this one, which has a capacity of just 13L.

So what am I taking?

Clothes (to fit into a small Kathmandu packing cube) – two white ‘Airmax’ tank tops from Uniqlo, three changes of underwear, two changes of socks, sleep shorts and a singlet top, and one black convertible ‘resort’ dress than can also be worn as a maxiskirt. I bought mine from Intimo. On travel day I’ll be wearing a pair of black stretch Capri pants, a white t-shirt, some canvas sneakers, a cropped denim jacket and a large cotton scarf.

Liquids – Castile soap (also to use for handwashing of clothes), jojoba oil, contact lens solution, small tube of liquid blush, sunscreen in a GoToob, and a small amount of apple cider vinegar (which I use to condition my hair).

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Toiletries – stick deodorant, razor, toothbrush, Lush toothpaste tablets, solid shampoo bar in shampoo tin, mini hairbrush, blister tape, nail clippers, ‘sleep kit’ containing eye mask, earplugs and an aromatic relaxation balm. Not pictured – hair ties, aspirin, contact lens case, Hydralyte effervescing tablets.

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Make-up – powder foundation and brush, solid perfume, eyeshadow pencil, mascara, lipliner, sheer lipstick and a tube of Pawpaw and honey balm that can be used as a lipbalm and for minor scrapes, cuts and insect bites.

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Bunch of crap in an extra-small Kathmandu packing cell – ereader, passport, small softcover Moleskine notebook, pen, glasses in case, cables and earphones, iPhone, convertor plug. Not pictured – travel documents.

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The rest – a crossbody handbag with a zippered top, fold-up water bottle, and a small travel towel.

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Travelling day outfit, with my teeny little backpack, ready for an adventure!

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Impulse shopping

Next year’s trip to Europe (tentatively scheduled for next May) just seems so very far away. So very, very far…

At the weekend I was tooling around with travel widgets on sites like Skyscanner and Kayak that show where you can fly for what price. And I thought – “hey, Singapore looks cheap! Also, I’ve never been to Singapore!”

Forty-eight hours later, I had a 5-day leave request approved and a purchased return airfare, booked for October, in my hot little hand.

I never did the whole backpacking in my 20’s thing that many of my friends and other seasoned travellers did, so I’ve never stayed in hostels or really experienced budget travel. However, with some savings goals that I have to hit for our Europe trip, doing Singapore on a budget will be a necessity for me. Technically I can ‘afford’ to fly with a full-service airline, and stay at a four-star hotel for my entire trip, but I want to keep costs down.

I’ll be flying with Scoot, the low-cost offshoot of Singapore Airlines. A ‘seat only’ return airfare from Sydney came in at just under $500 – there’s a good chance I’ll tack on a couple of extras such as a meal and seat selection in the quiet zone of their plane. I’m going to travel carry-on only, so no need to pay for extra bags. As for in-flight entertainment… My return flight is a red-eye, so I will attempt to just sleep on that leg, and as for the flight over? I once survived a 14-hour long haul from Sydney to LA with a busted in-flight-entertainment system, so I figure I can make it through the 7 or 8 hour flight to Singapore without too much drama. I make a habit of loading up my ereader with terrible trashy romance novels for travel reading anyway.

"When I was boy, television was called books."

“When I was boy, television was called books.”

As for accommodation… I’ve booked two separate hotels for this trip. I’ll spend two nights at The Pod Singapore, which is basically an upmarket hostel with sleeping pods and privacy blinds and posh bathrooms. I looked at a few budget options, but eventually went with The Pod after reading a positive review from Nicole at Bitten By The Travel Bug.

For my third and final night in Singapore, I’ve booked into BIG Hotel. I like the compact and minimalist design – their basic rooms remind me of a cabin on a luxury yacht. And at $160 for the night with breakfast included, it was a good deal for notoriously pricey Singapore.

So there you have it. Return flights and three nights in Singapore for $760. It will be a new experience for me, and one I’m very much looking forward to.