Travel essentials 4

April 28th, 2011

You may or may not have heard, but we are leaving Monday to go back to Scandinavia. We’re starting in Reykjavik (Iceland Air stopover), then heading to Copenhagen, Stockholm, and finishing in Helsinki. This time of year is a wonderful time to travel, it’s getting warmer but cool enough to trek around with a jacket, and we’ll be there just before tourist season.

A big mistake we made on our last trip was not preparing for rain, it poured for most of the days we were in Stockholm and I ruined a pair of nice leather boots. This time we are bringing our rain boots and jackets with us, along with a slew of other handy things we wanted to share with you.

The two rain boots on the floor we both purchased during our last trip to Scandinavia. Juli picked up a pair of Ilse Jacobsen low rise rubber boots, and I got the classic Swedish Tretorn rain boots.

From top left / clockwise

Mucu pocket notebook $15
Mucu blank notebook $14
Kuksa camping cup $85
SIWA glasses case by Naoto Fukasawa $28
Masakage Tanno business card case $165
Pencil from MUJI
Japanese pocket tape measure

The Kenton Sorensen Dopp kit is just a classic, I take it on every trip and it only gets nicer with use. $200

I picked up a beautiful white travel electric shaver at the MUJI in Narita Airport. Honestly, I purchased it because the design is just so pleasing, but it does a pretty good job, and the size is perfect for traveling. Underneath is a soft cotton VIC face cloth I purchased from Canoe in Portland.

The great thing about going back to a place you’ve been before is that you are familiar with the city, and you don’t need to rely on travel guides to find your way around. The exception is the guide in the photo above which was gifted to us on our last trip to Reykjavik. It’s full of obscure spots that only true locals would know about.

For instance, best place in Reykjavik to enjoy the sunrise, or where to get an ice cream cone.

Juli – I’m not going to lie, I bought this gorgeous Hoi Bo purse after seeing a well-worn one on an acquaintance. And then I ran into another friend who had an even more worn-in one. These bags age so beautifully. The trip is the perfect time to break it in, because the bag is big enough to carry my honkin’ camera, a book, and a sweater.

Also pictured is the Kenton Sorenson passport wallet, which I love because it helps me stay organized. $120

We have definitely stepped up our luggage in the past few trips and replaced everything with nice Filson bags.The hat above is designed by Naoto Fukasawa for SIWA and is made by highly durable Naoron paper, which will be fine even in the rain.

We’re looking forward to start blogging on location! See you in Scandinavia!

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  1. wow, i love everything you’re taking, and the trip sounds amazing. so so jealous!


    28 Apr 11 at 10:27 pm

  2. It certainly is the right time to visit! Hope you’ll enjoy your trip to the nordic countries (just to be pedantic: the scandinavian countries include Denmark/Norway/Sweden, while the nordic countries are: Island, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) :)


    28 Apr 11 at 11:10 pm

  3. Enjoy the trip. I’m off to Copenhagen next week myself.


    29 Apr 11 at 8:10 am

  4. Thanks Lise! I think Canada should be added as a Nordic Country haha.

    John & Juli

    29 Apr 11 at 9:37 am

  5. enjoy the trip. I’m off to Greece next month :-) lovely images!

    design elements

    29 Apr 11 at 10:40 am

  6. You have such a wonderful shop (and blog), filled with beautiful items. That Hoi Bo purse looks awesome! I’m heading to Copenhagen in May, can’t wait! By the way, let me know if you need any tips on restaurants or shops in Helsinki, I might be able to help. :) Have a great trip!


    29 Apr 11 at 1:45 pm

  7. :) You’re more than welcome!


    29 Apr 11 at 2:24 pm

  8. Dear Katariina,

    We could really use some tips on where to get some good breakfast while in Helsinki! Is Bali Hai worth visiting? Also do you think Café Succès has the best cinnamon rolls in town?

    Would love to hear any tips you have!

    John & Juli

    29 Apr 11 at 5:18 pm

  9. welcome to copenhagen. the weather here has been lovely the last couple of weeks. so be sure to bring sandals and sunscreen too. have a nice stay. and please let me know if you need any tips


    30 Apr 11 at 6:58 am

  10. wow, i love the hoi bo purse!! how much does it cost?


    30 Apr 11 at 1:00 pm

  11. Iva: Thank you! I have a hard time buying purses but this one just caught my attention and only looks better with age. I love the use of mixed materials. They are all handmade by the designer in Toronto, so I would visit her website as pricing varies:


    30 Apr 11 at 2:06 pm

  12. Exciting, can’t wait to read your travel updates! Have a great time! :)


    3 May 11 at 10:35 am

  13. Where did you get the hat?


    4 May 11 at 9:26 pm

  14. Hi again,
    I sent you an email about Helsinki since my reply was becoming so long… :)


    6 May 11 at 12:56 pm

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