I’m off! That’s right, this weekend I’m off on a far-flung holiday to Marrakech in Morocco – and goodness I feel like it’s long overdue!
I’m coming up to clocking in 11 months of freelancing, four months of running Ethical Influencers, and just over four years of writing at Curiously Conscious, so I’d like to take a weight off and break away for a short while…
On Sunday I’ll be flying to with my boyfriend for our city break and digital detox. It’s the first flight I’ve taken since Crete in June of last year, and while I’m aware of the impact flying has, I fly only once or twice per year. Roughly, one hour by air creates 100kg of CO2 per person, so our eight-hour round-trip will create a fifth of the total carbon emissions I’ll make this year (as calculated on Spark Sustainability’s brilliant carbon emissions calculator).
As it’s a short break, I’ve also planned to take hardly anything. Less baggage = less stress, and I can tell you that after lugging a huge rucksack around two festivals this year.
Thankfully, I’ve got the new Atlas & Ortus travel bag on-hand to help me out…
The Perfect Travel Bag
The first thing that struck me about the bag was its design. Evie, the co-founder of Atlas & Ortus, has done a brilliant job at curating a collection of minimal items that fit well together. Her glass coffee cups, beeswax wraps, and even bamboo toothbrushes, all have a running theme of greys, blues, and mountain-and-sun logos.
The bag itself is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton by Freeset, a workshop based in Kolkata for women who would otherwise be vulnerable to India’s sex trade. They provide fair wages and support them with their families, healthcare, and more. You can even meet the makers of the bags on the Atlas & Ortus site!
The airline we are flying with has a hand luggage restriction of 56 x 45 x 25cm, which is also not a problem. The weekend bag measures in at 53 x 29 cm, making it the perfect travel companion.
What’s In My Bag?
My blue weekend bag has a soft cotton lining with open pockets, and a zip pocket on the outer. I also have the Atlas & Ortus everyday bag as a handy divider for my sandals, which will double as a tote bag when we’re out and about in the medina!
Due to the continued heat in Morocco (with highs of 36 °C and bright sunshine in late September), I’ve gone back into my wardrobe to dig out my summer gear.
Essentials include my floaty Discover Boutique dress, which will drape nicely over anything, and my Peep Eyewear sunglasses, made from vintage frames with new lenses for adequate UVA and UVB protection.
I’ve also kept toiletries to a minimum (as per flying restrictions), so I’m taking the best natural essentials: John Masters travel-size shampoo and detangler, Green People suncream, and Earth Conscious solid deodorant in cardboard packaging – both zero waste and not a problem at the check-in desk!
I’m also taking my hat and flip flops that I’ve used on previous holidays, which I chose in neutral colours so they can be worn and re-worn without a problem.
How To Be A Better Tourist
To prepare for our trip, I’ve also been dipping in and out of How To Be A Better Tourist, which takes into consideration all the little things we take for granted when travelling, and how they can be detrimental. If you’re interested in eco-travel, it’s a great place to start.
As an addendum to the book, I think there should be a chapter on how to pack, and what to pack too. Half of my brainpower seems to be spent on planning what to take with me (!), so I feel happy that my Atlas & Ortus bags have already made a positive impact, compared to traditional fast fashion travel bags.
This post is sponsored by Atlas & Ortus. I was gifted the weekend bag in order to write this review. All views and opinions expressed are my own.