Packing for a trip. If you are like me, this is one of the most dreaded fashion situations you can face. I’m really hoping someone will invent a way to teleport your entire closet with you wherever you go. In the meantime, here are my tips, tricks and past mistakes in hopes of helping you become a better packer!
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My recent trip to Europe was 16 days, 7 flights, one train ride and three countries (England, France and Italy). This is everything I wore (minus two outfits, those photos were unfortunately erased). I packed:
- My super-comfy flat Bakers boots that I’ve had for a year.
- A new pair of Michael Kors loafers. I must’ve tried on 50 pairs of flats and these were by far the most comfy!
- A new pair of boat shoes. These are a great alternative to sneakers since they have a cushy rubber bottom like sneakers but are much cuter (in my opinion).
- My gym shoes. I had planned to work out at least 3 times, but only wound up wearing them once, on a run through the streets of Milan. I would consider leaving these behind next time, but then again that run was one of my favorite highlights of the trip, so it’s a tough call!
- Trench coat. (didn't use it, not pictured)
- Wool navy coat. (worn 4 times)
- Camel blazer. (worn 4 times)
- Tan leather jacket. (worn 4 times)
- Dark skinny jeans. (worn 2 times)
- Black skinny jeans. (worn 2 times)
- Camel wool skirt. (worn 2 times)
- Red cords. (worn 2 times)
- Striped skirt. (worn 1 time)
- Light pink ruffles. (worn 1 time)
- Polka dots. (worn 1 time)
- Gray t-shirt dress. (worn 1 time, with leggings on the plane)
- Camel t-shirt dress. (worn 1 time, with leggings on the plane)
- Sweater dress. (worn 2 times, not pictured)
- Olive dress. (worn 1 time)
- Graphic tee. (worn 1 time)
- Blue collared shirt. (worn 2 times)
- Plaid collared shirt. (worn 1 time)
- Striped t-shirt. (worn 2 times)
- Mustard tank top. (worn 1 time)
- Red silk blouse. (worn 1 time)
- Leopard blouse. (worn 1 time)
- Polka dot blouse. (worn 1 time)
- I brought one, large purse. It was big enough to stuff full on the airplane, but then small/lightweight enough to wear cross-body style while sightseeing. It usually contained a bottle of water, snacks, maps, and the usual stuff (wallet, lip gloss, sunglasses) for sightseeing.
- The right statement necklace can dramatically change your look, but as I discovered they are also very heavy, so choose wisely when packing these. I wore my heaviest necklace (Stella & Dot Jacqueline) three times on this trip.
- My trench coat (planned to wear it over the pink ruffled and polka dot dresses). It was much hotter in Italy than I thought it would be and I didn't need it.
- Four cardigans/sweaters that I packed "just in case." I really overdid it on this part. I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold, and overall I just really thought it would be much colder than it was in Italy and France. I wish I had done even more research on the weather beforehand to avoid this! I also wish I had considered the other end of the spectrum - a super-hot day, and packed a pair of flat sandals. These would have really come in handy in the 100-degree heat in Rome!
- I packed an "alternate" outfit at the very last minute that I didn’t wind up needing. I wore the other pieces, but not the cargo pants. Those were wasted space in my luggage!
- Since I was checking a bag, I felt free to stuff it full. This was a mistake. It wound up being over 50 pounds, which meant I was removing items at the airport and putting them into my purse. Which then meant I was carrying the world's heaviest purse on and off the plane. We also opted to take public transit to and from the airport most of the time, which resulted in my lugging my own 50 pound suitcase up and down stairs all over Europe. Choose wisely.
- Historical places like churches will make you cover your legs and arms when you enter. Since it was 100 degrees in Italy, I wore a breezy skirt and tank top and just covered up with a scarves (see photo above) as I entered the church.
- I packed my straightener, but not my hair dryer since hotels usually have those. You will need converters for anything you want to plug in (like your phone charger) so make sure to pick those up before your trip.
- Don’t forget the snacks. I brought a jar of peanut butter that saved my life on a super-early flight. Nothing was open yet so that became my breakfast.