Preparing for our trip to Europe, my goal was to pack for our two weeks in one carry on suitcase. With some planning ahead, I was able to make it happen!
A few weeks before our trip, I made a list of clothes I planned on packing and edited it until I had enough to mix and match with out having to bring too many pieces. For bottoms, this meant one pair of jeans and one pair of cropped jeans. Plus three dresses- a black mid-length dress, printed maxi dress and mid-length burgundy dress.
For tops, I kept things simple and stuck to a similar color palate for everything. That way, I could mix and match my tops, bottoms and accessories. I brought four lightweight short sleeved shirt, one three-quarter length shirt, two three-quarter sleeved cardigans and one long sleeved cardigan.
Miscellaneous clothes I packed were my swimsuit, undergarments, two workout tanks with built in bras, two pairs of socks for running, a pair of running crops, compression shorts and two nightgowns. If this were a trip we planned on relaxing the entire time, I would have left the workout clothes at home. But my goal for this trip is to run in every country we’re visiting, so to me those were essential items.
I packed two pairs of flat sandals, black ballet flats and running shoes for my footwear options. These shoes have all passed the test for city walking, so this is why I chose them. Plus, these shoes can be worn with multiple outfits. I packed one black, cross body bag as my purse since it’s compact, easy to wear and goes with everything. For accessories, I packed a fun scarf that matches several of my outfit choices, plus jewelry. For my jewelry, I packed my everyday gold earrings, watch and monogram necklace plus a pair of dangly earrings and a couple of statement necklaces to mix things up. (not pictured)
I also packed all my necessary electronics: my laptop and charger, Garmin watch and charger (for running), Camera, camera charger and cord to upload pictures as we go, European adapters and my phone charger.
My “personal item” necessities included an empty water bottle, book, passport, small notebook for jotting down blog post ideas and thoughts, neck pillow, eye mask, travel size toiletries in a 1 quart bag, sunglasses, glasses (for when I inevitably take my contacts out mid-flight), medications (including Melatonin to help me sleep on the plane) and a small wallet. I also printed out all our reservations- flight, hotel, transportation and tours and put those in my bag as well.
Making a list helped me to be sure I had all my essentials for travel and could be ready for anything on our trip. With a little more organization, I was able to fit all of these essentials into a carry-on suitcase and a “personal item” sized bag for our trip. This was quite a process, so I’ll be back later this week with a post about my packing strategies.