Thursday, May 15, 2014

what to pack: Europe in a carry on!

I recently had a reader email me that she and her husband are taking a trip to Europe and want to pack as light as they can for 10 days - ideally she would like to pack all her clothes for the trip in a carry on.  This is totally do-able as long as you pack items that mix and match easily and you don't mind wearing your pieces multiple times.

Tips for packing for a trip in a carry-on:
- Pack a mix of items in the same color grouping.  For instance here I focused on some blues, creams and blacks and threw in a few accent colors like coral and army green.  This will help make the items you pack easy to mix and match into multiple outfits.  You don't want to pack one shirt that only goes with one bottom. You want all the pieces to play friendly together so that you can make endless amounts of outfit combinations.
- Make sure you pack enough dark colored pieces to avoid potential stains.  Spill your coffee on that bumpy train? Toddler sitting next to you on the flight with sticky fingers? Stains don't show as easily on dark colors as they do on light colors.  Plan accordingly.  Also, I love to pack a few small Tide stain wipes and keep them handy for stains. These work wonders!
- Try to choose a few items to pack that you could hand wash if need be.  This would include a couple t-shirts, leggings or even casual shorts, that if need be could be washed in a sink with a little shampoo and hung out to dry overnight.  If you are caught in a bind with clothes or are feeling like pieces are loosing their freshness this is a great diy way to keep your packing minimal.
- If the weather is cold or you need bulky items like a coat or boots, never put them in the suitcase.  Always plan to wear those on your self as you travel by train/car/airplane.  That will keep your suitcase manageable to pack and carry.
- Lastly, when packing for a trip to Europe in a carry-on be sure not to pack anything too precious.  Cashmere, silk or carefully beaded items may not be practical for the long haul.  Instead choose the work-horses of your closet and go with those pieces instead!

Here I chose 17 pieces that are super versatile and also that layer well to account for the days activities or the weather.  These pieces could easily fit into a carry-on suitcase and make dozens of outfit combinations if you can get creative!

see you around...

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