Packing List Time

Let’s be honest, I’ve been thinking about what I will be wearing on this trip for at least a month. I’ve scoured Pinterest for trends and chic travel wardrobes to post and be admired by all. Now that the time is here to pack, none of my ¬†illusions of fashion grandeur will be happening. The reality is that it’s a vacation and I need to feel comfortable to enjoy the actual travel and countries. I’m not saying I’ll be dressing in sweats, but the fitted jackets and heels for evening are a no go.

Pinterest has tons of packing lists. After a few hours, I found a basic common thread for a two week european vacation. There’s a general number of tops, pants, outerwear that people recommend. Here’s the breakdown:


  • 5 tops
  • 2 cardigan/sweater
  • 1 jacket (optional)
  • 3 bottoms (pants/skirts/shorts)
  • 3 dresses
  • 3 shoes (sneaker, sandal, flat/heel)



  • 2 scarves
  • hat
  • sunnies
  • belt
  • small purse
  • big tote

**Since my vacation will be 18 days, I’m adding 2 more tops and 2 more dresses.

A color theme for the travel wardrobe is also a common recommendation. I agree this is a good idea. The more you can mix and match, the more outfits. Makes sense.

FYI: I checked online for international luggage guidelines. Airline fees for luggage that is over size or weight limit are astronomical! Seriously, we’re talking triple digits. New travel rule: ALWAYS check luggage guidelines before travel.