Packing for Europe- Summer Edition
Packing for Summertime in Europe was FUN! It's no secret that I love fashion and traveling so to me packing is much more than a task, rather it becomes a fun activity blending two things I am passionate about. I use this same process for every trip too, not just Europe specifically.
We were heading to Tuscany Italy and planning to be there about 9 days. The way I pack is simple. I look at the activities each day holds and plan 1 outfit per day based on what we are doing. For example- I looked at the day we were going to Florence and knew that we were going to the Duomo. This is a religious site and like many religious site across Italy and Europe, you are required to cover both your shoulders and knees. Given this- I planned to wear linen pants, a tube top and sandals. I also planned to have a white linen button up that I could throw over my shoulders when needed for the Duomo.
I repeat this process for every day of the trip. I try to reuse pieces where I can- especially shoes. In addition, as mentioned above I packed a long sleeve linen button down which I knew I could throw on over just about any outfit I planned as an extra layer if the weather forecast changed. If there are days I know I am going to want another outfit for the evening or dinner obviously I take that into consideration and pack that as well.
I always pack an extra 1-2 outfits too just in case there is a change of plans, mess, or again change in weather. Lastly it is important to not forget an outfit for the plane home, pajamas, undergarments, and something to lounge in when you are at your villa/home base. Additionally, don't forget your toiletries, jewelry and hair products.
Extras to consider include a camera -for me I always pack my GoPro, a steamer to get the wrinkles out of your clothes, a purse/bag or both depending on what you have planned, a hat, things to do during downtime like a tablet or book, and for Europe don't forget your converters and adapters.
**If you are not familiar with converters and adapters heres a super quick highlight- the adapters are something you can plug a US or home country plug into on one side and on the other plug it into the wall in your destination. A converter is more complex because it does the same as an adapter is ALSO changes the voltage from 110 V to 220 V. Most things like curling wands, hair dryers, steamers, etc need to be converted as an FYI. Some newer hair products and most phones and tablets are dual voltage so a converter isn't necessary but always double check your items so that you do not fry/burn them out.
Here is a complete list of what I packed:
5 pairs of shorts
2 pants rompers
1 sweatshirt (brought this on the plane with me)
1 linen long sleeve top
2 pairs of pajamas
several pairs of underwear
several pairs of socks -both no show and regular
1 pair of heels
1 pair of white sneakers (wore these on the plane)
1 pair of basic sandals
1 pair of pool sandals
1 crossbody purse
1 tote bag
dual voltage steamer
dual voltage curling wand
3 pairs sunglasses
2 portable chargers
collapsable water bottle
"just in case" bag- filled with meds, bandaids, thermometer, etc
charging cords (watch, phone, camera, etc)
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