5.7.16

"Light" Packing


A few days ago, I jetted off to Europe for a ten day adventure to Amsterdam, London and Prague. Packing was quite a task this trip because I wanted to bring as little with me but due to our busy itinerary and stops along the way I had to minimize how much I brought with me. Usually when you go on a trip it can be easy to pack because you are only bringing things you need for yourself. Most of my suitcase is filled with gifts for family in Prague, but I see those gifts as placeholders for things I will buy as I travel. In the end I managed to pack just enough =o)


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Keds – I had been looking for shoes for all of my summer adventures that would match most of my wardrobe. R bought these for me and I have worn them to Miami, Colorado and around Chicago and love how comfy they are!

Adapter – I bought this adapter four years ago in Prague because I had forgotten mine at home. This adapter is the best purchase I have ever made and it goes with me whenever I travel abroad. It can adapt to any circuit around the world!

Cottonelle wipes – I used to travel with hand sanitizer but with liquids being an issue on planes and having them explode in your purse, I have made the switch to wet wipes. You never know when these will come in handy.

Mini hairbrush – this was a recent purchase made especially for this trip. I usually have a large comb I bring with me, but because I knew I had limited space I bought a small one.

My fossil bag – this was first featured in my post about Miami (read here). It has definitely become one of my favorite bags I own. I’ve started to invest in my hand bags making sure I absolutely love it before I buy it. 

Sunglasses – since my packing for Miami post I have not been able to find the Michael Kors sunglasses I photographed. When I was in Colorado I also managed to break a pair of sunglasses that I had had for several years. My grandma took me to Target to buy these =o)

Black wallet – usually I have my fossil wallet that R bought me for Christmas a few years ago, but it is rather large and so I decided to use this small one I got from my best friend in England (who we are going to visit this trip) from Topshop.

Nine West Heels – most euro trips don’t include high heels but because I will be attending my cousin’s wedding and going to the ballet I need to pack these.

Shorts – I’ve checked the weather for our destinations and it should be warm during most of our time in Europe, so shorts are a must but I only packed these two.  

Leggings – we have quite a few flights ahead of us with a long overseas flight from Chicago to Europe. I want to stay warm and comfortable as we travel because I am usually freezing on airplanes. I invested in a few from Forever 21 (they were only $4!).

Shirts – these are three shirts I am packing with me (total I think I have eight or nine packed). A lot, I know, but with traveling, sight-seeing and dinner with family all in one day we may need to make an outfit change here and there.

Germany jersey – as many of you know the Euro Cup is currently going on in France. Many of you also know that R and I were planning on going to one of the games but due to the expensive cost of tickets we decided we would visit two other cities instead. I will still be rooting for my team (yes I know I should be rooting for the Czechs but since they didn’t make it out of their group I will be supporting my German men (especially Schweinsteiger).  

Teddie Organics Rose Water – I’ve been reading a lot about rose water and how refreshing it is for long flights and when traveling. I looked into a few and found this one online. It smells amazing and feels so great on my skin. I tested it on myself before I left to see if I had any reaction to it. I recommend always testing out new products before using them abroad in case you have any allergies to the product. 

Rituals Relaxing Serum – I bought this during a school trip to New York City two years ago and am in love with it. I usually spread it on my temples before I go to sleep or when I have a stressful day. It’s great for the plane too because it smells amazing and relaxes you.

Neutrogena Deep Moisturizer Night Cream – I use this moisturizer during the winter months when my skin gets really dry. On airplanes my skin dries out quickly so I need to moisture and feel like my skin is restored when I land. 

Watch: You need to wear a watch when you travel so you know what time is it. Your phone is not always reliable.  

Notebook: I have decided not to take my laptop with me so I will be taking notes in this notebook which I have been using for blog ideas. This was also given to me by my best friend in England =o)

Patagonia bag – my newest purchase for this trip. I have been looking for a proper backpack I can use when I travel and found this one at the Patagonia store downtown. I have been searching for about a year so this was definitely the one I wanted. Most important things will be in this bag with me as we travel, especially the dress to my cousin's wedding because it took what felt like forever to find and was not the cheapest.

Umbrella – While looking at the weather I saw it may rain when we arrive and depart some of the cities. Instead of buying an umbrella while we travel, which I have done a few times now and found it to be the biggest waste of money because they usually break, I will be bringing my own. Let’s hope I don’t lose it =o)

You can follow my European adventures on Instagram: dreamofadventures


x the Adventurer

60 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovley and wise packing! A moisturizer is a must when out traveling! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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    1. Thank you! yes I completely agree especially on the long flights =o)

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  2. Perfect travel items! A 10 day trip sounds amazing, hope you're having the loveliest of times! Be safe xx

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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    1. Thank you! It's been one of the best trips I've taken =o)

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  3. I wish I could pack light but I can't! I admire you. :)

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    1. haha thank you, I was quite surprised with myself that I managed to pack all of this

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  4. You actually pack a lot lighter than I normally do! I agree though, leggings are great for plane rides.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you! It took some practice and also lots of saying no to things I knew I didn't need to bring.

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  5. Oh man 10 days...I would be packing a whole case. You're way better at it than me!!!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

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    1. Haha thank you =o) I definitely had to cut out a lot of things I was bringing =o)

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  6. This is a good way to pack light, wich I'm having trouble to do when I travel haha! Thanks for the example! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com/

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    1. I have to say this is the first overseas trip where I have tried to pack lightly haha. I must say it went much better than planned =o)

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  7. Packing posts are always so interesting. It seems like you have gotten packing down to quite the art. I tend to overpack, but lately, when I tell myself I am limiting myself to a certain size suitcase or backpack I tend to do a lot better. The problem for me is that I always have a ton of electrical equipment with me - laptop, external hard drive, camera, lenses, batteries, etc.


    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you =o) Definitely sticking to a small suitcase and backpack helped and sadly I had to cut the laptop out. Props to you for traveling with so much of it =o)

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  8. I wish I could pack as well as you, amazing! Please do stop by my blog and leave a comment or follow, I would love to stay in touch with you, you seem lovely! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh thank you! It has taken dozens of trips to help me figure it out =o)

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  9. That flay lay looks awesome!! Can't wait to hear about your europe trip!

    mallory | http://www.the-drifter.com | @thedrifterbymal

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    1. Thank you =o) I have to say laying everything out helped me see what I needed

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  10. I need to get myself a nice little backpack. I also need to get myself some new shoes! I'd definitely second the whole watch thing. We turned up to a tour an hour early in Arizona because our phones got so confused with crossing the Utah/Arizona border so many times that it got stuck in whatever time zone. At least it was early and not late though haha!
    xo April | April Everyday

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    1. I really recommend patagonia, they have a great selection for girls. And see the watch although old fashion it does stay accurate =o)

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  11. I hope you're having a great tip!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. Thank you! It was an incredible trip that I can't wait to share =o)

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  12. Love this post! I am so into packing light just because somehow I am cursed and every time I check my luggage they lose it! This is the perfect European summer wardrobe!
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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  13. I opened this up being like this is so good! Because I’m going on a weekend away soon, and then I read that yours was for a 10 day trip and I was SO IMPRESSED! You are such a strategic packer (I also looove that fossil bag! Haha). Hope you’re having a great trip! :)

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Haha thank you =o) It was pretty cut throat when I was packing. I love my new fossil bag, it's great to wear around when site seeing and traveling =o)

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  14. Great writing style, love posts like this!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thank you =o) Glad you enjoyed reading it!

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  15. Amazing flatlay, in love with the colors and textures!

    -xx, Sia
    http://www.siafoch.com

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    1. Thank you! It was so fun laying everything out to see what I was packing =o)

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  16. Light packins is the key for holidays! I always do the same:)
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Right?! It makes it so less stressful when traveling =o)

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  17. I love this - I can't pack light though hahaha, I tend to think "I might need this" and end up taking more than what I need…. :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. I used to do that too =o) now I try to be really strict with myself when packing

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  18. Packing is seriously the hardest skill. Great post!
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

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  19. i'm the worst at packing light so i find it especially difficult when i go to europe too. i'm going to paris/london in october and i'm already dreading packing!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. I recommend laying everything out and then doing through everything one more time before packing. That really helped me for this trip =o)

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  20. I admire your ability to edit down your packing list! I always bring a bunch of random crap and then forget essentials (deodorant, every time!).

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

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    1. I know what you mean =o) I actually forgot eye brow tweezers this trip haha

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  21. I'm loving your Wanderlust shirt! x

    Jessica — WS Community

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    1. Thank you! I got in Korea last spring =o)

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  22. whoa, that is amazing! for a 10 day trip I would probably need at least 3 suitcases. You definitely did such a good job being efficient with you packing.

    www.prettyinleather.net

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    1. haha thank you it was definitely a challenge but I think I succeeded in not over packing a ton =o)

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  23. It's so hard to pack light especially it's a 10-day trip!!! Hahaha hope you enjoy your vacation! :)

    marielle was here

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    1. It was definitely a challenge! Thank you it was one of my the most amazing trips =o) Check out my new post about biking in Amsterdam =o)

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  24. Great Post...loved going thru' it...xx, Neha

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it =o) You can read about my day biking through amsterdam, post is up now =o)

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  25. I'm all for light packing! I've learned throughout the years that taking too much stuff is just not worth it.

    LUXESSED

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  26. Amazing packing! I hope you enjoyed in London, sorry for the terrible weather! Haha xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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    1. Thank you! London was so beautiful and the weather was good most of the time =o) But we did have some rain so that's why I planned on bringing my umbrella =o) My post about Amsterdam is up if you want to check it out!

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  27. So jealous you're travelling! Visiting Prague is definitely on my travel wish list XX

    The Fashion Road
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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit soon! Prague is definitely one of the most beautiful cities =o)

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  28. Nice details on your packing techniques!


    Amber
    All the Cute 🎀

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    1. Thank you! It was a real challenge to fit everything for ten days into a back pack and small suitcase but it worked =o)

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  29. Wise way of packing! I should follow some of your tips! x

    Have a great week,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

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    1. Thank you! I hope this helps when you pack for your next trip =o)

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  30. I have serious overpacking issues so Kudos for such light and efficient packing . Great post!

    Marjani

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    1. Thank you! I was so proud of myself after finishing up packing =o)

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  31. I never once managed myself to packing lightly when I travel. Perhaps it's some girl things, I don't think I have enough dresses or clothes when I'm hanging out but I need to pack everything when I travel kind of thing huh.

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    Dayu | Fairytale Odyssey

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    1. That's funny, I used to feel the same way, especially when traveling to different areas where the weather forecast could be all over the place. Thank you for leaving a comment =o)

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x the Adventurer