In less than a month, G and I will be jet setting to London and Dublin! This is only our second vacation together, and it’s our first international trip together. We’re both ecstatic for the plans we’ve made (and I can’t wait to share those and photos).
In the meantime, I’ve been mentally packing for our 11 day trip with the goal of fitting it all into a carry-on suitcase. This seems like a crazy idea (after all, I’m the girl who packed one of my largest suitcases for a 3 day conference in Texas), but it’s attainable with a bit of planning.
What I’m Packing:
- Trashy Diva Jenny Dress: this is a great heavy-weight knit dresses, and I plan on bringing every one I own! They don’t wrinkle easily, they’re flattering, and they’re warm! This style is just so damned easy to wear (it’s one of my favorite Trashy Diva styles), and I know they’ll travel well.
- Black knee high boots. I recently picked up the Steve Madden Creation boot – they fit my 17″ calves nicely, including over leggings and jeans. They’ve got a nice simple style, a low heel, and I think will be wonderfully comfortable. (As soon as I have some extra cash, I’d like to pick these up in brown!)
- Multiple pairs of black leggings (to help keep this lady warm)!
- Trashy Diva Peacock Lilian Dress – perfect for the nice dinner out or an event that may require a bit more “dressing up.”
- My Manolo Blahnik pumps to accompany Lilian dress on nice evenings out. (Plus I want these nice and broken in for our wedding!)
- A handful of belts and scarves- some with playful prints and a few in bold, basic colors. These are great for mixing and matching with the dresses. Packing 2-4 allows for a lot of creativity paired with more mixing and matching opportunities. Accessories are key to keeping outfits from feeling repetitive!
- A nice jacket for days that 3/4 sleeves may not be enough.
Tips for Packing Light During International Travel:
- Don’t be afraid to re-wear often – and pack pieces you can re-wear without washing! This sounds like simple advice, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found how seldom most clothing needs to be washed. When I went to Paris in college, I had the largest suitcase ever, thinking I needed to really pack for different outfits each day. The truth was, I washed a handful of shirts and wore those most of the trip. Unless I’m sweating heavily, the only pieces I wash between each wear is underwear and t-shirts. Most everything else I can get at least 2-3 wears out of before washing.
- Simplify your style. In this instance, my love of multiples is working in my favor. You don’t need to own the same dress in multiple colors (I just happen to). This would easily work with 3 or 4 dresses you love, two great pairs of pants and four easy to wear & care for blouses, etc. Paring your travel wardrobe down to essentials you can mix and match will making
- Baby wipes & Febreeze is your friend! I picked up this trick just in learning to care for my Trashy Diva dresses, but baby wipes are fantastic for removing make-up and deodorant from your clothes. They also pull double duty by taking care of your skin! I love an item that takes care of more than one thing. If you’re staying for longer than two weeks, pick-up a bottle of Febreeze or something similar once you reach your destination.
Does anyone else have any travel tips for me? It’s been a decade since I’ve traveled abroad (and that was for a month – a whole other packing game)! I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for staying stylish and packing light.