Growing up, my mom was adamant that I only pack what I could carry. Taking care of herself and my dad, she didn’t have hands to help me carry any extra luggage. So I learned at a fairly young age to only pack what I could carry. I’m still a little stubborn about accepting help with my bags. I think my husband is used to it after all these years, but he still kindly offers every time. Anyway, combining all those years of practice and my fashion blogger self is sometimes difficult, but I always manage to figure it out. It isn’t without some order and some planning though. Obviously not waiting until the night before my trip is big, but there are a few other tricks to making sure I don’t over pack. You can see how to plan your Europe packing list as well as the most efficient way to pack your luggage in the video below!
A few Other Questions Answered:
What Size Suitcase?
The size of suitcase is dependent on your style and what your trip entails. If you’ll be staying in one place for much of your trip, then a bigger suitcase is certainly easier. If you’re going to be constantly on the go and taking your bags with you on the daily, a smaller (not small) option is, of course, easier. For a 2-3 week trip, I’d recommend a 25-29″ option. The 29″ will obviously hold the most, but you do need to be very careful not to overpack it to avoid extra charges.
For this 22-day trip to Scotland, I took a piece from Samsonite’s new Eco-Nu line of suitcases made entirely from recycled water bottles! They’re available in five sizes – from under seat carry-on to the 29″ – and come in three colors! These suitcases feature the 4-wheel system, to which I’m wholeheartedly devoted. Once you use a 4-wheel suitcase, you’ll never want to pull a 2-wheel version again.
When to Start Packing
For a 2-3 week trip, I like to start packing a day or two before departure. It’s a fun way to start getting into vacation mode, but it also lets me calmly pack my bags. I like to pull items out of my closet, keeping my Europe packing list in mind and the number of each item I can take. Then I hang everything up! Since I’m guaranteed to have picked out more things to take than will actually fit in my suitcase (keeping that weight limit in mind as well), I take this chance to start seeing where I can cut back. Visually plan out what pieces go together and leave pieces at home that don’t go with a multitude of others.
My Europe Packing List
I just got back from our 3 week trip and I’m proud to say that I didn’t overpack too much! Below is the list of what clothing I took (minus the extra pair of jeans that I didn’t wear much), including what I wore on the plane:
Tanks for Layering (8)
Outershirts – nicer (4)
Coats (3 – waterproof, leather jacket, and trench coat)
PJs (2 sets)
Shoes (4 – 2 pair tall boots, 1 pair booties, 1 nicer pair for evenings out)
Gloves, Scarf, Hats