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, 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 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