Packing in a Carry-On!

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I’ve made a few references here and there lately to a big trip I’m planning. And considering it’s happening in the very near future, I’m ready to share!


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My husband and I have been talking about a trip to Europe since before we even got married and I’m so excited we are finally doing it!  I spent a semester in Europe during college and it was the BEST experience. I’ve been dying to go back and cannot wait!!  We will be visiting London, Paris, Rome, La Spezia (Cinque Terre), and Vienna. 
I’m not a comfort-clothing traveler by any means. Part of the fun of vacations for me is getting dressed for my surroundings. I just can’t do t-shirts and tennis shoes if I’m shopping in Paris. I just can’t. I wouldn’t wear that here, so I’m certainly not doing it there! I would like to point out that I’m not taking any “non-practical” shoes. In my dream world I would only take flowy skirts and stilettos but, I’m trying to reign it in folks.
Since I also want to pack pretty light (As you can imagine, there will be some serious shopping happening there.) I’m trying to really plan ahead on what to take that will give me the most potential for making several outfits out of each item. Plus, I’m only taking a carry-on bag! (I know!)
After quite a big of thought (and some shopping), I’ve pretty much got it narrowed down to these items:

Europe Packing List


DKNY Maxi Dress (old)
IZ Byer California Shirtdress (Kohls)
Ella Moss Tiki Tank (TJ Maxx)
Black Leather Detail Maxi (Chloe & Isabel)
Apt. 9 Mixed Media Blouse (Kohls)
Rock & Republic Jacket (old)
Sam Edelman ‘Maddox’ Boot (Nordstrom)
Nurture Roman Woven Gladiator Sandals (Dillards)
David Kahn Nikki Ankle Dark Denim Jeans (Amazon)
 Apt. 9 Solid Maxi Skirt (Kohls)
Christine Trench Coat (Eddie Bauer)
Privo by Clarks Pursuit Happiness (6pm)
Limited Edition Crossbody Handbag (Target)


Yes, there’s a lot of black, but it’s easy to mix and match!  I’m gone for about 15 days so I am trying to pull at least 10 different outfits with a few repeats! (Not to mention some new purchases.) I’ll also have a few different accessories (belts, scarf, jewelry) to change things up a bit. I’ve got a motorcycle jacket for cool days and a (pink!) rain jacket for any wet weather.

europe outfits2


What do you think? What would you take with you?  


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