I’m leaving for a European vacation today that includes four different countries (Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy), a mix of beach vs city and a range of temperatures… so naturally I decided to pack everything in a carry-on!
I hardly ever travel without my dogs, but since they’re staying stateside I jumped at the chance to travel light (for once!). This trip is about sun, sea, cappuccinos, gelato… the last thing I want is to be bogged down with STUFF.
I’ll share real time Insta updates on whether I nailed the packing or not, but in the meantime here’s what made the cut!
Of course toiletries had to be consolidated – three big cosmetic bags were whittled down to one small case of essentials only. Duh. Plus a Parker Thatch pouch for all my chargers and outlet converters because even though I’m on vacay, money never sleeps people!
For my travel look, I wanted something comfy but stylish enough to re-wear, so I went with my Eloquii floral printed pajama-inspired pants and top, with my Lingua Franca cashmere sweater and cashmere sleepmask for airplane AC. I downloaded plenty of content on my iPad and I know I should try to sleep but I’m probably gonna watch movies instead (no parents!!!).
For the beach clothing… this Marina Rinaldi set screams Italian Riveria so it was a no brainer. Same for an old Missoni caftan and this white lace shirtdress from this summer’s Teresa x Eloquii collection. My Dodo Bar Or caftan was too bulky (plus she’s already been to Italy) so I swapped it for this Paradised Lost one instead. This striped Saint James top with UV protection (available sizes 4 – 20) will be perfect for boat days and finally, with two Bruna Malucelli swimsuits to rotate, I’m set (I think!!).
For city days, I’m counting on an old Ralph Lauren black mini skirt that hasn’t let me down yet, a solid black silk cropped top by Iro, and the faux leather leggings from my capsule collection with Eloquii, which I opted for over white jeans (SHOCKER!) because they take up less room and work with all my tops. And you know I packed my Thinx because I’m going to get my period at some point and with this few clothing options I cannot afford stains!
The jacket was a tough choice and while I wanted to bring the camel robe coat also from my capsule collection, it was too bulky (and let’s be real, it’s not going to be that cold) so I settled on the bomber jacket instead.
Finally, shoes is really where ‘packing light’ gets real. While my Saint Laurent leopard booties would be amazing, I decided I would rather wear simple white sneakers to comfortably walk around the city of love. Plus the booties were way too big, so non merci.
How’d I do? I have no idea! But will keep you updated between cappuccinos 🙂