Same Shirt, Different Day. Packing for small trips like weekend getaways can spell disaster if you’re not careful. I used to be a complete nightmare to travel with trying to pull multiple overweight suitcases, duffle bags on each arm, plus receipts or ID’s scattered throughout my luggage. I still have room for improvement, but I’ve drastically cut down on over-packing.
On Part II of our Tour de Champagne through France last week; I’ll share my best tips for packing light whether you’re on the road or traveling in Europe. Thanks to confusing converters and the world’s worst blowdryers in European hotels; it’s not exactly a walk in the park if you’re moderately high-maintenance like me. However, my best tip to packing this summer is to find lightweight clothes that you can mix and match and wear throughout the entire trip! Hence, the white top and handbag on repeat in the post on our way back to Switzerland stopping for a bite in France…
The Scene ~ Verdun, France (a small city in Northeast France known as the being the site of a major battle during the First World War). I’ve learned A LOT of history facts I probably should have already known since traveling Europe, but better late than never.
TIP 1 ~ A Solution for Wrinkled Shirts: Hotels often don’t have an iron (especially in Europe – I haven’t had a single hotel with this amenity). A quick fix for polyester or jersey knit cotton material is to put the shower on full heat and hold your garment right next to the steam for a few minutes. With a collared shirt like this, pop the collar, roll the sleeves and then tie it in a bow which all drastically cuts down on the appearance of wrinkles.
TIP 2 ~ Light Heels to the Rescue: Stuffing your suitcase with heels is not recommended and you’ll always stick to the pair that is most comfortable. I’ve been loving these NUDE heels from Nine West which are a bonus because they go with everything. If you’re heading to Europe, avoid stilettos and wedges which are catastrophic on cobblestone streets.
TIP 3 ~ Stick to Private School Skirt Lengths: Taking public transportation in a mini skirt? No thanks. And maxi skirts can spell ‘total disaster’ on an airport escalator with all your luggage. There are so many cute A-Line and pleated skirts trending right now, and this polka dot one has been perfect for traveling on hot humid days.
TIP 4: Skipping Sunnies is Not An Option: You’ve applied sunscreen – that’s step one. It’s so important not to skimp on sunglasses with UV protection while traveling. Not only will your eyes be protected from sun damage and constantly squinting, it will block out excess light on flights. Just make sure to bring a small case so they don’t get smashed in your bag.
TIP 5 ~ Avoid a Handbag Headache: I used to bring a different bag or clutch for nearly every outfit. BIG MISTAKE. Take one handbag that can fit all of your necessities and a smaller cross body bag for day tours.
Do you have any packing tips that have helped you when you’re traveling light? For expert tips, check out blogger ‘The Fashion Travel Girl‘ and her Minimalist Packing List.