Are you jetting off to Europe for one last hurrah before the summer’s over? After you’ve bought your tickets, booked your hotels, and planned your adventures, there’s only one thing left to do. PACK! And knowing exactly what to bring and how to maximize luggage space can be a big task. It can be hard to resist overpacking when you want to be fashionable and well prepared at the same time.
Luckily, after studying abroad and traveling every weekend for 4 months, I’ve got the process down pat. Before you even pull out your suitcase, the best thing to do is make a list. Everyone has things they must have with them while traveling, so list those first. Then come the clothes, shoes, and accessories- and this is where things can get out of hand. Many European cities are known as the biggest fashion capitals of the world and what better opportunity to look fabulous than while walking down cobblestone streets, taking in breathtaking views and exploring new places?
Packing light is easier than you think! After you’ve made your list and bought a few last minute items, it’s time to organize and make the final decisions on what you should bring along.
Make sure you pack simple and light clothing with lots of accessories. The easiest way to look great and be practical is to bring along several plain colored shirts, pants, skirts, and shoes. This way, you can bring some European treasures home and buy some beautiful accessories while you’re there!
One really important thing to remember while traveling is rampant pickpockets. The best way to combat this common type of thievery while traveling is to bring a bag that zips fully at the top. This Dagne Dover Tote Bag, $245, has several compartments on the inside to store all your travel necessities and zips at the top to protect your precious belongings.
You’ll notice many European women wear booties like these and who can blame them? They’re super comfortable and match with virtually any outfit. You can find these Madewell Billie Boots, $218, made of Italian suede will be perfect for all your adventures.
One item you do not want to forget is sunglasses. Every city will have sunny days and you don’t want to be squinting while looking at up at St. Peter’s Basilica or The Notre Dame Cathedral! Armani Exchange’s Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, $65, will protect your eyes and keep you looking fabulous!
Scarves are a girls best friend, especially when you’re hopping from Paris to London and Florence to Portugal. Adding a light and feminine scarf to your outfit is the easiest way to add that little something! One like this French Connection Water Flower Silk Scarf, $78 will be just right.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned while traveling was to ALWAYS bring an umbrella. The skies can go from sunny to rainy in seconds. Don’t risk getting drenched and bring along an umbrella like Tory Burch’s Mini Umbrella, $48. It’s small enough to store in your bag so you don’t have to worry about it taking up to much space.
And there you have it. Good luck with packing and of course, safe travels!