This packing tips post has been written by Sabriel Parker.
Being married to an airline employee is lots of fun. We get to travel all around the world for free and know the ins and outs of the business.
While it’s such an incredible opportunity there are a few draw backs. We are very busy people, students, friends, second jobs, and the like. So most of our trips are really short, like 3 days short. A few years back we flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam and were there for 2 full days, but that’s a normal trip for us. Now, I love clothes and looking and feeling great for the trillions of pictures I am apt to take on our mini trips. So sometimes it can be difficult to pack when we decide the night before to jump on a plane to Italy.
I keep my carry on stocked with the staples at all times. I have a big plastic bag of toiletries, several pairs of undies, socks, and feminine products ready to go whenever I need them. I think that t-shirts and simple, pull on dresses are the way to go and I make sure to bring several scarves with me to spice up the neutrals I usually bring. Scarves are great because they look sophisticated, can change up the same outfit you wore yesterday (done it!), and can be used as a shawl when the weather (in most of Europe!) changes suddenly.
Lip stain is your best friend. Seriously. I tend to wear my favorite jeans or a cute dress the entire time I’m traveling and lip stain always gives me the oomf I need. I’ve learned from experience that with the extreme jet lag that you never get over on a quick trip from the US to Europe, that make up can hurt more than help. Instead, finding a great lip stain makes me feel dressed up and cute even when wearing my black v-neck for the third time in a row.
I also think that jewelry makes a big difference; I make sure to bring a couple of pairs of earrings and some bangles. Just throw them in your sunglass case or a sock and you’re good to go.
>> Read our post on traveling with jewelry for tips and tricks.
Speaking of socks — roll them up along with your undies and stuff them in your shoes! Saves so much room when you only have a carry on or a backpack.
So, for three days in Western Europe (Italy, Spain, and Greece are a different story) I pack:
- 2 plain colored t-shirts (black or gray is best for me)
- 1 pair of my favorite stretchy and dark jeans
- 1 dress (I have a madewell striped dress that I take everywhere)
- 3 scarves — a different one for each day so that I don’t get bored
- Black ballet FLATS — seriously, do yourself a favor and don’t bring heels to Europe.
- Lipstain — I love Revlon’s Just bitten in gothic. It’s red, romantic, and cheap!
- Several pairs of socks and one more pair of undies than you have days. Just in case.
About the Author: Sabriel is an English student in Utah, US who writes and reads avidly and can’t seem to stay still. After living in Israel for 6 months she came down with an incurable case of travel fever. Sabriel and her husband plan on moving to Chile in the next few months and are so excited to experience a new country and culture — for more than just a few days.
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