Well friends, we've officially entered into the season of travel! In just a few short days, Justin and I are heading off to beautiful Italy! Italy has been at the top of my travel bucket list for years; the history, the beautiful scenery, the FOOD - I literally can't even :-). With the excitement of leaving, comes the dreadful task of packing! I know I'm not the only one who has seen the Pinterest posts titled "Carry-on Packing List for 3 Weeks in Europe" and thought "that's cray." I, myself, was crazy enough to think I could pack one weeks worth of stuff in a carry-on when we went to Ireland last summer; I attempted and failed two minutes later. I'm happy to say that after much planning, I've successfully packed two outfits a day, for 9 days, into a carry-on suitcase for Italy!
Disclaimer: Y'all are about to get a small glimpse of my OCD!
Clothing obviously takes up the most space in your luggage. You can see from one of the photos above that I wrote out specifically what I'm wearing each day, all day - an outfit for sightseeing and for dinners out (OCD, much?). Doing this eliminates the need for bringing "options," which I'm guilty of when I travel. Keep in mind that the type of clothing you pack plays a big role. In Ireland it was in the low 60's, so I had to pack heavier clothing, which obviously takes up more space. In Italy, it is going to be in the mid 80's, so the clothes I'm bringing aren't heavy or bulky.
When it comes to makeup, it's also important to plan the "look" you're going for - both day and night. The only doubles I packed are foundations and primers - one set for daytime (HOURGLASS Primer + Givenchy Foundation) and one set at night for a more full-coverage look (L'Oreal Lumi Primer + itCosmetics CC Foundation). The eye palette from Milani offers options to use during the day and evening as well. All of the makeup products shown can fit into my makeup bag, which was the goal. If it couldn't fit, it couldn't come!
I've allotted myself 4 pairs of shoes - plus flip flops for the beach, but those don't count ;-). (As I just typed that, 4 pairs actually does sound like a lot haha) Besides the shoes I'm wearing to the airport, the remaining pairs are in the black drawstring bag. I don't like my shoes touching my clothes (OCD a lot?), so I got this bag from Marshalls to store them in.
Storage cubes - get them! I got this set of three from Marshalls. While they do slightly compress, they are in no way full compression cubes, which I knew when I purchased them. I was mainly looking for something that would keep my stuff organized and separated - these work perfectly for doing just that! The large one has 13 dresses/2 pairs of shorts/3 tops, the medium one has all of my pajamas/undergarments and swim wear, and the small holds my toiletries.
Planning and keeping your stuff organized are the two main goals for fitting everything into your carry-on. I was pretty concerned about potentially dragging a huge suitcase around Italy - catching trains, going up multiple staircases, the fear of losing a checked bag (you know, first world problems). Hopefully this breakdown gave you some helpful packing tips for your future travels! I can't wait to share our Italy adventures when we come back!