How to pack for Europe

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We’re leaving for the airport in less than two hours and I am so excited — it’s like my birthday and Christmas all at once! Joe is in productivity mode, getting everything set so that we can leave the house for two weeks — washing the cat food dishes and whatnot. In the interest of killing time before we leave — here is my guide to how to pack for Europe! I’ve never been there and I’m not the most practical person in the world, so please take my advice with a salt shaker in hand.

We’re not exactly backpacking, but we did buy some backpacks on clearance at Target along with these water inserts. I’ll check this on the plane and will also bring small carry-on suitcase and a day pack.

Here’s what’s in my carry-on:
Sweater
Travel books — Rick Steves –kind of a dorky old guy, but he knows his stuff
Vitamins and meds
Pass ports
Travel documents
Eye mask
Ear plugs ( I’ve never used these or the eye mask in my life, but I got them free at a hotel in Wisconsin and decided to bring them)
Chargers
Compression socks I stole from Joe who wears size nine so they fit great (only not)
More socks
Sunglasses
Gum
Phone

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Joe got an adapter that apparently plugs into the airplane chair’s secret charging station — who knew…

Finding things to wear for 12 days of walking was a good fashion challenge. When you’re trying to pack light, it’s a good idea to start with the shoes. I am bringing 5 pairs (sadly, no heels — my security blanket!)
-2 Sketchers Sweet Pea ballet flats (black and white)
-Gold sandals
-Black sandals
-Running shoes

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For clothes, I brought 6 dresses.

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3 T-shirts

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Several tanks and camis for layering

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Some more shirts:

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6 skirts

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2 pairs of shorts

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One pair of jeans, a raincoat, and a swimsuit

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Here’s a few accessories:

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I made a few special purchases for this specific trip too:
Power Converters
Travel curling iron
Travel blow dryer
eBags
Tide (for washing laundry in the sink)

I can’t recommend the eBags enough — while I was concerned they would just take up space in my luggage, they actually keep things contained and organized in a way that creates more space.

That’s all I’m going to share for now — time to grab some lunch and hit the road!

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