I'm getting ready for my two week Central European Adventure and I thought it might be helpful if a shared a few packing tips. Since we will be traveling by train, I am careful not to carry too much luggage. You have to load and unload these items yourself through teh narrow train doorway. Also, we usually walk from teh rail station to the hotel... so having a lot to lug around the city isn't pleasant.
When I shop, I am always on the lookout for comfortable shoes with multiple purpose. Cushy walkers that are not sneakers are at the top of my list. I love my Clarks. I also amke sure to bring two pair of shoes with different heel hights. that way, if a rotate them, the pressure is not always on the same part of ym foot... giving them a bit of a rest each day.
Another staple in my wardrobe is a long skirt made with lycra. You can crush it, ball it up or roll it and it still hangs out without a wrinkle. You can use it for a fancy dinner, strapless mini dress or beach cover up. Lycra in blouses and slacks provide the same no wrinkle packing ease so I can manage a carry on rolling suitcase for two weeks worth of clothing with no washing in between!
Adding several great scarves to your suitcvase can really stretch a wardrobe. Use them for teh beach, a chilly night or to dress up a neckline and you can leave your jewelry at home. I also like to take two fine gauge knit sweaters for evening or layering. Open front sweaters that drape and can be belted are the most versatile.
Here is my basic packing list below... happy travels!
Choose one basic color (black, navy, brown) and add 2 accent colors for your travel wear
Plan to wear each item 2x, mix and match.
What to pack:
Tops or shirts 3-4 Bathing suit
Blouses 3-4 Cover-up
Shorts 2 Sand shoes if needed
Capris 2-3 Rain resistant coat or jacket
Slacks 2 plus wear one on the plane Hat
Sweatshirt or sweater , take 1, wear 1 Wrinkle proof dress, nylons, shoes, slip (if needed)
Sneakers, sandals Socks 2-3 pair
Dressy jacket or sweater or pashmina Accessories (jewelry, scarves, etc)
Undies 5 Bras
Pj’s 1-2 Light robe
*to compress underwear and keep personal items from being touched by security personnel, pack underwear in gallon size ziploc bags and press out all of the air. This keeps everything sanitary and also takes up less room.
Sunglasses Curling iron
Extra glasses Camera
Nylon stuff bag Film, charger
Books and magazines Alarm clock
Pen and paper Binoculars (optional)
Games or cards Zip loc bags (or pack socks, undies in them)
- Pack all liquids and meds in zip loc bags
Toothpaste and brush Anti-diarrhea medicine
Deodorant Antibiotic cream
Shampoo and conditioner Aspercreme
Body lotion Pain reliever
Comb and brush Moleskin
Nail file, polish and remover Safety pins and rubber bands
Small sewing kit