July 20, 2015

Packing For 3 Weeks in Europe: Tips & Tricks

Hello, bonjour, and barev friends (the three languages I'll be hearing over the next few weeks- English (duh), French, and Armenian)! I'm so excited to share this post with you, especially since it's something a little different from the usual outfit posts. ;) As I prepare to leave for Belgium and Armenia tomorrow, I thought I'd put together a list of how to pack semi-minimally while maintaining your personal style.

  • Make sure all of your clothes belong to a similar color family- this makes for double the outfit options since you'll be able to mix and match (note: they do not necessarily all have to be from Banana Republic, I just happen to have a problem)
  • Follow the above rule with shoes and accessories as well. I packed simple, gold jewelry, and neutral-colored shoes (yes, I consider snakeskin to be a neutral ;) )
  • My grandfather used to always suggest packing a swimsuit, since it takes up very little space and you never know when you might need one!
  • Keep all of your underwear + intimates together, as to prevent them from floating around your suitcase and possibly becoming damaged. I use a blue zippered organizer, similar to this
  • As difficult as it may seem, limit the amount of makeup you pack! I swear you'll survive without that electric blue eyeliner ;P In my red toiletry bag, I packed these 10 pieces of makeup:
    • BB cream
    • Concealer
    • Bronzer
    • Translucent powder
    • Setting spray (essential for hot days spent sightseeing!)
    • Mini neutral eyeshadow palette
    • Mascara
    • Brow gel
    • 1 lipstick
    • Eyeliner
  • Invest in travel-sized beauty products. I was able to fit all of my other toiletries (like hairspray, toothpaste, lotion) in the same bag because they were all mini- just peruse down the "trial-sized" aisle in CVS to see what I mean ;)
  • Lastly, pack all of your essentials into an easy-to-carry bag for the plane ride. My in-flight essentials consist of a scarf, a pair of socks, an eye mask, ear plugs, jewelry that I wouldn't want to risk losing if my baggage was lost, a couple of books, and a few snacks to share with a travel buddy. Not pictured: headphones and my trusty iPhone

I hope this list was somewhat helpful! Although I travel quite often, I know there's so much more to be learned in this department. If you have any additional tips, I'd love to hear them in the comments section. :)

PS: Follow along on my Instagram to see snippets of my trip! 


  1. Looks like you are doing a great job of packing. I know you are a seasoned traveler, so not surprised. One thing I did when I was in Armenia for 4 weeks, I packed for 2 weeks, then added some clothing detergent, and washed everything I had once in the middle of the trip and then I didn't have so much to pack and carry! Just a thought.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I guess I packed lightly without realizing, since I'll have a laundry machine where I'm going to stay. It didn't occur to me that not everyone might think to bring less clothes + laundry detergent, so that's a great point! :)

  2. Love this post! Given me some food for thought for my upcoming trip to Europe!

    1. Thank you Chi Chi! Enjoy your trip! :)


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