Monday, August 31, 2015

The Packing List

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I am a chronic overpacker. Anyone will tell you that I tend to bring three bags on a weekend trip - one giant purse, one Longchamp with just my hair supplies and toiletries, and a HUGE Longchamp with my clothing options. Emphasis on options. Also, Longchamp is just fabulous for weekend trips and I highly suggest that you (or your significant other, #thanksbryan) invest in one if you are looking for functional and fashionable light luggage or carry-on options.

Imagine my dismay when everybody and their mother tells me that I can't bring half of the things I want to bring on my trip to Austria this fall. I am worried, but fear not, I also like to think that I near-mastered the art of layering on our Ireland trip earlier this summer. We will see about that.

I'm really excited to share a few of the things that I have deemed "essentials" for my trip - world travelers, please chime in below!

disclaimer: take the word "essentials" with a grain of salt.

The List

  • Neutral colored long sleeve Piko tops and dresses - I'm bringing dresses in wine and charcoal, tops in taupe (styled on The PDX Belle here!) and light grey.
  • Army green jacket from Zara (mine's sold out) - similar here
  • Black suede wedge booties for going out
  • Nike Air Max sneakers for walking (and everything else ever)
  • Long North Face down jacket for snowy Salzburg days, if those are more than just a fairytale
  • Sam Edelman Felicia flats in nude and leopard - they're so light and compact, I figured I could throw in an extra pair!
  • The world's cutest passport cover (I know this isn't an essential, but come on...)
  • UrbanEars Plattan headphones  in pink of course, because I just couldn't resist


34 comments:

  1. Fantastic list! I'm also a chronic overpacker, and only made it worse by upgrading to a bigger suitcase lol. I love the items you chose, I don't even use my passport enough to warrant it - but I want to buy that cover! Definitely a great essentials list! :)

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  2. I am going on a trip this week and definitely need to remember some of these!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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  3. So exciting that you're packing to go abroad!! It was funny for me to read this because it wasn't until just before leaving to go back to college that I finally unpacked from my travels abroad this summer. Can't wait to hear all about your semester!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. I am totally like that too with unpacking - college is hard because it feels like we are constantly living out of suitcases!

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  4. Excited to hear about your travels abroad!
    I've never been abroad but that sounds like a pretty concise and necessary list.
    Have so much fun!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  5. I don't know how ANYONE packs for a semester abroad. I pack way too much as well and I think it's because I love having tons of options no matter what the occasion is. I can't wait to see pictures and follow along with your trip to Austria! One of my good friends just came back from a trip there and she absolutely loved it! She is a huge fan of The Sound of Music, haha.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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    1. I'm the same way! It'll be a true test of my layering skills, haha. I'm so glad to hear your friend had a blast! I'm a sound of music freak, too :)

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  6. Great list! My boyfriend always teases me when we go away to the mountains for a weekend because I have one bag for clothes and one for shoes...but who knows what's going to happen?! You always have to be prepared! As I look more into studying and traveling abroad, I know I'm going to have to pack light, so thank you so much for this list!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

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    1. Hopefully it helped! Shoes have been the toughest thing to narrow down for this trip. My bf gives me a hard time about packing too much as well :)

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  7. Excellent list! I've been known to over pack, as I always have to be prepared for ANYTHING that may happen. Thankfully, I've been working on downsizing my suitcase for a much lighter load. ;)

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  8. Swooning over that passport cover! Headed to buy pronto!

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  9. So fun! I love your picks. I'm terrible about over-packing as well, I try to make a list and stick to it! I can't wait to hear about your travels.

    http://apeachysonder.blogspot.com

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  10. That passport cover is too cute! So jealous that you were able to spend time in Ireland! I have friends working abroad in Scotland and they travel to Ireland all the time, it's beautiful!

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    1. It was magical! You should try to go sometime :)

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  11. Your passport cover is so cute! It's such a good idea to pack lots of neutrals for travel.

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  12. OBSESSED with your Sam Edelman ballet flats, so so cute!

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  13. I don't even have a passport but I need hat floral holder! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

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  14. I love those flats! They look sooo similar to actual ballet flats, and I love it! I'm pinning this for future reference :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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    1. Thanks for the pin, sweet girl! I swear by them :)

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  15. I love your list! I want to get a passport just to get that holder!

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    1. All the more reason to travel when you can!

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  16. How exciting! I hope you have a blast, and don't worry, you have so much fun exploring that you will fall in love with your surroundings more than anything else, but I am sure that you know this...

    Nancy Laws l Chic Mompreneur

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I hope so, it has been a source of some anxiety for me this summer.

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  17. Those flats are so cute! love!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  18. I promise you from experience, those Sam Edelman flats are PERFECT for exploring the cities of Europe! Great list there girl! I had the leopard ones and LOVED them! My advice, collect the different countries that are represented on the back of the coins. They're so unique.

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

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    1. YAY I'm so glad to hear that!! And I will keep that in mind :)

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  19. I definitely relate to you on the overpacker point- that's me every time! I just want to be prepared :P

    Courtney// As We Stumble Along

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  20. This is a perfect packing guide! I am loving those flats! Hope you have a blast, gorgeous girl!
    xo Ashley

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  21. Such a great packing tips!! This post is really helpful for those who are confused about their packing to get ready for trip!!

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  22. My headphones actually just died out after having them for 2 years, and I need to snag these UrbanEars pair. They look fab!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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  23. I need those flats in My life!

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  24. Omg how fun! You're gonna have such an amazing time. I recommend the Nike Roshe! They're the most comfortable sneakers I own right now.

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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  25. I'm packing for NY this weekend, so this will come in handy! I'm an over packer myself (can never be too prepared lol!)

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