What I’m Packing for a Month in Europe

October 18, 2016

One of my biggest challenges with planning this trip has been what the heck I’m going to pack.

If we were going in the summer, it would be no problem. Throw in some shorts and dresses and you’re good to go. But we’re going deep in the fall, with temperatures only getting colder the further we go on the trip. Being a Southern California girl, I am SO excited at the thought of experiencing a real fall this year…but at the same time, it makes packing so hard!! Coats and boots are so heavy, and with my 44lb luggage weight limit, it makes things pretty difficult. So, I’m looking at packing for this trip as a personal challenge! I want to pack enough pieces I can mix and match so I won’t be constantly wearing the same thing over and over, but I definitely don’t want to totally overpack and have to lug around tons of stuff. I’m sticking with a mainly neutral color scheme, with a few pops of red, so everything is cohesive! Here’s the breakdown of what I’m taking (some of these aren’t the exact items, but they are the same types of pieces):


I narrowed it down to three classic coat options: a trenchquilted jacket, and a camel coat (I actually purchased this one for under $30!!). These will work for a variety of temperatures and activities.

Vests will be perfect for those chilly but not freezing days, and are great for layering. My faux fur vest is SO warm, I know I’m going to wear it tons. It’ll be great to dress up my casual jeans and little black dress. My quilted vest has a classic look and will be great for everyday wear! I might edit out one of these, but we’ll see. 😉


Cozy sweaters are definitely in order for the cold weather we’ll be experiencing. Camel is my favorite color right now, so I definitely want to bring my cozy camel sweater. My chunky cream turtleneck will be perfect to throw on with jeans, and the tissue turtleneck will be perfect for layering! A classic black sweater will be a great to dress up or down, and I’m planning on wearing a cozy cardigan on the plane.

I’m bringing a couple of nicer blouses (a cute bow blouse and a cream button down), a chambray top that I can wear with anything, and a few long sleeve layering tees (even though I only put one on there).


I might bring one other nicer dress, but for now I’m sticking to a simple black dress and a couple skirts. The black and red skirts will be great for mixing and matching, and I’m bringing a couple pairs of warm tights for chilly days!


I’m keeping it simple with pants and sticking to black jeansdark wash jeans, and a pair of faux leather leggings that I can wear for a night out or a dressier dinner.


This was one of the hardest areas to narrow down, minus the coats. I’m going with a pair of tall black boots, short waterproof chelsea bootssneakers, and ballet flats. They’re all black, will go with anything, and will work for any occasion.


An umbrella is a necessity, and I thought a houndstooth print would be fun (and I’ll stand out in a crowd if Dave needs to find me!). I’m packing at least two scarves- I’m thinking a plaid one and a neutral camel one, because these are also great for mixing up outfits!

My black bucket bag is going to be my main bag- I can wear it crossbody, but it’s still roomy enough for my camera, a water bottle, etc. A red bag will be fun to wear out to dinner at night, and a nylon tote will come in handy on long travel days. I’m also bringing a nylon backpack as my carry on!

Hats will be a great (and lightweight) way to mix up my outfits, so I’m bringing a few fun options! I love me a good black hat, and the beanie will be essential in 40 degree temps. I threw in the baseball cap because I’m obsessed with them right now!

I’m pretty much going to be editing my choices until the day we leave, but for now I’m feeling pretty good about everything. When we get back, I’ll be sure and do an update post on what worked, what didn’t, and what I actually ended up bringing with me.

Wish me luck!!



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