Packing for 2 weeks in a carry on

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We recently returned from a 2 week trip to Italy for our honeymoon and I have been asked “how did you pack for that many days in a carry on?” The key is packing as light as possible; knowing we would be traveling to different parts of Italy by train every 3-4 days, I knew I didn’t want to be lugging a huge suitcase all over the country.

Here are some tips:

  1. Research your destination. What will the weather be like? Are there any cultural sensitivities or clothing not acceptable in certain places? (ex: churches, temples, museums).
  2. Consider your activities. We did a lot of walking, excursions and beach time on our trip. I opted to leave my heels behind (hello cobblestone streets) and bring a pair of black flats that helped dress up an outfit instead.
  3. Plan out your outfits. It’s totally worth the effort and helps prevent overpacking. Pick versatile pieces you can mix and match and add accessories for different looks.
  4. Pare down your makeup and toiletries. Leave behind the bulky hairdryer, as most hotels and AirBnB’s provide you with one. If you must bring one, travel sized is best.
  5. Tightly roll everything. Rolling takes up less space than laying clothing flat, and minimizes wrinkling.
  6. Leave some space. Leave some extra room in your suitcase for a few travel treasures to bring home.

Without further ado, here is what I took on our 2 week long vacation to Italy, packed only in my carry on.

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{Styled} Spring Fever

I write this as I sit at my classroom desk with a space heater blasting full force at my face- SPRING FEVER. It would be an understatement to say this winter has been brutal here in Chiberia. This Polar Vortex has created subzero temperatures and over 55 inches of snow accumulated thus far, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. I think it’s safe to say that dreaming of spring is the only thing getting me by these days.

My S.O. and I have a trip planned to visit New Orleans at the end of March. We are anxiously counting down the days to escape the cold for a week. It will be a nice change of pace to see green grass and go outside without 10 layers of clothing and outerwear on!

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