Packing for 3 months in a carry-on size backpack is a HUGE undertaking! Especially as a girl. And especially if you want to look halfway decent in your future blog posts! So it’s no surprise that this has been my biggest focus as we prepare to leave.
I have researched packing lists from other travelers that have done extended trips to Europe during the same time of year, and while they certainly have been helpful, I feel most of them lacked any commitment to style and also left a bit to be desired in functionality. So I have chosen to take the advice that I liked from a number of contributors, have found some solutions of my own, and am crossing my fingers that I have made the right clothing choices. I will let you know in a couple weeks how it all pans out!
Packing light has been attainable because most retailers have introduced athlesiure clothing lines, also known as the best thing since sliced bread and my current fashion obsession. Athleisure lines are designed for both athletic and leisure wear; which basically means that I have found a way to wear yoga pants every day while (hopefully) not sticking out like a sore thumb (read: American) when traipsing through Europe. It also helps that I already owned a vast collection of said items which I had justified with my previous work-from-home job and love for working out.
As for functionality, the pieces I have chosen are designed to be durable against dirt and grime and possess fast-drying features which will be helpful for all that sink washing (or to combat my profuse sweating). As you’ll see from my detailed list, I am clearly a brand advocate for Lululemon and Athleta, but these two brands have provided some great stylish options for my trip and are also functional.
And if you’re interested, Dan will be sure to share his travel clothing finds for guys in a later post!
And without further ado, here’s my (short!) list of what I decided to bring…
Athleta Short-sleeved Black Dress
Dressy tops (x2)
Under Armour underwear (x7)
Sports bras (x2)
Regular bra (x1)
Strapless bra with removable straps (x1)
Columbia Waterproof black trench
Sports watch with alarm clock
Lululemon vinyasa scarf
Quick dry towel
Small black crossbody purse
Crossfit jump rope
Ear plugsSmall medical kit with monthly prescriptions
Softsided bag for shopping
Extra compression bag for dirty clothes
Journal and pen
Small hair dryer
This is everything all laid out:
If you can’t believe this is all I’m taking, neither can I! I will be sure to check in again in a couple weeks into the trip with any feedback on whether this will actually be possible…or if I will be requesting my Mom to bring me a spare suitcase when they meet us in Spain!
Once it gets warmer, I will probably pick up a couple cheap sundresses or skirts to round the wardrobe out.