Traveling abroad is no easy feat with five family members. Several months ago as I was preparing for our family trip to England/Ireland I did research on how to pack lightly. Packing light was a necessity for the family and I because we were traveling with a large group. Packing less meant saving money, time, and effort. Our family goal was for each person to be able to include all the needed items for the trip in one small carry on bag, per person.
Amazingly we achieved our goal. Each of us brought only one carry and a smaller tote bag on the plane. We didn’t check any bags in on any flights we flew on. Packing lightly was not easy for me. I’m an over packer. I love to be prepared for anything and have an outfit to wear with any event. The idea of packing two weeks of clothing, in a small carry on, was stressful enough, but I was also concerned about how fashionable I would look on my travels. I wanted to enjoy the sights of Europe looking as if I was meant to live in there, not like just another American tourist making their rounds.
Fashion and travel don’t always go together, but luckily I found an addictive website that helped me pack only the necessary items and look like the fashion guru I’ve always hoped to be. The travel site I found is called Travelista. It is a small site that focuses on simplifying traveling, especially when in comes to packing light. I love, love this website. The packing advice given has changed my travel life forever.
Two must read articles are How to Pack Light and 8 Ways to Pack Like a Fashionista. The information and advice shared in these article is great. I thought I would show you what I packed for my two-week trip to Europe using the advice given from Travelista.
I tried to follow the packing guidelines as closely as possible. The color combinations may seem dull for Fall, but I was happy with my choices. Every item of clothing could be easily worn with each other and perfect for layering. Layering is the key to successful light packing. I will show you my Spring/Fall packing list and one for Summer. The colors in the Summer packing list are much for colorful.
The tips used for packing aren’t just for women. I applied the same principles to pack for my husband and three boys too. We had room for all of our personal grooming things and were able to accommodate temperature ranges rain/sun and from the low 40 degrees to the lower 70 degrees. In case you are wondering we did laundry three times during our trip.
Pretty cool, right? I certainly think so. Since our trip to Europe I’ve spent hours preparing for our next family adventure. Traveling with the kids may not be easy, but at least I won’t have to worry about packing.