Packing for three weeks abroad

I’ve made quite a few purchases specific for my travels.  Things like packable jackets and rain coats, packable shoes, bags, etc. My favorite part about the packing process is going through and finding good travel size hygiene products for my trips. It’s definitely a random thing but I love it because it provides me the opportunity to try out new products without committing to the actual full size, I can use different products during my trips to give my skin a change, and usually I can get through an entire bottle on my trip so I end up carrying less and less over time.  It’s like a marker of the time passing for my trip as I start to throw away products along the way.

For this specific trip, I needed to be prepared for quite a few things so I had to think about a lot when I packed. The start of my trip would be relatively good weather, then I was supposed to encounter about a 30 degree drop in temperature and some snow then followed by just cold rain. This meant that I needed to pack layers upon layers because packing excessively large sweaters would not be the best use of space. Along with that, I needed to make sure I had lots of lotion due to the weather changes and I needed to prep for doing laundry while I was abroad.  Lastly, I needed to be prepared for the weather with my shoes to ensure that I had the perfect walking shoes but also shoes I could use for various occasions like the wedding I was going to go to near the tail-end of the trip.

When it came down to it, I settled on the following:

  • Chelsea boots for the days it would be really cold and wet
  • Allbirds for walking around in
  • Rothys for the wedding and when I just needed to make a quick run somewhere
  • Uniqlo heat-tech long sleeves and leggings that I could wear under other clothing for layering and warmth
  • Jeans
  • A sweater dress for the wedding that could also be used for the slightly warmer days
  • Tights which could also be used to wear under the pants for an extra layer
  • Wool socks
  • No show socks
  • Button up long sleeve shirts that could be layered
  • One running shirt (long sleeve) because the material is super lightweight and warm
  • Uniqlo down jacket that could be squished and packable
  • My travel jacket that could be worn over the down jacket
  • A beanie
  • A scarf that I could also use to place around my stuff in my purse for extra security

For hygiene, I settled on the following key things:

  • Two different types of face lotion
  • One night cream
  • A packet of face masks (samples)
  • Facial essense
  • Toner
  • Eye masks for after my long flight to Europe
  • Two types of toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair
  • Dry shampoo in a bottle (not a spray)

Once I got all the items that I wanted to bring on my trip, I knew I was ready for the trip.


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