Monday, August 15, 2016

Packing Tips for International Travel

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In just about 24 hours, I'm heading to Italy! I am so excited, I haven't been there in a few years and I cannot wait to see family and literally just travel. The last time I went, I think I was about 14 and I know that I'll experience things so much differently this time. I'm beyond excited, but definitely not that excited to pack... And yes, I still haven't packed, eek!! As organized as I like to think I am, I'm one of the biggest procrastinators ever and it never works in my favor, like ever. #realtalk - but on a positive note, I do have some tips on how to pack quickly, easily and without forgetting anything. International travel is a LOT different than domestic travel and so is packing. Between airport rules; weight of baggage, limitations, etc., it's difficult to know what to do and what to pack. I find it difficult to remember what I can bring in my carry-on specifically, and because of limitations I've come up with what I *hope* to be a helpful cheat sheet for packing for international travel:

First, it's most important to check with your airline's rules about baggage. Every airline differs a bit, and it's super important to be sure of what you can bring in terms of bag size (specifically carry-on size and amount of bags). Since room is limited regardless, make sure you have a purpose for everything you pack!

Clothing:

This is a hard one, because I'm one of those people who likes to pack everything in my closet - if only I could! :P I like to try and choose things that I'll be able to mix and match with so I can re-wear things and create different outfit combinations with one piece. Of course, the amount of clothing depends on what you'll be doing, the weather/climate and how long you'll be away. My general rule of thumb is an outfit per day plus one or two extra pieces per two outfits. Here's some of the pieces I'm taking and an example of re-wearing pieces for different combos with those pieces:

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Colorblock Tank // Striped Tee // Two Tone Watch // Denim Shorts // Tory Burch Millers // Black Maxi

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Floral Kimono // Tank Top // White Jeans // Tan Hat // Kate Spade Bag // RayBans

Here are some combinations to create with these 12 pieces; I chose these 12 because they're some of my favorites, and are the newer things I bought from my trip so they're still available online! : )

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It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think the floral kimono with the shorts is my favorite - so versatile! I also almost always roll my clothes... It sounds sort of crazy, but it does help with wrinkling and is a huge space saver! I also throw in a couple of hangers so I have extra than what's provided at the hotel, etc.

Electronics:

Between converters and electronic cords (laptop, camera, phone, etc) it's SO hard to remember everything! Converters are so important and knowing the different wattage sizes for what you need is equally crucial. This set is great for smaller things (phones, cameras) and you can even pick through a long list of countries. This converter is for larger things and has a larger wattage; it's universal and even has USB ports for extra charging!

Carry-On:

I'm hoping to share a picture or two on Instagram when my carry-on is actually packed, but here I am - procrastinating and not having a thing packed! But here's a list of things I always have in my carry-on, and yes - carry-on AND a "personal item" is allowed, so you can bring a purse too or computer bag, etc. I always take the biggest tote bag I own and fill it to the very top!

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Passport Holder // Travel Pillow // MacBook Air Case // Purell Wipes // Monogrammed Keychain // ID Holder and Clip // Headphones // Travel Bottles (for liquids) // Shoe Bags // Deodorant Wipes // Sunglasses // Mophie Power Station // Travel Jewelry Case

I take a few of the shoes I pack with me in my carry-on; call me crazy, but I'm super paranoid about luggage and I like keeping my nicest shoes with me so these shoe/heel bags are perfect for travel and keep your shoes safe in your carry-on. I'm big on keeping things in smaller bags so it's easier to access things! I have a bag for my makeup, one for toiletries, electronics/plugs in one - you get the idea.

I know there's SO much more, and I could go on and on about packing, but these are my favorite tips and suggestions for your clothing and carry-on bags! Does anyone have other packing tips? I'd love to hear them - I need all the help I can get! ; )

XOXO

54 comments :

  1. Oooh cute outfit selections! I always pack an outfit a day plus a few extras in case of accidents too. I can't do the 2 outfits for a week away thing.

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  2. Love your converter recommendations! I just got back from Africa and my converter definitely came in handy.

    http://thealwaysblog.com

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  3. These are all great picks! Italy sounds fabulous, I hope you have a great time!

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  4. AHH! I so wish I was traveling internationally! Have so much fun!

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  5. Have fun!! I love the converter recommendation! I feel like I would totally forget that!!

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  6. These are awesome tips. International travel is an entirely different beast from domestic travel. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love the clothing choices! So free, casual and cute!

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  8. Love all the outfit pairings! You're going to have such an amazing trip! I love Italy!

    Xo
    Sami
    www.theclassicbrunette.com

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  9. These tips are awesome! I visited Hawaii this summer and even though it's not an international flight, it was still hard to pack for!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  10. Great post, international travel is my favorite! You nailed it in the packaging department!

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  11. These are great tips and I love your wardrobe choices. I think these trips are great even for travel within the states.

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  12. I am loving that blue white and yellow shirt. Great finds!

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  13. These are all great outfits to pair up I am loving your sense of fashion. I honestly don't really have any fashion sense at all!

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  14. these tips are great! I just spent a semester studying abroad in Belgium and can definitely agree on all of this!

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  15. Great packing suggestions! Love the kimono and hat. Pinned this!

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  16. These outfit ideas are so cute! Thanks for sharing this, I'm the worst over packer and always wonder how other people do it.

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  17. I've never been to Italy but I'm dying to go. I am sure you're going to have an absolute blast :)

    xoxo, Jenny

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  18. You have such a great fashion sesnse and I love that you don't tend to overpack like I do. We are going to the Dominican Republic in the Fall so thanks for the packing tips!

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  19. Oh, these are great tips and I like your essentials too. Those outfits rock your trip!

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  20. These are great tips! For the carry on a neck pillow is a must for me on a long plane ride and we have the same idea with filling the large tote as your personal item!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

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  21. I so needed this! I'm going on a two week international trip and have been stressing about packing. Great post!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  22. So helpful! I always struggle finding enough room to pack and this helps :)

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  23. I love all of these ideas, especially the Kate Spade passport holder. I've had my eye on a black passport holder by Kate Spade in the best, but I love this design, too!

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  24. Great outfits and tips! Also, I love your idea about putting shoes in the carry on. I've never thought of that before. I don't exactly trust airports with my luggage so I might have to do that!

    Michelle | www.landofstyleandsass.blogspot.com

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  25. Great outfit selections! I can't wait to travel to Europe one day. Enjoy your traveling! :))

    Rosalyn | LynSire.com

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  26. I love the styles you picked. We take lots of family vacations this time of year and I always need help packing.

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  27. I love all the stripes for an international trip! Way too fun!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  28. These are great tips! I really love the outfits. They look so nice!

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  29. I just got back from 10 days in Greece and love your packing info. Yes, you can travel internationally with a carryon suitcase and outfits that carry you through your trip without being overloaded. I need to check out those shoe bags you showed. They look adorable and durable for heels.

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  30. Oh my god I am so jealous. If my husband could choose one place to go it would be Italy.

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  31. Italy is one of the many places that is in my bucket list. These tips are spot on!

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  32. These are such cute outfits! I am all about the carry on bag, even if it's international.

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  33. Have so much fun in Italy! Those outfits combinations are adorable!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  34. Such great ideas! I always pack some sort of plastic bag for wet swimsuits or to put my dirty undergarments in.

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  35. Oh wow have such an amazing time in Italy!! This post is so helpful especially the carryon section! I'll be traveling next summer and I'm going to save this so i can refer back to it.

    La Belle Sirene 

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  36. Have so much fun in Italy! So jealous. Love the mood boards and the clothes you mixed and matched!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  37. I haven't traveled internationally so I've never really thought about these things. These are all great tips - and super cute outfits!

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  38. I like the items you picked for travel. You picked a few items for travel. Every item made a set for each day. Some people go over board and take so many items. I think if everyone packed like you. Traveling would be so much better.

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  39. I'm not ready for christmas yet. I haven't even started school shopping!

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  40. Awesome post-- I need to remember these tips for my next trip. I am such an over-packer :P

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  41. Love these outfits! I love the blue tank top and color block top! So adorable

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  42. I'm loving all of these outfits and the carry on stuff I wholeheartedly agree with!

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  43. We haven't traveled internationally but these are some great packing tips for when we finally do!

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  44. Pretty finds! I love all the tops and accessories. And great tips as well. Have fun in Italy!

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  45. Those outfits are so cute and so are the accessories. They make me want to travel which I hope to do soon.

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  46. Ah, Italy is love. Be sure to venture out of big cities like Rome, Milan, Venice to villages like Cinque Terre, Amalfi, Positano.

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  47. I have yet to do any international traveling but I can only imagine the packing! What great tips you provided.

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  48. Your outfits are so cute! I hope you have so much fun in Italy. Thank you for sharing your tips.

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  49. I dont carry a travel pillow anymore but my laptop is a must! I end up working during my flight so I always need to wear something comfortable but also warm because sometimes it gets really cold.

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  50. Hope you're having a great time in Italy. i would love to go there one day. I would have a hard time packing though because I always over pack.

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  51. I can't wait to come back and read about your trip! Have a great time! These are great tips. I try to pack everything I own... every time I go!

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  52. Those wedges and striped grey shirt are my life lol. I have so many of those similar styles.

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  53. Devastated I never made it to sorento while in Italy. Excuse for a trip back!

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  54. Love your picks for clothing! Such versatile pieces. Sorento was SO dreamy when we visited! One day we will be back!

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