packing light for spring international travel


i think i might be a rare one, but i love packing!  ok, not always, but for big trips i do.  we have been blessed with a bit of international travel during our 16 years of marriage, and one thing we have learned is to travel as light as possible.  several times we have been stranded in another country with lost luggage, so now we do our best to just travel with carry-on luggage if at all possible, especially if there are several flights involved.

every couple years, we get to go on a big trip sponsored by a manufacturer that sean’s company represents.  these trips are really fun because we get sent places we’d never really get to go to otherwise.  this year we are heading to monte carlo, monaco and we added on a few days in greece as well.  the price of international travel when you are already in europe is really great, so we thought since we were so close, we may as well make the most of it!

a couple years ago we went to barcelona and mallorca, before that was a river cruise in france, and before that was a mediterranean cruise.

the tricky thing about packing light for these trips is that it is also a “work” trip and there are a few work functions that we go to that require us to dress up, so that means packing 2-3 fancier dresses and heels, items i wouldn’t normally travel with.  also, we always go in the off season (just before peak season starts), so the weather is a little trickier to anticipate, so i have to pack extra layers in case of cold or rain.


here’s the breakdown of what i’ll be bringing:


shirts: 1 graphic tee, 1 long sleeved b&w stripe shirt (it goes with everything), 1 tunic (could be worn with leggings), a dressy tank/tunic/short dress (for warmer days or a beach cover up), long chambray tunic for layering, and a lightweight gauzy boho shirt {similar}


bottoms: 1 pair of shorts {similar} (just in case its warm enough), 1 pair of skinny jeans, 1 pair of black denim ankle length skinny jeans, 1 pair of ponte pants/thick leggings with pockets and stitch details that elevates them just a bit from regular leggings


sweaters: 1 grey loose fitting cowl neck sweater {similar} & 1 tan loose fit shawl collar cardigan {similar}


jackets: 1 olive green field coat {similar} (goes with everything) & 1 lightweight puff coat {similar} (in case its really chilly)


2 dresses: 1 fitted sheath {similar}, 1 trapeze/a-line style.


extras: 1 bathing suit {similar}, pajamas, running clothes


accessories: 1 belt, 1 hat {similar}, 2 cross body bags, 2 scarves (great for airplane travel)


shoes: dressy heels {similar}, gladiator sandals, ankle boots {similar}, running shoes, flats {similar}

travel outfits

 these are just a few off the many combinations that i can make with these pieces! cheap true religion i like to have the ability to pack as few items as possible, but have as many outfit options as possible. true religion outlet packing items that work well together give me more options – options to dress up or down, or to add or subtract layers without looking like an obvious tourist.


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soon i’ll share my magic tricks & tips for packing ALL of this into ONE carryon suitcase!


  1. 1

    Great outfit ideas! I can’t wait to see your packing plan! I would also love tips on how you manage carry on liquids for such a trip. I can never manage all my needed liquids in the quart size bag! ( Sunscreen, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc!!)

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    Great ideas! My husband is a pilot and we fly standby every where we go. It didn’t take my long after we got married almost 16yrs. ago to learn to pack everything in a carry on. :-)

    I know you’re gonna have so much fun! Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back.

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    So happy to have “found” you! You’re completely inspiring. Thanks for sharing your style.

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    This is great! Just wondering: how long will you be traveling for? And when? – That puff coat seems almost too warm for your destinations, depending on when you go…

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      Lindsey - the pleated poppy says:

      We’ll be traveling for about 12 days. We’re actually heading out today! We’re just on the cusp of the off season so it is starting to warm up. But the average highs look to be in the low to mid 60’s, and we’re expecting a little rain as well.

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    This is awesome! We are going to Europe in June and I don’t know what to pack so that I don’t look like an obvious tourist. Love what you have packed and I will use this list as my guide. Have a great trip!

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    Hannah Beth Reid says:

    I love all the outfits you made with these pieces!

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    I’m someone who loves packing too. When I was young, I’d pack for my week of summer camp on the first day of summer break, and when I was a teenager, I saved a copy of Martha Stewart Living with a great article full of packing tips.

    I don’t get the opportunity to travel as much, but I am curious on two things… Do you pack all of it into one suitcase or do you have some of it in a backpack? And, do you bring any toiletries, or do you jut wait and buy something there?

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    Great post! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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    You didn’t say how long this is for? How many weeks?

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    Great ideas! It is hard to do the less is more, but then there is room in your suitcase to shop and get some cool overseas pieces!

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    Lynn Mathiowetz says:

    I agree with everyone ^ your packing posts are so full of great idea’s and inspiration! Safe travels:). *I’d be curious about personal hygiene items as well.

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    Linda Z says:

    Great ideas, Lindsey. I love seeing how other people pack and shuffle their clothes around. I’m starting to get pretty good and minimizing… especially for plane trips. I’m just curious how you are able to get 5 pairs of shoes on a carry on. I’ve only been able to travel with 2 pairs. I wear one on the plane and pack the other. I can’t seem to pack enough clothes and fit hygiene items in if I do more shoes. Do you have any tips on how to do that?

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