As soon as we officially booked our 3 week European honeymoon I began my research on everything and anything, including how to pack. Every website urged me not to take too many suitcases as wheeling everything around on cobblestone roads is frustrating is screams ‘tourist’. I decided I was going to challenge myself and pack one medium sized checked luggage for both myself and my husband.
Most important takeaways:
– Plan to do laundry at least once. I packed enough to get us both through 9 days before doing laundry. You’d be surprised how many different ways you can style the same shirt.
– ROLL like there’s no tomorrow. Fold your clothes then roll them tightly together. Not only does this save space in your suitcase but it helps to keep clothes from getting wrinkled. Which leads me to my next tip…
– Packing cubes will be your new best friend. I kept reading about packing cubes but I didn’t really understand the benefits of them until I packed for this trip. They really do save space and make it easier to keep things together. Roll your clothes tightly then organize them into the packing cubes. Here are the ones I bought from Amazon.
– Have a good idea of the weather at your destination. Heading to Paris and Italy, I knew we would be encountering a range of temperatures so I made sure to bring things that could be easily layered for extra warmth. If the weather calls for rain, rain boots or a leather jacket would be lifesavers. I didn’t bring either and I have a feeling that I’ll regret it.
Post Trip Update: We lucked out and only experienced 3 days of rain the entire 3 weeks. I didn’t regret not bringing rain boots and I actually ended up buying a leather jacket at the San Lorenzo Leather Market in Florence. Win-win! 🙂
I’m writing this post from the plane on the way to Paris so I’ll be sure to update this post after our trip with any additional tips and tricks for packing and if I have any regrets.
Post Trip Update: We have returned from our trip and I’m happy to report that packing was successful! During our trip we did two loads of laundry and wore every item that we packed. We bought a good amount of souvenirs (one of them being a leather tote bag from the infamous San Lorenzo Leather Market in Florence) and were able to fit them all and still come back with only one checked luggage under 50 lbs. Success!