Updated: Dec 16, 2020
I am headed to Spain on Saturday and I cannot wait! The forecast is looking sunny, and 60 degrees is sounding divine. I really should be working on my thesis paper right now, but I just finished packing my bag... And I cannot stop thinking about how efficient I have become!
I have been trying to master the art of packing for the last three years. While I was working in college admissions, I was constantly flying around the states and living out of my suitcase. Now that I live in Europe, weekend and weeklong trips happen every month or two.
I am excited to share with you my spring women’s packing list as well as a few of my favorite products. This list can be used for any trip where you only want to have carry-ons. Comfort has become the number one priority for me. I have high arches, and thus sometimes struggle on extreme walking expeditions (I walked 14 miles in a single day in London in October), so comfortable shoes, as well as a light pack, makes a world of difference.
My Favorite Suitcases
I have tried many different sized bags and different travel equipment. But so far, these are my favorites. The dynamic trio: a hard shell bag for clothes, a computer bag for work, and my handy dandy small backpack—PERFECT for carrying on.
I do love these brands so I will share with you, I tend to buy on the more expensive side. But I don’t doubt that you could find similar items on Amazon for much cheaper.
This hardshell is by Anne Klein and is part of a three-piece set. This computer bag is Vera Bradley, and I must say, it’s one of my best travel cases. It is filled with pockets and a safe case inside for my computer, and most importantly, it attaches to the roller bag.
And this day pack is by Colombia, it also came with a water pack that I often use. I typically always also pack a small purse for over the shoulder use and store it inside my day pack.
*be extra vigilant when traveling with a backpack, thieves are known to slice open the back while people are taking photos. If you are in a highly-populated area, be sure to wear it on your front.
And ladies, I love ya, but only pack the essentials. No matter what happens, or what you tell yourself, I promise that when you travel you’ll find things to buy. You need extra room in your suitcase! I have made that mistake way too many times.
If you can't launch your suitcase 10 feet, it is too heavy. If you can't hit a dead sprint in the airport with all your junk, it is too heavy. If you can't carry your bag up 10 flights of stairs that are wet, again, too heavy. Y'all 15 pounds max, I promise you it makes a huge difference.