Last month, we returned from a three week trip to Europe, which included stops in England, France and Germany. We knew ahead of time that the weather was going to be mixed; cooler temperatures and rain in England, but sun and heat in Germany and France. So, as you can imagine packing was complicated as I wanted to make sure I had the right clothes for the right weather and the right cities. Oh, and I didn’t want to look like a tourist.
Throughout our trip, I realized I was wearing 5 items very regularly. I was surprised that these items were working for all the cities, countries and weather we were experiencing.
What are they you ask? Check out my list below – I’ve linked the exact or similar items for reference.
#1 – This denim shirt was great for layering over tanks, t-shirts and dresses. It wasn’t cold where we were, but often there was a breeze or chill in the air and this denim shirt kept me comfortable. A linen shirt would have also worked, but this is what I bought as I thought it would transition well into Fall.
#2 – I had never taken a scarf when I had travelled in the past, but Pinterest and friends of mine assured me I needed to have one. So, I packed one along and I am so glad I did! It added a little interest to my basic wardrobe and was used as a pillow by one of my kids on the flight. My scarf was in shades of grey and blue and it went with 90% of my wardrobe. After this trip, I will always pack a scarf on my future travels.
#3 – I wanted a comfortable yet stylish running shoe (sneaker) to wear for our long days of sightseeing, but I didn’t want to wear an obvious sporty shoe. Converse were an option, but I found the Superga shoe fit better and had slightly more support for my feet. At the end of the day, my feet felt great in these shoes. I bought white, but grey was my second choice (surprise, surprise). This is an Italian brand of shoe and I saw many women wearing these all over Europe.
#4 – I wanted to have some pants that would be comfortable for travelling, walking and just hanging out and I knew these joggers would be perfect. I have them in this greige colour and black. They are 100% cotton, so they breathe and don’t feel too hot when the temperatures heat up. They were easy to style and wear with a tank or t-shirt and made me look less like an obvious tourist.
#5 – Lastly, a white t-shirt. I don’t go anywhere without one or even two of these. This shirt has a more relaxed style and looked great with both my pants and skirts. This is basically my “don’t leave home without one” shirt.
What do you think of these choices? Is there something from your closet that you always pack? Let me know in the comments below and happy travels!
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