How to pack for two weeks in Europe

Packing for a long trip is always overwhelming but if I've learned anything (especially after this trip, where my bags were lost for two days!!) it's that you have to be a bit fluid and you can't stress about your stuff too much. If you end up forgetting something, there is a 99% chance you'll be able to find it overseas. For this trip, I packed a bunch of comfy basics. I also brought a few girlier things (dresses + pretty tops) for dinners in London and Paris but the majority of my trip was spent sight-seeing and/or playing with three boys, so there wasn't much a need for those things. Comfy sweaters (my fav!!), leggings, jeans, boots, and sneakers... no fussing allowed (+ all easy to wash at my friends' home in Ireland).

With that, there is one big lesson I learned on this trip (which is pretty rookie of me but know that I never check luggage, so use that for context!) Always pack the important things (toothbrush, deodorant, an extra outfit) in your carry-on! That way, if your luggage does go missing, you will be okay for the first 24 hours. Along those lines, keep your valuables in your carry-on! As a general rule I don't travel with my nice things, but I did bring my nice watch this trip. It was in a pouch with my Monica Vinader watch, and I accidentally put it into my main luggage and not my carry-on, which led to panic when my bags were lost.

Anyways, these are the best leggings ever. They're usually for the gym but they are SO comfy that they're just perfect for the red eye. Can't say enough good things... they're brushed and just so, so soft. I also packed a travel sized version of my Everyday Oil as it is the best and so great as a multi-tasker. I use it on both my face and my body and it also doubles as a makeup remover! And even though it takes up a bit of space I always travel with my Beachwaver. It's the absolute best – I air dry my hair when I travel but then I'll just go over my (frizzy) waves with this for a little more polish.

Top:Elemis Pro Collagen Trio // 'All The Missing Girls' by Megan Miranda // Beyond Yoga Spacedye High Waist Long Leggings // Nike Free Sneakers // Everyday Oil // Halogen Sweater

Middle:Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots // The Five Minute Journal // Free People Cream Sweater // The Beachwaver Pro // Schmidt's Natural Deodorant // Monica Vinander Signature Gold Cuff // Jo Malone Perfume

Bottom:Spanx Leggings // Dagne Dover Blush Pouch // Dana Rebecca Diamond Disc Necklace // 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak // BP 'Trolley' Booties

PS – If anyone has recommendations for a European-sized carry-on (that still holds a lot!) I am all ears. I am thinking it's time to upgrade as my usual carry-on is no longer TSA approved for Europe, and then I just have a tiny one which only holds enough for a long weekend..

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Caraa Sport Tote
Thanks to this stylish tote's sleek compartments, you'll never have to worry about having space for that extra pair of shoes or cozy sweater. And did we mention that the bag has a phone charger? Consider us sold.
Everlane The Twill Weekender
This simplistic bag is the ultimate companion for a weekend away. With no frills to get in the way, traveling will be a breeze with this chic weekender.
Bric's 'X-Bag' Carry-On Rolling Duffel Bag
If you're traveling far enough that you have to get on a plane, than this rolling duffel is for you -- with wheels for seamless travel and several zippered compartments for easy packing, it does all the work for you.
Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Expandable Travel Bag
We are obsessed with this versatile weekend bag! Unzip the middle section to expand the bag or convert it into a backpack in a snap -- literally.
Frye 'Logan' Leather Overnight Bag
Even if you're traveling for a whole week, this sleek bag can handle it all. Plus, the leather looks better the more you use it making it a piece you will want to hold onto for years.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Faux Leather Tote
This tote is ideal for the spontaneous travelers that just like to throw everything into a bag and go. With a cute design and room to spare, this bag is a luggage staple.
HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. 'Novel' Duffel Bag
With a shoe compartment on the side and a zippered pocket on the back, there is no shortage of space in this duffel. Plus, its light weight material keeps it from weighing you down.
Ted Baker Womens Albany Softside Large Wheeled Trolley Duffel
This is another great rolling bag that makes a terrific carry-on option for when you don't want to risk losing your bag or waiting hours at baggage claim for a suitcase.
BRIGGS & RILEY Baseline Suiter Duffel Bag
With a "shoe garage" and a slip to slide over your rolling luggage, this duffel bag is perfect for both weekend and week long trips.
Scout Duffy Duffle Bag
The adjustable straps and ample pocket room will help you travel smarter without breaking the bank -- plus, you can personalize your bag with a fun monogram.

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