The Euro Trip: What You Should Really Be Packing In Your Suitcase?
If you're living anywhere in South Australia right now (like I am), you're probably wearing long pants, long sleeves, boots, a coat, a hat and a scarf and are most likely still cold. Officially the perfect time to disappear to a warmer climate - I sure am. Four weeks and counting suckers. But seriously, it seems like every second person I talk to has either been, is going or at least wishing they were in Europe right now. If you ask me, booking the trip is the easy part. It's not hard. With my accomodation, flights and trains now taken care of, all I'm really struggling with is exactly what and how much I can take with me (without looking completely ridiculous).
When you work in the fashion industry, it's very difficult to tell yourself you don't need something. Especially when you basically spend your entire day selling the concept to others. As much as we might all deny it, there are things you will need to buy for your trip - remember, you're heading into summer early. There's no way you're ready for that when you've been spending all your pennies perfecting your winter wardrobe to avoid freezing on the daily.
The good thing is at this time of year, space is on your side. No big jumpers, ski jackets or snow boots taking up your luggage allowance. This doesn't mean you should add in those two pairs of slightly different black jeans you wanted to bring. Packing less means less to carry, less washing and less outfit options, ultimately resulting in less fuss in the mornings and more time enjoying and exploring your foreign city of choice. It also means, more space to fit all those one-off, amazing purchases you will make along the way.
So here's the short list: the items that are definitely in my suitcase and should be in yours. Multi-purpose, easy wearing and most importantly on trend. Outfits which won't let you down; wether you're hitting the tourist spots in Rome or partying in Prague.
T H E S T A T E M E N T D R E S S
Still easy wearing and not black.
T H E D E N I M S H O R T S
Wear them anywhere and with anything.
T H E K N I T T E D S H I F T
Not too heavy for summer and also won't expose your knickers when the breeze comes along. Winning.
T H E W H I T E T E E
This one's obvious. If you didn't have it on your list already, you're a little bit silly.
T H E C I G G A R E T T E P A N T
This season's alternative to jeans. Layer them with anything.
T H E D E N I M J A C K E T
Don't mess with a classic. If you don't already have a denim jacket, trust me, you won't know how you lived without it.
T H E B L O U S E
Dress it up for nights out or wear with denim for days exploring.
T H E L I G H T L A Y E R
Yes, it will be hot but the nights are still going to cool down. Be smart and pack a few light layers.
T H E S N E A K E R
How else will you run to catch all the trains you'll be late for?
T H E H A T
Be sure to keep it practical. Your wide brims will get squashed and take up far too much room.
Words: Stephanie Dugan