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If you’ve read my packing guides before you’ll know I always start with a detailed list. If you aren’t familiar with my methods, I basically start with a massive list of what I am doing each day. Each activity could require a different outfit (one day, for example you might be walking all morning and then off to a more formal dinner) so I find it a pretty useful tool to get started.
You can then start to sort through your outfits day by day and make sure they all make sense, especially if you are packing light. When space is tight, each piece needs to be able to multi-task. If you don’t pack light, but want to try I would really recommend signing up to Travel Fashion Girl’s free e-course. It’s so helpful, and if you’re anything like me you will love the order and logic of it all!
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One thing that always causes an issue, or at least threatens to is weather. More specifically, changeable weather. I live with a capsule wardrobe at home the UK and have had no big issues despite the fact I can’t neatly pack up my winter wardrobe ready for spring — who knows when it will snow!
But packing for holiday is far easier. For a start, you can simply look at a weather forecast for a little gauge of what’s ahead and pack accordingly. I recently travelled to Stockholm, Cortina and have an upcoming trip to Paris too and I have pretty much packed the same stuff. I’ve managed to dine in fancy restaurants and hiked around in the snow without feeling like I’d missed that one perfect piece.
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What to Pack for a Winter Mini-Break in Europe
I always pack a couple of pairs of black supersoft leggings. I’ve also been living in my leather look leggings/disco pants too. They are perfect for jazzing up a simple outfit and are, essentially, just leggings.
For anywhere less than super hot weather, you need layers. So I tend to go mad on layers! And because I have a muted, strict colour palette everything always coordinates easily.
I recently found this amazing dusky pink simple t-shirt with sequin embellishment and I LOVE it! I wear it with jeans and trainers sometimes, or with my black disco pants, denim shirt and either pumps/trainers or ankle boots. It’s so hard working!
And obviously, I don’t really leave home without my Leopard print fur coat.
Black Leggings x 2
Back Cami x 2
Bra x 2
Knickers x 5
Sports Bra (for travel days!)
Shoes are the only thing that really needs to be tailored to your specific destination. I took a super cute little pair of Ugg-style boots (£5 from Primark!) and they were perfect. Waterproof and warm with a good grip too.
But in Paris, I’ll be traveling Business (courtesy of Eurostar!!) so i want to be a little smarter. Anyway, Paris is just a little smarter isn’t it?
Grey Knee High Boots/Black Biker Boots
Heeled Ankle Boots
The only thing I don’t skimp on is with accessories. When you have a minimal selection of clothes, you need some bits and bobs to make an outfit feel different and special. This is totally destination and activity dependant I guess, but I rarely take accessories and find I haven’t used them.
Because it can be COLD with a capital C in Europe at winter, take gloves, scarf and a hat. You won’t regret it.
In terms of bags, I always take a roomy cross body number (either my satchel, or black shopper with longer handle attached) for the daytime — otherwise I end up having my DSLR constantly out and on show. Then I take a smaller bag for evenings.
Small Evening Bag
Various bits of jewellery (earrings, a necklace or two and a brooch)
Khaki Cashmere Scarf
This is the section I can’t seem to cut down on. I have a Macbook Air, which is light…..but my DSLR takes up a lot of space. I’d love to switch it to a mirrorless camera, but they are SO pricy. It’s on the wish list though.
I’m also taking my Instax Mini but will only use it for one shot, so it’s not something I’d recommend anyone else pack p- but it’s work!
Instax Mini (to get some shots for my #lifeisajourney project with Britax)
I really struggle to cut down on my skincare, because I have such annoying skin. I’ve been using my Lumie Clear daily, but realistically it would be ridiculous to take it with me. So I have to endure crappy skin post holiday and hope nobody tries to take pictures of me!
The rest of my stash is fairly tight and organised and I am good at taking multi-tasking products, like my EOS lipbalm too.
Happily, I have a few miniatures thanks to my Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar which I’ll be taking along with me to Paris, but for my trips earlier in the year I just decanted products into reusable pots.
Charlotte Tilbury Mascara
Eyeko Black Liquid Eyeliner
Red & Nude Lipstick
Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation
Bare Minerals Concealer
Brushes & Blender
Charlotte Tilbury Cleansing Balm
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Make Up Remover
Murad HydraQuench Moisturiser
BRYT Calming Serum
Flannels x 3
Mini Shampoo & Conditioner
Windle & Moodie Invisible Cream
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