Accommodation is one of the most expensive parts of traveling. Often times, it can make or break a trip. Especially if you are strapped for cash.
This summer I spent four weeks in Europe at budget-friendly hotels and hostels. No, they were not 5-star but, they served their purpose and allowed me to save money for more experiences. Check them out when planning your next Euro-trip.
On Saturday, I begin my 3-week long journey in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. To say I am excited is an understatement. However, I did find myself struggling with what to pack since my first 2.5 weeks abroad is a vacation and the remaining time is for a work event.
This schedule means, not only do I have to pack for various temperatures but, also a few outfits for business casual meetings. All this while only using a 29″ suitcase – no more than 40lbs.
Here’s the plan.
Stick to mostly solid colors that can be interchangeable.
2 long sleeve blouses
It is cooler in London than some of the other locations I am traveling so, I want to be prepared for that and those milder nights on the town.
Blouses are also great to match with dark denim jeans and heels for work
2 pairs of denim jeans
1 light pair for a more casual outfit.
1 dark to pair with a blouse or dress top for nights out and/or work
2 pairs of shorts
Denim or casual materials for site seeing and hot days
3 – 4 summer shirts
Mix tank tops and short sleeve shirts
I am a kimono queen and love pairing them with tank tops for added sun protection or to dress up an evening outfit.
2-3 summer dresses
A mix of maxi and casual
Can be dressed up with the right pair of shoes and a cardigan
Perfect for casual sightseeing and evening dinners
1 light jacket
Should be rainproof
For chilly evenings or to dress up an outfit
One white, one black
4 pairs of socks
2 pairs of athletic pants
For the dual purpose of working out and sleeping
1 comfy sleeping shirts
Stick to 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of comfortable walking flats, 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of flip flops (for hostel showers).
Accessories: backpack (duals as a purse), small wristlet that fits in a backpack but, can also be used alone, light jewelry (nothing too flashy) such as 1-2 necklaces, watch, 1-2 bracelets, rings, 1-2 sets of earrings