How to Pack for a European Vacation

  Hanging Maxi dresses

I was feeling a little daunted as I prepare for our eighteen day European vacation to Portugal and Spain on the heels of a week in Sacramento. I just hauled out my big suitcase and I'm reviewing several previous posts on Stylemindchic Life for reminder lists of what to pack. In my post on how to pack for a tropical vacation I covered most of what I will need for this 18 day trip to Portugal and Spain. The only absolute must for international travel is that passport so pull it out, check the dates, make a copy and keep it safe.

My vibe for this trip is definitely all about maxi dresses and flats which will make for a comfortable travel experience. A must for an 18 day vacation is to minimize as much as possible. Pack basics that can be worn again and again, laundered (in the sink), and mixed up with scarves, blouses and accessories. Though my maxis are the colorful touch to my wardrobe, I'm also packing lots of black and neutrals- ivories, creams and whites-for mixing it up.  My tip for a well-organized, efficient travel wardrobe is to lay out everything before it goes in the bag. It makes for easy editing and you won't over pack. My worst mistake has been to keep adding that 'one more piece' to a packed bag and ending up hopelessly over loaded.

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Though I'm a fragrance addict, it will be travel candles and small sized fragrances, or sample sizes, for this trip. I love the roller balls at Sephora for an easy way to travel with fragrance. I enjoy seeking out new fragrances during travel. Sensory memories are powerful and remind us of that special place in time. In Barcelona I hope to return to a boutique with a memorable home fragrance I have never forgotten, though it's been eight years since I was there.

I'm reminded of this post from last summer when our luggage was lost for four days and we ended up in New York City instead of Punta Cana for the first leg of our trip. Be prepared and flexible is my new travel motto. Yes, we can create makeup out of cover stick and a lipstick and a cocktail dress out of a bra and a belt if we must. It's all part of the adventure.

 

Sandals and fresh pedi

My new Michael Kors sandals from Zappos are most definitely coming with me.

The cork base and low heel make them super comfortable.

MICHAEL Michael Kors London Thong (Black) Women's Sandals

I did some pre-planning for my packing on Pinterest:

 

Follow Heather Lindstrom @ Stylemindchic Life's board Summer Styling for Portugal and Spain July 2014 on Pinterest.    Tech stuff The more tech savvy we become it's essential to have lists for updating and upgrading our tech before we leave on vacation. I've made room on all my devices for more photos, upgraded my iPhone/iPad to the latest version, made sure the cloud is connected and have selected some new kindle books for the trip (see right sidebar).  When traveling internationally it's also smart to check out adapters for your electronics before you leave since the wattage and plug configurations vary per country. Sephora has finally arrived in Chico (YAY!) and following an hour of un-rushed play time, I have a couple of new favorites. One thing I always carry in my purse, for unforeseen delays during travel,  Nars-the multiples. It serves as lipstick, blush, bronzer, or shadow as needed. My favorite shades are laguna and bilbao for summertime glow.  

 

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Do you have any tips for international travel?

That's it for me, off to put the final touches on my packing.  

Happy trails for summer fun my friend!  

xx,   Signature Heather Lindstrom Stylemindchic Life   

I'll be searching for here beauties on my trip.  Shopping in Europe sign