It's fly day for us. We are packed and off for a mini-vacation in Paris.
Packing for a vacation is a true exercise in want versus need. And when you travel in colder weather, it gets even trickier.
We're only taking carry-on luggage, so every item counts.
For me, here is what is making the cut.
When it comes to carry-on luggage, it has to be soft sided spinner. I like having pockets for putting in last minute items and because it's always with me, I don't have to worry about it getting tossed. And it makes for a faster airport exit.
What I Packed
Because I am frequently cold, staying warm is a concern. But I also want to be able to move. No one wants to be this kid...
Luckily, I think I have found the perfect coat. It's a Land's End lightweight packable down 3/4 length coat. It has a hood and, even better, it has a belt to avoid the sleeping bag look of a normal puffer. I have had it for about a month now and so far, so good. It's warm and roomy, allowing for thicker layers underneath.
Because Paris in November can be rainy, I am also bringing my Totes Bubble, thanks to a tip from Steph at Life According to Steph. I have had this for a few weeks as well, and it works great! And yes, you can bring it on-board the cabin.
When it comes to the actual packing, I opted to try out packing cubes. I read about others who had used them, so I decided to give e-bags a try, and I'm glad I did. They made a huge difference. Everything is organized and I still have room in my carry-on. My husband was skeptical, but I am definitely going to get him a set as well.
As for clothes, I am bringing anchor pieces that work together in neutral colors, like dark jeans, black trousers, neutral blouses, a black wrap dress, a black cardigan, a neutral scarf, tall black boots, and a pair of walking shoes.
Because of the restriction limiting liquids to three ounces and a one-quart bag, I am a minimalist with my cosmetics...wait...who am I kidding? I am a minimalist with cosmetics anyway. Nevertheless, mascara, concealer, eye liner and a lip gloss share space with my moisturizer, eye drops, and deodorant.
Throw in our camera, my vitamins, my iPad and assorted chargers and that's about it, minus the obvious delicates.
My cross-body purse holds my passport, my wallet with my ID and Euros, my phone in its charging case and a protein bar...just in case.
I like options, but I also know that it's silly to over-pack.
No one wants this...
I am so excited to be heading back to Paris. It is one of my favorite places on earth. And what's better is that this week is about meandering hand-in-hand...there is no need to run around a sight see, since we've been there before. Paris is our forever city of love.
How do you pack for a cold winter getaway when you have limited space available? What are your non-negotiables?