How to fill a carryon with a summer wardrobe for 2 weeks in Europe

I am not a fashion blogger.

There, I had to get that out of the way. Because as I was snapping photos and collecting inspiration I slumped into this self-destructive bout of self-talk.

“Tess, you are not a fashion blogger. WTF are you doing?!”

To be frank, I'm not here to tell you what to wear, because I don't know the first thing about what's hot and what's not.

What I do know is that living (still working on this one) and traveling (I think I aced this one) with a capsule wardrobe packed inside a carryon can save you a lot of time, energy, and money.

Quick Aside: I've been wanting to write about capsule and minimalistic living for a while now, and if you couldn't tell already… This blog will be shifting slightly to fit the needs, goals, and dreams of the reader that has been bit by the wanderlust fairy, stung by the adventure bee, and had a spell cast upon them by the world-traveling-witch…? I dunno, just hang in there with me.

Traveling is near and dear to my heart, and it is my most sincere belief that every woman has a an overwhelming dose of curiosity and wonder inside of them to see the world.

More on how this blog will help you gain the financial independence, self-confidence, wherewithal to get everything you want in life and live a life of luxury, even if you're not rich or famous” very soon, but for now…

My 2-Week European Travel Capsule:

As I was preparing for my 2-week trip along the Mediterranean coast, I knew I only wanted to pack a carryon.

A.) Because I didn't want to lug around my larger suitcase that doesn't have the 4-wheel 360 degree spinning mechanism, and I'm not about to deal with that shenanigans. Saving time and energy. Check.

B.) I wanted to prove to my boyfriend that I could pack less than him. No real benefit here except for bragging rights. Check.

C.) We were taking some European airlines between countries, and I didn't want to pay the extra luggage fees. (Think Spirit and Frontier but better because you're in Europe.) Saving money. Check.

I've always been a light packer, but I definitely needed help. I looked around on Google and Pinterest for some inspiration. What color palettes look good together if I'm only going to bring two pairs of shorts and a handful of shirts? What do I even need to bring if the whether is going to be 90+ degrees during the day but drop to 70 degrees or below in the evening?

I had questions. I researched. I figured it out. And I successfully packed my 2-week European travel wardrobe into my tiny “capsule” carryon.

Packing List:

4 Tanks of neutral colors (Black, White, Maroon, Army Green)

4 Bottoms interchangeable (Jean Shorts, Black Shorts, Stretchy Skirt, Leggings)

2 Long-Sleeves for chilly nights (Plaid Flannel Shirt, Jean Jacket)

2 Swimsuits, Hat, Sunglasses, Watch

3 Pairs of Shoes (Black Tennis Shoes for Daytime or Exercise, White Sandals, Heels … not necessary looking back. Could be swapped for a pair of flats.)

3 Dresses or Rompers (Black Evening Romper, Floral Daytime Romper, Mid-Length Dress for Day or Night)… not pictured.

For those who workout: 2 pairs shorts with built-in underwear, 2 tanks with built-in bra (and this was still over ambitious for me as most of our exercise came from venturing about town). Don't forget socks (especially for the plane).

When you're traveling for an extended period of time and don't want to overpack, bring clothes that can be easily washed in a sink. It might not be the most thorough laundry you've ever done, but it's at least a good rinse out. Bras and underwear are good ones that can be easily washed and hung out to dry by the next morning. Workout clothes too.

So there you have it… a wack at my “fashion” or … just a peak behind my closet doors and into my carryon. I hope this was useful.

It's your turn, tell me: What are your travel essentials? Can you fit all you need for 2 weeks in a carryon? I challenge you to give it a try and snap me a pic. Tag me on Instagram (@tess_wicks) or Facebook (@wordsandmoney)! Happy Packing!