A 2 week vacation should be something relaxing, but often we stress about what to pack or how much we need for the trip. I spent hooouuuuurs figuring out what to bring to Ireland and Prague because the weather was going to be so different in both places, and because 14 days is a lot to pack for! I ended up packing a 9kg bag, which is under the budget airline’s 10kg rule *yay*, and I was able to do my whole trip carry-on with a backpack and my favorite purse!
So what did I bring? To make this more organized I separated everything into categories. The categories are Clothes, Shoes, Toiletries, Accessories, Other, Under My Seat (what I would need on the plane), and Things I Bought. I’ve also posted links to some of my favorite outfit details, but if you would like to shop my outfits directly click here!
Clothes: 3 long sleeve tops, 2 short sleeve tops, 3 pairs of jeans, 2 dress/rompers, 2 jackets, 1 scarf, cardigan sweater, tights, belt, sleep shirt & leggings, 2 bras, 14 pair underwear, 9 pair socks.
I tried to keep all my clothes to a theme, which was blue/gray and stripes. It made mixing and matching everything much easier and made packing lighter too!
2 Short Sleeve Tops – I was going to only bring 1originally, but I’m so glad I brought 2 because I really needed both of them. Anthropologie Sol Angeles Striped Tee (similar here), Lucky Brand Gray Tee (similar here).
3 Pair Jeans – It took me almost 3 trips to the mall and trying on every single pair of jeans at literally every store to find these. Unfortunately my body type makes jean shopping tough, and being tall doesn’t help! If you struggle with this too and have a pretty penny to spend, I highly recommend Allsaints Black Jeans, Mother High Rise Jeans (similar), and Topshop Boyfriend Jean.
2 Romper/Dress – The most perfect Loft warm weather romper EVER!! And it’s on sale! Seriously the loose back and material and pockets plus it’s modest in the front, you cannot go wrong adding this to your everyday or travel wardrobe! I brought a Forever 21 Floral Dress (similar here) but I never wore it, so sadly it was a waste of space.
Jackets – Maroon Leather Jacket & Navy Hooded Water-Resistant Jacket. Current European fashion is simply a leather jacket and white sneakers, so luckily my maroon leather and white converse kept me in style!
Sleep Clothes – I slept in a long sleeve loose henley shirt because it was comfortable and long sleeved (which keeps bed bugs off you!), and the most comfortable Zella Leggings!
My converse were perfect for travel days and walking around different cities in Ireland. Unfortunately, I did get a blister due to hot weather and a very thin sock, making it impossible to wear my converse in Prague. I also walked home in the rain wearing my converse one night in Galway, meaning I had to wear my rain boots for the next two days while those dried! My favorite Franco Sarto sandals were the most comfortable and cute shoes in Prague and for my first days in Dublin as well. Finally, staying in hostels for my trip meant questionable shower floors, hence shower shoes.
Did I need all of it? DEFINITELY! Two pairs of walking shoes/tennis shoes were necessary (one of them being water proof), and sandals + shower flip-flops were perfect! To keep things on the lighter side, either bring rain booties or use Dr. Martens, and some Nike walking shoes also make a good alternative to Converse when traveling.
Toiletries: Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, moisturizer, wrinkle release spray, hydrocortisone cream, toothpaste, Neutrogena makeup-remover wipes, contacts, deodorant, Claritin, Advil, Melatonin, floss, toothbrush, hairbrush, lint brush, Q-tips, aaaaaand Chapstick.
The wrinkle release spray was MUCH needed because 1) I wasn’t doing laundry during my trip so it refreshed my worn clothes, and 2) rolling and shoving things into a pack makes them more wrinkled than you can imagine. The gels and wet toiletries all fit in a small bag because I bought small travel size containers, and I didn’t need to bring sunscreen because my moisturizer had some already in it! All other toiletries I threw in a large bag and tossed into the top of my backpack. 🙂
I didn’t bring any jewelry with me because I didn’t want to risk losing it or getting it stolen. My backpack is also the PERFECT size because it fits on all the RyanAir flights and was underweight too. I’ve taken it on multiple week-long backpacking trips around Yosemite and the Sierra National Forest, and I’ve also used it for all my European adventures. To say I highly recommend it is an understatement!
My large purse was perfect for the plane because it fit nicely with everything I needed under the seat in front of me, and the small purse was great for excursions around each city I explored.
Other: Towel, Security Lock, Earplugs, Converter & Phone Charger, Umbrella, Vital Proteins Collagen.
About half the people I’ve met/traveled with have brought locks and towels with them. In the past I never did but on this trip I actually needed a lock and towel at every place I stayed, so it was a good thing I brought them. Stores like REI sell backpacker’s towels (which are lighter, thinner, and dry faster), but I just brought the thinnest one in my cupboard to avoid purchasing a new one. Earplugs may be necessary depending on people in your hostel, but I never used them. Same with the umbrella and weather, again I never used it.
When looking for a converter be sure to buy a universal one!!! The worst feeling is arriving in a new country and unexpectedly not being able to charge your phone. Having a universal converter is necessary, and one with USB plugins is even better. Lastly, I brought Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides with me to help with getting some extra protein in the mornings, to help my skin stay fresh looking, and to help my gut on the trip because I have a terrible immune system.
Under My Seat (large purse): Thin fleece blanket, my Navy Jacket, headphones, my smaller purse, travel wallet with passport & $100 bill, tissues, phone, charger/converter, snacks 🙂
The blanket and jacket were in case I got cold, but also served as additional back support for my seat. If you have back problems or issues sitting for a long time, a little extra support can do you wonders! I use Bose Headphones (not bluetooth but I linked to some super cute ones), and of course I need to have my travel snacks for all the movies during a 12 hour flight. Lastly, I bring a $100 bill with me when I travel internationally because it saves me a ton of money with currency exchange! If you want to know how to save at least $25 check out my tip on my last article!!
Things I Bought: Charcoal Pills, Trinity Earrings.
If you follow me on Instagram you probably know I got a little sick this last trip. Charcoal pills helped with food poisoning scares and helped soak up any toxins in my system. I also found the cutest Irish trinity earrings at a market in Galway, so I had to buy those!
That’s All Folks! If you have anything that you think I forgot I would love to hear your suggestions on how to improve my list! Though I may not have needed more, plenty of other people might so let me know what you think in the comments section below 🙂
Life is an adventure, so keep exploring it!