One Wintry Month In Europe, One Small Carry-On

Carry-on bags are packed and zipped (with minimal struggle)! Okay ya’ll, we’ve been anxiously awaiting this post for two reasons, one being that most of y’all are super excited and curious to see how we manage to pack for a month in a carry-on bag, and two because we were just as curious as to how we were going to execute this task!


Okay, so how did we pack for an entire month in wintry Europe? Well the honest answer to that is: we technically didn’t. When backpacking and traveling for a long period of time, you pack for a week, and you pack smart! Every single item must match with all the other items packed. In our case, you pack warm and you pack the necessities. Don’t worry about the possiblities because there simply isn’t room to pack a warm outfit “just in case”… wont be warm.

Packing List:

  • 4 shirts
  •  4 pants
  • 1 set of pjs/loungewear
  • 1 set of base layers
  • 1 hat, 1 ear warmer
  • 1 set of gloves
  • 1 scarf
  • 5 socks
  • 1 pullover
  • 1 short downfeather jacket and 1 long downfeather jacket (these are essential and they pack up so nicely!)
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 pair of rain boots
  • 1 pair of fashion boots (we chose over-the-knee boots b/c they are easy to dress up and down)
  • 1 pair of snow boots
  • Slippers (for Airbnb and Hostel lounging)
  • 7ish pairs for underwear (we bought sink washing detergent to keep underwear washed in between Airbnb’s that don’t offer a washer)
  • 1 regular bra
  • 1 sports bra
  • Minimal 3 fl.oz. toiletries (meaning basic hygiene only)
  • 1 compact umbrella
  • 1 universal plug adaptor
  • 6 pack of travel sink packets (we used Tide Sport)
  • iPad (blogging and books!)
  • Tech chargers

*(side note: our bulky snow boots will be worn on the plane due to lack of space)*

Let me also tell you that even packing this minimal would not be possible without our ever-loving Travel Space Saver Bags…we literally owe it all to these bad boys! (You can find the link below the picture!)

Space Saver Bags From Amazon

The last crucial component that we feel so strongly about is going with a backpack purse. Something light in weight and attractive in style. It allows for extra space for any suitcase overflow, is much more practical when traveling and sightseeing, and is overall more comfortable (no shoulder bags slipping off your shoulder while bundled up and trying to take pictures!) I went with the Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack that you can see below.

Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack

Wow, even writing this post makes me impressed, all over again, that we were able to accomplish this! One short packing list, one small carry-on and THREE MORE DAYS TO GO!

Thanks for keeping up,


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