Updated: Jul 20, 2019
One of the best tips for overseas travel is to pack everything into a single carry-on. This might seem like a daunting task, especially for trips longer than a week, but with some helpful tips and tricks, you can definitely do it!
Here is a quick packing guide to help you decide what to bring with you on a 9-day summer trip to France.
Clothing Items to Pack
4 unique tops: choose neutral tones and short sleeves or tanks so you can mix-and-match outfits for the week
5 unique bottoms: choose a variety of shorts, pants, and skirts so you have options for a variety of activities
1-3 unique items: this section can include a dress, playsuit, swimwear cover-up, or you may choose to pack an additional dress top in place of one of these items for a nice dinner or special occasion
1 nice bra
1-2 sports bras
4-5 pairs of underwear
3-4 pairs of socks
1-2 pairs of sandals
1 pair of athletic shoes
This category is up to you, but here are a few suggestions for what you might want to bring:
Shawl, cloak, or dressy poncho
Lightweight coat or sweater (we suggest something that is waterproof or water-resistant in case of inclement weather)
Small purse or clutch
1 carry-on luggage item (we like hard-shell suitcases on rollers)
1 large tote bag
We do not recommend bringing bulky electronic items because they take up a lot of space in your luggage. However, if you cannot live without electronics for a full week, we suggest bringing something small and light, such as a tablet or e-reader.
For a great toiletry carry-on hack, opt for solid shampoo and conditioner bars instead of liquid. We like these options from Lush—Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar and BIG Solid Conditioner. Or, if you want to save even more room, grab a slice of Avocado Co-Wash for a 2-in-1 cleansing conditioning treatment.
Additionally, try to bring bar soap and facial cleanser instead of liquid, so you can save room in your precious quart-sized liquids bag for air travel. For any liquid or cream items that you cannot live without, try to bring travel-size items or transfer just enough product for your trip into a small travel size container. We like this set from Amazon because it comes with a variety of bottle sizes and container pots AND it includes a clear bag that adheres to air travel guidelines.
If you choose to bring makeup, try to bring items in solid-form, like powder foundation instead of liquid and a cream lipstick over liquid lipstick or gloss. A creamy stick foundation also works as a great alternative to liquid foundation. Where possible, opt for travel-size items here as well, and try to bring items that serve dual purposes, such as a cheek, lip, and eye tint, like this one from Thrive Cosmetics.
Finally, you may have noticed that most of the clothing items we suggested will be worn more than once. If you don’t want to wear something twice without washing it, bring along some Wash + Dry laundry sheets from dreambly. These handy little packets serve as all-in-one laundry detergent sheets. You can easily wash your clothes in the sink and hang them to dry overnight so they are fresh for the next day! The best part is that these come in individual packets so you can bring as few or as many as you need for your trip.
Well, we hope this guide and these travel tips help you pack for your next vacation to the South of France!
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