This blog post was originally shared fall of 2014:
With only a carry on suitcase, you can successfully travel for two weeks or more in Italy like I did in MILAN, VENICE, FLORENCE, ROME, and Naples. The real trick is packing basics and understanding how to fold your clothes to comply with EASYJET and RYANAIR luggage requirements.
I can attest that packing for longer than a weekend trip can be daunting when you never know what situation may arise and you don’t want to leave without the perfect outfit. Though when you’re flying through Europe on a budget with Ryanair or Easyjet like I did for my trip to and from Italy. I was limited to a carry on suitcase, and before packing I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit everything I wanted. But after quick strategic thinking, I was able to pack enough for two and a half weeks during November.
How I did this was by thinking about what type of outfits I’d like to wear and then pre-planning them with interchangeable options. Meaning using jeans in black, dark blue, light blue, khakis, swim trunks, and a pair of shorts. Then I started to select shirts that ranged from light baseball t’s to button downs keeping in mind I’d be in Italy for Thanksgiving and the type of places I’d be visiting. Plus layering a t-shirt and button down means another outfit option. Once I had my outfits created it was the real hard part to narrow down shoe choices as they take up the most room. I decided on wearing my New Balance sneakers since they were bulkiest, and packing two pairs of shoes that were easy to slip on, light, and still went with each of my outfits. Of course I packed my undergarments and lastly was packing all travel size grooming essential. Then to my astonishment, I was still left with room in my suitcase, but instead of filling it to the limit. I left it light for Ryanair weight requirement in mind and just incase I wanted to bring some souvenirs back from Italy.
The trick I use when packing is something I learned from my cousin in the Navy. Which is as simple as rolling all of your clothing. Not only does this save room, but also helps from unfolding wrinkled clothes. A win, win in my book since you’re packing everything you need and saving time from ironing once you’ve arrived. And incase you’re traveling during winter like I was, wear your largest coats and sweaters on flight so they wont take up room in your suitcase.
Now don’t think I forgot about my electronics. I always carry a tote with me to pack my laptop, camera, chargers, and other essentials I need on me at all times.
For examples on outfits I wore in each city, you can see them here: MILAN, VENICE, VENICE PART 2, FLORENCE, ROME, and NAPLES. All with only the clothing described and seen in the photos above were with me while I traveled with my EASTPARK.
Happy travels, I hope this helped you for the nerve racking pre-planning of exciting European adventures! There is so much to see for so little price, don’t let packing hold you back. ;)