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My Packing List for Our England Trip

Joanna Goddard England

What do you usually pack for trips? I’ve figured out a pretty consistent list in my adult life, and for our trip this week to visit my grandmother in Cornwall, we needed mix-and-match pieces because of the unpredictable weather. Here’s what I packed (I’d love to hear your go-tos!)…

1. My friend Susan once recommended packing red clothing because red looks so good in photos. I remembered that and brought along this soft red sweater (on sale for $23!).

2. All the heart eyes for this slim cotton tee. It’s super soft and well-fitting, and you can layer it with anything.

3. Long-sleeved tee, with a great boxy shape, for layering. (It also comes in seven pretty colors.)

4. I’ve had this black cashmere sweater for years, and if I calculate the cost per wear, it cost me like a penny. The oversized fit feels effortless with jeans and over dresses.

5. This blouse is made of crinkled gauze, which means it NEVER WRINKLES. You can wear it out to dinner or for just knocking around. The perfect travel shirt!

6. An easy dress, for having drinks in the evening (my grandma calls it “drinks o’clock”) or if we end up going out to a nicer restaurant. Another lovely polka dot dress here.

7. Soft, chunky, what more could you want in a sweater? This hand-me-down number is made with natural undyed Spanish yarn.

8. Surprisingly, this windbreaker, which I found on sale a while back, is the clothing item that elicits the most compliments BY FAR. Not a fancy dress. Not a pair of jeans. But a windbreaker. I love it! Bonus: You can easily stuff it into a handbag and take it anywhere. (The one I have has only one size left, but here are other colorways.)

9. Sweatpants for the overnight flight and afternoon hikes — and they’re slim fit, so they don’t really look like sweatpants and you actually feel pulled together.

10. Wrinkle-free pajamas for sleeping at night and padding around in the morning.

11. Levi’s wedgies are super flattering and super comfy. Done and done.

12. I always pack a tote into my suitcase, because they’re so handy on trips — for beach supplies, a shopping excursion, grabbing groceries for the group, etc. etc. This floral number does the trick!

13. I realized my beloved Old Navy sandals have two straps and aren’t carried anymore, but these slides are very, very similar. (I also love these, although they’re more of a splurge.)

14. Converse because they pair well with jeans, shorts, dresses, anything!

All in all, for a week in England, I packed: three sweaters, three shirts, one dress, windbreaker, sweatpants, jeans, sandals, sneakers, windbreaker, pajamas, tote. You can mix and match everything. Plus, of course, I brought some underwear and a ThirdLove bra; and my everyday makeup and skincare. That’s it!

What do you pack for trips? I’d love to hear…

P.S. How to pack without wrinkles and a vacation mistake.

(Top photo of Anton and me. Windbreaker by Kule, jeans by Levi’s, and sandals from Old Navy.)

  1. Alexis says...

    I also do a crazy thing where I draw my outfits after I make my packing list to make sure I have enough versatility in my choices.
    For the drawing averse, you can also take pics of outfits with your phone! It really helps to see things together.

    • Shannon says...

      I love this idea.

  2. Jax says...

    Any carry-on luggage recommendations at $200 and under pricing? I’ve been looking at the Muji 35L carry-on as an alternative to the pricier Away (though I hear Away has great customer service), but I’m also intrigued by the TravelPro Crew line, since it’s a consumer version of what flight crews use most of the time.

    Joanna — what do you use?

  3. Claire says...

    HELP! My family (myself, partner & our 2 kids 5 and 7 years) is moving overseas for a year. Most of our stuff is going into storage. We’ve got one huge rolling suitcase for each adult and then typical carry-on bags. Whaaaaat should we pack for clothes? What do we need? How much of each? Weather is like the east coast, cold winter hot summer….. thanks!

    • Becca says...

      Consider the culture of where you are going! I moved to the Caribbean for a year after school, packed lots of shorts and tank tops of course… then realized that women there never wear shorts! I always say more tops, less pants – outfits will look different even with the same jeans. Bring the staple items (shoes, coats) that go with everything, neutrals and simple. And be realistic about what you wear the most already and are truly comfortable in. And have fun!! The year I lived abroad was one of the best of my life :)

  4. Alison says...

    I ALWAYS over pack. I need to take a page out of your book!

  5. I find it really difficult to pack for trips at the moment given the sudden heatwaves in the UK! Even though I’m from the UK haha! I find it quite difficult to pack for Europe sometimes so I’ve often found leaving most of it until the night before is the best way because then I can check the weather last minute and decide what to pack.

  6. Awads says...

    Joanna! i stalked you all over Cornwall (not really) just to tell you that we both packed all wrong! It was so sunny and warm, all blue skies and sunshine! I wore T-shirts and ankle pants. Have you ever been to Kynance Cove, in Lizard? It is magical! xoxo
    Adina

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha yes i lived in my tees until the evenings! :) :) we really lucked out!

  7. Bec says...

    Is Australia the only place that weighs carry-on luggage?! I’d love to only take carry-on like many of these commenters, but they are militant about it being under 7kg (15 pounds) here. And the $ cost for being over your 7kg is insane.

  8. Tesia says...

    After reading your post about how great a bright red swimsuit looks in the summer, I bought one for our family’s trip to Cornwall. It was perfect on our beach days, worn with a chambray shirt while exploring the tidal pools with my toddler. I love how many great ideas for books, podcasts, clothes, and recipes I’ve gained over the years of following Cup of Jo!

  9. Emily says...

    My packing list for a 10 day trip to France and Netherlands — just a week ago, so we were there for both normal temps and the hot heat!

    – 2 pairs jeans
    – ~10 shirts, this is an item I don’t typically rewear especially if walking around sweating! a mix of comfy tees, nicer but still comfy blouses, and a few linen button downs
    – 2 skirts
    – 2 dresses, one more casual and one nicer
    – 1 pair slide sandals, 1 pair vans sneakers
    – a lightweight/breathable wool cardigan – seriously, the best! i threw it into my tiny bag and could put it on whenever cold in a museum or restaurant.
    – a lightweight windbreaker/rain parka

    and my usual plane outfit: soft black jeans, boots, a soft t shirt and light sweater, and a light canvas jacket on top. Between the 100 degree temps and chilly nights in Amsterdam, I seriously wore everything, except for a few of the shirts. But the one thing I was most glad I packed? a few random bandaids I threw in, which were lifesavers for the blisters I got after walking 12+ miles daily!

    I have a different packing formula for visiting the Bay Area – where I grew up – which of course has to include a cozy down jacket! but the staples – jeans, nice tops and tees, something for an unexpected warm day or nice dinner – are consistent.

  10. Hanna says...

    I just got home from Cornwall and I’m still jealous you’re going! It’s amazing !!! Hop your trip is wonderful.

  11. Tricia M Mulder says...

    So funny that you like to wear a red sweater because it looks good in photos. In all our travel pictures that show a group of people the eye always goes to the person in red clothes. It’s definitely a way to get noticed.

  12. Megan Ruth Rowlinson says...

    It is too funny about that windbreaker! I saw the first picture and immediately loved it too! Who knew a windbreaker could get so many compliments?! Wilmington, DE

  13. Ser says...

    I travel with two pairs of underpants . I wash the pair I’ve been wearing that day in the shower every night and hang overnight. If I must i blow dry them with a hairdryer in the morning. Takes a few minutes.

  14. Laura J says...

    I would like to take the opposite stance for fun and honesty. I completely overpack and I’m good with that! I basically try to reproduce my regular life. Despite this bold philosophy, I recently met my son for a long weekend in Charleston and had to borrow his jacket a couple of days. “If you can close the suitcase easily, you aren’t done packing. ” ; )

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha love the last quote!

  15. Tricia M says...

    This is such a simple, relaxed selection of clothes. Holidays are all about relaxing after all. I’m a not a carousel person either and like the challenge of travelling light. The restricted colour palette always works. Mine this year is chartreuse, cream and jade. Have a great holiday Joanna and I hope you find your grandmother well. I am ashamed to say, despite living in the UK, I have never been to Cornwall but I always enjoy reading your post and seeing all your family together.

  16. Natalie T. says...

    Camo pants and any kind of slip off shoe like Sabahs or the converse with no laces. They are a DREAM for airport security.

    Another note that once I did the Marie Kondo Kon Mari process I’ve been finding it way easier to pack and because everything is already folded I don’t have to roll anything. It’s great!

    Love your windbreaker too! It’s an 80s vibe meets cool, chic mom with two boys look!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      cool 80s mom is my dream look! :)

  17. Essss says...

    I’d love a post on what Toby and Anton pack! (Or what you pack for them). Packing light for kiddos on a trip is so tough!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes!! see comment below — the one thing that makes it easier is that their clothes fold up into such tiny little squares! :)

  18. SFord says...

    Hope you are enjoying Cornwall – I live here (a small fishing town right on the North Coast) and the weather is gorgeous at the moment. have fun guys!

  19. MC says...

    Have a lovely trip!

    Are you bringing a pocketbook or fanny pack? I love relying solely on pockets for my iPhone and wallet, but sometimes need a handbag that’s doesn’t make one shoulder lopsided. Love the idea of a light stylish secure backpack too.. Any recommendations?

    Can’t wait to see Toby’s packing list!
    Safe and happy travels!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i brought an away rolling suitcase and fjallraven backpack, and then just the tote.

      if you’re looking for one, i love the fjallraven backpack — i’ve used it as my daily work bag for like 10 years. here’s what i wrote about it, back in 2015:
      Magical bag that turns into a backpack! I literally tell strangers about this Swedish Fjällräven Totepack. The army green looks good for work and play, and it’s super rugged, but the coolest thing about it is the straps. You can carry it like a briefcase, you can sling it over your shoulder, or you can slip the straps through themselves to make a backpack. I’ve had it for five years and wear it to work every day. It’s also amazing for travel. I cannot say enough good things about it!

      i have this army green one: https://amzn.to/2YuNT15

  20. Mary says...

    I am weirdly passionate about packing light and it’s now become a major source of pride to me to only bring a carry-on, no matter where I go. For instance, I went to Italy for an 8-day honeymoon, Africa for 10 days, Japan for a little over a week, London for 6 days–all with just a small backpack. OH YEAH.

    My biggest trick (that I definitely saw on the internet somewhere) is packing clothes in the same color family. That way, you can mix and match everything. Also, if you pull a crop top with sleeves over a dress, it becomes a “skirt and top” outfit and you’ve got two outfits essentially in one. I also always wear slip-on boots on the plane. They’re super easy to take off/put back on when going through security and they keep my feet warm on the plane (always a problem for me).

  21. Kellie P says...

    Sometimes even the best packing intentions don’t work out as planned. We were visiting San Francisco last summer when the record-breaking heat wave struck. When I packed, the forecast looked typical so we brought mostly longsleeve shirts and pants. It turned out to be a balmy 100 instead of 65! We ended up cutting off my kids’ long sleeves and pantlegs using my husband’s Swiss Army knife. It’s a trip I’ll never forget haha! Also, add Swiss Army knife to the list of packing essentials. ;)

    • Heather says...

      San Francisco has bested my packing goals every single time. No matter what I pack, I always end up having to buy something so that I don’t freeze, or roast, depending.

  22. Lisa says...

    One packing tip I have (which I learnt the hard way) is that, regardless of the length of the trip, bring a spare bottoms (skirt / trousers) and top. The first trip my husband and I did when we got together was one ONE night away and I thought I’d be super light packer and only take the jeans I was wearing. As I stepped out of the car when we got to the destination, they ripped across the bottom and the first hour of the trip was spent with me trying to cover my butt and buy new jeans. I now ALWAYS take two

    • Katie says...

      I have also learned this lesson. I was boasting to my chronically overpacked husband about how I only brought exactly what I needed, when a waitress spilled an entire pint of beer on my one pair of jeans.

  23. Andrea says...

    Always, a few reusable bags, a few ziplocs (for packing snacks/lunches for the day) and a small amount of laundry soap! When you are only somewhere for the week, you don’t want to have to buy a whole package of laundry soap (should you need!), etc.! We usually airbnb, and like to do things-ski, hike, shop at the local groc store, and these few items have proven invaluable!

  24. Claire Houlahan says...

    But no bikini for swimming in those glorious Cornish waters?!?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha i’m too much of a wuss!!!!

  25. Mouse says...

    I forgot to say clothespins! If you plan on sink-washing and hotel-drying they’re indispensable and of course fit in a suitcase easily.

    • Ser says...

      Even better is a travel clothesline . It’s two strings of elastic, twisted , with hooks at the end . You wash clothes in the sink or shower and shove a corner of the wet item between the elastic loops and hang in your tiny apartment window or shower stall .

  26. Karli says...

    These look like great options! One pair of pants I highly recommend are the Lululemon On the Fly Pants. They’re the perfect flight pants and are truly comfortable. They look dressier than they are. They were my ‘nice’/’night’ pants when I walked the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for travel!

  27. Sofs says...

    It’s like 30 degrees (80f) in England right now.. And last week was record breakingly hot in general…this is a crazy amount of sweaters 😂

  28. Maggie says...

    But what did Tobes pack?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha should do a packing Instagram w him! He packs for himself these days (I just have to check it afterward bc sometimes it’s like 10 shirts and no pants haha).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thanks for the rec!

    • mary says...

      these exact same Eileen Fisher sandals are my go-to shoes coming along with me on my 2-week vacation.
      And leopard sneakers.
      And flip flops.

  29. Amy says...

    Last summer, I drove to Boston with my husband, our two year old son and brother for a day trip. The weather forecasted sunny bright skies, unfortunately it was down pour rain the ENTIRE TIME. None of us had umbrellas or windbreakers (except my son!), so my brother ended up buying us plastic ponchos from the aquarium. Since then I keep my poncho in a small bag and it comes with me on all my trips!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      So smart!

    • Ali says...

      I second the poncho recommendation! A torrential downpour in Rome years ago made for a very soggy day of sightseeing.

  30. E says...

    For the past four years, I’ve had* to spend my summers traveling for extended periods (think ~3 months). I’ve become an expert on packing for the entire summer and for multiple climates (hello summer I was in India during part of their hot season and part of their monsoon season and then spent a month in chilly Poland! I’m talking to you!) in a carry-on plus an everyday-sized backpack.

    Here’s my list:
    – one pair of jeans
    – black jumpsuit (in case of something fancy)
    – two pairs of shorts (one denim, one black linen because it’s meant to be wrinkly and dries fast after a hand wash)
    – two nice white t-shirts
    – one black tank
    – one white tank
    – one nice-ish jacket (May I suggest the Eliz Suzanne black Clyde coat? Obsessed. Goes with everything.)
    – one black sweatshirt
    – one pair of black sweatpants (for lounging and sleeping)
    – one pair of running shorts
    – one pair of leggings
    – one kick-around tank/t-shirt
    – two pairs of pajamas
    – five pairs underwear
    – two bras (one sports bra, one everyday)
    – one swimsuit
    – one towel that folds up mind-bogglingly tiny
    – one pair of nicer shoes (wear your second pair of shoes on the plane) – here’s where things get a little complicated. I bring one nicer pair of sandals and a hiking pair (Chaco’s) – both must be waterproof. I don’t mind if my feet are cold so I never bring close-toed shoes during the summer. This means I also don’t have to pack socks. But you do you.
    – one mini-umbrella
    – one rain jacket that folds up super tiny

    Nearly everything is black and white because 1) black doesn’t show dirt and 2) white can be bleached. Be prepared to do some hand-washing/hang-drying every five days or so. I’ve found that, no matter how little I pack, I still don’t use all of it. So, every summer, I weed something else out.

    *I guess I don’t have to spend my summers traveling. I’m fortunate enough that I have opportunities to do so. I’m a grad students so I’m typically traveling for research or to learn a new language, like I’m doing this summer. It’s a good life!

    • Jeanne says...

      Wow thank you for this well thought out, comprehensive list!!

    • Tara says...

      This list is great! Thanks for sharing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a great list!

  31. Kristin says...

    I just packed for a holiday too! For a five days in Miami I packed 4 nighttime dresses, 3 day dresses (more casual), 2 coverups, and four bathing suits. Also bringing work out clothes, sneakers, two pairs of sandals, and a pair of flip flops. Socks, underwear, and a good book go without saying :)

  32. SB says...

    Best way to stretch a carry-on only wardrobe – bring fun accessories! I find it easy to pack for a long trip (think 10 days plus) with just neutrals what can mix and match with each piece and then throw in a few colourful scarfs and statement necklaces and it’s like bam! that plain black tee can be a going out top now! I find it really helps you to feel like you have way more variety than you actually have on hand.

    Also, when really crunched, I’ll double up my work-out gear as pjs and handwash as I go. Workout/wicking clothing tend to dry especially quickly. Also, a scarf can double as a blanket when chilly on the plain, a sarong/beach cover-up, or even a towel in a pinch!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Accessories are a great idea! I never wear jewelry etc on vacation but now i want to!

  33. I love how simple this is, Joanna! I like to think that beautiful, simple, functional fashion frees us up to focus on the more important things in life.

  34. Kari says...

    Joanna, I hope we can hear more about your trip and see more photos! I always love hearing about your visits to England, Cornwall looks so, so dreamy. Hope your gran is well!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes I’m sharing some on Instagram and would love to share on the site next week!

  35. Kara says...

    Love the red idea! I did a lot of research into shoes before a trip to Italy and Germany last year, one with kids and a lot of walking. I ended up choosing these and they.were.perfect. They match everything (dresses, shorts, jeans) and they are insanely comfortable. I’m wearing the same pair this summer almost daily and just love them. https://naot.com/product/pixie/

  36. Emily says...

    For some reason, I always pack every single pair of underwear I own. For my last (3 day) trip, I took 10 pairs. Why do I think that the second I leave the Bay Area I am suddenly going to need to change my undies every 8 hours?

    • Amy says...

      Haha are you me? I don’t know how I always end up thinking I’ll take 2.5 showers a day, everyday, while on vacation.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha same!!! I packed 10 pairs for our 7 day trip. Why????

    • Kristin says...

      Guys, packing extra underwear is super important! My husband was on a business trip once and got food poisoning. Let’s just say he was bummed he didn’t bring an extra pair of boxer briefs!!!

    • Angel says...

      I wish I packed more underwear for my 4 day trip this weekend! I packed 4 pairs, but it was so hot (90s) and we did a lot of outdoor activities. I ended up taking two showers a day and could have easily used 1 or 2 more pairs. I packed extra for my daughter. Why didn’t I do the same for me?

    • Shelby says...

      I had to show this to my husband because he always gives me a hard time for packing so many pairs of underwear. I figure they are small so why not throw in a few more? Love that others do this too!

    • Elena says...

      @emily, I totally always overpack underwear. The thought of running out of underwear is petrifying! It takes up so little space my paranoia is justified. @Angel, just got back from Key West (visiting fam) where it is totally okay to overpack undies. I was there for three days and I think I packed ten pairs. Went through maybe five or six? It’s sooooooooo hot! Uggh.

    • Heather says...

      I do this, too!!! Do you think it’s because we had the excruciating experience of having bled through our undies during our formative years?

    • Katie says...

      One of my packing rules: number of days x 1.5 = pairs of underwear.

  37. Maria says...

    Lauren, What a great idea! Thanks!

  38. Reba says...

    Ahh, I am so nosy about what other people pack, despite being a die-hard carry-on only girl. Life/vacation is too short for the baggage carousel!. I always, always bring my eBags Piazza Crossbody, AKA the Best Travel Purse Ever (I’m a lover, not a fighter, but I will fight you on this). Otherwise….folding tote bag, reusable water bottle, some of those just-add-water oatmeal pouches, a good book to read and leave behind. All travel clothing must pass a test I call ‘walk a mile to the mosque’. It must be something I can comfortably walk a mile in (flipflops, itchy underwires, fancy or fragile jewelry need not apply). I picked ‘mosque’ because I do not often go to one: the point is the clothing must also be something I would feel comfortable wearing to *someone else’s* house of worship–you know, not the local parish church that will give you a pass if you wear shorts because your Nana’s been on the altar guild forever, or the temple where all your brothers were bar mitzvahed. I like ‘adventurous sightseeing’ vacations and hate missing out on museums or cultural locations because I’m not suitably attired. Capris not shorts, t-shirts not tank tops, a long skirt rather than another pair of trousers, a nice-ish cardigan rather than a sweatshirt. Bonus points for pockets! I make exceptions only for specifically planned events (swimsuit at the beach, heels for an out-of-town wedding). I’ve kept “wamttm” in mind when buying new work clothes, so now I almost never have to buy something specifically for travel. Have a great vacation :)

    • laurel says...

      *frantically googles eBags Piazza Crossbody*

    • Melanie says...

      I looked up that purse too! How heavy is it? I need a good crossbody just for everyday.

    • Reba says...

      I am commenting on my own post to answer Melanie’s question (hi, Melanie!) and because I will take any opportunity to testify for this bag. I do not get attached to clothing/accessories–by the time something wears out, I am usually ready to try something new–but I seriously considered buying, like, five of these purses when eBags briefly discontinued it. The new Piazza Day crossbody with RFID protection weighs 14 oz. I have the old version, which I have used as an everyday purse for *years* because it is so durable and goes with everything my not-super-fashion-forward heart could desire. It is so lightweight that when I first got it for a long and varied trip trip (Barcelona and a 30 day hike to Compostela), I didn’t think it would survive because it seemed almost as flimsy as my folding totebag. But the nylon material is well balanced on the adjustable strap, so it doesn’t feel flimsy when I wear it. The fabric is easy to clean, easy to squish into small spaces, and durable enough to hold foldable umbrellas, guidebooks, as well as all my everyday essentials. Lots of pockets, sturdy zippers, contrast lining. At this point, it is basically my only purse/handbag. Last week, it went to a wedding. In two weeks, it will go hiking in Colombia. It is on sale now, but eBags frequently sends out coupons, so no need to rush. In the interest of honesty, it does not always stand up on its own and the side pockets on my (old) version do not fit a water bottle, though the new version might. Ok, I’m going to stop blathering now. I just get a weird sense of contentment when something I use daily simply does everything I want it to do, no compromises, no ‘almost, but…’. YMMV, of course, but this is perfect for my needs.

  39. Abbey says...

    I love packing light!! Something that’s helped me hone my carry-on packing over the years is, after a trip if I packed really well and was happy with my choices, I take a photo of the clothes I packed for inspiration for the next trip. If I overpacked or hated all my clothes choices I will take a photo of what I *actually* wore most of the time. This serves as good reference, based on reality, when it comes to packing for the next one.

    That said, I’m always sure to pack one aspirational item, if you will. Something that I rarely wear but that I love and can picture a cooler version of myself wearing. A different city feels like a safe place to try out a new, slightly more adventurous dress or top. And if you’ve packed light and everything else is dirty you sometimes back yourself into a sartorial corner ;)

    • Lindsay E. says...

      This is such a smart idea! I just took a pic (screenshot) of your advice to remember it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Loooove the idea of taking a pic!!

  40. Jessie says...

    When we go with our three daughters, they each get their own rolling suitcase that is a carryon. They also bring a backpack. We are going to Portland, OR and then Kauai this summer. They are packing the following: 8 pairs of underwear, 1 beach towel, 3 bathing suits, 2 pairs of PJ’s, 4-5 pairs of shorts and 5-6 pairs of shirts, 3 pairs of socks. 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of flip flops and 3 then they can pick a pair to wear on the plane like their birkenstocks. I usually pack the same. We stay at an air B&B so can do laundry. When we go to OBX we pack even less. If my husband and I go away for 2-3 nights, I usually pack 2 going out tops, 1 pair of going out shoes, 1 pair of jeans, 2 t-shirts, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, and 1 jacket. I will wear, 1 pair of shoes on the plane, jeans, t-shirt and a sweater or sweatshirt. I figure also if I need anything I can always buy it and bring something home from traveling.

    • Abbey says...

      Yes, slightly under-packing is useful for justifying a clothing purchase. And it doubles as a souvenir!

  41. Maaike says...

    I really love this list! But could you consider doing one for your kids as well? I think maybe you’ve done some in the past, but I know I have a 1.5 year old and it is such a challenge not to bring ALL of the things when travelling…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! Would love to. Here’s what we packed for each of the boys on this 7-day day trip to England trip if it’s helpful:
      4 tees (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
      1 sweater
      1 light jacket
      2 swimsuits (can double as shorts/tees)
      1 pair of shorts
      2 pants/leggings
      1 pajamas
      A bunch of undies
      Sneakers
      Water shoes

      I usually pick slightly more items for the boys than for me because a) they’re such tiny clothes that they fit easily into a suitcase so no need to be too parsimonious and b) they get dirtier/messier/spillier more quickly :)

      Hope that helps!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Actually we packed 2 pajamas just in case!

    • Maaike says...

      Thanks for the list! With our little one, definitely more than 1 pajama is required haha. And a washing machine at the place we are staying, I usually bring capsules of detergent from home these days…

  42. Ll says...

    I usually pack a few midi skirts and 2-3 tops per skirt, and a sweater/cardigan for cooler days. And always – workout clothes. Do I work out on holiday? Almost never. But it’s so comfy to lounge around in my yoga pants and all of a sudden someone suggests a climb of some sort and I don’t want to go trekking in a skirt. I travelled around Asia for 7months with only a backpack, and best tip is: pack stuff that goes with everything. For me that was color coordinating and making sure all pants worked with all tops. Also, comfy undies. Always comfy undies.

  43. Melanie says...

    When my husband and I went to Paris & London for two weeks (before kids), he thought I was bonkers for insisting we each bring one carry-on only. Best decision. Everything we brought was mix and match. I brought a wrinkle proof wrap dress in a bright pattern (great in case of a stain!), jeans, shorts, and several thin tops, neutral sweater, sneakers I wore on the plane and dressy comfy shoes that I could walk around in. It was great when we were in a hotel without an elevator or walking around tight streets before we could check into a hotel.
    Love the red sweater idea!!

  44. Lauren says...

    I love the idea of sweatpants that look like normal-ish pants. Anyone happen to have recs for brands with petite/short options? The outdoor voices look great but I’m 5’0″ and loathe to tailor since I worry they’d look less nice? Otherwise seem like great travel pants!!

    Thanks for such a perfect travel list! Going to Montreal with my two kids later this month and feel inspired for simplicity.

    • Kristen says...

      I’m your size and own a pair of joggers from Sanctuary. I can also wear joggers from Cloth & Stone. Usually can find them at Nordstrom, Evereve and Anthropologie!

    • Ruth says...

      The Lululemon 7/8 On The Fly pant fits me perfectly as someone who’s 5’0.

  45. Julie says...

    I went to Italy for 11 days recently and managed to survive with 5 dresses and a jean skirt with 2 tops, leggings, a pair of sandals, a pair of booties, a wine cardigan for chilly nights on the terrace in Rome, and a pair of pajamas. And panties for each day, I don’t mess with that. Our AirBnbs all had washing machines so we could pack light, our host in Rome couldn’t believe how small our suitcases were. “Just a little suitcase and a backpack, you are not like most Americans!” Hee.

    I bought a cute tote in Florence which came in handy when going to the grocery store/local bakeries/wine shops. Almost everyone had reusable bags and I felt terrible not having one while in Venice. I’ll be packing it every time I travel now.

    • Wendela says...

      Wow, so 3 shirts and a dress for a week? Do you wear the pullover sweater without a shirt under? Or wash your tops mid-week? Or re-wear without washing? I wash for longer trips but for a week bring one shirt per day (or a dress if that’s the day’s outfit). I love your pack list (and the tip about dressing with photos in mind!) but wonder how you get away with what seems like only 4 tops (if dress is one and you only wear sweaters over other tops). Sorry to nitpick. Just wondering what more I can learn from you! Now off to buy the red sweater and explore the possibility of those jeans!

    • Lauren says...

      Wendela I like packing light too – I can’t stand being tied down to luggage; I want to be able to walk around as much as I want with all my items in a backpack without it feeling heavy.

      I often wash thin items like tshirts in a hotel sink or wherever, and wring them out and press them in a towel, and then hang them near a heater or an air conditioner or maybe somewhere in a vehicle if we’re driving, or outside if that’s available. Handwashing can be really quick, and of course you don’t need laundry conditioner; shampoo or bar soap works just fine.

      Occasionally I pack socks with holes in them or ratty underwear that I’m on the verge of throwing out so I can use them and throw them out as I go. I might take an unsalvageably stained shirt along for a pajama top, otherwise I don’t usually bring pajamas, just something skimpy that I can cover with a blanket or a sweater if I get cold. I always wear any bulky clothes that I want to bring instead of packing them.

      Anything wool is great because unlike cotton you can wear a woolen shirt next to your skin without it feeling or smelling like it needs to be washed after just one day.

      Clothes take up less room if you pile similar things together before you fold them– 5 tshirts stacked flat and then folded take up less space than five separately folded shirts.

      I keep doubles of my makeup and skincare items ready to take with me on a trip – you can get tiny screw-on lid jars in dollar stores and the like, and putting your foundation or whatever into them saves space.

    • Julie says...

      Five dresses! I would never have gotten away with just one :) And the tops I brought were a black cardigan, a regular top, and two camisoles for layering (so I lied, 4 tops technically). That way I could wear the cardigan alone, or with two different colors/patterns underneath.

  46. ANDREA says...

    I agree on thinking about your wardrobe with an eye to photos! We most often use a travel photo in a Christmas card, so I make sure my husband and I both have decent and cute stuff to wear.

    I also like taking a photo of the things I am thinking about taking. I can then look at the photo on my commute and make decisions. I also like taking a photo of everything I pack for a given trip (I put it all on the bed), so I can reference what I took for 10 days in Paris in the Fall. It’s easier to reference this photo when going on a similar trip.

    Finally–a vacation means you won’t see those people day after day. I’ve done hiking trips in Spain on 2 hiking outfits and 1 dress for two weeks. When you have to carry everything on your back, you get very selective.

  47. Michaela says...

    Are the wedgie jeans *actually* comfortable? They look so good on people, but I’ve always worried they’d feel like…well, you know, like I had a permanent wedgie!

    • Amanda says...

      I’ve heard other bloggers say they’re “standing up jeans” and not comfy otherwise…I guess if you size up enough they might be comfy? Clearly I’m also confused lol.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh they’re SO comfy! Here’s the deal: Vintage Levi’s are 100% cotton and don’t have any stretch so they’re standing jeans :) but the Levi’s you buy nowadays have more stretch and are super soft and comfy. I live in mine and wear them alllll the time.

    • ashley says...

      I own a pair in a size up and they are comfy to sit in! They do sit lower on the hips than if they were my proper size. So, they don’t have the nipped waist look, but still look cool and have the benefit of being able to sit down without my belly spilling over.

    • liz says...

      Mine are super comfy. If you’re between sizes, I recommend sizing up!

  48. Sasha says...

    I love seeing which pieces people choose to mix and match on trips. Also, kudos to sharing your bra and underwear picks!

  49. Heidi says...

    Hobes are the best travel shoes- you can wear them with anything and they are so light and packable! I love the “boat” style.

  50. Christy says...

    This couldn’t be more timely! We just got back from a week in the Outer Banks, where we overpacked like no other. We only wore 1/3 of what we packed, and my husband and daughter wore the same swimsuit every day. Can’t wait to peruse everyone’s comments so I don’t make this mistake again when vehicle packing space is at a premium.

  51. ruby says...

    How do you pack for your children – in one separate bag or do they each get their own?

    • Michelle says...

      You didn’t ask me :) but my kids are 9 and 10 and everyone gets their own backpack that they carry themselves (no checked baggage). I also carry a tote with the “airport/flight stuff” (books, snacks, iPads, etc.) for myself + the kid I’m sitting with, and my husband does the same. I LOVE this system. Makes it so easy to travel between hotels/cities.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Same here Michelle! The boys each have a kid-sized rolling suitcase (with clothes/toothbrush) and their school backpack (with books, activity sets, small toys). Somehow, for me, this system makes it easier since you know exactly where everyone’s stuff is versus mixing it together in bigger suitcases.

    • Barbara Jane says...

      I recently did a trip with my husband and toddler – he’s almost 3, and we brought his car seat on the plane, so I checked a big suitcase with all of our stuff in it. Rather than smush everything together as I usually do, I used packing cubes! Everyone had a cube full of their own stuff, which made it super easy for us to get dressed AND repack our suitcase to change locations as we did halfway through the week. Then we each had our own backpack of airplane entertainment. It worked really well!

  52. Sarah says...

    I’m going to Italy in October. I work part-time from home in a hot state and transition right away into “mom” life the second preschool ends, so to be honest, I wear athleisure clothing like 5 out of 7 days (no time to shower after my AM workouts). I know this won’t really fly in Italy. It’s our first big no-kids trip since 2012, so I want to get my groove back fashion-wise, but I feel helplessly out of date for what is “cool” (much less Italian cool). Does anyone have suggestions?! We will be carrying our stuff in those big travel backpacks.

    • Rachel K. says...

      I’d suggest comfy black and dark wash jeans, a few t-shirts and blouses in coordinating color schemes, a sweater and light jacket, and some scarves/bandanas/hair accessories/jewelry pieces to make the outfits feel more ‘special’. Add in a walking shoe (Converse or Superga’s and a slightly more decorative (but still comfortable shoe, like an ankle boot), and you’re good for everyday! Plus a dress or two for special dinners!

    • ANDREA says...

      Hi Sarah: We’ve been to Italy three times in the past 6 years, both in large cities and in small towns. In general, there is a huge range of dress, just like in the US. I think Americans often can be spotted in Europe because they dress in an overly fancy and overly cariactured version of how they think Europeans dress (think a lot of neck scarves in Paris).

      Do get away from head to toe athleisure, but get stuff you’d wear in the US. In general, fashionable jeans, pants and shirts work for 99% of what you’ll need. I also throw in a dress for things like a nicer dinner or cultural event. Youtube has a lot of great videos for dos and donts in a given country.

    • Rosie says...

      I would only pack dresses and two blouses to dress up black jeans. Women in Italy dress up way more than American women do. Nothing screams tourist like athletic wear. You can rock sneakers with most dresses these days. A simple black dress with sneakers can be repurposed for dinner with a blazer/leather jacket, statement earrings and flats. A lot of Italy is still pretty warm in October. If you’re going for 5 days or longer I would pack 3-5 super simple dresses, pair of black skinny jeans that are comfy enough to wear on the plane, 2 lightweight blouses, heavier sweater that is warm enough for the plane but cute enough to layer on a chilly night, blazer or leather jacket that goes with everything, lightweight cardigan, 1 pair ballet flats, 1 pair sneakers, 1 pair ankle boots (optional), cross body purse. That should easily fit in a backpack. On a shorter trip I would knock it down to two dresses, one blouse. If you really feel like you don’t have the right thing to wear when you get there you can probably buy it! NO heels. Seriously. With cobblestones everywhere you won’t want to wear them.

    • ANDREA says...

      Also, plan on buying some accessories there! One of my favorite scarves is a big black and white scarf that I bought at COIN (like Macy’s) in Rome. It dressed up what I had and is such a durable souvenir.

    • Sarah says...

      Wow-you guys are amazing!! Saving all of these recommendations and will get started on my shopping list…the specificity is so helpful. Thank you, Rachel, Andrea, and Rosie!!! For “blouse,” does anyone have recommendations for fabric that won’t wrinkle in my backpack (or you recommend a textured one like Joanna listed here)? The backpack is what is really throwing me!!

    • ANDREA says...

      Backpack tip: When I hike with my backpack, I use large ziploc bags to pack everything in and then pull the bags in and out of the pack. I still roll the items before putting them into the bag. This generally keeps my cotton clothes wrinkle free. For other fabrics, you’ll have to borrow an iron there or put in the bathroom to let the shower steam lessen the wrinkles.

    • Sarah says...

      Andrea, you’re awesome! Great tips about the ziploc bags. Thank you. And I love your accessory shopping idea—it sounds fun AND practical and I’d get a souvenir out of it. Bonus points for always being able to say “oh, this? I got it in Italy” and feel super cool. ;)

    • Dawn says...

      Sarah, your trip sounds so fun! I’m traveling in Europe right now and everyone in the cities wears white sneakers; think Stan Smith Adidas or Vejas. I was shocked when I went to the symphony in Paris and saw men wearing sneakers with suits and women rocking the dress and sneaker look. Très cool!

    • Shannon says...

      Packing cubes work great for backpacks! My husband and I took backpacks on a trip to Italy because we thought that would be easier for train travel from city to city and cobblestones. My advice: don’t pack it too full because you will want to buy things there!

      On wearing athleisurewear on vacation – I am definitely guilty. But my husband and I are also active, and we love to wake up early and go for long walks before it gets too hot and touristy. We can see all of the popular sites (and get pictures without the mobs of people), check out parks and walking trails, and finish up with a nice morning coffee at one of the many cafes. And even fashionable Europeans were athletic wear for their morning jogs, so I felt like we fit right in! (It also helps me justify daily gelato.)

      Also, the only way to really be Italian cool is to just buy a couple things there :) Hope you have a great trip!

    • Sarah says...

      Dawn and Shannon-thanks so much for the pro tips!!! Dawn, i was wondering if I could get away with white sneakers. I hope your trip was great!! Thank you.

      Shannon, off to investigate packing cubes vs ziploc bags (and good call about leaving space). I am like you and enjoy getting up early on vacation to explore. Thanks for endorsing this plan. :)

      This site is so amazing <3 thanks!!

    • Wendy says...

      Pack the tiniest little spray bottle you can find. (Mine came with a mushroom growing kit!) As soon as I get into my hotel room, I hang up the shirt I’ll wear the next day and give it a quick spritz with warmish water, tug a little at the wrinkles if needed, and by morning it looks great. Repeat each evening, if hanging space is at a premium, or do them all at once. There is no way I’m going to iron on vacation!

  53. Erin G. says...

    This is so fun! Great list, you’ve got it down to a science. I am very proud that I have evolved from Worst Packer Ever to Pretty Good Packer over the last decade. I used to always be the girl at the airport with an overweight bag, trying to rearrange stuff and making everyone behind me crazy. Now, I have pounds and pounds to spare every time and feel so proud when I see the bag on the scale get lighter and lighter with each trip! I just came back from a week on Toronto (first solo trip post-divorce, sans partner or child) and went with all dresses and one pair of leggings (for exploring, for exercise) and it worked great! One pair of shoes for comfort, one for fancy-ness, and one cardigan (dress it up) and one denim jacket (make it casual). I wore all but one dress and felt so proud of my packing prowess (and also my vacation wardrobe)!

  54. Valeria says...

    Always always everywhere my trekking shoes! I bought them 13 years ago and worn them from Italy where I live to England to Madagascar to Peru and anywhere else I’ve been in the middle. Maybe they don’t match perfectly with every dress (but I’m sure with some they do), but they have the natural elegance of the selfconfident and the sober and they are not aging at all, they look exactly like 13 years ago, my dear travel buddies!
    Talking about elegance, as you’ve already understood my standards, I just discovered that rolling up leggings makes them look like real pants, so they are perfect to be completely rolled in a very elegant roll and packed in the suitcase, just between a trekking shoe and the other one.

  55. Jessica says...

    I notice on these types of lists, people tend to bring less shirts than the number of days they are travelling. I’m curious how this works. I’m a sweaty person and try to plan on having one fresh shirt per day as a result. Especially for the days spent in airport, I get ripe! Is this not an issue for other people (jealous is so)? Do you wash thsings mid-trip? I wish I could pack such a minimal bag.

    • Shannon says...

      I don’t know about others, but I always book at least one Airbnb that has a washing machine so that I can do laundry. It reduces the number of clothes I have to take, and I don’t go home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes.

    • Christy says...

      I usually pack an extra shirt because I start feeling gross. Unless it is only for a couple days or I am confident that there is a washer and dryer where I am headed.

    • Rosie says...

      No no no! Never a new outfit for every day! Only bring things that are easy to wash in the sink. You might also want to take a look at what you’re wearing in terms of why you’re sweating so much. I always take off a layer if I’m sweating even if it means I’m walking around O’Hare in a camisole in February. I did two weeks traveling through Scandinavia a few years ago with two pairs of jeans, two sweaters, three tshirts, leggings and a long sleeve tee for sleeping, three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear, two bras, one pair of ankle boots, one coat, one hat, one pair gloves, one scarf, one small purse. Bring deodorant, shower every day and wash whatever is dirty while you’re in the shower and you should be fine.

    • liz says...

      When I went to Nepal for three weeks, I brought a little travel size laundry detergent and washed my clothes in the sink/hung dry! (most places we stayed didn’t mind allowing you to dry your laundry in the same area they dried their) Better to hand wash your clothes than to over pack/carry a heavy bag, in my experience.

    • Michelle says...

      Yes, we almost always wash laundry mid-trip. Usually you can find a washing machine but if not, buy some detergent at a drugstore and wash in the sink.

    • Abbey says...

      I try not to bring anything stark white to wear. It just shows too much grime to re-wear.

      I echo the “bring laundry soap” directive. I get little single-use packets so I don’t have to worry about leakage or going over the liquid-limit.

      I’m about to head off for a month in southern Italy with one carry-on so I invested in this thing: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N68XF0O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
      Hopefully it helps for when my airbnb’s don’t have washers! Will report back after COJ’s next travel post ;)

    • Molly K says...

      Yep! T-shirts really don’t take up much space, and vacations are active, sweaty times, so I pack a fresh shirt for each day plus an extra in case something happens.

    • Lauren says...

      Just to note, you don’t need laundry detergent to wash clothes – shampoo works great, and bar soap is fine too as long as you rinse well. I often bring just shampoo and also use it as soap in the shower and to wash dishes, too – plain shampoo doesn’t leave any more residue than dish soap. You can pay attention to how much shampoo you typically use on a trip and bring the right size of bottle the next time.

    • Dawn says...

      Jessica,

      Have you ever tried shirts in natural fabrics? Linen, cotton, and merino wool are good options. I thought I was a smelly person until I started wearing natural fabrics. They don’t hold on to sweat and odor like synthetics. I’m in France where it’s been around 100 degrees every day and I can wear a linen t-shirt or dress several times without a wash. My husband wears his merino wool t-shirts for a week without washing!

    • Wendy says...

      I do wash a few things in the sink, but don’t rule out a laundry service or a trip to the laundromat. One of my favorite memories is chatting with other travelers while washing a load of clothes in Paris!

  56. Kristy Lin says...

    I’m obsessed with finding the perfect windbreaker! I have a perfectly functional one from Uniqlo but was always looking for something more stylish yet still useful. Kule seems perfect! It’s amazing how much a thin layer in the summer can help to keep you warm from a little too much wind or block out most of the rain before you dodge into a cafe… yet not feel overheated!

    • Ruth says...

      I love the Patagonia Houdini jacket. Packs up super small and reasonably stylish in black.

  57. Mims says...

    I always bring a large black furoshiki with me…essentially a large cotton square I can fold on the diagonal and tie around my hips, or shoulders or head. It is so versatile: I have used it as a beach blanket, towel, sling for sleepy baby, hobo carryall.

  58. Mouse says...

    I pack only two colors, usually navy and grey, sometimes some black. Aside from the usual, jeans, etc, I pack leggings in 3/4 length which can be worn under big shirts, tunic, sleep shirt, dress, and in a pinch, for exercise. (Although I usually pack another athletic pair for that) A tee shirt that can be for sleep or exercise. A pair of soft sneakers like Merrill Glove that take up little space. Flip-flops and Arcopedico ballets. A big scarf that can be a blanket for the plane or for really cold AC. Basically, think layers: tank tops, long sleeve T, sweater, jacket. If it’s hot, I wear a tank with a soft cotton jacket. If colder, tank plus V neck sweater. If really cold, tank plus V sweater, plus jacket plus huge scarf. All blue or grey.

    And silicone earplugs are a must! Can’t sleep in a new place with new sounds without them.

  59. alexis says...

    Over the years I’ve tried to think more “capsule wardrobe” about my packing lists. Depending on the weather and activities, it varies. But I usually pack a pair of pants or jeans with good pockets, a jumpsuit/romper type piece, a Zuri Kenya dress (it can triple as a skirt/jacket/dress), and top layers. I also have a beautiful pajama set from Cuyana that I only use for travel, so it feels extra luxurious to put it on.

    • Beth says...

      I love the idea of special items for travel only! I also read (maybe here?) about wearing a special perfume on trips so that smell will always remind you of a certain place.

  60. Miluska says...

    We’ve just left Cornwall… and I was so happy to have a good pair of jeans, a lambswool jumper and Dr. Martens but then also a pair of shorts and some flip flops. The weather is a little crazy at the moment!

  61. Ilona says...

    You forgot a swimsuit! Cornish beaches are amazing and it’s pretty warm in the UK right now…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha I have learned over the years that I’m a wuss about the cold water! I only ever go up to my knees unless I borrow my aunt’s wetsuit :)

  62. Hali says...

    My whole family had to run into a cheap chain shoe store to buy wellies on our last trip to England. Determined not to be wasteful and leave them all behind on the canal boat we rented for the trip, I got extremely creative shoving all the boots in my carry on and packing the rest of my clothes in my purse and on my body. When we got to the airport my carryon weighed about 7lbs over the limit, but when the ground staff saw my face as I dropped to the ground to frantically pull my dad’s wellies out of the bag and shove them OVER the tennis shoes I was wearing they just let me through!
    Now we all have those classic rubber green wellies that were £17 each and we’ll never forget to pack them again! (We go to the UK about once a year to see family too but our rellies are spread all over.)

    Have the BEST trip and please eat a cheese and onion pasty for me! Oh and a cream tea! And a pint of Doom Bar!

  63. Maria says...

    Thanks for sharing this! It is perfect timing! My family and I will be traveling to London and Edinburgh in a couple of weeks. You’ve just saved me hours of thinking about what to pack for myself, but I’m not sure what to pack for the kids, ages 9 and 4. I’m curious, what do you pack for the boys? Am I crazy to want to pack rain boots?

    • Cece says...

      Not crazy! But honestly right now you can’t pack for a trip to England until a day or two before you leave because the weather is so changeable.

      On Saturday the temps hit 90 degrees, today they were more like 60 with a smattering of rain. Both of those are pretty normal, although to change from one to the other that quickly is rare! Last summer it was in the 80s and glorious sunshine every day for months, this summer has been damp and cool and much more unpredictable. And London is likely to be several degrees c warmer than Edinburgh, and the tube is always sweltering.

      So basically layers layers layers baby! Sundresses, tights, cardigans, warmer layers and a rain jacket are all key!

    • Lauren says...

      Maria, you could just buy rain boots over here if required (very cheap in supermarkets) and the donate them to a charity shop at the end of the stay, if you don’t have room to take them back? Or pick some up from a charity shop? EVERY British kid has wellies so there are usually plenty in charity shops.

  64. Joanna, can I ask in what part of Cornwall your grandmother is? I’ve always wanted to visit that area and I’m exploring options for this Summer…
    This place looks heavenly :)
    Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      She’s in Polruan, across the harbor from fowey!

  65. Amy says...

    The splurge sandals you linked to have been on my forever wish list!

  66. Tricia says...

    I would LOVE to see your packing list for the boys, too…including airplane entertainment options. :)

  67. Kristen says...

    Love this list and especially that the pieces are nice but at (mostly) accessible price points. You’re a great packer!

  68. Anna says...

    A swimsuit!!! Hope you threw one in the bag! That was always my moms advise- add a swimsuit juuust in case!

    & my personal advice (for most trips)- if i forget it, i can always buy what i need

    • Anna says...

      AND a jean jacket. Actually I’ve had the same classic gap jean jacket since the 7th grade (bought in Times Square). It still fits & is perfect with literally everything.

    • nadine says...

      Yes! I always always bring a swimsuit, i wouldn’t want to miss any chance to swim. And if the chance doesn’t occur it could still double as underwear/bra with the advantage that it’s quick to dry.
      While saying that I was carrying one once in my bag and it fell off while I was at the cinema in the Alps. I wonder the reaction of who founded it.. ehm.

  69. Elizabeth says...

    I just got back from two weeks traipsing around Europe with 35 teenagers, and my husband and I (both teachers) only did carry-ons. Plus, a full 25% of my suitcase was devoted to medical supplies for my type 1 diabetes. It can be done! I think the key is in 1) pairing down your beauty routine, if you’re someone who has an extensive one; 2) thinking in terms of mix-and-match, as you’ve done, and 3) perhaps investing in some staple pieces from brands that specialize in fast-dry wear (often outdoor brands for thru-hikers) that you can easily wash in your hotel shower and hang to dry overnight. I recommend the brand ExOfficio–I use their bras and underwear for my traveling. Since they can be washed the night before and dry the next morning, you don’t have to pack as much. They also have regular clothing as well, though I can only speak from experience on the base wear. My husband swears by the men’s undies, too. Highly recommend!

  70. Denise says...

    A black tank dress and Allbirds go everywhere with me!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love allbirds!

  71. Marlena says...

    One of the things I do is take any ratty underwear or socks that are beyond repair and wear them on vacation and then throw them away. They would get tossed anyway – I’m talking about the underwear with holes, etc. – and then it’s less to wash and return.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s a good call!

    • Lindsey says...

      YES that is one of my favorite tricks! Earlier this year I took my sister on her first international trip, and I told her to bring some older undies she wouldn’t feel bad about discarding, and for some reason she interpreted that as bringing those *in addition* to the undies she was planning to wear, because she thought I was initiating her into the long-standing travel tradition of leaving a trail of clean but old undies across the UK (?!??), which made me crack up for days.

    • Kathryn says...

      Plus then they get a last hoorah!

    • Laurie says...

      I do that too!!!

    • Amanda says...

      I do this…with books! I read a TON on vacation and have yet to embrace e-readers, so I bring a stack of the used books I pick up all over the place. If I wind up really loving a book, I bring it home with me, but for the most part, I release them into the world, passing them along to other people or leaving them at vacation rentals. (My partner’s family has a lake place that the whole –giant–family uses. They’re big readers and there are shelves and shelves of books there. I like sneaking mine in amongst the books that have been there for decades and seeing them there when I return the following summer.) Also, my luggage gets progressively lighter and roomier.

    • Michelle says...

      I do this with washcloths if we are staying in hostels or places that don’t have them. I shower in the morning and don’t want to stick a damp washcloth in my bag.

  72. Deb says...

    I just got back from a week in the Lake District. Being from the UK I’m more than familiar with our “unpredictable” (nicely put!) weather so I packed for what I thought was “all eventualities” only to experience what must have been the only ever rain-free scorching hot week the Lake District has ever seen! I melted but it was wonderful :-D.

  73. I like to pack a long black tank dress. Mine (old, from Banana Republic) also has a gathered waist, which a bit more forgiving. It’s comfy to wear on the plane. I can add a denim jacket, sweater, or a white button down tied at the waist to change it up. It looks cute with sneakers or a sandal.

    • Renata says...

      Joanna, how do you keep the white Converse clean?

  74. Amanda W. says...

    Can I just say how jealous I am that you have family in Cornwall? I’m obsessed with that area despite having never been (I’ve been fortunate enough to visit London). In fact, I’m reading a book right now that takes place in Penzance. I really, really want to move there; however, becoming an expat just seems so daunting! Perhaps one day …

  75. Mich w/ 2 Ls says...

    Two windbreakers! ;-)

  76. Lauren E. says...

    I’m giggling over the red sweater in photos. On one of the most scenic trips of my life (to the Western coast of Ireland when I was in my 20s) I wore a ridiculous blue owl-printed shirt and I regret it to this day!!

  77. Karin Connor says...

    Great ideas. My husband and I are traveling with my 3 and 7 year old to visit family in Scotland and the weather can be so unpredictable like in Cornwall. People also tend to dress more stylishly in the large cities then they do here and so I have been struggling with practical ideas for unpredictable weather traveling in the highlands as well as going out in the city. Plus if we do get a sunny day everyone in the country wears their cutest summer clothes and BBQs or hangs at a park. And it all has to fit in a carry-on. I ended up getting Everlane’s raincoat/light parka to layer over a denim jacket or wool blazer when it gets cold or rainy.

  78. Rue says...

    I’ve spent a long time searching for the right travel & athletic underwear: something I can sweat in, wash in a hotel sink or at a campsite, and have it dry by the time I need to wear it again.

    After lots of trial and error, my favorite undies are Lululemon Namastay Put. I wish they carried size XS, but I can get by with S being a touch big. But you guys, I no joke wore these in *the Amazon* and they were comfy. They were also the only pair that dried after a round of sink laundry in my cabin.

    My favorite travel bra is a merino wool sports bra. It regulates both hot and cold temps and seriously doesn’t need to be washed, even on a month-long trip, unless you end up saturating it all the way through with sweat. My favorite company for merino athletic wear went out of business, but I’m going to try Icebreaker next. (I’ve had bad luck with Smartwool products unraveling after only several uses, but some folks really like their stuff.)

    • Kim says...

      I just spent almost 3 weeks in Scandinavia with an icebreaker bra. It’s great!

  79. You are really good in packing, thanks for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  80. Kristen says...

    I’m quite possibly the worst packer on the planet, trying to anticipate every potential scenario or mood then wearing about a quarter of what I bring. We’re taking two trips this month so I’m inspired to pare it down. I’ve never done a capsule wardrobe but this seems like a great basic capsule collection for every day, regardless of whether you’re traveling or staying at home.

  81. Kathleen Jorgenson says...

    I feel like you’ve posted pics from this vantage point before. Dreamy!!! If that is your grandmother’s gate, I feel like I need her real estate advice. Or maybe just her all-around life advice. Because she clearly knows what she’s doing.

    • Kristin says...

      100% agree with all of this!

  82. Mamaof3 says...

    I recently totally overpacked on a 10 day trip to California. My goal was more like what you’ve packed here for your trip. Gah! So do you plan to do laundry there when you pack so light? There’s no way I could rewear a shirt two days in a row on a trip or even pants more than 2 days in a row. Traveling with 3 kids = too much sweating.

  83. Deborah Robinson says...

    I would add a packable hat & an umbrella.
    Bon Voyage!
    Deb