What I’m Bringing to Europe: 16 Days in a Carry-On


Eek! I’m 4 days away from boarding my very first international flight and I am filled with excitement. It’ll be my first time every flying on an international flight on my own and traveling without knowing anyone which makes me so excited and kinda terrified. I know I’ll be fine, and this trip is a sense of self discovery for me. I’ve been doing so much research on what I want to see, what I want to bring and I’ve finally narrowed down what I’m bringing. In order to avoid not having my luggage with me so I’m only taking my carry on luggage, and a backpack with me as well. I just want the security of having my belongings with me lol (my boyfriend had his luggage lost when we went to California– it was a nightmare getting it back!). Pinterest is a god send in finding out what to bring and lovely graphics like the one I made above are huge reasons I’m making this post. I love these kind of graphics and they are so much easier to pin and look at for reference. So hopefully you like how it came out jsut as much as I do!

I’m definitely an over-packer, and I really want to avoid not being able to bring more things back when I come home. When I went to Costa Rica I brought so much with me and managed to bring quite a bit of stuff so i think I’ve conquered my luggage lol. I’m quite tiny so my clothes fit pretty much anywhere haha.

I absolutely love how the graphic above turned out, and I hope you all do as well!


I’ll be bringing 5 tops, I have two flowy tanks that will be easy to dress up or keep casual if need be, and in probably in neutral colors as well. Plus, a off the shoulder top since I’ve been obsessed with the off the shoulder look this summer and think it adds a nice touch to any outfit (besides, Iove my collarbone haha). I’lll also be bringing two nice little crop tops that I can wear with a cardigan and jeans for a more casual look thats also comfy. I almost have two crops that look identical to my graphic.


This is a given but I feel as though I have to mention this since I obviously will need Pajamas to sleep in lol, It will more than likely be bringing two pair of leggings and two of my love’s t-shirts ( boy shirts are so comfy!), and I’ll be bringing a bunch of socks since I have to sleep with them on haha


I’ll be bringing two pairs of shorts and two pairs of jeans both white and denim, just because I love white denim and it goes well with everything and with some jewelry it looks great. As far as denim goes, that’s a given as it’s comfy and as I’ll be doing a lot of walking the shorts will definitely be used more often that’s for sure!


Dresses are the best thing ever, simply because the less time I have to wear pants such as jeans means that I’ll be super happy. So I’ll be bringing two dresses, one in black, off the shoulder and one in a more fun summery print with lemons that is also off the shoulder and quite possibly my favorite dress ever. Yellow goes so well on my tan skin, and makes me happy 🙂


Now, I love rompers with all my heart. you get the best of both worlds: half dress with the comfort of shorts. I have a few cute ones that I’ll be bringing but i’m gonna try to limit myself to two, so I don’t bring too much.


Seeing that I get cold quite easily, I’ll be bringing a cardigan with me. I also have an excursion going up the Swiss Alps so I’ll be bringing a jacket that is light enough to fold but doesn’t take up too much space in my luggage.


As far as shoes go, I’ll be doing a lot of walking so comfort is key and I’ve bought a pair of black slip-on sneakers that I’ve broken in at work and they are so comfy! For two other options, I’ll be bringing a dressy pair of tie-up flats for nights out and for when I want to dress up a little bit. Sandals are also a necessity since it’s summer and I have a cute cognac colored pair I’ll be packing!


I have so many accessories to bring with me, such as jewelry, a solid hat, and two pairs of sunnies that I absolutely love. All in all, there’s not much to write since this category will probably be switched up by the time I actually leave haha as far as jewelry goes. The two sunnies I have look relatively close to the graphic.


I have two cross-body bags that I have for my trip, I’ve read so many articles that suggest keeping a bag close to you and never unattended.


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  • Reply Post ivf

    I really enjoyed this post… it really gives you an insight into the author when posts like this are written! Thank you!

    July 11, 2017 at 3:26 AM
  • Reply Jessica & James

    Loved this post. Love being nosey I do. We’re currently backpacking around Europe for a month and we’ve done something similar but in a video form so this was good to read!

    Jessica & James | /

    July 11, 2017 at 2:14 PM
    • Reply ashleymarlenis_zm4psc

      thank you so much!

      July 12, 2017 at 12:29 AM
  • Reply Victoria Anne

    Have an amazing time on holiday!! I find packing all my outfits for going on holidays is so exciting xx

    July 11, 2017 at 2:19 PM
    • Reply ashleymarlenis_zm4psc

      Thanks lovely!

      July 12, 2017 at 12:28 AM
  • Reply Post ivf

    I read this post the other day! I love the way you write and your choice of clothes!!

    July 11, 2017 at 2:20 PM
  • Reply Corinne & Kirsty

    You are bringing so much and how can everything fits in your carry on luggage? I am impressed! x corinne

    July 11, 2017 at 2:21 PM
    • Reply ashleymarlenis_zm4psc

      It helps that I’m tiny and my clothes are super compact for the most part. but the rolling technique and packing cubes work wonders!

      July 12, 2017 at 12:08 AM
  • Reply Lauren - Explore a Corner

    I love this post. Like you I am a sucker My packing list posts and graphics on Pinterest. I love reading packing lists and getting ideas. I think you’re got a good selection of items so you’ll have variety in your wardrobe still and everything can mix and match.

    July 11, 2017 at 2:28 PM
  • Reply Jocelyn

    This graphic is awesome, it really lays out everything to look at easily! I love this post, I may need to challenge myself to pack this lightly for my next trip, not sure if I’ll be able to manage haha!
    xx Jocelyn //

    July 11, 2017 at 2:38 PM
    • Reply ashleymarlenis_zm4psc

      Thank you so much, the graphic was definitely time consuming but turned out beautifully! Packing cubes are so important for packing light so you can definitely do it! haha

      July 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM
  • Reply Holly

    Wow you’re so brace going with just hand luggage! The longest trip I’ve done with just hand luggage is 6 days and I struggled!! So true – dresses and rompers are perfect for packing light as you can dress them up and take up less room.

    Holly x

    July 11, 2017 at 2:41 PM
  • Reply Ruminvte

    I absolutely love the format of this post! It looks great and I liked getting a little insight into the fashion side of your trip haha, I hope you have a great time! Thanks for sharing!

    Rumaanah //

    July 11, 2017 at 2:43 PM
  • Reply Alice

    You must be so excited, have an amazing time!

    Alybell | UK Personal Style and Beauty Blog

    July 16, 2017 at 4:51 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth Seal

    I love your picks, especially the dress and bags, so dreamy! 😀 xx

    July 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth Seal

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    July 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM
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