How to PACK LIGHT for 2 weeks! [Europe in Winter]

The holidays are here! For me, that means a 2 week trip to Europe with stops including: Germany, Amsterdam and Paris!

If you didn’t know, I was born in Trier, Germany. My dad was in the air force so we were out there for 6 years! I can’t wait to reconnect with family on the German side and introduce them to Bert. It’ll be Bert’s first time to Europe! I cannot wait for him to see where I’m from and to learn the language….again (he took two years of German in college haha)

I’m all packed and can’t wait to share it with you all. I’ve only packed a carry-on and am splitting a checked bag with Bert. Minimal, even during the winter with bulky clothing. This was definitely a challenge for me but somehow I managed and got it done.

Continue reading what I packed and don’t forget to leave a comment below!


My Essentials ->

  • My BEIS bag (similar one here)
  • Macbook
    Kate spade bag (purse, cross body bag & clutch), very functional
    Refillable water bottle
    Reusable coffee cup
    Snacks & tea bags, halls cough drops in silicone bags
    Toiletry bag (hand lotion, eye drops, hand sanitizer…anything I need on the plane)
    Clear bag with all my chargers, cords, moments lens, sudio headphones
    Bose Headphones
    Current Book -> “Shoe Dog
    Bigger Toiletry bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)


My Essentials ->

  • “Love Your Melon” beanie
  • Tone It Up booty bands
  • Jewelry
  • Isle of Paradise (medium)
  • Dirty laundry cloth bag

Now, for the clothes…

I always bring versatile basics. Items that I can mix and match to get 2 or 3 outfits versus just 1.

  • 1 pair sweatpants
  • 1 flannel
  • 1 pair leggings
  • 2 workout outfits (sports bra, leggings & cover ups)
  • fluffy socks (duh!)
  • 2 t-shirts (I like them baggy so I can have 3 shirts in 1: knotted, tucked or regular)
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 thermal long sleeve
  • 2 sweaters (1 chunky & 1 over the shoulder)
  • 2 pairs of jeans (1 dark/1 light)
  • 1 leather jacket
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair regular shoes
  • 1 jumpsuit (for nightlife scene)

See below for some of my items and outfit ideas 🙂


Always wear your heaviest, bulkiest clothes on the plane! What I’m wearing ->

  • Hat
  • Blanket Scarf
  • Winter Coat
  • Black T-shirt
  • Grey Sweatshirt
  • Sweatpants
  • Black Socks
  • Winter Boots

That’s it!

I hope this article helped you get some ideas for when you’re planning your next trip.

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xoxo, KJ