Packing for a 10-day international vacation

Packing Essentials

In order to pack smarter, you need the right equipment. I pack everything for my trips into a standard carry-on suitcase that is expandable if more room is needed. Going to Austria in March is a bit of a chillier affair, and fitting larger sweaters and bulkier clothing into a small carry-on can be difficult. The solution? Compression bags. You can find these bags on Amazon, Walmart or Target for less than $10. You roll up your clothes, stuff and seal the bag then roll the bag the release any trapped air. This helps cut the bulk of your clothes in half! I ordered mine from Amazon for $9.99.

Investing in a toiletry organizer is also essential. Because I check my carry-on bag, I put all of my toiletries in my carry-on so I avoid having to unpack my bags going through TSA. My bathroom bag unfolds and comes with a hook so I can hang it up and get to everything I need quickly. I found mine at Walmart!

A few other small items to take that makes packing for coming home easier is plastic bags for your dirty shoes, a laundry bag for dirty clothes and dryer sheets to make sure the stink from old clothes doesn’t seep into your still clean clothes.

My Spring Vacation Wardrobe

Packing for spring comes with its challenges. The weather can be finicky and you are likely to be wandering around in the rain, maybe even snow, at some point. Yet you could also get a few warm days as well. The key to packing for a spring vacation is choosing options that are all in a similar color scheme and that can be easily layered. This makes it easier to pack fewer shoes as well, as one or two pairs of shoes will be able to go with every outfit.


  • Flannel
  • Black, blue and tan sweaters
  • Black cardigan
  • Gray vest
  • Heather black and black/white striped long sleeve shirts
  • Black and white half button down top
  • Red Tie Top
  • Green Patterned Top
  • Chambray button down dress
  • Blue jeans, black jeans, and olive jeans
  • 2 sets of pajamas
  • Socks, bras, underwear


An easy way to dress up a seemingly boring vacation wardrobe is with jewelry and scarves.

  • Belt
  • Black tights
  • Warm scarf
  • 2 patterned scarves
  • Gold and silver stud earrings
  • 2 dangly earrings
  • 2 necklaces
  • Simple gold and silver rings


With a simple wardrobe color palette, your shoe needs simplify as well.

  • Black rain/snow boots
  • Gray Converse
  • Black booties
  • Tan slip-ons


Everyone’s toiletry bag looks different, but if you’re curious as to what I pack, keep reading.

  • 3 oz shampoo/conditioner
  • Facewash
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume roller
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Night cream
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Makeup removing wipes
  • Bar soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hairspray
  • Hair ties and bobby pins


When traveling I try to keep my makeup simple day-to-day: a little concealer, powder foundation, bronzer, eyebrows, and mascara. But I also pack an eyeshadow palette and a few fun lipsticks for the nights I plan on hitting the town for a nice dinner and drinks.

  • Primer
  • Concealer
  • Powder foundation
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow pencil/gel
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • 2 lipsticks/lip liner
  • Beauty sponge
  • Brushes
  • Setting spray

And that’s that! If you want to follow my travels next week as I galavant around Austria, follow me on Instagram at marissa_gaal, or like my Facebook page for updates!


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