“I have a wedding in Italy this summer,” writes a reader named Stefani, “and my husband and I are flying on the cheap to a smaller town in Denmark. From there, we’ll make our way down to Italy. I’m OK for the actual wedding, but would love suggestions on what to pack for two weeks in Europe. Ideally, I’d like to keep everything in a smaller roller suitcase, and maybe one carry on.” As those of you who’ve been reading GOACA for a while know, I am a big proponent of cramming everything—even for longer journeys—into one carry-on, and since Stefani’s trip is scheduled for summer, when clothes are lighter, this is eminently achievable. My first and most important packing rule is to stick with a reasonably tight color palette, or, failing that, to choose only neutrals, so that everything goes with everything else. I’d start where I typically do: with a good basic black and white striped tee.
And I’d throw in this lightweight grey v-neck tee too.
A short-sleeved button-down shirt is both put-together-looking and comfortable.
I like that this silk boatneck top is a little more of a dressier option.
For the plane, and for cooler evenings, I’d bring along a pair of dark jeans.
For cool evenings and mornings, this utilitarian cropped jacket would prove deeply versatile.
Not everyone considers clog sandals to be the height of comfort and/or style, but I do, and would definitely bring a pair along.
Everyone can agree that slip-on sneakers are even more comfortable than clogs, however, and they’re more polished than their lace-up counterparts. If you’re in the mood for something less pricey, check out these cute Vans.
A bucket hat does the important work of keeping the sun off your face while also being distressingly cute.
I don’t typically travel with valuable jewelry because it’d be too much of a drag if something I loved got stolen or left behind in a hotel room, but I do like wearing a necklace or two every day, so I might go for this pretty coin pendant that depicts Queen Victoria, with whom I have been a little obsessed since finishing season three of the excellent series Victoria, which I discovered after going through withdrawal from The Crown last year.
The clothes I chose for this packing post are all pretty classic—the better to mix and match with—so you need items like these poppy red sunglasses to give your outfits a point of view.
It wouldn’t be a packing post if I didn’t include a Chan Luu scarf—they’re super-lightweight, satisfyingly warm, and this one has a cute little star print.
And finally: you’ll be glad you made room in your suitcase for this diminutive and powerful steamer, which goes for just under $15 and works like a dream.