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What To Pack for Europe

One of the things I love most about summer is exploring new places. We've packed our bags and are heading to Italy this weekend and couldn’t be more excited. Italy has long been on our list of destinations to travel to but this is our first time touching down in the country of la dolce vita.

Now that the kids are older, we won’t have a bag dedicated to their baby gear. Gone are the days of diapers, formula, extra bed sheets, and mountains of toys to keep them entertained and I’ve decided to challenge ourselves with packing only two small bags; one for my hubby and I and one for the littles. Without fail, I tend to set out packing light but then add a sweater here, a pair of shoes there and soon enough, I’m sitting on my bag trying to zip it closed. Not this time.

We’ll be traveling between three cities for two weeks and I want to keep things simple so I’m going to pack five outfits (yes, only five!) to get me through two weeks. I plan to mix and match as much as possible and am focusing on black and white so that everything goes together and looks timeless and classic. No more embarrassing photos to look back on 5 years from now where I think, “what was I wearing?!”

And if I find I have nothing to wear with only five outfit options? I am in Italy after all!

Here's what to pack for Europe:


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1. Dress
A little, striped dress is classic, easy, and perfect for zipping around Rome.

2. "1hgNKIR" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tote
I always struggle with having a carry on large enough to hold my books, toiletries and iPads but small enough to use as a purse for the trip so I’m planning on bringing a small tote to use as a carryall to fit my wallet and any treasures I pick up when seeing the sites.

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A graphic maxi skirt is great for wearing out to dinner or pairing with a simple tank for an afternoon in a cafe.

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I never have the patience to properly do my hair when I’m on vacation as I’m too excited to get out there and start exploring. This hat will provide some necessary sun protection and added style.

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I love these cropped jeans as they feel very Audrey Hepburn and the black color can easily be dressed up or down.

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Walking is key when exploring a new city and your feet will thank you with a pair of these basic yet stylish kicks.

NANCY DEANE is a former marketing and lifestyle maven now on her biggest project yet: raising twins in Manhattan. This Canadian via California girl enjoys exploring beauty, fashion, travel and design (for adults and kids alike) and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram as @toastncandy. Read all of Nancy’s posts.