What I Packed for Two Weeks in Europe – In ONLY a Carry On

What to Pack for Two Weeks In Europe in ONLY a Carry On - Cobalt Chronicles

For my two week trip to Europe I was determined to only pack a carry on bag.  My Bigger Away Carry On + my Herschel backpack did the trick!  I fit most of the items pictured in my carry on bag.  I stuck my toiletries and one extra change of clothes in my backpack just in case I ended up having to check my bag (I didn’t, hooray!).

The key to packing for a two week trip in a carry on bag is to pack versatile pieces!  Almost all of my tees can be layered under the sweaters and/or jackets and pair well with any of the 3 pairs of jeans that I brought along.  The two dresses can be worn during the day for sightseeing with sandals and with a light jacket at night for dinner.

I only brought flat shoes as there’s really no reason for wedges or any type of heeled shoe.  Our first two days in London, we walked a combined 20 miles – flats only, please!  Without further ado, here’s the complete list of what I packed for two weeks away!  Just to give you a feel for the temperatures we’re working with.  The lows are mostly in the 50s and highs in the low 70s.

The List

I’ll be sharing what toiletries I packed in next week’s Travel Tuesday post!  If you have any questions about my packing strategy, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at cobaltchroniclesblog@gmail.com!

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  1. Annie wrote:

    Hi! I’m thinking of buying the Away Bigger Carry-On, but I’m wondering if you’ve ever had problems at the security gate or on the plane with it? I always see people getting pulled aside at security to check that their bags are big enough or the TSA will just look at it and be like, “Nope, it’s checked.” I’m just worried the same might happen with this! I know it’s pretty specific to who you’re dealing with, but you’ve had no issues so far with using it as a carry-on both with TSA and with getting it into an overhead big on the plane? Thanks!

    Posted 5.23.17
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Hi Annie! I haven’t had any trouble with mine. I’ve never been forced to check it. The Bigger one still looks smaller from the outside than a “normal” carry on that you see a lot of people carrying because the Away bag doesn’t have any expandable outside pockets. So event the Bigger one is pretty compact. I was even able to fit mine in the overhead bin for my international flight (United) flying from DC to London last weekend (these bins usually tend to be smaller in my experience). The only time I think you might have a problem is on some international flights as their bins (for example, Cathay Pacific) are super small and none of the typical carry ons that Americans carry fit in those bins. Let me know if you have any other questions! I’ve been super happy with mine so far! And I haven’t used the smaller Away since getting the Bigger Carry On. =) Hope that helps!

      Posted 5.24.17

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