Packing For A Semester Abroad

Packing ListInitially my daughter was planning to take two large suitcases to Rome for her semester abroad but I couldn’t resist the challenge to cut that in half. She was completely on board and as it turned out, she saved 100 euros by not bringing another suitcase ~ the equivalence of a student weekend get away! We gathered information from many sources including a few students who had attended the same program and this is what we finalized.
THE LIST
JACKETS

  • trench coat (worn on the plane)
  • vest
  • jean jacket
  • utility jacket-debated on this + the jean jacket but since there was room, it went
  • rain jacket
  • leather jacket

TOPS

  • 1 comfy sweatshirt like top (worn on the plane)
  • 1 warm pullover lululemon top to layer
  • 9 tanks- 2 lululemon which can be worn for work out or summer, white, black, gray, red, navy, stripe, b/w print which can all be used alone or layered with other tops/sweaters
  • 4 tee shirts- to be used for everyday or work out
  • 3 blouses-b/w print, black, chambray
  • 2 long sleeve tees- gray, stripe
  • 2 pull over sweaters-cream cotton, black merino wool
  • 4 cardigans sweaters-black long, dressy black short, gray long, tan long

BOTTOMS

  • 2 leggings-lululemon for work out or everyday. 1 skinny, 1 yoga style (one worn on the plane)
  • 2 jeans
  • 1 black ponte knit nice pants
  • 2 maxi skirts- black, floral
  • 1 pair nice shorts
  • 2 pair running shorts

DRESS

  • 1 black dress that can be worn for dressy or everyday

LOUNGE

  • 2 sets of Cuddl Duds. These are great because they will be used as pajamas, long underwear for ski trips, and the shirts also look like regular long sleeve tees.
  • 1 pair of gray sweat pants/pajama pants

SHOES

  • flip flops- for beaches, bathrooms and hostels
  • casual- Sperry (broken in) Toms would be good too
  • black ballet flats
  • black sneakers
  • black booties-casual
  • brown booties-dressy
  • brown tall booties-we waterproofed these with a product called SNO SEAL to avoid the need to bring rain boots (worn on the plane)
  • sandals- did not pack because she is planning to buy a pair in Italy

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • 2 swimsuits
  • underwear
  • smartwool socks-they will dry fast and are comfy for all the walking. 7 pair ankle, 2 pair lowcut
  • 1 pair black opacque tights
  • belt
  • 3 scarves-easy way to change looks of outfits. She will buy more there as well.
  • 2 statement necklaces
  • 3 pairs earrings
  • watch
  • winter hat
  • gloves
  • sunglasses
  • baseball hat-for the beach
  • crossbody purse
  • tote-for classes & everyday use as well as travel (carry on plane)
  • backpack-for use as carry on luggage as well as weekend trips (carry on the plane)

 

These packing cubes were very helpful to compress the clothing and keep everything organized.

 

IMG_3112SUCCESS!!!

 

 

white jeans

white jeans
White jeans are a wardrobe staple that can be worn year round.
Finding your perfect pair can be a little tricky.
Two tips:
Shop around for a fabric that isn’t too sheer.
Choose a fit that skims your legs and is not too tight.
I created a look book, with two white jeans to try and featuring items similar to these inspiration photos.  (The shirt is available in black and white check but was not cooperating in this look book.)
Do you enjoy wearing white jeans?
I have more suggestions if you would like help finding a perfect pair. Contact me in the form below.
 

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fall by mraddatz featuring a black skirt

Vince Camuto top
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Vince Camuto top
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Halogen knit top
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NIC ZOE petite coat
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NYDJ black pants
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NYDJ jeans
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NYDJ black jeans
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Louise et Cie flat
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Nike shoes
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Tote bag
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Leather handbag
nordstrom.com

fall

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fall by mraddatz featuring a black skirt

Vince Camuto top
nordstrom.com

Vince Camuto top
nordstrom.com

Halogen knit top
nordstrom.com

NIC ZOE petite coat
nordstrom.com

NYDJ black pants
nordstrom.com

NYDJ jeans
nordstrom.com

NYDJ black jeans
nordstrom.com

Louise et Cie flat
nordstrom.com

Nike shoes
nordstrom.com

Tote bag
nordstrom.com

Leather handbag
nordstrom.com

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