It seems like forever ago that I was solo traveling through Maastricht + Amsterdam. Isn’t that how it happens, though? You arrive home from a trip and within just a few days, feel like you never left. The only remedy for that, in my humble opinion, is planning another travel adventure.
Anyways… I figured this post is better late than never, because I’m feeling a lot more confident in my ability to pack minimally. Before hopping on a bus to Chicago to catch my flight, I packed for this trip in 30 minutes. I attribute my speedy packing skills to being an added benefit of a pared-down wardrobe + really honing in on my style over this past year. The fact that spring in the Netherlands is very similar to spring in Wisconsin helped a lot as well.
That being said, this wardrobe could easily be tailored to summer or winter weather. Swap out the above tops for some airy tees + tank tops, or thick knit sweaters. Exchange the jeans for summer shorts or a few more dresses. Switch out the flats or boots for sandals or winter boots. Any way that I mix + match it, I think this combination is my new baseline for all future packing.
Plus, all of this fit with plenty of room in my favorite Everlane weekender bag ( <- worth every penny ), so I could pick up a few gifts + a new dress to bring home. And of course, if you feel like packing this simply is restricting, I recommend bringing a bright, bold shade of lipstick. Like I learned from my grandma, lipstick is the great equalizer.
^^ riding in Roermond + hanging with my uncle, plus the mucho bueno amigos ( hi guys! ) ^^