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10 Travel Items I Have Bought for Our Trip to Europe


I am sharing 10 travel items I have bought for our trip to Europe, today on the blog. Altri Due Mese! (2 more months!)

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Ready to Get Away

Before I get into what I have purchased for our trip; I want to know, are you itching to travel? ” Have you gone somewhere this summer, or are you planning a Fall getaway?

I will be sharing my “capsule wardrobe” the closer we get to our vacation (October 3rd) and how I am packing.

In the meantime, let me tell you what I found to be good advice and what I bought for this trip.

Since we are going to be going to Rome, and then later to Positano, and taking the fast speed rail throughout the trip, we didn’t want to pack large bags that we would have to check.

We both agreed on carry-on bags plus a personal bag for the trip. I know, I know, you are thinking, “Can you really pack for almost 2 weeks with just a carry-on”?

It can be done! Let me tell you what I bought and how it has helped me with organization to do so. I will share how I do it in an upcoming post.

What I Have Purchased for Our Travels

New Suitcase- Travel Pro  MaxLight 5 Expandable Upright Luggage

I really needed a new suitcase that was expandable and one that would serve me well for future travel. I also loved that it is very light, and I won’t be lugging around a bulky or heavy suitcase on the European cobblestones. This color isn’t available, but many other colors are.

New Personal Bag Lily and Drew Weekender bag -fits a 15.6 inch laptop

What I love about this bag is the number of pockets and space it has. I able to carry my laptop, 2 pairs of shoes, books, headset, medication and more in this bag. I ran out of space for a toiletries bag, so I purchased one to put in this weekender bag. This will fit well under the seat and yet have enough space for everything.

Toiletries Bag

This bag fits into my Lily and Drew bag and will contain my hair, skin, and makeup supplies I will be using for the trip. I have purchased some of the travel sizes at Target for toothpaste, hairspray etc.

Remington Hot Rollers

I do enjoy using hot rollers for my hair and find that the curl lasts longer than using a curling iron. I didn’t want to travel with my bulky set of home rollers, so these Remington travel rollers are just perfect for the trip. Small enough to put in the side zipped pocket of my suitcase, they will work well for travel.

Adapter Convertor

Don’t forget as the power is different from the States.  In Europe we need a converter, in order to be able to dry our hair and use the outlets.

ECCO Soft 9 II Sneakers


I have heard great things about Ecco sneakers, and most travel reviews for women’s footwear chooses ECCO as a brand great for travel and sightseeing.

I purchased this sneaker in olive to go with my outfits and to be able to wear all day when walking and traveling in Rome. I do like the cushioning and find it quite comfortable, and I do like the thicker sole as well. Support, cushioning and comfort are key when walking on the cobblestone streets and pavement.

My mother has a slip-on pair she can attest to, (and she has bunions and problem feet!) . This pair is also highly rated for travel.

Leather Belt Bag

I want to be “hands free” when walking around Italy, so I decided to look for a leather belt bag. “Fanny packs” have come a LONG way!  I purchased mine from Massimo Dutti, in a brown quilted leather, but have found several online for you to peruse. THIS ONE by Quince, is a fabulous Italian leather and is under $60 due to a direct-to-consumer business practice.

Packing Cubes

As I mentioned, I will be sharing a capsule wardrobe I am putting together for the 2 weeks we will spend in Italy and will share it on the blog. Packing cubes are a GODSEND! I look at them and say, “Where have you been all my life?!” You can certainly fit more into a suitcase as the cubes compress and will hold quite a bit. Makes packing more organized and easier to find things.

Pill Organizer

Can’t forget your meds! I bought this pill organizer since I have two weeks’ worth of pills to organize daily.

Books and Earbuds

I purchased the Samsung Galaxy buds and will wear them on the plane.  I need distraction with music and reading, as I am not a big fan of flying.

Here are some of the books I have been recommended-

The IT Girl by Ruth Ware

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson


I have bought several pairs of trousers ( Poshmark) and some short sleeve blouses ( in black and rust) to take as part of my capsule. I’ll be sharing a separate post on the clothes I will be bringing on the trip.

I want to know; do you have the “travel bug?” Have you gone somewhere this summer, or are you planning a Fall getaway? 


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Have a great weekend!
jess xx


  • mireille
    Posted at 14:19h, 09 August Reply

    You definitely can pack 2 week in a carryon! We are traveling 5 days to Costa Rica and I will take a weekender bag with me. I don’t like to check in bags as I am afraid of losing them so we typically pack carry ons for our entire family.

  • Gail
    Posted at 02:45h, 05 August Reply

    I have nothing but admiration for anyone who can take carry-on for 2 weeks! And it’s great to see your heated rollers will go with you. I’ve heard several good mentions of packing cubes. Deb from Australian blog Deb’s World is currently in the UK and she brought carry-on and is writing about it. Thanks for linking xx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 20:34h, 29 July Reply

    Great recommendations! And yes, traveling with just a carry-on is totally doable. My hubby and I traveled to Europe years ago with just a backpack each and it was the best decision. I have heard great things about packing cubes but have yet to try them.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:37h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Maureen! Yes, you have to try packing cubes! They really organize and fit a bunch. It will make it easier when we have to get the train too!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 19:54h, 29 July Reply

    YES to those adapters, because I couldn’t use my curling iron when I went due to that (duh!!). Oh, I can’t wait to hear about your trip!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:38h, 31 July Reply

      Oh, yeah. I did read a few travel blogs that mentioned that. I have to curl my hair or it looks flat. Hubby is the IT guy, so we make sure we have everything.

  • jodie filogomo
    Posted at 19:29h, 29 July Reply

    Oh, the right bag makes all of the difference, especially for a trip like that.
    How impressive you are going with a carry on only. I know I COULD do it, but I’m not sure I would enjoy it, haha.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:39h, 31 July Reply

      The cubes Jodie, make it totally doable! I am going to pack a capsule wardrobe or camel,brown and black and mix and match.

  • Heather Noire
    Posted at 16:14h, 29 July Reply

    This looks like excellent items to bring when you are traveling. Especially to Europe where you are going to do a lot off walking and seeing the surroundings. I love the look of the suitcases and shoes.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:39h, 31 July Reply

      Hi Heather, thank you! Yes, shoes are one of the top things to consider as there is a ton of walking! And in Positano, many steps to climb!

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 08:18h, 29 July Reply

    Hi Jess,

    These are all great packing suggestions for your upcoming over seas trip!
    I packed many the same items on my last big getaway.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:40h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Rosemary! I will write a list before we go, but I wanted to get a few things now, so I can see just how to pack 🙂

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