From the archives. Updated November 2021.
This previous post on packing for a week in Amsterdam continues to generate interest. With fall/winter travel in full swing, I thought I’d rerun it. It’s interesting to me that all of these pieces are still relevant and pretty much what I would pack if I were going on this trip today. And yes, everything really did fit in a carry-on.
I like to travel with a carry-on whenever possible. It’s usually pretty easy for a week’s travel, especially if going to warmer climates where the clothing is less bulky. Last week, I challenged myself to limit my packing for my trip to Amsterdam to a carry-on and tote. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy and I had more than enough to wear.
With temperatures hovering in the 40’s, and a chance of rain at any time, top priority was warmth. I kept my absolute MUSTS (coat, boots, scarf, gloves) with me just in case I needed to check my bag at the last minute. Editing was key so I decided on one coat…my black down puffer. It’s simple and works with everything. Wearing pull on boots are perfect for flying and kept precious space available in my suitcase. My AG Contour 360° jeans feel like soft leggings and keep their shape…love them for long flights. I packed two more in dark blue and black for rotating the rest of the week. A shirt, cashmere sweater and scarf had me prepared for the fluctuation in climate between LA and Amsterdam.
The rest of the packing centered around practical layers for keeping warm. Cashmere sweaters in camel, black and grey, patterned blouses, tissue thin turtlenecks and tee-shirts mixed with a variety of scarves gave me lots of options. The scarves, beanie and gloves were lifesavers and absolutely essential for after dinner bike rides back to the hotel. For evening, black slim trousers paired nicely with a long silk camisole layered under either a pale grey deep v-neck or shearling front vest or cardigan. That’s as dressy as I needed for this trip.
I kept my footwear options narrow to walking and bicycle friendly. Rotating between boots, sneakers and my Robert Clergerie suede booties, I was very comfortable. I threw in a pair of leggings, a thin down vest and extra tees for lounging or running down to breakfast. I limited myself to one cross-body bag in black.
What’s not pictured but still fit in the suitcase are pajamas, thick cozy socks, a couple of tank tops, jewelery and basic essentials. Toiletries, chargers, iPad, and other necessities all went into my carry-on tote.
I even had room for a collapsible folded duffel in case I needed extra space for purchases to bring home!
For more packing tips, you may also like the following post on what I packed (again in a carry-on) for a week in Switzerland.