Mark and I just got back from Barcelona and northern Italy. We toured museums, oggled magnificent architecture, met friends, and hiked around Lake Como. And of course, we shopped! Here are 5 tips I gathered for a summer trip to awesome shopping destinations like these. And I’ll be sharing a few gorgeous images, such as my future home 😉 on Lake Como (see above).
Here are the 5 shopping vacation packing tips:
If I wanted something for the trip, I figured that I could find a much more stylish option in Spain and Italy. That way I could really get have fun shopping (with a little extra to spend!) And just as planned, I found an Italian-made bright yellow dress for 13 euro our second day in Barcelona! I wore it everywhere.
Shoes are normally our heaviest, bulkiest items. I recommend packing two pairs and wearing a third on the plane. If you’ll be hiking, you’ll need sneakers. After that, one pair of low-heeled, super comfy sandals – nude works fabulously! – and a high-heeled pair are plenty sufficient. Chunky heels – whether high or low – make navigating on cobblestones much easier.
Pack a skirt or shorts that you can wear with lots of tops. Once I got to Spain I noticed that one of my dresses was ripped and another – dry clean only! – got an olive oil stain. I ended up wearing the same blue skirt with multiple tops. And it worked beautifully! Come to think of it, why not take two of these skirts/pairs of shorts?
While you may want to cut down on clothes and shoes, go ahead and go crazy with accessories. I brought all of my large, dangly earrings and some scarves. They added a touch of style to even the most basic outfit.
And slip in a couple of fabric totes. Mark and I ended up using these as carry-ons when we ran out of space in our luggage. We put our regular carry-ons in them and stuffed in more clothes. oohoo!
A hat is a great skin protector – and look stylish. However, be sure the hat fits before buying! I soon realized that mine couldn’t withstand even the smallest gust of wind. I was constantly flinging my hands up to my head – and often hitting it, owch! – or chasing after it down the street.
I learned this great trick from a saleswoman in Barcelona. If you can turn your head upside down and the hat doesn’t fall off, you’re good to go. Or, you can just get an adjustable hat with a drawstring inside.
It’s all about WHITE! White is simply what Italians wear in summer. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to stand out too much while traveling abroad. As I mentioned, I stopped spending money on clothes a while before our trip. As a result, I had lots of black and navy, reflecting a strong (former) shopping tendency.
Fortunately, I did discover I had packed a white tee and an ivory-colored dress. Then I found a beautiful Audrey Hepburn-ish all-white dress in Bellagio – 30% off!
Now if your vacation includes a shopping destination in Europe, my last suggestion is that you do so in mid-July. It’s sale season – Rebajas! SALDI! – and people haven’t yet abandoned the city to go on their vacation.
I hope you benefit from my recent mistakes, I mean shopping vacation packing tips. And I hope you are enjoying a fantastic summer!
This is the best advice ever! Leave some room for new purchases! I ended by buying an extra bag on my way back from Greece!
That works too! 😀 Have a great weekend, Daisy! xo
Looks like you had an amazing holiday! I always leave some space in my luggage for shopping given that I’m a shopaholic! Haha xx
It was amazing, Dominique! Have a great weekend! xo
Such a great holiday! Beautiful pics!
Thanks for your tips babe!
Thanks, Paola. Kisses to you! xx
Hello my dearest, thank you for always sharing inspiring posts!!!!
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So glad you find them inspiring, Hadasah! xx
Great tips, sounds like you had such an amazing time. I love to see your photos.
It was really amazing, Gemma! So glad you enjoyed the post! xo
These are amazing! 🙂
xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY
So glad you like the post, Alyssa! xo
Great tips! I love white!
Have an awesome day,
Thanks, Kris! You have an awesome day, too! xx
Your trip looks amazing- I want to see Italy + Spain, too! And killer packing tips, doll! So helpful!
Le Stylo Rouge
It was amazing. So glad you like the tips, Ahsley! xo
What beautiful photos. I love this post. Great tips. I just recently started packing less shoes & other bulky items (large handbags, etc) to allow more room for souvenirs. Also one of the smartest purchases I’ve ever made were lightweight suitcases. I never stress about going over the weight limit now.
Thanks, Kara! Isn’t it wonderful to not have to worry about weight limits?! I also find it so much more pleasant dragging a super light bag. xo
Awesome! thank you for sharing tips!
You’re welcome. And thanks for stopping by! xo
Barcelona AND Northern Italy? Gosh, what a dreamy vacation to have spent together! I’m definitely all for leaving space in your suitcase for new purchases (shoes!)
Yes, Gabrielle! Room for shoes is essential! 🙂 Have a great day! xo