You know, I’m not sure why I categorized this as a “fashion” post. Because it’s not really a post about fashion. More a post about travel planning, and travel capsule wardrobe planning. And about choosing comfort, practicality, and versatility over fashion. It’s all about clothes that don’t necessarily conform to current fashion so much as to my needs for the next month when we are in Portugal. Packing for Portugal will not involve outfits that I would be wearing this fall if I were at home. But outfits which will, I know, annoy me by the end of our month away when I will be longing for my real fall clothes.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Here’s how I planned my packing for Portugal.

The first step in planning, a couple of weeks ago, involved reviewing what I packed for our last big trip to Slovenia and Croatia in 2019. I looked for outfits I wanted to reprise, and pieces that worked, and didn’t work. I made notes. My Uniqlo burgundy down vest was all over our Croatia photos. I wore it a ton and will pack it this time. Similarly my Rag and Bone checked Simone pants. They work well with sneakers and a tee for day, and look good with my burgundy Paul Green loafers for going out for dinner. And, of course, short-sleeve tees, sneakers, and a couple of scarves that I packed last time will go into the suitcase this time too.

Next I made a shopping list. I needed at least one new long-sleeved tee shirt, a pair of black jeans if I could find them, and new running shoes for walking and hiking. I also thought I’d look for a new light sweater or hoodie. All of these pieces are to replace items that have stretched out, worn out, or are no longer suitable. Turns out I found the sweater, the black jeans, and a striped tee shirt all at Uniqlo in about a half hour of shopping. Then I spent a longer time finding new sneakers. I finally bought a pair of black Asics which are super comfortable, fit well with my orthotics, and look… fine… if not exactly fashionable.

Getting started with my planning

Once I had done my shopping, I assembled all the possible choices, tops, bottoms, jackets, and shoes, and began an extended try-on session.

Before we talk about that, let me just say, that after years of travelling with my husband and packing pieces I end up never wearing, I know the kinds of pieces and outfits I will need. Nothing too dressy. No dresses or skirts which might be worn once and never again. No dress pants, or blazers which will be too structured. In the past I’ve packed blazers, especially my Helmut Lang black jacket, and have worn it once. Except when we were in Paris when I wore it a ton. Instead of a blazer I’m packing a denim jean jacket, more casual, and a good “third piece” if I need one. And my black Lafayette zippered sweater with the quilted front. This sweater is squarish in shape and can double as a blazer-type piece. Plus it’s warm and not constricting, so I will wear it on the plane.

I need pieces that can be casual, worn for a day of walking around towns, plus a few which are good for wearing to casual dinners. I’ve learned that anything more dressy will stay in my suitcase and simply take up room I might need for something else. I also need an assortment of warm weather and cooler weather pieces. Plus hiking clothes. And a raincoat. And… and this is important… I have to work with what I own, and like the final outfit enough to feel comfortable and somewhat pulled together in it.

So here are some of the results of my try-on session.

For casual day-wear walking and driving, my new long-sleeved striped tee works well with the black jeans and white sneakers, and the white jeans and black sneakers. Perhaps it’s a bit summery with the white jeans. We’ll see how I feel when I get there. My checked Rag and Bone pants, even though they are navy, can be worn with a black tee and black sneakers or my Birkenstocks. Or with a white tee and my white Vejas sneakers. I can throw on my denim jacket with any of these outfits.

I debated and debated about which pair of blue jeans to pack. Initially I had planned to bring my men’s Levi’s 511 jeans. They are loose, comfortable, and current. But I feel better if I’m wearing a blazer or structured jacket with them, and I won’t be packing a blazer. My Frame straight-leg jeans with the unfinished hem actually fit me better than the men’s Levi’s. I put them on with the exact same top and sneakers I’d had on with the Levi’s and instantly felt better.

Then I recalled how when we went to Croatia, at the last minute I packed my Frame book-cut jeans instead of a pair of skinny jeans because they looked more current. I wore them once. I much prefer bootcut jeans with a boot, or a flat sandal, and a jacket. Lesson learned. Try everything on with more than one outfit combination. Pack what you feel good in and not what’s most fashionable. See below.

Since my palette seems to be black, white, denim, and burgundy, I decided to pack my black Everlane cashmere sweater. It’s not too heavy, goes with everything else, and can look casual, as above, or a bit dressy with the black jeans, loafers and a scarf.

This is my new light-weight wool sweater from Uniqlo, above. It looks good with all the pants I’ll be packing. I decided to bring my black vest from Aritzia. It takes up little room and can be worn with the wine sweater and black jeans, and maybe a scarf. Or a black short-sleeved tee shirt and the white jeans if the weather is warm.

A word about the decision to bring my Levi’s white jeans. They are looser, and more comfortable than the white Frame jeans which I decided not to pack for Croatia. They are not bright white either, so in my opinion they look less glaringly summery than my old white jeans. We’ll see how I get on with them.

Sometimes when one has landed in a new environment, one feels instantly like a whole different person, and wears one’s clothes in new and here-to-fore undiscovered ways. At least that’s often what happens for me. When we went to Italy in 2018, I packed my Stan Smith white sneakers for casual wear and my black Stuart Weitzman loafers to wear with cropped dressy pants. And I ended up wearing my sneakers.. with everything. And not the loafers.

So, I am anticipating that some of my outfit ideas will be jettisoned when we get to where we’re going. Which is all over Portugal: north, south, on the coast, and inland, in cities, small towns, and rural areas. I won’t know for sure how I feel about what I’ve packed until I get there. So I just have to rely on my experience from past trips, work with what I own, plan for the weather, and hope for the best. But I think that everything is versatile enough that I can wear what I’d planned, or swap pieces around if I want.

And I have to resist the urge to shop if I feel particularly uncool. By the time we reached Zagreb in 2019, at the end of our trip, I hated everything I’d packed. And I have to tell you that when Dottoressa and I went shopping one day before we met Hubby for lunch, the Max Mara stores we visited were screaming my name. But, it was a good test of my discipline, and my self-esteem, to feel so out of step with my clothes and not shop. I said to Hubby that I needed a sign around my neck saying: “I have way better outfits at home.” Ha.

I remembered that a friend who, as a young teacher with a particularly difficult class, was advised to keep telling herself: “This is the class that will help me to grow as a teacher.” She said she murmured it to herself daily after that. So I walked all around Zagreb, murmuring: “I am not my clothes. I am more than my clothes.” Ha. No… actually I didn’t do that. But I should have.

Above is the outfit from our 2019 trip that I will reprise exactly. Maybe. I loved this when I pulled it together one night to wear to dinner. I hadn’t planned to wear this combination. But when we were in Ljubljana, in Slovenia, and it was quite cool, I cobbled it together, and felt warm enough… and wonderful. Who knows if I will do the same this time. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The final cut: missing my hiking gear, raincoat, sweatshirt, and lounging attire.

So that’s the final cut above. My packing for Portugal… from left to right. Two vests and one jacket. Four bottoms ( 3 pairs of jeans, white, black, and blue. And 1 pair of cropped pants.) Two long-sleeved tee shirts, two sweaters, three short-sleeved tee shirts, and two tank tops (just in case.) Three scarves.

Of course I’m packing other pieces besides what you can see in the photo. Hiking gear: light sweat pants, a couple of long-sleeve athletic tees, and a lightweight windbreaker. Plus a black, quarter-zip sweatshirt that will be great for cool weather hiking or travel days in the car. I will also throw in a pair of ski underwear bottoms. These can be worn under the light sweats for cool weather hiking. And worn with a tee shirt they double as leggings for lounging around our accommodation with my tea and a book. And of course socks and underwear and sleepwear. Then I usually leave a small pocket of empty space for something last minute which occurs to me the night before we leave and which I usually end up being glad about. Like an extra scarf. Or one more tee shirt.

You know I often feel that my packing is different from all those packing capsule wardrobes you can see on Pinterest. That’s because those packing lists are too city oriented for what Hubby and I like to do. Many days when we travel are spent driving, getting out to hike or have a picnic, or maybe stopping for a coffee. We like to stroll cities and towns too. But we’re not much for wine-tasting tours, attending the theatre, or dining in high-end restaurants. So dresses, ankle boots or shoes that can’t be walked in for a few hours, long coats, or good blazers and dress pants will not be suitable. I’m always afraid that anything really good will be ruined by too much wear and tear or washing in laundromats.

So my good cashmere sweaters, my woollen or tweed blazers, good shirts and blouses, even my lighter and more versatile dress pants stay safely at home. I had thought I might pack my Max Mara navy dress pants. But then I thought how sad I’d be if, after managing to keep them so pristine all these years, I ruined them on one trip. So I changed my mind. They are, after all, irreplaceable.

So our trip departure draws nigh. My packing for Portugal is all planned, clothes have been washed, ironed, and folded, ready to be sorted into suitcases. Our medication packs, toiletries, chargers, and most miscellaneous things are piled on chairs and on the rug in the livingroom. Hubby says that when the piles get so big that they spill over and we can’t walk around them, we’ll know it’s time to go. Ha.

Sometimes I look at what I’ve planned to take and have second thoughts. I mean have you ever seen such a boring bunch of outfits? But we try to travel light. We take a tote bag or backpack and one small carry-on sized suitcase each. And if I can survive six weeks in South America with that small amount of clothes, four weeks will be easy.

I just have to remember that I need to be comfortable, weather appropriate, and like what I’m wearing. Not love it. And to stop second-guessing myself.

And I’ll keep imagining how wonderful it will feel after four weeks to come home and get back into my blazers and ankle boots. Not to mention that new green silk shirt.

How about you my friends? What strategy do you employ when packing for extended travel?

P.S. My posting schedule will be spotty for most of October. I am usually able to do one or two posts when we are on the road, but please don’t count on a regular schedule. Besides, I’ll be talking about the trip so much when we get back you’ll probably get sick of me. 🙂

P.P.S. Here are links to some of the pieces I’m packing. These are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking my affiliate link I will earn a commission.

Everlane short-sleeved tee, Everlane cashmere crew, Everlane cutaway tank, Levi’s 501 white jeans, Frame high-rise straight-leg jeans, Vejas sneakers, Paige jean jacket. Uniqlo ultra-light down vest, Uniqlo striped tee shirt, Uniqlo slim, straight jeans, Uniqlo merino crew-neck sweater, Asics GT 1000-12 running shoes.

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52 thoughts on “Packing for Portugal”

  1. We just came back from two weeks in Europe, where it was much hotter than we anticipated. So much of what I had packed was wrong. Layers and versatility are critical. I like to pack thin buttoned cardigans rather than sweaters. Buttoned up, with a scarf, they can act as a sweater, or they can be worn open over a shell for a different look.

    1. Thin cardigans seem to be a good idea. I am packing with the idea in mind that by halfway through our trip the weather will have changed. I’m always cautious about taking all warm or all cool weather clothes on a long trip.

  2. We are in the Algarve at the moment and the days are very hot and beautiful….the mountains are cooler but you will certainly need some summer weight clothes for the south!

  3. The weather in the south is usually more stable at this time of year. In Porto, where I live, and in the northern hills the weather in October is quite unreliable: mornings are chilly (below 15C) but temperatures can go up to the low 20C during the day. Or, it can rain all day but never for many days in a row. The end of October is usually cooler – layers are essential.

    If you are travelling to the Douro region, may I recommend “The city and the mountains” by Eça de Queiroz? You will never again travel by train without thinking about this book.

    Enjoy Portugal and when in town, remember to look up: some buildings have amazing detail above street level!

    1. Thank you for recommending this book! I’ve put it on hold at my library. I’ve taken the train from Paris to Lisbon before, a wonderful journey!

  4. When I’ve travelled I’ve always wanted to seem approachable. I don’t want to impress anyone or look jaw droppingly stylish . Yes , I want to look put together in fairly flattering outfits but not self consciously so . I guess that goes for my fashion sense generally but more so on holiday . I want to interact with the locals & learn a little about their lives . Here in Wales we are meeting some lovely people & having some nice conversations . Having a dog alongside helps but I’m not sure designer labels would . I think you are hitting just the right note here .
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed Portugal when I visited . The best part for me was the friendliness of the locals . We travelled on the local trains & fell easily into conversations, invariably ending in laughter . When we arrived back at our apartment each night the old lady next door would sing local songs to us . It sounded perfect to me but perhaps the Porta 6 vinho verde helped ! It’s my favourite . A whole month – I’m feeling quite envious here .

    1. Wendy, I agree. I try to look approachable. I also dress down so as to not attract thieves. Blending in works best!

    2. I agree. I want to look neat and pulled together but also casual enough to not look as if I’m trying too hard. Funny how looking like I’m not trying hard is just as much effort. I’m not going for the “influencer look.” Ha. Like you, meeting people and chatting is one of our favourite things when we travel. You’ll have to put together a guest post on Wales. Stu would love that.

  5. I have fond memories of your visit to Zagreb and, although I can relate to your feelings about travel wardrobe after a month away from home,-for the record: you were stylish as always and I love your checked pants very much
    We have very similar approach to planning-I have three notebooks with wardrobe lists and menus I’ve planned or gift lists (although your writing is more beautiful than mine)
    There are always clothes one will not (or only once) wear- it depends on weather or different situations that may occur. This year (and I must admit that I always have some old pieces in my Adriatic apartment and I will not freeze) weather in September was beautiful and very hot ,so I’ve wear only half of my things
    I like to be put together,but it is almost always smart casual. If I know that I’ll have some smart dinners or some event, I like to be prepared, but now less so (when Placido Domingo was in Split in 1997.we’ve had all outfits,with shoes and me with an evening bag, with us, to realize a day before the concert that our friend didn’t buy tickets). I don’t hike where I can’t go with sneakers and leggings-so it is pretty similar to your choices
    I don’t want to ruin my nice clothes as well, so my photos from many year travels are: different scenography- same costumes!
    I love burgundy accents,it is very nice
    Dottoressa

  6. Love your choices, especially Burgundy with checked pants. Have a great safe trip. Can’t wait for your report when you get home.

  7. I’d love to see the male counterpart to this piece. Does your husband make a list, take photos, model outfits?

    1. Hubby’s prep is easy. We spend about a half hour pulling his things out of closet and drawers. Tee shirts, one slightly more dressy than the others, casual pants, and a good zippered jacket. In preparation for our first big trip in 2003, three months in New Zealand and Australia, I bought him a new swimsuit, matching tee shirt, and flip-flops, plus a dressy shirt and sweater for wearing to dinner. He wore the swimming attire. The flip-flops were stolen off the beach, the swim suit stolen off the line outside of our cabin a few weeks later. We went to a cheap store to replace it and he still wears it. Ha. The shirt and sweater were never worn. Too dressy and uncomfortable he said. I’ve stopped arguing. More room in the luggage for me. Ha.

  8. We’re also being close to pushed out the door by carry-ons and backpacks and cosmetic/medicine collections piled in the living-room. Not nearly as organized as you are, but similar considerations . . . It’s a challenge, isn’t it, the climate changes from north to south, coast to mountains, over such a changeable month! (My trip will range from Rome through Tuscany and to Paris — with an unplanned rail re-routing through Switzerland!!). But you’ve obviously got this and will be doing it very stylishly — what a great wardrobe palette!

  9. Your edited choices look great! Well thought out, and I totally know that the detailed list you made really helps! It just goes to show that experienced travellers pack wisely!
    Enjoy your holiday.
    Have fun!

    Leslie
    Hostess of the Humble Bungalow

  10. I have a running list for travel that I update for each trip, depending on location, time of year, and mode of travel. I try everything on well ahead of time and buy whatever gaps I have in my wardrobe. My guest room becomes my closet. I pack a few days ahead of time to make sure everything fits and then I can relax. I always check luggage because I don’t want to have to drag it around airports. We divide our clothes between two suitcases, then if one goes astray we both still have enough to keep us going until the other arrives. In our small backpacks we pack our noise cancelling headphones, a book, meds, and on the very bottom in a zip lock bag a change of clothes ( just in case) and, of course, my purse.
    Four weeks in Portugal! How exciting! With your planned travels between locations, you will certainly touch on most of the country and get a good sense of the flavour. Portugal is on our bucket list but first Greece. I look forward to your post on your travels.

    1. We check our luggage as well, Joanna. Even though we travel with small carry-on size cases, we don’t like to have to trundle them through airports between flights, or struggle with them in the airplane cabin and make everyone wait while we try to stuff them into spaces they won’t go. Sigh. Like you, I divide our clothes between the two suitcases, making sure that if one goes astray we’ll each have some clothes. And we carry night things and a change of clothing in our backpacks. Plus our iPads with plenty of books pre-loaded. I always treat myself with new books I’ve been longing to read and save them for the long plane rides. This time I’ll be reading the latest Thursday Murder Club mystery. Can’t wait for the flight. Ha.

  11. Ugh – I’m going on my fourth week in Paris and just hating almost everything I’ve brought with me. It’s not helpful that it was in the 90s during my first week here and is now in the 60s…and I’m headed at the end of the week for ten days in London, where it’s sure to be cooler.

    I saw a friend here in and we had an interesting conversation about packing. I mentioned my clothing issues and listed all of the things I wanted to bring but left at home to follow the ‘minimalist’ packing method. I brought only one (checked but smallish) suitcase. “Why?” my friend asked. “If you’re able to bring two suitcases, why not do so?” Since that conversation, I’ve been rethinking the whole ‘capsule’ wardrobe thing, at least for longer trips.

    I’d begun to think of overpacking as, well, almost something shameful. But after our conversation, I may relax my rules, at least a little bit.

    Having said that, YOUR packing list looks wonderful and I expect that it will serve you well. And I’m looking forward to reading about your trip, and of course, what you wore.

    1. My problem with taking lots of clothes isn’t the packing it’s the management of them. Hanging them, washing them, keeping track of them etc.

    2. In 2019 we arrived in Zagreb in late October. Everyone was in their leather jackets, and ankle boots, and fall colours. I felt ridiculous the first day in my light cropped pants, white sneakers, bare ankles, and thin hoodie. The next day I pulled everything that was a dark colour out of my bag and wore it with a scarf and socks with my loafers. And felt much better. This time around I am packing a cashmere sweater just in case and a sweater jacket. Kind of wild card choices. I know it’s warm in Portugal right now but whose to say what will happen in three to four weeks. We try to travel light but I’ve recently realized that I was on a silly quest to make the fewest clothes go the furthest.

  12. I enjoyed your blog today. (I love Portugal, by the way; I’ve been there three times.) Right now I’m packing for three weeks in Japan. It’s been hot there but seems to be cooling down so hopefully I’m on the right track. Like yours, my travel wardrobe is rather “boring”; mostly black with some burgandy and grey thrown in. I’ve also added a navy outfit which won’t go with anything else but I needed one outfit that deviated from black for my own sanity! I pack stretchy pants (not leggings) that look nice and are comfortable because jeans are heavy and never fit me well. I now try everything on first because I’ve had some disasters when I didn’t. Good idea to write down what I’m taking and what works – I’ll do that from now on as there is a lot more traveling in my future!

    Enjoy your trip!

    1. My packing lists have become invaluable. I annotate them when I get home with notes about what didn’t work. I’m hoping I won’t get sick of my black, white, and burgundy palette. But I’ll be happy to get home to my tweeds and blazers, I know.

  13. Love how thoughtful you are in packing. So very helpful. And the outfits look terrific. Next one will be how to pair down the cosmetics products, etc…

  14. Hi Sue
    Great blog and agree with Frances about reading The City and the Mountains.
    Just a question – do you check your baggage or not? Always a question-we did not going to Africa recently but definitely checked it on the way back!
    Also I learned many years ago-don’t take anything that you might regret losing—this time in Africa only $10.00 earrings!

    1. I am going to look for that book. Wouldn’t it be great to read while we are there? We do check our two small suitcases. We hate to have to be bothered with them between flights etc etc. And waiting for baggage has never been a problem. Gives us time to get our bearings. We don’t like to be decanted into a new environment too quickly! Plus I mix up the clothes when I pack so if one case goes astray we will each have some stuff.

  15. Je suis admirative devant tant d’organisation .
    Personnellement j’emporte peu de choses ….parce que j’adore acheter ce dont j’ai besoin sur place .
    Cela paraît farfelu mais c’est amusant et efficace .
    Valise vide (ou presque ) à l’aller et valise pleine au retour .J’aime la nouveauté et sortir des sentiers battus .Il y a toujours des petites boutiques intéressantes en Europe avec des vêtements qui correspondent à l’état d’esprit du moment .

    1. Ah well… I have a husband who hates to stand around while I shop. And I find I never make good choices when I am in a new environment. I need time to look and then think and then look some more. I think we’d spend all our time shopping. 🙂 Although on really extended trips, like three months in New Zealand and Australia, I schedule a shopping day for myself and Hubby does something else.
      P.S. I have a question for you. Do you read my blog in English or translate it?

      1. Chère Sue ,
        Ne suivez pas mon exemple !
        Je suis extrêmement farfelue et j’ai horreur de ce qui est prévisible .J’adore les surprises et la nouveauté .En voyage ,qui m’aime me suive ….
        Mais si ma valise est vide , mon séjour est organisé , mes réservations faites dans les moindres détails .
        Je vous lis en français , la traduction est automatique .
        Encore bon voyage !

  16. I love your choices! You mentioned loafers and I wonder what kind of socks you will wear with them? In your pictures you seem to have “no show” socks but I have never found any that stay up around my heel, have you?

    1. I wear my loafers without socks. They have a soft suede lining and are super comfortable. I also wear them with light ankle socks at times. But never the no-show socks which are too thick. Plus I’ve found that the super low no-show socks always end up under my foot. I bought them and wore them once. I don’t think they even made it home with me. I don’t know how people wear them. I have had good luck wearing the ones that come up a bit higher, just under my ankle, with my sneakers. Then when I’ve laced my sneaker, I roll the socks down and tuck then into my shoe a bit. You can still see some of the sock, though, which I don’t mind.

  17. I pack much the same as you do. Casual comfort and versatility are my top priorities, but I also want to look somewhat put together. Our guest room is my packing room and I start accumulating and organizing my travel wardrobe in there well ahead of the actual trip. After spending 3 1/2 weeks in Europe with carry-on luggage only, we’ve never looked back. It’s easy and there’s no more worrying about where our luggage might end up. One silly sounding trick that we’ve used is taking our oldest underwear on trips and throwing it out before we come home. That leaves a tiny bit of luggage space in case we find something that we simply have to buy along the way. Obviously, it has to be something small though!

    Have a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to read all about it and see your photos.

    1. Thanks, Elaine. I go the other way. I buy new underwear for trips because I can’t stand uncomfortable underwear. And we always check our luggage. Whatever works, eh?

  18. Margaretanne Clinton

    Sue.
    What a great post. ! I’ll utilize this type of list when I pack from now on.
    I love the burgundy sweater with every single pair of pants.
    And it’s fabulous with the down vest.
    Have a wonderful time. And , I can’t wait to hear about the trip and what you were happy to wear.
    Check pants are darling by the way.
    All the comments were so fun to read today.

  19. Travel envy here.

    Seems like all us boomers are travelling the world..except those of us barely getting by.

    You seem like a very organized person. As a former teacher I can relate to this kind of planning!

  20. My husband and I are going to southern Spain and Portugal for the month of November. I’ve done 3 weeks in a carry-on plus backpack so I know I can do a month. We do sometimes throw away old undies as another reader mentioned Ditto for socks that are wearing out. I always take a dress or skirt because I’m comfy in them and find they layer well. We do not check our luggage going but always do on the return. I also take/wear jewelry I would never mind losing. I wear a “wedding” ring that is silver and gold so it matches anything else. I consider it a great buy at $30.00!

  21. I like your packing plan! I do a very similar one…make a list, do a cull, gather the items, take a photo. I even do a try on, even though that’s not actually necessary. I annotate the list when we’re back just to remind me what worked and what I should have left behind.
    And yes, I am always thoroughly sick of them by the time we’re home. Enjoy your travels!
    (I’m just about to start, ‘The last devil to die’)

  22. Suz from Vancouver

    I’m in a similar mindset, planning my travel clothes for a Danube River cruise plus cities at either end – 3 weeks in total, mid October. I’m a bit of a nut with my packing lists and use excel with formulas to figure out if everything will be worn enough but that just works with my quirks.
    We have guests coming this weekend so my spreading out the outfits will have to wait a few more days.
    Definitely doing carryon, should be fine but the cruise time adds a little extra requirement. We did six weeks in Australia with carryon and five in the UK so it’s pretty well the way we go.
    It helps that I wear size 6 shoes!
    We try to book at least one place with in-house laundry I’d trip. And here’s a hint I use: I bring a retractable clothes line and some dollar store balloons. Blow those up to stuff in shirts or pants that are air drying to allow the fabric to dry more quickly. (we always have few items that don’t go in the dryer)
    Have a great trip.
    Looking forward to the recap and sharing of your adventures.
    Suz from Vancouver

    1. Thanks, Suz. I have travelled with carryon only before and I find it hard to manoeuvre the heavy suitcase into the overhead bins. So now I just check my carry-on size roller-bag and carry my tote bag. That is a great laundry tip, by the way.
      P.S. I’m still wearing my Columbia hiking boots that you recommended back in 2017 before we went to South America. And still loving them. At least, I think it was you that suggested them. 🙂

  23. You are already in Portugal (as I’ve seen on Instagram) and hopefully enjoying your outfits well enough. You are smart to leave the good things at home. Nothing does well during traveling and you don’t have to be fussy. You have a nice assortment of outfits.

    I’m planning for a one-week trip to California and trying to not overpack. I always do that. I’ve gotten into the habit of putting the piles together early and then pulling a few things out before actually packing. I did a try on a week ago and will do one more before settling on what to wear. Like you, I’m bringing a jean jacket. I like how it looks with something dressy (making it less precious) and it is a practical piece of clothing. I’m going to bring a washable silk skirt (in navy). This is a first and I’ll evaluate how it worked out. I also have a matching washable tank top and a more colorful top to go with the skirt. Jean jacket will be worn with it. Scarf to liven up the solid colors. I have two good looking and lightweight black pants from Athleta (wide leg) that I’m going to try out. I’m hoping that they will work for dinner with a nice top and for casual with a tee shirt. Again, an experiment. I like that they are comfortable and stretchy and will take up little space.
    I hope that you have a wonderful trip!

  24. Bonita Gillespie

    I laughed when I read your post. We are kindred spirits when it comes to clothing. I too love to dress, but find that comfort Trumps fashion.I have what I call my travel clothes and that’s usually what I wear, and like you I tend to be rather sick of the clothing by the time I finish the trip. But being a practical person this has worked over the years. One my main concerns is that I’m wearing the same clothing in many of the trips I’ve been on. So it’s funny to see my warring the same things in the photos , I think I could probably add a few more scarves or something to change it up. I enjoy reading your blogs keep it up and have a great trip in Portugal

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