What to Pack for Venice, Italy – Packing Light

What to Pack for 3 weeks in Venice, Italy Packing Light Packing list #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe

Tank • J. Crew | T-shirt • J. Crew | Striped Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Long Sleeve • Madewell |
Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Sweater • H&M | Versatile Blazer • Madewell | Blue Dress • Madewell |
Black Dress • Gap | Cropped Denim • Mango | Dark Denim • Topshop | Black Pants • Gap | Jacket • H&M |
Scarf • AHAlife | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Jonathan Saunders | Flats • Sam Edelman |
Sneakers • Nike | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • French Connection | Crossbody • Vince Camuto

Often when I do packing posts they are for single locations, but occasionally I get requests for several cities (many times within the same country). So I have to do a little research on averages, highs, and lows of temperatures as well as precipitation. I also take in to account the types of activities that each city offers, as well as some dos and don’ts of fashion (some places are much more conservative, while others quite laid back). These are the types of things that affect any clothing choices I may make, even if it’s just a suggested sample wardrobe.

While this list says What to Pack for Venice, Italy this trip is also encompassing Florence, Rome, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento, and Capri. I noted that the average temperatures for these locations are all within a closer range so the packing options will be easier. This trip is planned for May and will cover all these cities over a 2 1/2 week span. As for weather this time of year is considered prime for many because you have not hit full tourist season, the flowers are in full bloom, it is not yet too hot like mid summer. The average is 19°C with a high of the mid 20°C’s and a low of 13°C.

Mornings can leans towards cool so a light scarf, and jacket will suffice, as well as for evenings. Dark, slim jeans are always a good option, with light blouses, or long sleeves. I included a couple of dresses (but a skirt would work too), the blazer is very versatile because it can also be tied at the waist to look like a cardigan (the retail photos show you how you can wear it). For footwear I suggest sticking to flats because of the cobblestone streets, stairs, and the amount of walking that you will probably be doing. A running shoe and Chelsea boot give some good walking shoe options as well as for cooler temperatures. The mule is a dressier option but also works well when the day warms up, but a sandal or ballet flat would also be a good choice.

Outfit Options will be in the next post.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 17°C.


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What to Pack for Vancouver, British Columbia

What to Pack for Vancouver British Columbia 5 Weeks in WInter Packing Light #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #traveltips #livelovesara #livelovesaratravelcapsules

Tank • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Blue Long Sleeve • Topshop |
Black Long Sleeve • H&M | Blouse • Mango | Pullover • Mango | V-Neck Sweater • Mango |
Cardigan • Mango | Dress • H&M | Casual Denim • H&M | Denim • Mango | Black Pants • Mango |
Blazer • Dorothy Perkins | Coat • Mango | Coloured Scarf • Urban Outfitters |
Neutral Scarf • Cole Haan | Hat • Brixton | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Flats • Madewell |
Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Topshop | Purse • Matt & Nat | Clutch • Mango

My father was in the air force and when I was a kid I moved a lot. Not as much as a lot of military families but a fair amount. From ages 4 – almost 9 I lived in Victoria, British Columbia which is just a ferry ride across from Vancouver. My grandmother lived in Vancouver so we went there a lot and I loved it. I can honestly say the years there were the best of my childhood, the ones I remember most fondly.  I would love to be able to live in Vancouver but it’s so expensive that I can’t see it ever becoming a reality even though it is the only other city in Canada that Tom would be able to work in for film. Vancouver and Toronto are the two Canadian film cities.

This packing list actually covers two cities but they are of similar climates. I received a request for a 5-week trip to Vancouver and Denver, Colorado in the middle of winter. The two cities don’t have long, drawn out, cold winters like many other cities. In fact they both start to get warmer in February and many times you will see flowers starting to bloom at that time (in Vancouver at least). I can remember my mom once having to mow the lawn in February which is pretty crazy.

I didn’t include any winter or cold weather boots in this list because honestly the snow is minimal (if any at all), the roads/sidewalks will be clear for walking, and the temperatures will range from around 7°C and up to the mid teens. But if you feel that you need some sort of winter boot then just omit one of the choices I included. Five weeks are a long time but with access to laundry you can get away without bring too much. You can change-up the looks a lot with different accessories so you shouldn’t get to board with not bringing a lot. Don’t forget that all the items listed aren’t to be packed. Your travel outfit comes from the pieces I include, and should be selected from the heavier/bulkier, harder to pack items that will take up the most room in your suitcase.

It’s been noted that a waterproof jacket might be a good idea to bring, an umbrella can easily be bought if needed but a waterproof jacket will come in handy especially if you are going to be doing a lot of out of the city walking and sightseeing. Something like this that has a lining, is hooded, and wind/waterproof will be sufficient because you can layer a sweater underneath. You also have to remember that what is considered cold to one person won’t be to another so if the temperatures are dramatically colder than you usually experience, then you need to pack accordingly since it will take a bit to acclimate. I have friends who go to Disney World every winter from here (Toronto area), and every single time they go they say that while they are running up and down the beach enjoying the weather which seems warm to them most Floridians wear coats and jackets because it is freezing to them. Dress for your personal comfort.

The outfit are found in this post.

Did you move around a lot as a child?

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Vancouver Photo via © Can Stock Photo / kwest19

What to Pack for Lisbon, Portugal Two Weeks Packing Light

What to Pack for Lisbon Portugal 2 weeks packing light list #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #traveltips #travel #travelwardrobe #livelovesara

(c) Can Stock Photo / SeanPavonePhoto

Tank/Cami • H&M | T-shirt • Mango | Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • H&M | Long Sleeve • Mango |
Pullover • Topshop | Blazer • H&M | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Shirt Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M |
Shorts • Madewell | Denim • Gap | Black Pants • Mango | Bathing Suit • Topshop | Hat • Nordstrom |
Scarf • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • J.Crew | Flats • SoludosSneakers • Nike | Sandals • Dolce Vita | Tote • Urban Code | Crossbody • Marc B |

So I had a super fun experience today. I mentioned a long time ago that I walk everywhere and have one of those little compactable shopping carts that I use to tote the groceries home. Well today while I was bringing home a million pounds of groceries and stuff the effing wheel sheared off. To top it off Merle was running ahead and slipped and skidded her knees which caused an abundance of tears and drama. Plus I left my phone at home so I couldn’t even call 911 when I thought my arm was going to fall off from supporting the back-end of the cart to compensate for the lost wheel ;)  I don’t think I have ever walked that slow in my life.

This is probably going to be the last packing list of 2016 so I went for a warmer, sunnier destination since it’s the first day of winter. I was going to do a beach/resort vacation but I am not much of a beach person. Tom is, he’d pack up and move to a tropical paradise in a heartbeat if he could. I’m not really in to hot weather or laying on a beach. We are very much opposites in our ideal vacation ideas.

When we went to Barbados he didn’t tell me until we arrived that if I see a coconut on the ground do not touch it because there are centipedes as long as from your elbow to your fingers that like to climb into the fallen ones. If he would have told me beforehand I would have refunded my ticket (kind of kidding). I really, really dislike bugs. Especially huge ones which tend to live in the warmer climates. I’m a bug wimp.

I chose Lisbon because it is a popular vacation destination especially to those who live in other European countries. It’s gloriously sunny and quite temperate. And because it is a port city for cruises you will often see tourist dressed very casually for their land excursions. Lisbon is also very hilly so some decent walking shoes are a good idea. Heels are not so good unless they are packed for a fancy dinner or outing. Also, don’t forget to bring a swimsuit because they have some lovely beaches. Many don’t realize that there are a lot of easily accessible beaches in the Lisbon area which are described in greater detail here.

Outfit options are found in this post.

We decided that we would start our Christmas holidays on Monday, so no school work means more free time to bake. The girls love baking and it’s surprisingly something they do without fighting (miracle), so we are going to spend the day tomorrow baking.

Merry almost Christmas guys! 

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What to Pack for the Amalfi Coast in Spring

What to pack for the Amalfi Coast 2 weeks in spring #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe #traveltips© Can Stock Photo / vale_t

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Wrap Shirt • Mango | Blouse • Mango | Long Sleeve • H&M |
Pullover • Mango | Black Sweater • River Island | Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Mango | Skirt • H&M |
Casual Denim • Madewell | Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Jacket • Mango | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Bebe |
Bathing Suit • Boden | Watch • Daniel Wellington | Sunglasses • Nordstrom | Flats • Express | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Frye | Reversible Tote • Azalea | Crossbody • Talbots |

Please excuse the tardiness. It’s Merle’s birthday today, and while we celebrated yesterday (Tom’s only day off until Christmas eve) I didn’t want to spend the whole day on the computer. I haven’t got my shit together enough to get posts ready weeks in advance, so I pretty much finish them just before I hit publish.

What to Pack for the Amalfi Coast is a combination of several requests for various cities in Italy in spring. I couldn’t do an individual one for each because it was 11 requests which would be a lot of work and a lot of repetition. The trips range from 2 weeks to a month so I am making this one for 2 weeks. With 2 weeks worth of clothes and access to a washing machine you easily have enough clothes and outfit options to cover you for a month. The cities/regions that this covers are Rome, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Naples. I emailed back several people in regards to their preferences in style and colour but never heard back so look at these lists in general terms not necessarily by style (since it’s based on things I like). T-shirts, skirts, jeans, sweaters, shoes are all open to your own interpretation. I give you ideas of what sort of items you should bring and then you pick items in those categories suited to your tastes. The key is to find a colour palette and base it on that so everything is cohesive.

Spring in Italy is one of the greatest travelling times because there won’t be as many tourists, the flowers are blooming, and the heat isn’t extreme. The average temperature of these cities during the month of April is 14°C, with a high of 20°C and low of 9°C. To me these temperatures are perfect, you can wear sweaters, mid-lightweight jackets, but have enough layerable items in case the day gets warmer when you are sightseeing. I included a swim suit in case the weather accommodates one or you stay in places that have pools. The purse in reversible to a solid black on the other side, which is an easy way to get some variety in your handbag. Outfit options will be in the next post.

I typed this after 4 cups of coffee so excuse me if it seems disjointed ;) 

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What to Pack for Washington D.C. for 10 Days

What to Pack for Washington DC for 10 days in April #packinglist #travellight #packinglight #travel #traveltips© Can Stock Photo / Shakzu

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Dressy Shirt • Mango | Classic Blouse • H&M |
Wrap Top • H&M | Pullover • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Blazer • River Island | Skirt • H&M |
Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Jacket • Mango | Scarf • H&M |
Hat • H&M | Sunglasses • Michael Kors | Flats • Yosi Samra | Casual Shoes • Vans |
Boots • Topshop | Tote • Aldo/Asos | Crossbody • Boden

After skipping last week while I was trying to get some gift guides out I am back to a packing list this week. I received a request from a woman who is going to Washington D.C. at the beginning of April as a chaperone for her son’s school trip. She is stumped for what to pack for this trip as they are only allowed a carry-on. This being a school trip I assume there will be a lot of sightseeing that will involve a mix of dressy-casual, and casual outfits depending on the itinerary.  I included some simple and easy to wear items that are both comfortable, and dressy when needed by some easy pairings.

I always encourage that you pack a couple of tank tops or camisoles because they take up little to no room and are perfect for layering under sweaters, cardigans, blazers, and even as a sleepwear option if necessary. This time of year in Washington is when the Cherry Blossom Festival is and would be beautiful to see and experience.

I played with some different colour combinations here because I was feeling the jewel tones. The coat is a mid-weight which is perfect for April’s unpredictability and is in a beautiful plum colour. The blazer is for a lighter jacket option, but it pays to check the forecast leading up to the day you depart so you know what type of jacket you need to bring. I added some accents of a rich green, with some leopard (because I love leopard mixed with jewel tones). The wrap shirt is multi purpose because it can be worn as a shirt over a camisole or open as a light cardigan.  The key to packing light is to pack things that you can wear in several different ways so you can make the most out of what you bring. I hope these pieces give you some ideas for your trip.

The outfit options are in this post.

Have you ever been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington?

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