Packing for Venice – Blizzard Blues

There is a weather warning today for a snow storm over the next three days. That means dangerous roads, horrible walking conditions, and just the kind of weather you don’t feel like dragging your two children out to run errands in. So to avoid all this and in case of any weather emergencies we went out today to grocery shop and pick up anything we might need over the next couple of days. I actually like the snow, I find it calming and peaceful to sit and watch, but I miss being able to walk around without the need of 85 layers and worrying about slipping and falling on my ass. Plus, I hate the massive amount of slush that accumulates at the front door from our boots. We live in a condo, and even after walking through the carpeted halls, and going up the elevator we will still have extremely wet boots when we get up to our floor. It always makes everything look messy no matter how many times you wash and mop.

So during bad weather like this and the fact that I have the February doldrums (the time of year most people get depressed during winter) I let my imagination fly. I have a painting in my bedroom of Venice. The colours of the buildings, flowers and canals make it a bright and lively piece. It makes me happy to look at it and always gives me the urge to travel. It is one of those places that you could visit all the time and never get sick of it. So my packing list today is for Venice. It could be for any temperate place since the pieces are interchangeable and layered to work in many different climates though. Even the dresses and skirts can be layered with sweaters or jackets, and worn with flats to dress them down. With these pieces you are able to get about a month worth of outfits in your carry-on including the pieces you wear on the plane.  I took a black, grey, and white palette and added red and gold pieces. I suit rich gem tone colours, and gold goes with my skin tone better than silver. You need to pick accent colours that work for both your skin tone and your wardrobe.

I always like to pack for rain. I’m not one that would refuse to tour a city when it was less than sunny out so rain-boots are a must. Hunter Boots offers a packable boot that collapse down and come with a small pouch to put them in to ease with travel and packing. If you notice, I generally reuse several pieces over and over in my packing lists. You would never buy a completely new wardrobe each time you went away, so it’s important to me to show how you can utilize what you already own in different ways when packing for a variety of locations. An interchangeable wardrobe is a must to be able to do this.

All items in this packing list have the links of where they are found and prices listed below it. Most if not all the pieces come from H&M. I went there today and found a lot of things that I wanted to buy, and since they are both affordable and cute I decided that I would make the basis of my list from there. I like to have very affordable options because it makes it seem like it is much more attainable to me than items that cost more than my car. If you have any questions, or concerns, or even if you want some packing advice feel free to message me or leave a comment below.


European Travel Packing LIst


Multistrand Necklace – Red beads • H&M • $24.95 various colours
H&M – Short Necklace – Light pink/Gold – Ladies
Hammered Ring – Gold – Ladies • H&M • $3.00
Multistrand Necklace – Powder beige/Gold Beads • H&M • $12.95
Jersey Tube Scarf – Light gray • H&M • $12.95
Wool Scarf – Camel • H&M • $25.00
Cable-knit Sweater – Gray melange • H&M • $12.00
Long-sleeved Jersey Dress – Black • H&M • $24.95
Pleated Skirt – Gold • H&M • $49.95
Fine-knit Sweater – Black & white Striped • H&M • $15.00
Biker Jacket – Black • H&M • $49.95
Imitation Leather Pants – Black • H&M • $34.95
Melange Long Cardigan – Black/Grey mix • H&M • $14.95
Sequined Dress – Black/Gold • H&M • $49.95
Jersey Top – Black • H&M • $12.95
Lace Blouse – Natural white • H&M • $29.95
Lace Blouse – Red • H&M • $34.95
Double-layer Tank Top – Black • H&M • $17.95
Slim-fit Pants – Black • H&M • $19.95
Topshop Classic Fedora • Black • Topshop • $48.00
Prima jersey pocket tee • White • J.Crew • $39.50
Jersey Pajamas – Light gray • H&M • $17.95
Jersey Pajamas – Cerise • H&M • $15.00
Hunter Original Packable Tour Rain Boot • Hunter • $148.00
Women’s Silva Boot • Black • UGG • $120.00
Cole Haan Women’s Rosalin Wedge Sandal • Cole Haan • $44.05–64.64
TOMS ‘Classic – Karsen’ Slip-On • Gray • Toms • $53.95
Wild Diva Lounge Floral Pointed Toe D’Orsay Flats • Charlotte Russe • $22.99
Penguin Mini Multi-Striped Knit Socks, Blue • Penguin • $10.00
H&M – Lace Underwire Bra – Black • H&M • $14.95
LA PERLA Bras • La Perla • $43.00
HAPPY SOCKS Big dot socks • Happy Socks • $10.00
Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny low-rise jeans • Current/Elliott • $65.40
H&M – Sunglasses – Gold – Ladies

Wherever you are, I hope the weather is more glorious than it is here. xoxo


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