Barcelona Summer Packing List

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Hola amigos! I thought I’d share my packing list to Barcelona before I depart. One of my favorite pass times is to pin packing lists on Pinterest. Bonus points if the packing list takes on the minimalistic approach. Luckily, I was able to pack in under an hour! My packing list is greatly inspired by the pin above. Read on for the items I am bringing with me on my first trip to Europe!


What’s in my carry-on backpack: 

  • 4 tops (2 short-sleeve, 2 sleeve-less)
  • 2 skirts
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 pair of dark wash jeggings
  • 1 black spandex shorts
  • sundress for sleeping
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 2 bras (1 regular, 1 strapless)
  • 6 panties
  • 1 scarf
  • Not pictured: 1 pair of Sseko sandals
  • Travel outfit: 1 pair of Skechers slip on sneakers, black tank top, black running capri leggings, 1 chambray long sleeve button up shirt

What’s in my purse:

  • Nikon coolpix point and shoot camera
  • Headphones
  • wordsearch
  • passport/phone case (with the items)
  • EOS lipbalm
  • phone charger

In makeup bag:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Buffing brush
  • Neutral lipstick
  • Hairties/bobby pin
  • Tweezers

*Not pictured: toiletry bag w/ liquids, toothbrush, comb, contacts, etc.

my belongings

That’s basically it! I was able to use my school backpack and still have room leftover to place my Nikon camera (with it’s case) inside the backpack. To make it more organized, I placed all my electronic cords in a mesh bag and stacked and rolled my clothes. Seriously, the classic stack and roll is the way to pack! Until next time!

Peace, love, & blessings,


P.S: I won’t have time to blog while I’m abroad, but I’ll definitely share my experiences on Instagram!



Minimalista’s Packing Guide to Memphis (Business Casual)

Hello! I’m back home now and am in the last few weeks of undergrad!! Anyway, I just wanted to share my packing list for my Memphis trip. I was able to write part of my blog post on the plane. Since welcoming the Project 333 challenge into my life, packing for this trip was definitely faster than normal, as I had a limited wardrobe to choose from. Luckily, I had chosen pieces that could be worn in a business casual setting! I was really excited to finally use one of the many packing list pins I found on Pinterest. My approach to packing for this trip is heavily based on the picture below:


It is important to note that I fit all of these items in a carry on luggage (I was not about to pay for those crazy expensive check in bag fees!) Here’s what I brought with me for 5 days in Memphis:

In my carry on:

  1. Dark wash skinny jeans (1)
  2. Black & white striped skirt (1)
  3. Red slacks (1)
  4. Black dress (1)
  5. One piece swimsuit
  6. Chambray button up (1)
  7. Black blazer
  8. Black tank top
  9. Navy blue, sleeveless printed blouse
  10. Tan knit blouse
  11. Black long-sleeve blouse
  12. 1 pair of pajamas
  13. Running leggings (1)
  14. Running shorts (1)
  15. Running shirts (2)
  16. Black wedges (1 pair)
  17. Black flats (1 pair)
  18. Curling wand
  19. Toiletries bag
  20. Makeup bag
  21. Kipling hand wallet
  22. Kipling purse

 In my backpack (personal items bag):

  1. Laptop
  2. Camera (my small point and shoot, red Nikon Coolpix & not my blogging bridge camera)
  3. Bag for chargers
  4. Headphones
  5. Book (The Lore of Long Distance Running)
  6. Folder with envelope for receipts, exercise metabolism notebook, and scratch paper
  7. Wallet
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. EOS lip balm

 Departure Outfit (Sacramento to Memphis)

  1. Black puff jacket (foldable from Costco, I believe the brand is 32º)
  2. Pashmina scarf
  3. Light blue running shirt
  4. Black running leggings (3/4 pant)
  5. Running shoes (Purple New Balance)

Homecoming Outfit (Memphis to Sacramento)

  1. Black puff jacket
  2. Purple multicolored running capris
  3. White running shirt
  4. Running shoes

I wore everything I packed except for the black dress, 1 running shirt and short, and my swimsuit. One item that was my favorite was the black puff jacket I brought. This jacket is so light in weight, but can also keep me warm in chilly weather. The best part is that I can fold it small enough to fit in my backpack- it even comes with a pouch!

If I could go back and change my packing list, I would have brought more comfortable black flats since the pair I ended up bringing had no arch support whatsoever and were already breaking down (the insole of the right flat was starting to come off). By the third day, the insole had detached completely. With the items I brought along, I honestly think that I could have create new outfits for an extra week. With that said, I am currently in the market for black flats that have good arch support, durable, stylish, and can be worn for long periods of time.

That’s basically it! I am currently working on my trip recap and it should be up soon 🙂 Other than that, I had a really positive experience in Memphis and am thankful for all the hard work that my team and I put in this school year!

Peace, love, & blessings,


My 6 Fundamental Rules of Packing

I used to despise packing for family vacations for various reasons: I could never decide on what to wear and I would over compensate for the weather, causing me to be an over packer. I would pack one outfit per day and I would fold my clothes individually and stack them in my luggage. The image of me standing on top of my suitcase was very real for me and used to be my norm. Now that I am older and much more traveled (I still have Europe and Asia to explore) my packing skills have improved exponentially and the days of struggling to close my suitcase are long gone. I credit much of my progress to my Pinterest browsing of packing lists. I absolutely love to pack my bag because it gets me in the groove and excitement of leaving home and exploring a new place. I have read through many articles and have settled on six tips that I have adapted in my approach to packing. Here are my 6 Cardinal Rules of Packing:

  1. Pack clothing in neutral colors and can be worn in layers- Black, dark/light gray, tan/brown, white, and blue are what I consider to be neutral colors. Clothing capable of layering include: black leggings/pants, tank tops, long sleeves, basic t- shirts, and a chambray button up shirt. This versatility helps avoid packing an outfit for each day and can help eliminate the amount of clothes you bring.
  2. Pack underwear (not including bras) for each night you are staying at your destination and add 1- For example, for my camping trip to Lake Tahoe, since I was only sleeping 2 nights, I packed 3 pairs of panties. I have always done this because knowing I would have a clean set gave me piece of mind. I don’t apply this rule to bras because I normally pack 1 regular bra, 1 strapless bra, and 1 sports bra. This should be more than enough and depending on what you are packing for, you might not even need to pack a strapless bra, because let’s be honest ladies, nobody has time to deal with that!
  3. Bring 3 pairs of shoes at most- Okay so this might seem impossible for those you you that love your shoes and must bring more than three pairs, but let me break it down for you:
    • Comfortable shoes to walk in: This is sort of a given, but still very important! Pack a pair of shoes that you can walk the whole day in without any aches or pains. This can include (but is not limited to) a pair of Converse, Toms, or New Balance sneakers. If you really want to take the minimalist approach, running shoes can count for this category.
    • Nice (but comfortable) sandals/flats OR boots: These are for those days that you want to go a little fancy and not wear sneakers. Depending on the season, you might want to wear sandals or flats in the spring/summer and boots in the fall and winter. Again, make sure that these shoes are comfortable!
    • Running shoes: This category is a must for me because I can never pass up the chance to go on a run in a new place. For those that are set in not running at all, you can go ahead and skip this part.
    • *Shower sandals (flip flops): I don’t count this as a separate pair of shoes because it’s just convenient to have a pair of simple rubber flip flops for shared showers and/or for the beach. Plus, these are typically simple to pack and don’t take up much space.
    • **Wear the pair that takes up the most space: This will either be your running/walking shoes or boots. Wear them while you are traveling that way you don’t have to make space for them in your bag.
  4. Roll your clothes instead of folding- This is an absolute godsend in saving space! This approach has allowed me to use a backpack instead of a suitcase, acting as my carry on bag when I travel. My approach to this can be described as a fold, stack, and roll: I start by folding my clothes once lengthwise (hot dog style), stacking them (longest to shortest, heaviest on the bottom), and then I roll the stack as tightly as I can. I can usually do one stack and roll for all of my clothes if I am going on a weekend trip. For longer trips (1-2 weeks), I have one roll for bottoms and 1 roll for tops.
  5. Bring a scarf and light sweater/jacket- I am a firm believer in bringing a cool, patterned colorful scarf to complete a look. I don’t know why, but wearing a scarf makes me feel more put together! I also love to bring a light dry fit jacket (usually black) with me when I travel because airports and planes can get chilly. A cardigan is also a great substitution for the light jacket, if you are traveling to a warmer climate.
  6. Research the weather forecast of your destination- Doing this really does dictate what types of clothes and shoes to pack. While forecasts can change, it’s good to be prepared on what to expect during your stay.

So that pretty much wraps up my approach when it comes to packing for trips. When I follow these rules, I am able to fit everything in a backpack and use it as my carry-on. I rarely ever check in luggage because everything I need is with me and I don’t want to pay the check in fee. I will start to include my own packing lists from my previous travels to Hawaii, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe, as well as a basic packing list for a weekend trip. These posts can be found in the ‘Packing Lists’ tab under ‘Travel’. I am also curious to see what rules you follow when you pack, so if you have any that I have not mentioned, please let me know in the comments!