Fanatic Packer’s 5 Spring Packing Tips!

The response to our winter packing tips was so wonderful — thank you! So, by popular demand, here are 5 spring packing tips since we know many of you are preparing now for upcoming travels. Spring is harder than winter or summer because the weather can be unpredictable, ranging from really chilly to quite warm.

Plan Ahead & Mix-Match

Packing Tips

1. Don’t panic pack! Lay everything out one week before so you have time to evaluate what you really need and what you can leave behind. You’ll be amazed at how much you will put back in your closet if you plan ahead.

2. Take pictures of outfits with your phone so you remember what to mix-and-match.

3. Don’t bring fancy pieces that you’ll wear once unless you have a special occasion that demands something really dressy. I have made the mistake of bringing a skirt that required ironing (not going to happen) and high heels that got ruined when the heels got caught between cobblestones, never again. That pretty silk blouse for dinners out? Forget it. My experience with silk is you are lucky to get more than one wearing out of it. I learned the hard way when faced with a irresistable plate of slippery spaghetti alle vongole (clam sauce). Instead, choose versatile pieces that are washable, don’t need ironing and that can be dressed up or down with accessories.

4. Super comfy pants. I like black pants (won’t show spills) with some stretch for long flights. My current favorite is Athleta’s Metro Skinny pant. Another brand good for travel (okay, I’m dating myself here, younger readers & fashionistas can ignore) is NYDJ straight-legged skinny black pants, they’re practically indestructible. No capri pants please – not versatile!

5. April in Paris? Springtime in Tuscany? Fleece is your friend! Bring one really warm sweater or fleece jacket,  the essential layer you will need for chilly days, and a water resistant jacket or a raincoat, preferably with a hood. In Italy the heat goes off April 1st by government decree so that warm layer is good for “around the house” for cool mornings and evenings.


My wardrobe for a previous 3-week spring trip.

Here was my packing list for a 3-week spring property inspection trip.

  • 2 pairs of pants: 1 beige & 1 black
  • 2 light sweaters: 1 blue, 1 beige (Tahari, Eileen Fisher)
  • 1 brown linen dress (H&M)
  • 1 long light blue cotton tunic top (Gap)
  • 4 T-Shirts: white, brown, navy, black (Gap)
  • 1 scarf, 3 necklaces, 1 belt (I usually splurge & buy at least one more scarf while traveling, who can resist?)
  • 1 pair black flats, 1 pair sandals (not pictured)
  • Black fleece jacket & black raincoat (not pictured), worn on the plane with black pants, T-shirt, black flats, less to pack. Fleece stuffs into carry-on if not needed.
  • PJ’s, 1 pair cotton socks, Isotoner-type ballet slippers (not pictured)

Here are just some of the combinations. By keeping to a limited color palette it is easy to mix-and-match.

Happy packing!

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10 Responses to “Fanatic Packer’s 5 Spring Packing Tips!”

  1. Robyn Meredith Bryson says:

    more please! enjoy your blog.

  2. Mary Wasmus says:

    Thank you for this well thought of advise.I’ve filed it for my next trip. To italy of course!

  3. Jennifer Gibbons says:

    I am travelling to Spain and Paris with my two children at the end of June. Do you have
    ‘Fanatic Packers packing list for summer’?
    Thank you, your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Italy Perfect says:

      Thank you for your comment. We don’t have a summer packing list ready yet but will try to do so next month.

  4. S Beury says:

    Terrific. I travel only with carry on. This is so helpful. Found you on Parisperfect.
    Thank you.

  5. Arif Khan says:

    wonderful article. I will follow whenever I will decide to travel. hats off to you.

  6. Tracy Sterling says:

    thanks for sharing post really great tips really helpful

  7. Jessica Ray says:

    Appreciable”” “Fanatic Packer’s 5 Spring Packing Tips!” Much obliged to you for your remark. We don’t have a late spring pressing rundown prepared yet however will attempt to do as such one month from now.

    Jessica Ray

  8. hemant says:

    thanks for sharing your latest fashion tips with us

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