Carry-On Packing for an 8 Day Trip

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My husband Ben and I just got back from a lovely trip to Lisbon and Sintra and here’s a video of what I brought.

We were there for 8 days plus a travel day where we arrived later in the evening. The weather was predicted to be pretty nice with temperatures around 12-15°C so I planned on packing lighter layers, most people there were wearing winter coats but I guess being from Canada 10°C+ weather really doesn’t seem very cold to us.

Everything I packed in the suitcase (in video order):

  • cardigan
  • trousers
  • leggings
  • navy tee
  • black tee
  • grey long-sleeve top
  • light grey knit top
  • tee dress
  • shirt dress
  • black dress (brought this for an evening out but didn’t end up wearing it)
  • tights and socks
  • underwear, bras, and a bodysuit
  • ankle boots
  • tie belt
  • bamboo necklace

I also packed:

  • plug adapter
  • camera battery charger
  • mini hair straightener
  • tea
  • travel mug
  • tote bag
  • sleeping shirt
  • and a purse

In my toiletries bag I packed:

  • toothbrush
  • hairbrush
  • cleanser (read more below)
  • menstrual cup
  • oil (read more below)
  • shampoo samples
  • tinted moisturizer

Also important to mention that in Ben’s bag was toothpaste, cream deodorant, and a travel-size Dr. Bronners soap for both of us to share.

For makeup I brought:

  • travel brushes – powder, angle & eyeshadow
  • lip glaze 
  • brown eyeshadow/brow powder (this is from my palette but I put it into an old eyeshadow container for travelling since I sometimes just bring the one shade)
  • powder
  • lip & cheek tint
  • concealer
  • mascara


In the backpack I brought:

  • sunglasses
  • camera batteries
  • extra SD card
  • lip balm
  • natural hand-sanitizer
  • phone charger
  • wallet
  • tickets/passports
  • pen & notebook
  • e-reader
  • headphones
  • camera
  • and my phone (not shown)

and for the first travel day I wore:

  • sweatershirt
  • knit trousers
  • jean jacket
  • cami
  • running shoes
  • I also ended up layering a sweater under since it surprisingly got extra cold and started snowing the day we left


This definitely wasn’t a perfect pack or as light as it could have been. While the temperatures were generally fine (although I’d recommend bringing layers for this time of year), there sometimes was a cold wind and also a little rain. I typically bring my light rain jacket travelling and it probably would have been useful for this trip. I also like to have camis and bodysuits for under-layers so I can wear the over-layers more than once, and I should have brought an additional one.

I didn’t end up using the purse much and could have done without. I also didn’t need the black dress – I was planning on wearing it if we went out but the other clothes I brought were dressy enough and I didn’t wear it.

For toiletries I brought both an oil cleanser and facial oil. It actually was drier in Portugal than I expected and I ended up not using the facial oil and using the cleanser also as a moisturizer. It’s the Green Balm from Magic Organic Apothecary (sent as a gift) which is a multi-purpose product that can be used as a cleanser or for skin issues like inflammation, dryness, and bug bites. I hadn’t tried it as a facial moisturizer but it worked really well in the dry climate. I was a little concerned because it’s coconut oil based which can be comedogenic but my skin had no issues with it and felt great.

Outfit with the new jacket I got in Lisbon

I was really excited to find this jacket from a sustainable brand in Lisbon. I’ve been checking thrift stores for a similar style for over a year now and just happened to find this in an eco shop, Organii, that we checked out. It’s from NäZ who uses all surplus/deadstock fabrics, even their buttons are made from recycled materials and most of the thread they use is factory leftovers! Everything is done in Portugal and they have a focus on community support and providing fair employment. They were also exhibiting at the Ethical Fashion Show last month but I unfortunately didn’t have a chance to visit them out there. I love that I not only found the style I was looking for but was also able to support a great brand and shop.


I’ll also be making a post about our favourite things to do, places we ate at, and eco shops in Lisbon, so keep an eye out for that!


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  1. julie

    We use the same hand sanitizer 🙂
    I m going to Portugal in September, I will check out this store you mentioned!