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!


  1. julie

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