Miss VV Around The World

Packing Light for Amsterdam

Tomorrow I fly to Amsterdam for 3 nights to have a girls weekend with my Mum (who lives in Dublin). It’s been a little last minute, she booked herself to go months ago before we knew we were coming to London. Just a few weeks ago she asked if I wanted to come along since she already had a hotel room booked and of course I was more than excited about the prospect.

Booking flights only two weeks ahead meant that they weren’t super cheap, although still very reasonable compared to what any flight from New Zealand costs. However, I soon discovered that the cost of checking in a bag was nearly 2/3 of the cost of the ticket itself! So, I decided to stick with just carry-on luggage since I’m only going for 3 nights and I was sure I could make it work.

EasyJet have rather strict carry-on rules, they don’t allow passengers to have a handbag as well as their small suitcase/bag which means I also have to fit my purse! Thankfully, they only have dimension specifications, not weight so I don’t have to worry about how heavy it is.

I often get asked questions regarding how I pack for holidays so I thought I would document the process for this trip!



Zoe Vine Isabelle Dress
Collectif Trixie Doll Dress

Sarsparilly A Mermaid Song Dress
Trashy Diva Obi Dress
Bettie Page Golly Miss Dolly Dress
Mak Cardigan in White
White Cami (for underneath Bettie Page Dress)
White Petticoat
Glamour Bunny Nightie
2x bras
5x knickers
2x pairs of flats

When packing like this, the first thing I do is count how many outfits I need and I try to make sure that all items can be paired with just one petticoat, bag, shoes etc. This usually means choosing items that all have a colour in common.

The weather in Amsterdam is still nice and warm so I’m taking along 4 summery dresses which all have elements of white in them so I can wear the same white petticoat, white bag and I only need one white hair flower.
I’ve also packed a plain black dress in case I want something a little bit more dressy for nighttime which ordinarily I wouldn’t wear a white petticoat with but it’s not too much of a issue.

I also tried to pick dresses that weren’t overly bulky like the Trashy Diva Obi. I find the most efficient way of packing them is by rolling- I’ll have to iron them when I get there but that’s unavoidable.


2x Bangles
2x Headscarves
Hair flower
Gold RetroResins Hoops

I’ve keep my accessorising to a minimum but of course do need a few things. I’ve got a white bangle that will go with all my outfits and then threw in a pink one for the Trashy Diva Dress. My gold RetroResins hoops go with just about anything so I’m bringing those along and I’ve also packed a white and a pink headscarf in case I want to do quick beehive.

Hair, Makeup & Skincare

Makeup essentials
8 of my favourite brushes
Hairbrush & Comb
Tin of Bobby Pins
Hair Doughnut
Makeup Remover Wipes
LUSH Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser
Antipodes Manuka Honey Moisturizer
LUSH Honey Trap Lipbalm
Lanacane Anti Chafing Cream

This is one of the more tricky parts as of course you can’t take any liquids over 100ml in your carry-on. So, since my daily cleanser (Antipodes Juliet) that I also use to wash off my makeup exceeds that, I’ve instead opted for LUSH Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser which is in a more solid form and am taking makeup wipes to help get my makeup off at the end of the day.
I have several different moisturisers but for 3 days, I decided to just take the Antipodes Manuka Honey one as it’s great in the morning under makeup but I can also use it at night.

I’m only packing the essentials when it comes to hair and makeup. I’ve picked out 3 lipsticks (a red, bright pink and light pink) so that I’ve got a choice of what I feel like on the day. I can’t take hairspray on board so I’m planning on buying a cheap can when I get over there. I’ve packed my hair doughnut as they are great for when you are travelling and want a quick, easy updo that will last the day.


Phone Charger
Portable Battery/Charger

I take my portable battery with me everywhere now, my phone always dies quickly and I want to make sure I can charge it on the go so I don’t miss out on taking photos or can use Google Maps if need be.

AmsterdamCarryOn18 AmsterdamCarryOn24

Packing everything was surprisingly easy, I was expecting to really struggle to cram the suitcase shut but in fact I still had a little bit of room. I didn’t include what I will be wearing on the flight but I think I could have easily fitted everything if I vacuum packed the petticoat. Since I have space, I will probably add in another cardigan or two in case of chilly weather.

All packed and ready for the flight

All packed and ready for the flight

This will be more than sufficient for a weekend away, assuming I don’t buy anything! If I do, I’ll probably have to ask my Mum to take it back to Dublin with her and I can pick it up at a later date.

If you want to keep up with my Amsterdam travels, follow me on Snapchat (victoryviolet), Instagram or Facebook. I’ll be posting about it on here next week too!


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13 replies »

  1. hi, I just wanted to mention something about EasyJet, make sure you are up front when entering the plane because it happened to me that suddenly they said – NO ROOM ANYMORE FOR LUGGAGE:.. and then you are in the line and still you have to check in your luggage.. Have a great time in Amsterdam, its really a beautiful town..
    ciao ciao from Switzerland, Christa

  2. Ive flown with easy jet so many times and had such an easy experience with luggage so hope you have the same experience. Flying with them on friday to switzerland too and have more than enough packed. Have a great trip!

  3. Love this! I’ve found an easy way to have my trusty Dermalogica Pre-cleanse makeup remover with me (since makeup wipes seem to break me out) when space is tight, and thought you may be interested for future trips 🙂

    I take cotton rounds with a few drops of my oil-based makeup remover on each pad, and keep them in a plastic baggie. Once I’m ready to use them I just wet with water, and “voila!”. It’s easy, saves space, and I don’t have to worry about my product leaking all over.

    It’s basically homemade makeup wipes, but my Pre-cleanse works so much better for me than any other makeup remover I’ve tried and I’m not wasting money since I already have/use these things anyways.

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your other packing tips though. I’ll definitely be keeping your guide in mind ❤️❤️

    • That’s a great idea! If I had more time, I would have bought a smaller container so I could just transfer some face wash into it but I just haven’t got a chance. I was sent some Pre-Cleanse a few months back to try and totally loved it, I should buy some more!

  4. That is a lot for three days. But you will love Amsterdam. Do you have any space for some new items? Check out Laura Dolls and athe girl cant help it..lovely shops

  5. This is incredibly helpful. Every time I even go up the road to my best friend’s for the weekend, I take my largest suitcase, which is a tad ridiculous. I used Uber last time, and the driver automatically assumed I was travelling to the International Airport, rather than around the corner. Haha! Thanks for stepping through what looks like a fairly straight forward way to pack quite a lot into a much smaller space.

  6. You should check train also. I know that train from London to my town Antwerp ( Belgium) is really fast and comfy, then I guess it is the same for Amsterdam.
    I was in April in Amsterdam and it was terrible weather, 3 days of crazy rain.
    You should also visit Belgium, I m living here for 2 years and I m in love 🙂

  7. How do you pack for something like Viva where you’re gone for almost a week?? I’m about to take a week trip to Florida and it’s the first trip I’m taking a whole retro/vintage wardrobe. Thank you! ❤️

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