Packing List for Europe in Summer

Packing List for Europe in Summer

You’ve read about it, dreamt about it and almost everyone you know, knows someone who has done it: Backpacking Europe. It is almost its own culture now!

After working a countless number of extra hours you have finally decided to take the plunge spend the money and backpack through Europe. It took you weeks to plan the perfect itinerary that you edited at least 20 times and now you are moving on to the hardest planning part: the Europe packing list.

“How do I pack enough clothing to get me through my entire trip backpacking through Europe?”

I too struggled with this the first time I traveled Europe. I spent 5 months in the incredible continent – hopefully these packing tips will help make the process a bit easier for you. Don’t forget, shopping haunts you all over Europe so save some space for new purchases.

Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring travel outfits and travel tips for 8 countries.


Packing List for Europe in Summer

by Vanessa Yates


Packing List for Europe In Summer


1. Plain & Tie Dye Tank Tops 2. Plain & Floral Longsleeve 3. Stripe/ Plain / Printed Short Sleeve 4. Flowy Dress 5. Oxford & Denim Shorts 6. Trouser & Twill Pants 7. Maxi & Denim Skirt 8. Packable Raincoat & Cardigan 9. Pajama Set 10. Canvas Shoes & Socks 11. Ballet Flats & Sandals 12. Scarf & Sunglasses 13. Pack of Underwear / T Shirt Bra / Sports Bra 14. Swimsuit 15. Bracelet & Necklace


Packing List for Europe: Clothes

  • 2 or 3 short sleeved tops
  • 1-2 long sleeved tops
  • 2 tank tops (summer)
  • 1 dress
  • 2 or 3 shorts/skirts (any length is fine)
  • 1-2 pairs of light trousers / leggings
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 2-3 pairs of socks (I wear toms and sandals so socks are just preventing bugs)
  • 10 pairs of  travel underwear
  • 3 bras – 1 sports dry fit recommended
  • 1 sleepwear – pajamas that can double up as regular clothes too


Packing List for Europe: Accessories and Extras

  • 1 rainproof jacket
  • 1 knit or light sweater – I like a button up cardigan as it can dress up and down. You have a rain coat for sporty times!
  • 1 scarf
  • sunglasses
  • jewelry (nothing too expensive but enough to glam up any outfit)
  • waterproof thongs/sandals
  • cute and comfortable flats that can be worn casually/dressy
  • comfortable walking shoes – I prefer Toms as they are lightweight, comfortable and still cute. I don’t typically do a lot of rugged hiking in Europe.

Also note that trainers are typically just worn by tourists or those doing vigorous exercise. You will be just fine without them (unless you suffer from body pain).


Packing List for Europe: Additional Gear


Please read out top 10 hostel travel essentials when backpacking Europe!

I have used this backpacking (packing) list every time I travel and I have always been more than prepared. Anything else you will need you can get along the way! Congrats on your adventure and have fun in Europe!

What are your Europe packing list must haves?

Please note: Most of Europe’s Budget Airlines have this Carryon Bag Allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.



 TFG recommends: Anatomie makes amazing travel pants that are functional and also look sophisticated which work perfectly for Europe. I’ve worn their Skyler travel pants with heels for drinks in LA,  in Spain with boots for sightseeing, to play in the snow with wellies in the UK, for every day travel in Thailand with flip flops, and also to go for hikes with trainers. They are the ultimate multi-functional travel pants that offer you form, function, and fashion (and a good cost per wear value)!


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 Author Bio: Vanessa Yates and her backpack and have traveled 28 countries throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her adventure continues in South East Asia where she will soon begin working at a Canadian international school in Malaysia. She hopes to never stop traveling!

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  1. I used this list when I travelled Europe and it was super helpful! I successfully travelled carry-on only for an 8 week adventure and I was incredibly proud of myself. I love having so many great products and ideas all on one website. This is a travellers dream site, even if the fashion level is above mine, it inspires me to reach that little bit higher and reach for just a bit more adventure in my packing!

    • Thank you Gillian :) I am so pleased you find the site useful!

  2. Love your tips. Travelling to Paris & London early Sept for 7 weeks then Hong Kong for 4 days. Need some tips for packing light for all 3 destinations.

  3. I don’t know how I found your blog but it’s amazing. I will go to europe in June until September and I’m going to stay in Switzerland. You rocks \m/ Maybe I will do sone trips around but now I have an idea to what to pack. Thanks!

  4. Hi Alex,
    I am still looking for a packing list for Norway for July.

    • Hi Cassie, I’m still looking for someone to make it for you

  5. Hi! A lot of people are telling me a definite no on the shorts. I keep hearing different things so I’m unsure what to do. I’m going to Italy (Rome and Florence), London, Paris, and Germany in May and I know it’s going to be warmer in some places. It’s a month trip with probably no stops for laundry so I’m trying to pack light and easy to wash. So any advice on any of that would be awesome! Thanks!

  6. This post was so super helpful! Cant wait to pack for my next trip!

    • Thanks Morgan :-)

  7. Great article! Do you know what brand trousers those are? I’m on the hunt for comfy/stylish pants for my trip to Germany/Switzerland/Prague :).

    • Thanks! They’re Lala Classic Chino Pant Rp8 from

  8. Hi, i’m from Romania (Europe) and I’m going to Grand Canyon South Rim for 3 months to work, and 2 weeks in California and New York to party. Unfortunatelly I only have a 23 kg suitcase allowance and I really don’t know where to start. I will travel with my boyfriend and I guess I’ll put some of my stuff in his suitcase :D but still…there are sooo many clothes I want to take with me. Ps…i’m leaving in a week

    • Hi Lori! What time of year are you traveling?

  9. Where are the black and white striped shirt and the shorts from?

    • shirt:
      shorts: and

  10. Hiya, I’m going to Turkey for 3 months in 5 weeks and even though I’ll be staying in my own apartment I only have a 20kg suitcase allowance and a carry on suitcase crammed full of stuff (unlimited weight)
    Looking at what you have recommended I’m starting to think ill over pack! I have at least 10 bikinis and 8 pairs of denim shorts alone as well as about 12 pairs of sandals/flip flops. Not to mention I still have to pack towels, toiletries and loads more clothes! Whoops.
    Any advice on what to cut down or cut out?
    Hopefully it will about 30+ degrees everyday so there’s no need for an umbrella or coat etc.
    Also I don’t have a washing machine so the majority of things will be hand washed but there is lots of laundrettes nearby i could use should I feel the need.
    Ronni x

  11. HI,
    I am going to Germany, Poland and Amsterdam this summer for 2 weeks. Mostly going to Holocaust sites and the Anne Frank House. Any packing/clothing suggestions>

    • Hi Cassie, stay tuned. Many Europe packing lists coming in May :-)

  12. This is a great site, and a fantastic packing list!

    What changes or additions would you make for a 2 week honeymoon with Paris, Venice and Munich as the main destinations? We are going in September.

    • Thanks Amie! Stay tuned for Europe packing lists in May :-)

  13. Hi! I’m going to be spending around 3 months in Europe and am severely struggling with luggage… On that note, what luggage do you recommend? I know for sure I want a backpack but I don’t want to scream “tourist.” Also, do most backpackers carry their luggage around with them everywhere? Or are there places to lock up your things?

    Sorry if these questions are basic! Really need advice tho! :\

    • Hi Erika

      Thanks for your message!

      For Europe, 100% backpack! I brought a suitcase with me on my first 2 trips and it was just a nightmare running up and down the train or underground stations with a heavy suitcase. Plus, the hotels we stayed at in Italy had a million flights of tiny stairs so that wasn’t very fun at all.

      With that being said, pack light! I like Osprey bags like the Farpoint 55 because it’s a nice looking quality bag that works:

      Usually, you can leave your backpack in your hostel dorm. While some places do have lockers for your bag, many don’t but they do offer services to store your valuables in either individual safes or with reception. out of the 5 years I’ve been on the road, I’ve only had something taken out of my bag once while traveling so it’s not a common occurrence, plus it was really my fault for leaving cash in my unlocked Aura 65 bag. The bag that I now use Farpoint 55 has lockable zippers which actually did prevent a theft this year so highly recommend it.

      I’ll be releasing a new Europe packing List soon. Send me an email with your countries so I can have your itinerary in mind when I put it together :-) travelfashiongirl at gmail dot com

  14. Thank you! This is so helpful for my 5 day (I know it’s short) to England and Germany!

  15. This is a great list as we’re leaving for Eastern Europe in a week. So how much more do you pack for a Europe in Winter?

    • Layers layers layers. Since you don’t sweat as you would in the heat, maybe yo maximize your warmth layers and reuse them so you dont need to change every singe day…

      If you’re not trekking, then just one pair of comfy trainer/going out shoes and one flip flops for hostels?

      A coat that you wear on the flight and you wear every single will probably never have to go inside your bag so that shouldn’t take room…

      Maybe you two will share some of your packing insights when you get back? :-) How long are you gone for?

      • Thanks! I was worried about shoes too since I don’t have any ‘waterproof’ shoes. I was hoping my regular sneakers would be fine. We’re gone for 5 weeks. Eastern Europe and NYC! =)

        • That’s awesome! Just avoid wearing fabrics and colors that would get ruined liked white colors or suede fabrics. Leather is a good option. Any footwear you’d wear outdoors in the winter in Northern California would probably work too :-)

          Have fun :-)


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