Packing List for Europe in Summer

Packing List for Europe in Summer

by Vanessa Yates

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.



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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



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


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).

Check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Stylish Travel Accessories!



travel towel

universal adapter

music – staple for long journeys

flashlight/Head Torch

neck pillow – I use it for all long rides

sleep liner – silk or microfiber are the most compact.

small locks (1-2) – you will need them in hostel dorms

sink stopper – the flat ones work with all drains

bobby pins – great for easy travel hair styles and as clothing line pins

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!

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




TFG recommends: Anatomie Wear 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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Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.

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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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20 Responses to Packing List for Europe in Summer

  1. Tessa Camille says:

    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 :).

  2. Lori says:

    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

  3. Jessica says:

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

    • alex says:

      shirt: farfetch.com/shopping/women/cats-by-tsumori-chisato-striped-t-shirt-item-10246801.aspx
      shorts: nelly.com/uk/womens-fashion/clothing/trousers-shorts/estradeur-1043/roma-shorts-104324-14/?utm_source=affwin&utm_medium=cpo&utm_campaign=affwin_92295 and aliceandolivia.com/

  4. Ronni says:

    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

  5. Cassie says:

    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>

  6. Amie says:

    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.

  7. Erika says:

    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! :\

    • alex says:

      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: http://travelfashiongirl.com/shop-travel-gear-three-items-i-cant-live-without/

      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

  8. Mollie says:

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

  9. Gerard ~ GQ trippin says:

    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?

    • alex says:

      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?

      • Gerard ~ GQ trippin says:

        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! =)

        • alex says:

          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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