Packing List for Europe
Packing List for Europe
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. If you’re planning to travel by train, also check out this packing list on how to pack for an inter-railing trip through Europe.
Don’t forget, shopping haunts you all over Europe so save some space for new purchases.
MAXIMISTA PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE
2 or 3 Short sleeved tops
1-2 long sleeved tops
2 tank tops (summer)
1 dress – a strapless dress is great as you can wear it as a skirt as well. (Check out the Twelve Ways Dress!)
2 or 3 shorts/skirts (any length is fine)
1-2 pairs of light trousers / leggings
1 Swimsuit – bikini is fine (why not get a reversible bathing suit?)
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 “sleeping outfit” – 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)
- Shoes (mainly city streets)
- Waterproof Thongs/flip flops/sandals (check out iPANEMA sandals)
- Flats that can be worn casually/dressy
- Comfortable walking/trekking 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 runners are typically just worn by tourists or those doing vigorous exercise. You will be just fine without them (unless you suffer from body pain).
Additional Travel Gear:
- Travel towel
- Music – staple for long journeys
- 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
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.
SUGGESTED TRAVEL RESOURCE:
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)!
MORE EUROPE PACKING LISTS
- ATHENS, GREECE
- AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
- ROME, ITALY
- LONDON, UK
- COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
- COLOGNE, GERMANY
AND OTHER EUROPEAN TRAVEL POSTS:
- MY EUROPE SUMMER TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
- HOW TO PACK FOR EUROPE’S BUDGET AIRLINES
- SHOPPING IN EUROPE
- HOW TO PACK FOR AN INTER-RAILING TRIP BACKPACKING EUROPE
HOPE YOU FOUND THIS EUROPE PACKING LIST HELPFUL! DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THE LOVE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND PINTEREST. THANKS FOR READING!
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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