Are you getting ready to embark on an exciting adventure to Europe? You might agree that packing can be one of the trip’s most exciting yet stressful parts. With limited space and so much to see and do, it can be challenging to know what to pack.
My trip to Europe is finally happening, and as you can imagine, I’m SO excited! I try to make lists of the things that I plan to pack in my suitcase so that I don’t forget anything at the last minute. This helps to eliminate any extra anxiety that I sometimes get before a trip.
Whether you’re planning sightseeing in cities or going on a river cruise like me, it’s important to pack appropriately for the weather and activities you have planned. If you want to bask in cities, cruise down rivers, or just want to take in the sights of spring, I’ve got you covered!
Take a deep breath, grab your suitcase, and let’s start packing!
What to pack for your trip
Clothing (European Style)
It is crucial to have lightweight, versatile attire that may be mixed and matched while you travel. And it is best to be careful to prepare appropriately for the European weather you may encounter. Bring a rain jacket, waterproof shoes, and layers like sweaters and scarves when it’s likely to be chilly and rainy.
Pack a few comfortable (and neutral) outfits to wear while sightseeing but also appropriate for nicer dinners. Consider bringing a dressy outfit or two for more special occasions.
I’ve also discovered that reusing clothes and doing laundry once a week or as required are great tactics for long-term travel.
- Tops (sleeved tops and blouses)
- Bottoms (pants, leggings and skirts)
- Outerwear items you can layer (a trench or leather jacket, or sweater)
- Footwear (boots or sneakers and comfortable sandals)
- Underwear, bras, and socks
Consider investing in packing cubes to help you stay organized and save space in your luggage. These cubes can help you separate your clothing, toiletries, and other items. Additionally, consider bringing a small backpack or tote bag to carry around during the day while sightseeing.
- Packing cubes
- Small backpack or daypack or purse (for sightseeing)
- Pieces of jewelry
- A hat/beanie, pair of gloves, and a belt (if necessary)
- Travel pillow (if needed)
Although toiletries are necessary, try to pack as little as possible. To save room in your suitcase, think about purchasing travel-sized bottles. I like to use small refillable bottles and jars to take my skincare products to save space in my bags.
Remember to bring any necessary medications in a separate bag or container that you can easily transport. Don’t forget to bring lip balm, sunscreen, and other personal hygiene supplies you may need.
- Shampoo and conditioner in reusable bottles
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Moisturizer, lotion, deodorant and a SOLID sunscreen
- Period supplies
- Makeup (try to limit)
- Medications (bandages, ibuprofen, paracetamol, and other OTC medications for nausea, stomach issues and pain)
- Sealable bags
- Silk pillowcase
Electronics & Equipments
If you like taking pictures, you may want to think about bringing a camera on your trip. You will also need a global power adapter to charge your gadgets. European outlets have a different voltage and plug type than those used in the United States. And because you will probably be moving about all day, having a portable charger can help you avoid running out of juice while you’re out and about.
- Phone and phone charger
- Camera and camera charger
- Laptop and charger (if necessary)
- Portable charger
- Power adapter or converter
Money, Documents, & Other Essentials
Bring all essential paperwork, including your passport, travel insurance, and any confirmed bookings. Bring some cash and your credit or debit card, but don’t carry too much cash at one time.
- Passport and IDs
- Visa or travel authorization (if required)
- Travel Insurance
- Cash & credit card/debit card
- Driver’s license & International Driving Permit (if applicable)
- Reservation confirmations
These are a few of my favorite travel necessities that you can buy now:
Reminder: Pack What You Use
I understand how tempting it might be to bring clothes from the back of your wardrobe that *might* be ideal. At the absolute least, try something on that you haven’t worn in a while. You don’t want to fill up valuable baggage space with clothes that won’t fit.
I advise packing light because it makes traveling, if you can. Keep in mind that you can buy practically anything you need in Europe.
One of the easiest ways to discover a new culture in Europe is to go to the supermarket or do some pharmacy shopping! These are some of my favorite things to do.
Overall, packing for a 2-week trip to Europe requires some planning and organization. Yet, if you follow these tips, you should to be able to pack well and be ready for whatever adventures lie ahead. Bon voyage!