Europe Women’s Packing List

On my first trip to Europe in September 2013, I was so worried that I would forget something or that I wouldn’t have enough stuff to bring…thinking like I was going to Siberia in the middle of winter and I would have zero resources…I looked up all kinds of blogs of people’s packing lists and photos of things people brought with them. It wasn’t until I looked to my travel idol, Rick Steves. He has a packing list on his website and also a Pack Light Video on YouTube which I found to be very helpful. The thing that I took to be the most helpful, was him saying in his video, to plan for best case scenario, not worst case (which I have a bad habit of doing). He then said “if you can’t get one of your essentials here, you may want to ask yourself how 400 million Europeans can live without it.” So basically, pack only what you need, not what you could need. Leave all the “could needs” for when you’re there and if you do end up needing it, buy it there!

Although I haven’t traveled enough times overseas to become a pro packer like Rick Steves and live out of a European carry-on size backpack…which literally would only hold my makeup bag and some chonies, I have narrowed my packing list to the essentials and will work for any duration. Keep in mind this list is for fall season in Western Europe. I have split up the list to make it not so scary. It seems like a lot, but it’s really not.

Clothing Packing List

  • (2) Shirts – black, white
  • (3) Long sleeve shirts – black, gray, color
  • (4) Pants -light/medium/dark jeans, black leggings
  • (1) Shorts
  • (1) Dress
  • (3) Sweaters/light jacket – black, denim, color
  • (1) Heavy jacket
  • (2) Pjs – t-shirts & shorts
  • (7) Chonies
  • (7) Socks
  • (2) Bras – regular, strapless
  • (1) Bikini
  • (1) Tennis shoes
  • (1) Boots
  • (1) Sandles – dressy

Toiletries Packing List

  • Makeup – concealer, foundation, blush/bronzer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow liner
  • Makeup brushes – (2) foundation, blush/bronzer, eye blender, shader, angle
  • Facial – cleanser, toner, lotion, mask, facial wipes, Clarisonic
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Contact case/cleanser
  • Extra pair of contacts
  • Glasses/case
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons
  • Brush/comb
  • Shampoo bar/conditioner
  • Flat iron (dual voltage)
  • Ibprophen, sleep aid, Tums
  • Birth control

Other Packing List

  • Small bag/backpack (carry-on)
  • Small purse
  • Space bags
  • Passport
  • Money belt
  • Ipad
  • Phone/Ipad/car chargers
  • Plug adaptor/converter
  • Airplane neck pillow
  • Luggage locks/tags
  • Passport copies (on the cloud)
  • International drivers license
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