“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
It’s summer which means it’s the perfect time to travel! It’s now been a year since I went to Europe with Contiki (check my post about them here), and I’m definitely having withdrawls. I wanted to make a packing list so that others who are considering taking a trip to Europe (with or without Contiki) would know what to pack! I’ve linked my favorite products to the item names, so be sure to check them out!
- Jeans x1 – AE jeans are great for travel because they are comfortable and stretchy. Go with black because they don’t show dirt!
- Leggings x1
- Comfortable Pants x1
- Shorts x2 – Denim, cargo, etc.
- Comfortable Shorts x1
- Tops x5 – 3 T-Shirts, 1 Tank Top, and 1 Nice Top.
- Sweatshirt or Sweater x1 – Sweatshirts take up precious space, but I recommend bringing one for chilly nights.
- Light Jacket/Windbreaker – Nike Windrunners are expensive but worth it!
- Lightweight Dress x2
- Going Out Dress/Romper x1
- Sleep Outfit – I bring an old T-Shirt that can double for travel days and comfy shorts
- Bathing Suit x2 – I’d recommend bringing two suits so that your pictures don’t all look the same!
- Socks x5 – Don’t forget a pair of thick/fuzzy socks for the plane/train rides.
- Underwear x10 – Some people say you only need a few pairs but this is where I recommend over packing.
- Bra x1
- Bralettes x2
- Sticky Boobs/Pasties (if an outfit calls for them)
- Hat – Sometimes the only cure for travel hair!
- Comfortable Tennis Shoes – Roshe’s are comfortable and really lightweight.
- Flip Flops or Slides – Necessary for showering in hostels and beach trips.
- Cute Sandals or Wedges (I personally recommend sandals)
- Toothbrush & Mini Toothpaste
- Necessary Soaps – Shampoo, Conditioner, Face Wash, Body Wash (can also be used to wash clothes in the sink)
- Dry Shampoo
- Makeup Necessities – My Personal List:
- Feminine Hygiene Products – I just bring a few emergency materials, you can always buy what you need wherever you are.
- Travel Towel
- Hair Serum – Smoothing serum will help tame the frizz from all the travel and sun.
- Moisturizer with SPF – Don’t forget the SPF!
- Makeup Remover Wipes – After long days of travel and sun, sometimes washing your face can be too much effort.
- Hand Sanitzer
- Eye Drops – I ended up needing these when I swam in Greece because the salt water was so harsh.
- Hair ties, clips, bobby pins, etc.
- Sunglasses x2 – Cheap, incase they break or get lost/stolen.
- Journal & Pens – Journal about everything during any downtime. Even if it’s just bullet points, you want to remember everything!
- Passport and ID + Copies of Both – Keep the copies in a separate location.
- Debit Card with a Chip – I’d also recommend ordering some currency from the countries that you’re visiting through your bank before you go. That way you have cash as soon as you step off the plane.
- Backpack – PacSafe backpacks are great for traveling because they are RFID blocking and the material protects against slash-and-run theft.
- Purse – If you’re going to use a purse, use a crossbody bag that can’t easily be reached into. When you’re in a cramped space like a full metro train, hold onto your bag in front of you.
- iPad – For books and movies.
- Filling Snacks – Stabilyze Bars, trail mix, beef jerkey, etc.
- Reusable Water Bottle – I’m a die-hard Hydroflask user, but they aren’t really practical for travel. Stick with something lightweight and easy to clean!
- Voltage Converter
- Headphones x2 – In case they break or get lost.
- Camera – GoPro is definitely recommended for awesome water shots.
- Chargers for all of your electronics
- Sunscreen – Paying to check a bag is worth being able to bring a full sized sunscreen bottle. Sunscreen is SO expensive in Europe, typically at least 30 Euro.
- Portable Charger – When you’re out exploring all day and documenting it all on your Snapchat and Instagram stories, your phone battery can drain pretty quickly.
- Travel Pillow – Make sure you get a pillow with a clasp so that you can hook it onto your luggage and not take up precious space inside your bags.
- Sleeping Mask & Ear Plugs – Sleep is valuable, get it when and where you can!
- Plastic Bags – Throw a couple plastic grocery bags in your luggage for dirty laundry, wet bathing suits, dirty shoes, etc.
- Luggage Locks and Padlocks – Luggage locks are important but you should also bring a regular padlock to keep your belongings in lockers while you’re traveling during the day.
- Cheap Unlocked Phone & SIM Card – It ended up costing a lot of money to use my phone in Europe. If you don’t want to spend the money to extend your plan internationally, you can get these items and use them to call home and check in. Then just use your regular phone when you have wifi.
That concludes my Ultimate Europe Packing List! I hope you enjoyed, let me know if you have any other must-bring items!
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