What to Pack for a Summer European Vacation

Packing light and smart is key when prepping for a European vacation. Lugging around a heavy amount of unnecessary items on planes, trains, and automobiles will wear on you quickly. Let’s start with some basic musts:


  • Passport, copies of your passport stashed away in your suitcase, all travel docs
  • Digital Camera
  • Wall Converter…not just an adapter, you’ll want to convert the electricity first. Lesson learned the hard way ending in a melted straightener in Paris once.
  • A good travel read…or two.
  • Phone Charger…and car charger if renting a car. You never want to run out of juice when in need of an app or map.
  • Headphones…I love my noise canceling ones on planes.
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Deck of cards
  • Backpack for day trips
  • A few plastic bags for dirty clothes…think, wet swimsuits, dirty clothes


On to toiletries, I’ve always found great travel sized options on Amazon and Ulta.  Here are some items to not forget, aside from the obvious toothbrush, shampoo, etc.

  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandaids or blister relief for all of the walking
  • Travel meds like Advil and Tums…I once developed an ear infection in Greece, I never go on vacation without eardrops, now.
  • Roll on perfume…easily packed and a good excuse to try a new scent.


When it comes to clothing, choose a color scheme, prioritize items that won’t wrinkle, and think versatile and easily layerable. Leave flashy jewelry, heels and clutches at home (although, how cute is this?). Think simple and comfortable.

  • Tennis shoes…a must for all of the walking involved on a European vaycay.
  • Rainproof layer
  • Comfy leggings and a sportsbra that can work for a hike or even to throw on before a long train ride.

  • Swimsuits and coverups…if beach-going is going to be part of your European travels, be sure to pack a few of these!
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Sunhat

  • Several fun dresses…long and short
  • Simple accessories that will match any outfit
  • Jacket for layering
  • Neutral Scarf
  • Your favorite pair of jeans
  • Shorts and a few tops to mix and match
  • Sandals that can be dressed up or down, a short wedge if you plan on getting fancy at night.
  • Crossbody purse that zips


Always remember to lay everything out ahead of time, check the forecast before you leave, and roll up your items to save space if you are carrying on. Hope you enjoyed these tips on packing light and effectively. This post leaves me dreaming about my next European getaway.


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