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Being a European at heart, I do have an ingrained bias towards the continent in terms of travel, food, and general amazing-ness! With so many countries that are so different, who doesn’t love Europe? There is a massive range of landscapes, cultures, and adventure just waiting to be explored and admired. Whether you are going on a weekend away, a holiday of backpacking your way across the continent, deciding what to pack can be different with so many different countries. To help you guys out, we’ve compiled a packing list for Europe so you can choose what you need.

Clothing Packing List for Europe’s Summer


Active Leggings|Denim Shorts | Skinny Jeans| Long Skirt| Maxi Dress | Short Dress | Tank Tops | Cotton Shirts | Dri-fit Shirt| Cover Up | Long Sleeve Baselayer | 7 Underwear | 2 Sports Bra | bra | 1 Bikini | Straw Hat | Travel Scarf| 3 Socks (1 pair for trekking) | Lightweight Cardigan| Closed Shoes | Travel Sandals| Lightweight Wedges |


Boardshorts | 2 Casual Shorts| Jeans | 3 Cotton Shirts |2 Dress Shirt| 1 Dri-fit| 1 Long Sleeve Baselayer| 4 Socks (1 for trekking) |Light Travel Scarf | Hat | Cardigan|7 Underwear| Trainers | Closed Shoes

With clothes, less is more! You may feel like you would need a lot of clothes due to the range of countries and different temperatures but the trick is to layer. There will be plenty of laundry shops along the way, so choose each item wisely and they will last you your whole trip. During the summer months, you don’t really need much but do still bring a couple of thicker items in case it gets nippy. Obviously, if you’re spending most of your time exploring islands rather than cities, lessen the amount of shirts and bring more swim wear. The key is to keep it simple and to bring items which you can mix and match.

Related: Travel Accessories: Must Have Items to Help You Travel Like a Boss

Resources: You can always save up some clothing money with House of Fraser discount codes so make sure to check them out!

Editor’s Note: Traveling to Europe? Check out our Best Places to Visit in Europe guide with tips on what to do.

Clothing Packing List for Europe’s Winter


3 Leggings/Tights | Merino Wool Base Layer| Cardigan| 2 Jeans| 3 Cotton Shirts|2 Sweaters |1 Skirt| 1 Dri-fit Shirt | 1 Coat | 7 Underwear| 1 Sports Bra | bra | 2 Thick Scarfs | Button Top| 5 Socks (1 pair for trekking) | Ankle Boots | Knee Boots| Tech Gloves | Beanie|


Merino Wool Base Layer | Thermals | 1 Long Trousers | 2 Jeans | 3 Cotton Shirts | 1 Dri-fit Shirt| 3 Long Sleeved Polos | 7 Underwear | 5 Socks (1 for trekking) | Thick Scarf |Beanie| Coat | Cardigan| Ankle Boots | Trainers| Tech Gloves

When packing for the winter months, obviously you will have to take a little bit more. The key is to have really good high quality base layers. From there, you just wear the rest of your clothes in layers. A good coat and good thermals is all your really need! If you plan on going to places with a lot of snow, some waterproof boots are also recommended.

European Packing Essentials

The ‘essentials’ will change between each person, as business travelers may carry more gadgets than an average backpacker or holidaymaker for example. This list of essential travel accessories below is recommended for general travel, so I would select as many as you think you may need.

Electronics to Bring for Traveling

These days we all have quite a lot of electronics that we can’t go without, and in some instances, if you work online you actually can’t go without! Whether you’re a digital traveler or like to leave most of your gadgets at home, it is worth checking out this list to see what you may need. Just remember to always look after your valuables and be cautious.

Read: Best Travel Cameras: How to Choose the Perfect Camera

Toiletries Packing List

You can always buy toiletries when you get to your destination, so if you need to save space, these are the things to sacrifice! However, if you have sensitive skin or like certain products and have space, then why not bring them with you. One thing I do recommend taking of your own is suncream. It can be really expensive in the sunny countries as they don’t use it all too often.Toiletries, camera and passport


  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Disposable Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer and lotion
  • Makeup (keep it to the bare minimum!)
  • Lip balm
  • Contact Lenses/Solution/Glasses
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Wet wipes (TRUST ME ON THIS!)
  • Suncream
  • Mosquito repellent (the good stuff!)
  • Nail cutter and nail file
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tampons
  • Contraception


  • Shampoo & body wash
  • Shaver / Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Chapstick
  • Contact Lenses/Solution/Glasses
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Suncream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Nail cutter
  • Contraception

First-Aid Packing List

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Pain Medication – Paracetamol/Ibuprofen
  • Band-Aids/Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Motion Sickness Medication
  • Betadine
  • Vitamine D – if traveling in Northern Europe for long periods

So there we have it, everything you could possibly need when traveling! We all fall prey to packing too much, so just take some time and think about only bringing items which you can use more than once. When you think of the uses and plan in advance, you are more likely to just pack the necessities! So pack smart and travel light, and if you’ve forgotten anything, buy it there. Packing for a big trip is only a small part of your travels, if you plan ahead of time, you can focus less on packing and more on having fun and planning for your trip.

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