Summer is quickly approaching, therefore vacation time is quickly approaching. I’m sure all of us have a long list of places we’re planning to visit but are wondering what the heck to pack? Whether you’re going to Europe for a week, a month, or the whole season, I created a packing guide for summer in Europe that’s very versatile. I’ve spent an entire month hoping around England, France, and Italy, and this is the packing guide I live off of. Whether you’re frolicking through vineyards, going out on the town with your new hostel-made friends, or wandering old churches, this is the guide for you!
- 2 short sleeved tops/blouses. In my suitcase, you’ll find a black croptop and a cute blouse.
- 2 long sleeved tops/blouses. I typically go for a black thermal and a lightweight, versatile blouse
- 2 tanktops. You’re probably seeing a trend here, but I pack a solid colored tanktop (good for hiking or layering) and a dressier, lightweight tanktop.
- 2-3 dresses/rompers. These are perhaps my favorite items to pack, because they can be dressed up or down. Plus, you don’t have to worry about pairing two pieces together. I have a trusty black romper from H&M that goes everywhere with me and a variety of colorful rompers from Target to choose from. As for dresses, I try to pack something that is lightweight and can look cute with sandals or Converse.
- 2 pairs of shorts. Generally, I’ll pack a pair of black denim shorts and a pair of linen shorts.
- 1 pair of jeans. I have a trusty pair of high-waisted, black jeans and swear by packing them. You can dress them up for a night out or down for a chillier day wandering London.
- 1 pair of lightweight trousers. These are good for days you plan on visiting churches or chapels, because you don’t want to show a lot of skin.
- Converse, comfy (and cute) sandals, hiking shoes (optional), and flip flops. You can never, ever go wrong with a pair of white Converse. and I never travel without mine. For sandals, I have a pair of knock-off Birkenstocks from Target that I live in. Hiking shoes are personal preference- I don’t generally hike, so I typically stick to Converse. Most importantly: do not forget your flip flops if you’re staying in a hostel. They double as shower shoes.
- Socks, underwear, bras, sports bras. This I’ll leave up to you to decide how many because I am that person who 100% packs enough underwear for everyday on the trip. Guilty as charged!
- 1 pair of pjs. Keep it simple, keep it lightweight. You never know when you’re going to stay in a hostel with no air conditioning- I’m looking at you, hostel in Rome.
- Raincoat/lightweight jacket and/or cardigan. I bought a lightweight jacket that doubles as a raincoat, and I recommend you do the same. It saves so much space, and you can layer it over your cardigan and/or thermal for chilly evenings!
- 1 scarf. I have a very thin, white scarf that I bring around in my daypack incase of an impromptu visit to a church/chapel when wearing something deemed revealing.
- Sunglasses. An essential for summer in Europe. Especially for those days lounging on the beach.
- Cute hat. This can always add an extra pop to any outfit!
- Jewelry. I’m not big on wearing jewelry, but I do love to accessorize with different rings. I also typically wear at least one basic necklace and one ring.
- Make up and necessary facial products. Typically, I stick to BB Cream, concealer, powder, a basic eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara, and 1 or 2 lipsticks for makeup when traveling longterm. If it’s a shorter trip (or I know I’ll be going out), I’ll throw in my blush, highlight, and bronzer. Actually… no, I pretty much always travel with all of the above. I like options with makeup, okay? As for facial products, I travel with my usual skincare: wash, mask, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
- Shampoo, conditioner, other necessary hair products, and hairtools. I’m fairly simple when it comes to my hair, honestly. It saves more room for makeup! I typically only carry travel sized shampoo/conditioner, maybe a heat protectant, hairbrush and a hair straightener.
- Hair ties and bobby pins. I wear my hair up a lot or half up/half down, so these are a necessity for me. I always carry spares, as well. Summer in Europe can get very hot, so you’ll want to tie your hair up!
- Feminine products. This all depends on the length of stay, and your regular cycle. I always carry a few, whether or not I’m traveling during my cycle- you never know if someone else might need one.
- Medicine. I have to travel with Excedrin Migraine, there’s no choice for me, but I also throw in Emergen-C to keep from catching anything along the way.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush. Personal hygiene, my friends.
- Sunscreen and lotion. This is essential for summer in Europe. Please, please, protect your skin!
- Universal adaptors, charging cables, and a power strip. Double and triple check you have all of the necessary charging cables for your electronics! You don’t want to have to find a store and waste money on this.
- Neck pillow. For sleeping on planes, mostly, but I also tend to use them in the hostel because the pillows tend to be flat.
- Books (audio or physical), notebook, laptop/iPad/Kindle, and headphones. Whether you’re traveling by plane or train, you’ll want some sort of entertainment along the way, I promise. I personally like headphones for when I’m trying to sleep in hostels because it’ll block out any potentially annoying roommates. I also highly recommend a notebook so you can jot down anything about your adventures!
- 2 locks. One for your suitcase/backpack, and one for your hostel locker.
- Packing cubes. I swear by using packing cubes, honestly. They’ll keep your bag organized, and you won’t have to make a mess looking for “that one top”.
- Reusable water bottle. Look, it’s 2020, guys. Don’t be that asshole buying up a plastic water bottle every time you’re thirsty- and you will be thirsty in the summer heat. Not to mention, you can save money by using this and not paying for a water bottle. Save the Earth and save your money. Cool? Cool.
- Hanging toiletry bag. These are a honest-to-god lifesaver when it comes to hostel travel. Generally speaking, the showers don’t have anywhere for you to put your toiletries, and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache over a wet toiletry bag that you’d have to pack the next morning.
What are some of your essentials for summer in Europe? I’d love to hear them so I can add/adjust my own, so pop a comment below!