I recently came back from a 3 week trip abroad in Europe. Ireland, England, and France to be exact. Before you even get to the Guinness Storehouse or Buckingham Palace, whichever suits your flavor, you have to pack. For me this wasn’t such a daunting task until the final weeks. I had started a pile in my room months before of little things that I wanted to bring along. Now all I had to decide was what to wear! Here’s your guide to pack for Europe in summer.
First and foremost I’m going to say that you should check the weather before you go! Don’t rely on your cousin who happens to be in Europe just a mere couple weeks before you for the weather report! Else you will wind up cold in England like I did. Also, check the weather in all the locations you will be visiting. It will differ by country. As you can probably tell I under-packed for my trip by my rant. Luckily, Primark was there to save the day! Here’s a list of what I what I should have packed.
What to Pack for Europe
- 2 pairs of Jeans (preferably one nicer set, such as black)
- Weather-proof jacket (it does rain in the summer, especially in Paris)
- 2 Long sleeve shirts (or a cardigan you can wear with multiple outfits)
- Light Sweater
Now of course, this isn’t all I packed but it is items I missed when I was there. I only went with one pair of jeans (luckily black), a light jacket, a pair of sneakers and flats (I wore out both by the end of the trip), one long sleeve shirt (that also got worn out), no sleeve shirts, shorts, and a skirt.
Always Have Options
The pieces I was happiest I brought were the two pairs of heels (nude and black, yes I wore both), a fedora, and 4 dresses (2 of which I didn’t wear but at least I had options. I did also bring a small black clutch I never used. Stockings, nude and black, are a must if you are going to wear skirts, it’s too cold in London to go without! I know this sounds like a lot but I fit it all in one medium size suitcase. If you have trouble fitting your clothes you’ve either packed too much or packed incorrectly. Try rolling your clothes, I did this for my dresses in order to get the least amount of wrinkles. This is not just a pack for Europe hack, it’s a pack for everywhere hack!
Also think about what you will be doing there. If you’re the kind of person who just plans on adventuring all day, then plan accordingly (sneakers, good ones). Or if you are more like me and plan on going out at night, bring dresses and heels. Warning, Paris has cobblestones, they aren’t even fun in sneakers so be careful!
As for my main bag, I chose something that was very versatile, a black Steve Madden cross-body bag. The one pictured above isn’t mine, but it’s pretty darn close. Cross-bodies are great because they are safer. It’s harder to steal it off of you if it’s across your chest. I’m not a fanny pack kid of gal so this was the perfect option for me. I also fit everything I needed in there, passport, journal, money, self-made travel guide, sunglasses, and the usual items as well.
Hope this helps you figure out what to pack for Europe! Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.