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Before you even get to the Guinness Storehouse or Buckingham Palace, whichever suits your flavor, you have to know how to pack light for Europe. That includes selecting the best travel purse and outfits for your adventure! 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 do was decide what I wanted to wear! I had to pack light as I was bringing one suitcase and staying in hostels. Whether you need a packing list for Europe in spring, summer, fall, or winter, this will help you out. I promise!
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 being cold in England like I was. Also, check the weather in all the locations you will be visiting. It will differ by country more than you think. As you can probably tell I under-packed for my trip by my rant. Luckily, the Oxford Street shopping district was there to save the day! Here’s a list of what I should have packed so you won’t make the same mistake when picking travel outfits for Europe.
Europe Trip Packing List
- 2 pairs of Jeans (preferably one nicer pair, such as black)
- Water-proof jacket (it does rain in the summer, especially in Paris)
- Boots (make sure you’ve waterproofed them)
- 2 Long sleeve shirts (or a cardigan you can wear with multiple outfits)
- A light sweater
Now, of course, this isn’t all I packed but it is the 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. Some of the later items I didn’t even wind up wearing.
Tips on Travel Outfits for Europe
You’ve probably surmised that this is mostly geared towards Women’s travel clothes for Europe, so you can skip this section if you like fellas. 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!
Shoes for Traveling Around Europe
You should also think about what you will be doing there so you can correctly pick your outfits. 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. A warning, if it’s a Paris packing list you have in mind, please note they have cobblestones. They aren’t even fun in sneakers so be careful! I’d also recommend insoles as they help to support your feet.
Packing Light for Europe
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 and it really helped. This is not just a pack for Europe hack, it’s a pack for everywhere hack!
Best Travel Purse for Europe
As for my main bag, I chose something that was very versatile, a black Steve Madden Crossbody bag. The one pictured above isn’t my Steve Madden Crossbody, but it’s pretty darn close. Cross-bodies are the best travel purses for Europe because they are safer. It’s harder to steal if it’s across your chest. I’m not a fanny pack kind 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. I love my Steve Madden Crossbody bag so much that I actually wore it out on my travels and have had to get a new one.
Hope this helps you figure out what to pack for Italy, France, England, Ireland or any other European travel destination you are off to! Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.