What to Pack for a Europe Trip – A Packing Trip for a Summer Vacation in Europe

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to.

Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe.

If you are wondering what to pack for Europe you´ll find this “Packing List for Europe” – so you do not have to worry about what to put in your luggage!

If you are wondering about all the things you need to do before flying abroad, click on this link to find a checklist with all important things to do before your trip.

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Packing List for Europe 


  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have an extra a carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other ares are less safe and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them  over plastic bags.
  • Packing CubesPacking Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are very handy and they also come in cool colors.I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier and do not forget a laundry bag.
  • For my handbag, I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (just to be safe) and several extra pockets.
  • Passport Holder I need a passport when I travel to Dubai (ID is not enough) so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder) and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach holiday you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

London Eye at night - what a beauty.


Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, and wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

The Italians are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that you can easily mix and match so that you do not have to overpack.

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item in sunny Dubai: SunglassesRay Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Handbags: What I really liked in Dubai is that you will see all kind of people with different styles. I did not feel uncomfortable wearing more expensive but also more affordable clothes and handbags.
  • Jewelry: I love jewelry but since I tend to lose stuff, I do not wear much. One exception are watches: I am totally addicted to watches.
  • Maxi Dresses Summer means wearing cute dresses and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses, most of the time it is hot (warm) enough and it is also great for more conservative areas in Dubai. To get your maxi dress click here..
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers (which you can get here)-  combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals it can be super chic.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places, some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Some long skirts should be on your list.
  • Tops: The more the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them especially for the beaches.
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in in the afternoon – not only but also after the sun sets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. but a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.
  • Denim is big in Europe

what to pack for Europe

Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter I take travel sizes toiletries which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water and cleansing milk). Of course you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit

Here are a few more items which I personally do hardly use but which might be improtant to you, so I added them here:

hair sprayhand cream, foundation, powderlipsticksanitizer

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

Swimming Suits: bikinis (hough you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).

I looove kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.

Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.

Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.

If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essential.

Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.

A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beach

Europe packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my  laptop with me whenever I fly.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline) I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone– without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera
  • I have to admit, that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger– how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International travel power adapter [/easyazon_link

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Click her ego read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials

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Summer in Europe – can be rainy and foggy (even in August)

Safe Travels, Arzo