Packing light can be hard especially when traveling to Europe when the desire to look stylish is quite strong. Putting everything in one bag is hard enough and isn’t any easier when you have to pack nice clothes on top of the necessities. Here are some great ways to make this task less daunting!
How to Choose Your Clothing
- Mix and Match: Never pack any clothing that can only be used with one other item. Everything you pack should match each other so that you end up having limitless options. It also helps so that you can layer and be comfortable to matter what climate you’re in.
- Easy Care Clothing: It’s best to bring clothing that doesn’t wrinkle easily or need to be dry-cleaned.
- Nothing You’ll Wear Once: Anything you bring you should be able to picture yourself wearing it on multiple occasions; otherwise it’s not worth the space.
- Accessorize: Small accessories can be the perfect way to change up outfits and keep it interesting like a lightweight scarf.
- Purchase There: You know you’ll end up shopping anyways, so save room in your bag to buy clothes abroad. You’ll be looking as stylish as the locals fast.
- Four Shirts: It’s best to bring both short and long sleeve shirts depending on the weather of where you are headed.
- Cardigan: Even in the summer it’s a good idea to have a sweater to put on when it gets cold at night.
- One or Two Dresses: A great idea is to bring ones that could be worn casually during the day but with the right necklace and make up could be appropriate to go out at night as well.
- Tank Tops: A few of these are a good idea as they are the most versatile. They can be worn as undershirts, a pajama top, or out on the town on hot days.
- Dark Jeans: These are stylish any where in the world and great because we all feel great in them!
- Skirts: I prefer bringing about three skirts since they’re so comfortable and I know that I always like to wear them.
- Shorts: These are not as common in Europe so I wouldn’t suggest bringing too many, besides of course active ones for hiking and bumming around in at the hostel.
This list could go on and on but you’re getting the idea! There are also a myriad of other items that are needed and we mustn’t forget. Keeping all these clothes clean be tricky but a flexible travel clothesline, laundry soap, and stain remover can help with that.
A sleep sheet, ear plugs, and eye mask will help ensure that you feel clean wherever you’re sleeping and will help you take naps in the middle of the day when you’ve stayed out too late the night before.
A menstrual cup is so useful for travel. While pads and tampons are relatively easy to come across in Europe, you’re better off getting a menstrual cup before you leave home so you don’t need to worry about finding period supplies on the road. Trust me! It’s much easier to bring a cup and not worry about tampons and pads. You can also leave a cup in for 12 hours which is fab for long travel days or busy sightseeing days.
My personal favorite, a notebook. I’m not much of a journal person but for some reason love to write when I’m on the road. I like to paste in ticket stubs or photographs and write a few precious memories from the places I’ve gone. I find that these journals are my most favorite thing I bring back from my travels.
Make sure to follow this short guide and you’ll be sure to tackle Europe like a pro!