The Only Packing List for 2 Weeks in Europe You Need

I’m sold on the virtues of packing light for a European getaway, having had lots of practice.

I spent five years living and traveling around Europe, typically doing getaways for a week or two at a time.

I’ve also done a five-month Europe backpacking trip which spanned three distinct seasons — in just a carry-on!

I started off in Southern France, Spain, and Morocco in the summer, made my way through the Balkans in the fall, and ended in snowy Denmark.

And yes, I did that all in a carry-on backpack (I’ll recommend exactly which one below!) and I’ve since adapted that original Europe packing list for shorter trips.

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So if you’re wondering what to pack for two weeks in Europe, I’ve got you covered — no matter the time of year.

While this packing list is designed for traveling for two weeks in Europe, it can also cover everything from a months-long backpacking adventure to a shorter jaunt through Europe.

This packing list for 2 weeks in Europe is your guide to packing light, no matter the season or even the trip length.

Just do laundry every one or two weeks, as you would at home, and you’re golden!

Kiruna Church Sweden - the jumping off place to see the Northern lights
This 2 weeks in Europe packing list works for all seasons — even winter in the Arctic!

I’ve created two separate clothing packing lists for Europe, one for spring/summer/fall and the other for winter.

Spring and fall aren’t too harsh in Europe, so you can mostly bring the same things as you’d bring for summer, just with a few more layers.

Winter in Europe, however, can be downright brutal, so I’m coming at you with some tips that helped me out even when I was north of the Arctic Circle (and nope, I’m not joking!).

That said, if that’s what you’re planning, you may find my winter in Norway or Lapland packing lists more helpful.

Allison posing at the top of Fjellheisen in Tromso
My typical Norway winter outfit — which fits in a carry-on, minus the coat!

Don’t worry even if you’re packing for Europe the first time – this list is comprehensive.

Not only is it comprehensive, it’s travel-tested and regularly updated so that it only has products I have actually used (and still use).

This list is an evolving effort from the last last seven years of traveling the world and running this blog — not just ones I’ve heard about or taken from other packing lists.

Packing List for 2 Weeks in Europe

Backpack and Related Gear

allison on a train with her backpack
I started off with a CabinZero backpack and a PacSafe, but quickly replaced the CabinZero bag with a Tortuga — more on that below!

When I total it up, I’ve spent at least two years of my life backpacking across Europe, which is kind of insane to think about.

As a result, these products have been tested time and time again, and I’ve eliminated anything that I’ve given up on the road (which is a lot).

For the record, I’ve paid for every single item on this list out of pocket – not one thing on this packing list here is sponsored (and even if it were, you could expect my honest opinions, anyway).

Abisko train station
Me and my Tortuga back in February 2016, before I ever started this blog!

The only exception is that when I asked to become a Tortuga affiliate (because I loved their product so much), they sent me the newest version of their bag to test out.

I had previously purchased their original version with my own money and loved it, and tested this one to be sure it was still as good as their old offering, so that I could be sure I’d still recommend it to my readers.

It definitely passed the test and from 2016 until today, Tortuga has been my go-to travel backpack when I’m packing light and using a carry-on.

And my original Tortuga lives on: once I got my new one, the old one was gifted to my ex, who still uses it on his travels!

Travel Backpack

the tortuga backpack that i use on my travels and swear by
This backpack is now 4+ years old and still looks and feels as good as new!

While you certainly can travel with a suitcase, I prefer traveling around Europe with a carry-on bag — and a backpack in particular.

Between cobblestone streets and cute little guesthouses that have no elevators and only stairs, you’ll be grateful for having something that is easily carried on your back.

When it came time to begin my travels, I chose a 40L Tortuga backpack because they’re compact, carry-on friendly, and don’t scream “backpacker” as loudly as other bags.

Their philosophy is a bag that’s as easy as back as a suitcase, while being as comfortable and ergonomic as a hiking backpack.

I have an Osprey backpack for camping and backpacking, and while the Osprey is slightly more ergonomic, the Tortuga is infinitely easier to organize and pack for a trip to Europe.

I used their original version for a few years before Tortuga recently sent me me their newest version to test out, and I love it even more than the original.

The backpack is 40L and has an opening style like a suitcase, making it easy to access all your stuff.

It has three main compartments: one for a laptop and other flat objects like papers and books, one giant rectangular compartment perfect for packing cubes stuffed with clothing, and one smaller compartment with pockets for passports, pens, odds and ends, etc. that I stash all my extras in.

Plus, it’s quite comfortable to wear, with a padded hip belt and comfort-molding shoulder straps complete with a chest strap so that you can distribute weight across your body. 

Allison smiling on a dive boat
The Tortuga fits so much that I even packed all my dive gear, including a 5mm wetsuit, BCD, and a regulator in it one trip!

Now, what many people ask: Does it pass budget airline requirements in Europe?

For me, yes. I’ve literally taken my Tortuga backpack as my carry-on luggage on 50+ budget airline flights at this point and never once been asked to check it in.

However, one of my travel tips is that when I fly on a low-budget airline, I pay for priority boarding. I do this not to board first, but so that I can also bring my CitySafe PacSafe as my personal item (more on that later).

This only adds a few dollars onto my budget airline ticket, whereas adding checked luggage usually more than doubles my ticket cost — and adds on a long wait at the airport to pick up my bag!

Toiletry Case

I absolutely love love love my eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Bag which works kind of like magic – you won’t be able to believe how little space it takes up, yet how much it can fit.

It’s kind of like the Mary Poppins bag… just when you think nothing else can come out it, there’s more. It has a ton of separators that help keep my toiletries organized when I travel. 

Although it’s flat and compact, it fits virtually all my toiletries, which as a bit of a girly-girl I have a lot of!

An absolute must-have for your sanity when on a two week trip through Europe, a toiletry case will keep you organized and never have you searching for random odds and ends.

Remember, though: if you are traveling carry-on, you will still need to put your liquids in a clear quart-sized toiletry bag.

Packing Cubes

I keep everything sorted and tidy with my BAGAIL compression packing cubes.

These come with two sets of zippers, so that once you fill up your packing cube, you can compress the air out of it and fit more in it!

They’re one of my top packing tips for keeping things organized and sane on a longer trip!

Laundry Bag

Even if you’re only traveling for two weeks in Europe, I like having a separate bag for all my laundry day needs.

This travel-themed laundry bag from Kikkerland is beyond adorable!

Small Travel Backpack

My Pacsafe backpack on display while traveling in europe

Finally, I use a smaller day pack for all my day-to-day needs. I’m absolutely obsessed with my Anti-Theft CitySafe backpack – it’s adorable, trendy, but also super secure.

It’s slash-proof and has zippers that interlock and fasten, adding multiple levels of security a thief would need to go through in order to successfully pickpocket you.

Unfortunately, petty theft is a big problem in Europe — especially when visiting large capital cities of European countries.

And I can’t stress enough how cute it is! Check it out here.

If you really don’t like backpacks, I would suggest a crossbody purse for more security, but frankly, I find these difficult to wear for a full travel day of sightseeing, as they put a lot of strain on just one shoulder.

Documents & Other Essentials

Person holding a passport in an airport

Passport | You’re going abroad, aren’t you? You’ll need your passport with you, obviously!

Travel Insurance | Especially in this day and age, it’s foolish to travel without travel insurance.

I use SafetyWing Nomad Insurance for all my travels outside the USA (unfortunately, as a US citizen, it doesn’t cover me in my home state).

With coverage starting at just around $12 per person per week, it’s a no-brainer for me, since it covers unexpected medical costs, trip delays, cancellations, lost luggage, etc.

Get a quote from SafetyWing for free here!

An international driving permit and car keys
Some countries need an IDP to drive! Check before renting a car.

Driver’s License & International Driving Permit | For many European countries, just your driver’s license won’t do — you may also need an International Driving Permit, which you can get ahead of time from AAA for about $20.

Personally, I’ve never been asked for one when renting a car (all over Italy, including Tuscany and Sicily, as well as Portugal, including Azores, Madeira, etc), but I have heard that you can be fined (quite a bit!) for driving without one if you are pulled over.

Guidebooks | While blogs are great, I also love having paper guidebooks for my travels. If you agree — bring some. I suggest paperback travel guides, as they’re simply not as practical to have on the Kindle.

a selection of guidebooks to read

Credit Cards and Debit Cards | I suggest having a spread of credit cards and debit cards available to you.

More importantly is not always carrying them all at once when possible — and carrying them in two different places (e.g., one in your wallet and one deep in your backpack) when you do, such as when you’re switching locations.

Nothing puts a wrinkle in your plans more than suddenly losing access to your cards — especially ones that let you withdraw cash — so bring more than one and keep them in different places to avoid any issues.

Photocopies of Important Documents | Whether it’s a photocopy of your drivers license, passport page, etc., it’s nice to have photocopies for peace of mind.

Essential Clothing to Pack for Europe for Women & Femme People (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Bucharest in the fall, with some of my wardrobe staples!

Wondering what to pack for Europe for two weeks in the spring, summer, or fall?

Here are all the things you should cram in your travel backpack (with packing cubes, naturally — we’re not monsters, here) – for the people who love options yet hate checking luggage.

Note on semantics: I recognize the limits of the gender binary but in the context of this Europe travel packing list post, I’m focusing on the kind of clothing I enjoy wearing as a cis woman who dresses anywhere from slightly femme of center to more femme, depending on my mood.

Some things may apply to you; some may not. Take what helps and leave whatever doesn’t serve you — the way you dress is valid and wonderful!


Allison wearing a striped shirt and cardigan on a boat

T-Shirts | Skip 100% cotton T-shirts! Instead, pick fabrics that also utilize materials like bamboo and hemp which wick moisture away from the body, allowing you to stay cool and sweat less.

I love this simple hemp/bamboo/cotton blend that comes in a variety of colors. I suggest about 3 T-shirts. If traveling in spring or fall, you may want to swap some long sleeve T-shirts into the mix as well.

Blouses | If you like to look a little dressier, throw in some shirts like this casual, gauzy white collared shirt or some long sleeve linen blouses that will make you look super European as you travel around!

allison at yellowstone

Tank tops (summer) | If traveling in summer, throw a few tank tops into the mix! I also suggest a hemp or bamboo blend like these simple, classic tanks.

Chambray Shirt | I love these because you can wear it either as a light jacket over a tank top for cooler summer evenings in the summer, or it can be a shirt of its own when buttoned up and paired with bottoms.

I also will sometimes wear these over a dress as well for a casual look! I love this cute tencel blend chambray shirt. Tencel is a soft, cozy fabric made from eucalyptus and wicks moisture away better than cotton.

Allison in front of Waikiki skyline and Diamond head on a whale watching tour
Allison wearing a cardigan on her travels

Cardigan or Hoodie | No matter what time of year you are traveling, you’ll likely be grateful to have one of these, at least for the plane. In summer, A/C on public transit and in museums, etc. can be blasting so don’t forget this. Bring either a cardigan or a cozy hoodie, whatever fits your style best.

Medium-weight Jacket (spring/fall) | If you’re visiting in the spring or fall, or visiting mountainous areas in the summer, you’ll want to bring a medium-weight jacket. Preferably, you should pick something water-repellant like this cute water-resistant black cotton jacket or a faux leather jacket which is also water-resistant in case there is rain.


Rocking my favorite midi skirt in Maine in the summer!

Shorts (summer only) | Everyone says that Europeans don’t wear shorts. I don’t really think that’s true, but when they do wear shorts, they tend to be dressier and well-fitting, like these high-waisted linen shorts.

I especially love these for the longer inseam — less thigh-chafing! Denim shorts aren’t as popular in Europe, but if you pick something trendy like these Paris-chic high-waisted denim shorts, you won’t be out of place.

Midi Skirts | I absolutely love midi skirts — they’re great for hot weather as they create their own breeze, but they also cover enough of your leg in spring/fall to keep you fairly warm.

They also pair well with tights and boots if you want to make them a little more cool-weather appropriate. I absolutely adore this polka dot midi skirt as well as these fun summery print skirts.

Lipstick is my forever travel mood!

Jeans (spring/fall only) | Unless you’ll be in the mountains, you probably won’t need jeans in Europe in summer.

I like to have a black pair of jeans and a pair of light-wash jeans (yes, I’m Team Mom Jeans over here) to be the most versatile.

Tights & Leggings (spring/fall) | If you want to mix and match some of your dresses with leggings to make them more versatile into the other seasons, I love adding leggings and boots. I have and love these black leggings!

Dresses / One Pieces

Allison enjoying the beach in Oahu's North Shore

Rompers | If you love the simplicity of a dress without worrying about your thighs chafing, rompers and jumpsuits can be a great choice.

I love this sophisticated short sleeve belted romper which comes in a variety of colors, or this long sleeve loose-fitting romper. For spring or fall, I like these full-length, long-sleeve jumpsuits.

Lightweight Summer Dresses (summer) | These can be any style you like! I suggest a mix of mini, midi, and maxi dresses so you can vary up your look.

If you get chafing / ‘chub rub’ when you wear dresses like I do, I suggest throwing in a few pairs of slip shorts like these which save my thighs from themselves every summer.

Sweater Dresses (spring/fall) | All the ease of just throwing on a dress (just add leggings) with the warmth and comfort of a sweater! I love slim fitting options as well as more boxy sweater dresses like this one.


Allison wearing a sunhat, glasses, and swim cover up

Scarf | Great for when the A/C is blasting, you want to make a surprise church visit, or you just want some flair to change up your outfit. I suggest a large but lightweight scarf like this, great for spring, summer, and fall!

Socks | Depending on the kind of shoes you’re bringing and the time of year, you’ll want to either bring just a few pairs of socks or quite a few.

I suggest merino wool socks like these which are odor-resistant, so you can wear them multiple times on your trip without the smell.

Underwear & Bras | You can either bring 7-8 pairs of underwear and do your laundry once on the road, or bring enough for the full trip if you really don’t want to deal with laundry.

If you wear bras, I suggest bringing a few different bras, like a sports bra, a bralette, and a more standard strappy bra so that you have options.

Allison wearing a swimsuit while emerging from the ocean

Swimsuits | I strongly recommend bringing at least two bathing suit options — there is nothing worse than having to put back on a still-wet swimsuit! I love these options for two-piece swimsuits and these cute color-block one-piece swimsuits.

Pajamas / Sleeping Clothes | I love having cute dedicated sleeping clothes. I make room for them even when packing for a short trip!

It’s one of those things that still makes me feel at home on the road. I love silky or satiny sleeping clothes like this adorable pajama set. That said, you could also just wear your leggings and T-shirts.


Allison standing on a black sand beach in Tahiti with overalls and a rainbow shirt on

Water Shoes (summer) | Many European beaches are pebble beaches and not the most comfortable for your feet! I love Tevas because they look cute both in and out of the water and dry quickly.

They’re water-friendly, but don’t scream “I’m wearing water shoes out in public!”. I have these quirky pastel rainbow 90s Tevas and adore them. Leave the flip-flops at home — these are much better for beach days.

Sandals | Depending on the weather during your trip, a pair of sandals will go a long way. As a card-carrying Northern Californian hippie, I wear Birkenstocks until there is a frostbite risk, basically.

I love my Birkenstock Gizeh sandals and they’re one of the few pairs of shoes that can hold up to everything European travel throws at them.

Allison wearing her rain jacket and sneakers and a baseball cap

Versatile Sneakers | I love casual sneakers that are cute enough that you can pair them with anything, even dresses.

For summer, I love white sneakers like these ones, and in spring and fall I tend towards my black Nikes.

Flats | For going out at night and looking a little more put together, a pair of fold-up flats is nice to have and take up barely any room in either your suitcase or your day bag.

Ankle Boots (spring/fall) | A pair of comfortable ankle boots is a must for shoulder season travel. I love a good pair of Doc Marten Chelsea boots in either black or brown.

packing list for europe: All I packed for 6 months in Europe - Find out how here!
How I packed for my first 5-month Europe trip — yup, that’s all my clothing!

This sounds like a lot — well, it is!

But it all managed to fit into two packing cubes (I actually didn’t even need to use the third one, as I kept all my underwear, socks, and sleepwear in pockets that come with my backpack).

Depending on how much you pack and how attached you are to your clothes, it’s always an option to send some of your belongings or souvenirs you bought on the road…

This is especially true for those people who like to shop once you reach your destination and find yourself needing extra room!

Tip: You can use an international shipping service like Shiply to compare rates on different shipping services to send home items more affordably.

Essential Clothing to Pack for Europe For Women & Femme People (Winter)

Allison Green sitting in bed at a ice hotel
Warm enough for temperatures below freezing at the Ice Hotel in Tromso, Norway!

Packing for winter in a carry-on isn’t that hard — just think smart, wear your heaviest clothes on the plane, and think about layering as much as you can.

This will work for even super cold weather, but not for something extreme like a ski holiday, where you need more specific gear like waterproof pants, etc.

PSST – Planning a longer winter trip? Here’s my guide to packing for a long-term winter trip in Europe.

Winter Clothing Essentials for Europe

Jeans | Same as above, but you’ll want to add more jeans to your collection — at least 3-4 pairs is recommended. I opt for more black, gray, and dark denim in winter, personally.

Warm Leggings | I love fleece-lined leggings, but other people swear by merino wool leggings. It will depend on what your tolerance for wool is (mine is pretty low — I can wear wool socks, and that’s about it!)

Sweater Dresses | Like I recommended above — I’d opt for 3-4 of these if you like to wear dresses in winter.

Large, Warm Wrap Scarves | I suggest bringing at least two different big wrap scarves so you can swap them out since they will be a big part of the photos you take! I like these ones which come in a variety of styles.

Allison Green wearing a big wrappable scarf and a hat for Norway trip

Beanie | You’ll want a tight-fitting hat that covers your ears! Again, I suggest bringing at least two to add some variety to your photos, if you care about that kind of thing.

Touchscreen-Friendly Gloves | Nothing is more annoying than having to take your gloves on and off to use your phone while you are traveling, for accessing vouchers, getting directions, making payments, etc. Get some touchscreen-friendly gloves so that this isn’t a problem!

Thermal Tops | Bring a few thermal tops to wear underneath some long sleeve shirts or sweaters.

You can change these out more often so you can swear the same sweaters more often without them smelling.

Merino wool layers are even more odor-resistant, so if you don’t mind wool, it’s even better!

Sweaters | I recommend bringing at least 2-3 warm sweaters for your trip, and you can layer a thermal top underneath them if you need extra warmth.

Allison posing at the top of Fjellheisen in Tromso
My typical Norway winter outfit!

Waterproof Knee-High or Snow Boots | I love these boots from Blondo and have owned a similar style for 10+ years — they’ve stood up from everything, from slushy, salty New York City winter streets to the Arctic Circle! They’re great walking shoes and they’re also warm and comfortable.

Waterproof Ankle Boots | You’ll want something with traction as well as waterproof so that they are useable in case of snow or rain. I love these black waterproof Chelsea boots — they’re waterproof but don’t look like rain boots

Warm Wool Socks | Don’t underestimate the power of warm wool socks in the winter — they will keep you super toasty!

And even though I generally don’t like wool, I don’t mind them for socks, as the skin on my feet is a lot less sensitive there.

Underwear | Same as above — you’ll want 8-15 pairs depending on whether or not you plan to do laundry on your trip, as well as 2-4 bras depending on what you have planned for your Europe trip.

Parka | If it’s going to be really cold, I suggest this North Face parka which I’ve worn all over cold European cities in the winter as well as throughout many frigid New York winters! It’s a little pricy, but it will last you a lifetime (and comes with a lifetime repair or replace guarantee!)

Light Down Jacket | Sometimes it’s not really that cold and a full-on parka is a bit overkill — on days like those, I’m grateful for have a small, packable down jacket that keeps me warm but doesn’t take up much extra space in my carry-on.

Toiletries & Hygiene Supplies

Allison in front of the statue of liberty

Period Supplies | If you’re a person who gets periods, you’ll want to be prepared! I barely menstruate any more due to my contraceptive implant, but when I did, I loved traveling with my Diva Cup.

It’s better for the Earth and better for your luggage — the Diva Cup is reusable, hygienic, and actually way more convenient than tampons or pads as they need to be changed less frequently.

They’re really comfortable once you get used to them and carry a lower risk of TSS or leaking. That said, periods are a personal matter and everyone has their preferences, so do what makes you comfortable!

Toiletry bottles | Rather than buying small travel-sized containers of shampoo, conditioner, etc. I take my favorites from home and put them in GoToobs.

These reusable, easy-squeeze bottles are great for filling with your need-to-have toiletries that are hard to source on the road.

Toothbrush | I like having a folding toothbrush for travel. Personally, I have those stupid clip-on toothbrush protectors — they always get lost or broken in my bag!

Solid Shampoo | It’s really nice to have solid shampoo when you’re on the road and you need to save some room in your quart-sized bag of liquid toiletries.

Dry Shampoo | I love having powdered dry shampoo to freshen up my hair between washes or on days when I feel particularly greasy or blah.

Hair Ties | For days when getting out dry shampoo is just too hard

Mini Hairbrush | I always rip out the brush part of those folding hairbrushes (I have thin hair that knots easily), so instead I stick to a small but sturdy mini hairbrush like this one.

Tweezers | Because god forbid I go more than a few days without plucking those random chin hairs that love to pop up overnight… and my eyebrows. I like a slanted tip one.

Solid Sunscreen | Who doesn’t love a good solid for liquid swap? Solid sunscreen is great to keep in your bag without worrying about sunscreen explosions.

I tend to bring this from home and keep it in my day bag, and I’ll buy liquid sunscreen if I’m having a beach day and really need to continually layer up.

A selection of reef-safe sunscreens

Razor | It can be hard to find my favorite brand abroad sometimes, so I always bring my favorite razor brands with me, especially since I’m really prone to strawberry legs.

Anti-Friction Stick | I swear by having an anti-friction stickat the ready during summer travels, because if you got thick thighs like I do, this is a godsend against fighting the devil that is chub rub. Vaseline also works in a pinch!

Deodorant | As an American, I’m always horrified by the deodorant selections in Europe. Let’s just say that Fa is not acceptable. Bring some from home — I swear by Secret Clinical Strength because I sweat and stink like crazy when I sweat.

Make-up | This is such a personal category that I’m not going to go into too much detail here. You know what make-up you do and don’t like to wear! I personally bring some lightweight CC cream, concealer, mascara, a creme blush/highlighter duo, and several different lipsticks.

Other Toiletries | Again, another hyper-personal category. This includes things like face wash, moisturizer, body wash, shaving cream, etc. — everyone has their own preferences, so bring whatever you want from home.

Just make sure they are travel-sized (less than 100 milliliters/3.3 ounces). If not, put them in a GoToob in a size suitable for a two week trip to Europe.

Travel Medicines & First Aid

Travel Medicines for Nausea & Stomach Issues | For me, this includes 1 bottle Pepto Bismol tablets (because the last thing you want when you’re having an upset stomach is to try to find a pharmacy that speaks your language), 1 bottle Imodium (for real D-Day intestinal emergency days), and Pedialyte rehydration packs (theoretically it’s for babies with diarrhea; I use it for hangover emergencies, because I’m an adult).

Pain Medicines | For me, this is always bringing a bottle of Aleve. I can never find Aleve outside of the US and I find that it works better than other painkillers for me personally. 

I also bring Excedrin Migraine, and you should too if you’re prone to migraines like I am, since this another medicine I also think is difficult to find in Europe.

Motion Sickness | I always carry a bottle of Dramamine with me for bus trips, boat trips, plane trips, etc., and you should too if you’re prone to motion sickness like I am (why do I travel, again?)

Bandaids & Neosporin | If you are a clutz like I am, you will want to bring some Bandaids and either some alcohol wipes or some Neosporin.

Tiger Balm | Don’t know what this magical ointment is? Well, I don’t really know what’s in it either, only that it seems to work for just about everything. I fell in love with it traveling Southeast Asia, and now I use Tiger Balm for everything. It works for everything from headaches to hangovers to sore muscles to mosquito bites

Bug Repellent | You can buy bug spray, but I always forget to bring it with me. I now pack mosquito repellent wipes in my day pack so I can apply around sunset, when the mosquitos get really active!

Random Odds & Ends That Make Life Less Terrible

Sleep Mask | I need a lot of darkness to sleep, so I carry a contoured sleep mask with me for travel and hotel rooms that just don’t get dark enough.

Earplugs | After trying many different earplugs in my year or so living in hostels, I’ve found these to be the best in class, able to withstand even a 12 person dorm!

Journal | Moleskine notebooks are my favorite journals, like the hipster wannabe I am.

Water Bottle | Tap water is drinkable in virtually all parts of Europe, so bring a reusable water bottle. Many cities in Europe even have public fountains for public use, especially in places like Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. Make the planet suck less – use less plastic!

Reusable shopping bags | Not only good for shopping, they’re also great for separating nasty clothes from tolerable ones, or for shoving random things that won’t fit in your backpack or suitcase at the last minute when checkout is rapidly approaching. I find having 2-3 reusable shopping bags essential.

Travel Towel | I swear by having a large microfiber travel towel. They’re great for beach days since microfiber repels sand. It’s also useful for those random European hotels that give you something the size of a hand towel and swear it’s a bath towel.

Electronics & Camera Equipment

The cold can wear out your camera batteries… and frost over your camera! Bring extra batteries if traveling in winter.

Laptop | As a blogger, I bring my Macbook Air everywhere but other people may prefer a tablet other type of computer. However, this is only necessary if you want it — you may just enjoy the opportunity to leave it at home!

Smartphone | Who even leaves the house without one these days?

E-Reader | While I do love the romance of a paper book, I also am pragmatically obsessed with my Kindle Paperwhite. Depending on where you travel, English-language bookstores can be few and far between, but I can get books on my Kindle any time I have WiFi. I love the Kindle Paperwhite because the screen is glare-free, making it easy to read even in direct sunlight.

Travel Camera | I used to use the Sony A6000 (now discontinued), and now I use a Sony A7 full frame camera for my photos. This may be overkill if you don’t need to take photos professionally, especially now that smartphone cameras are so good!

Portable Charger | I’m always running out of battery, as I use my smartphone for everything when I travel. I rely on Anker portable chargers on every trip abroad.

Adapter | If you are coming from the US or Canada, you will need an adapter for your electronics.

Also, keep in mind that if you are visiting both the UK and continental Europe that they use different plugs (and even within, there are exceptions: for example, Malta uses UK plugs!). Bring a universal adapter that you can use on your Europe travels and beyond.

You likely won’t need a converter. Leave the hair-dryers at home, as most European hotels have them for you to use.

No items were sent to me for this Europe packing list for two weeks; all are products I’ve purchased independently or something as close to it as possible as I could find.

The sole exception is the Tortuga Setout Backpack – I bought the original version with my own money, and when I asked to become an affiliate of their program, they sent me the new one to try out and ensure that I still like it and can recommend it, as the one I carried was discontinued. 

Further reading: 
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    • Thank you so much Danni!! God, do I love Lush! I have ridiculously flat hair that needs lots of volume, and I love the Seanik shampoo. It’s amazing. The Jason & the Argan Oil is supposed to be great for dry hair. They also have solid conditioners which I’ve yet to try.

    • Thank you for a very reasonable list though I am a seasoned traveler I’m always on the hunt for a better list . Most of the others left me dismayed with one bra and three shirts for 14 days travel . Hard to look chic with that wardrobe . Good job

  1. Wow. This is great information. Note: on the GoToobs.. My hubs once filled his with Scotch (you know, priorities) and it dissolved the tube. So, I always put the tubs in a zip-lock bag just to be sure. Luckily his was in a bag when it happened or he would have smelled like a bar the entire trip!

    Thanks for this info and linking everything. Awesome job!

    • Glad you found it useful 🙂 And wow, I had no idea!!! Luckily I’ve always been more concerned about transporting my face wash and moisturizer and haven’t had that happen. But your husband is kind of my hero. Travel hacking 101… if you can get an alcohol proof tube ;D

  2. You’re my hero. This is the first packing list I’ve seen that even comes close to looking like I might be capable of carry-on only packing for our 6-week tour of Spain? Some list suggest 1 pair of shoes – YA RIGHT! Quick question – thoughts on bras? Particularly when it’s HOT.

    • YAY! I’m glad it was useful. HAHAH 1 pair of shoes — that’s a big fat nope from me. 3 at a minimum, 4 including my hostel shower/beach flip flops. And I can still fit it in my 45L bag! So, I’m gross and I wear the same two bra over and over again because I hate all my other bras. I switch them every other day. I wear more like bralette-type bras because I’m small chested, plus I have a sports bra for the (rare, lol) occasions when I hike or exercise. And have fun on your trip to Spain!

  3. very helpful to me, my dear. I am planning a 2 month trip to SE Asia this Dec and Jan ( now retired!!) and only want to bring a carry on. We will stay in hostels ( hopefully in a private room, please!) and don’t want to over load. Plan on a carry on, so will look into your backpack idea. Ideas for SE Asia and places, things to take, how to be safe, etc? Would love to hear back from you if you have input. Thanks so much, Judy

    • Hi Judy! Glad to hear. I’d definitely recommend my backpack – it has served me very well! I also have a Bali packing list that will work more generally for Southeast Asia – you can check that out by clicking ‘Destinations – Asia – Indonesia’ in my drop down menu. As for where to go – there are so many wonderful places! Bali is beautiful, I also loved Thailand (Bangkok & Chiang Mai), Cambodia (especially Siem Reap), and Malaysia (Penang). Wasn’t a huge fan of Singapore, personally. And I love Taiwan although that’s not quite “SE Asia” but definitely one of my favorite places in Asia. Have fun!!

    • I am retired (72 yrs old)and tried the backpack for 2weeks in Greece but I found it too heavy on my back and shoulders and awkward to put on and take off, so I switched to a carry on spinner bag with a larger personal bag that slid on to the top of my spinner.

  4. I made a ton of spelling and autocomplete errors in the last post. Sorry! Here it is redone.

    Wow. What a great list. I have noted everything on Amazon and am ready to buy! And, I’m a dude so may not need the cup, but my wife might! We are going to France for the woman World Cup so need to do some running around on trains, then off to Rome (2 weeks total). You made this very easy! Only thing I need to find room for is my trusty water pick and our hyper volt(if you have never heard of look it up—amazing!) I also hear they sell listerine in Paris so no need to lug a bottle with me. The little tubes seem kinda pricey though at $20 for 3 but it is what it is. Thank you!
    Question: we are going to Le Havre and are trying to decide if there are ample taxis to and from harfluer for the soccer match..ever been to Normandy/le havre?

    • You’re welcome David! So glad this post was helpful 🙂 Yes, those tubes may have been cheaper when I bought them, Amazon’s prices fluctuate sometimes! I’ve never been to Le Havre or Normandy, but I would imagine that all the taxis in the nearby area would be waiting after a match, so I think you should be safe! If you are concerned, I’d ask your front desk at your hotel in Normandy to help arrange a taxi back.

  5. Does your toilertry bag fit in your backpack? This is always a problem for me – fitting the products and the shoes in with the clothing!

    • Yes it does! It actually fits in the outside pocket of my Tortuga which is super nice. It packs totally flat, about the size of a hard-cover book (like a slim-ish cookbook) which is why it’s so great!

  6. Thanks for this awesome list! I’m about to go on a two week trip to Denmark, and this was the perfect list for clothing and miscellaneous items. If you have any travel recommendations for Denmark or Copenhagen specifically, I’d love to hear them! (:

    • Hi Sasha — oh, you’re going to have so much fun! I absolutely love Denmark and Copenhagen. I hope you have time to visit Aarhus as well (and Skagen is very cool if you have time — it’s a small town and you can see where two seas meet, it’s very pristine and beautiful and has a lovely lighthouse!). Content-wise I have a post on one day in Copenhagen here that I just updated: — I wish I had more content on Denmark but I never got around to writing about it, so many places in the world and so little time! There’s also a lot of castles I wish I would have visited during my multiple trips to Denmark. If you had time I’d say go to the Faroe Islands but that might be a stretch with only two weeks, but if you do decide to go to the Faroes, I have a ton of posts about that 🙂 You could do it in as little as 3 days and do it justice, I think, but I was there for 5 days and it was perfect. The Faroe Islands are one of my top 5 favorite places on earth (and that’s saying something!!!) so if you have any ability to go…. do it!


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