Ultimate Europe Packing List: What To Pack in 2023

Bradley Williams
Written By:
Bradley Williams
Last Updated:
April 18, 2023
Are you struggling to decide what to pack on your European adventure!? We've got you covered for both winter and summer seasons in beautiful Europe...
Europe packing list

Europe is a MASSIVE continent and there are endless great countries for you to visit.

Having visited all but 4 countries ourselves (and at ALL times of the year) we know how to pack for a trip to Europe.

Whether it's a snowy, sub-freezing Norwegian road trip, or a warm island hopping adventure in Greece.

We have been there ...

Done that ...

And packed the t-shirts!

So below I want to share with you all the tips, tricks & experience we have picked up on over the years.

Helping you to plan and pack for the ideal visit to our home continent.

Okay, that's enough pre-amble ... let's get started!

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Ultimate Europe Travel Packing Checklist

Men's Packing List

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Women's Packing List

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Travel essentials

First aid

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Toiletries

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Documents

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Other

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Tech/gadgets

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Health & Safety

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Miscellaneous

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Other items to consider

T-shirts
T-shirts
Antimalarials
Antimalarials
Hat
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Surf sunscreen
Surf sunscreen
Dresses
Dresses
Skirts
Skirts
Shorts
Shorts
Swim shorts
Swim shorts
T-shirts
T-shirts
Travel pants
Travel pants
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks
Hiking boots
Hiking boots
Hiking socks
Hiking socks
Jeans
Jeans
Playsuit
Playsuit
Light jacket
Light jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Trainer socks
Trainer socks
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Travel trainers
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Flip flops
Water shoes
Water shoes
Bandages & Tape
Bandages & Tape
Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Plasters
Plasters
Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes
Scissors/nail clippers
Scissors/nail clippers
Moleskin Tape
Moleskin Tape
Diarrhoea kit
Diarrhoea kit
Tweezers
Tweezers
Travel Sickness Tablets
Travel Sickness Tablets
Wash bag
Wash bag
Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo
Aftershave
Aftershave
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Travel Insurance
Copy Of Vaccinations
Copy Of Vaccinations
Deodorant
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Disposable razors
Document wallet
Document wallet
Driving license
Driving license
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothpaste
Toothbrush travel container
Toothbrush travel container
Electric razor
Electric razor
Shirts
Shirts
Perfume
Perfume
Lightweight rain jacket
Lightweight rain jacket
Packing cubes
Packing cubes
Money belt
Money belt
Local travel guidebook
Local travel guidebook
Kindle
Kindle
Extension cord
Extension cord
Worldwide Travel Plug
Worldwide Travel Plug
Selfie stick
Selfie stick
Waterproof phone case
Waterproof phone case
Underwater GoPro dome
Underwater GoPro dome
Snorkel
Snorkel
Bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speaker
Binoculars
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Travel pillow
First aid kit
First aid kit
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
Travel locks
Travel locks
Ear plugs
Ear plugs
Earphones
Earphones
Massage ball
Massage ball
Multivitamins
Multivitamins
Action / underwater camera
Action / underwater camera
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Collapsible Coffee Mug
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer
Buff
Buff
Dry bags
Dry bags
Swimsuits
Swimsuits
Shawl
Shawl
Mosquito spray
Mosquito spray
International Driving License
International Driving License
Playing cards
Playing cards
Travel Cards
Travel Cards
Power bank
Power bank
Lightweight Travel Towel
Lightweight Travel Towel
Drone
Drone
Digital camera
Digital camera
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Wooly Hat
Thick Jacket
Thick Jacket
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves
Men Scarf
Men Scarf
Scarf
Scarf
Thick Coat
Thick Coat
Gloves
Gloves

Choosing a larger backpack

If you are backpacking Europe, then the first thing you will want is a backpack!

When choosing a larger backpack it’s important to consider how long you’re travelling for. 

If you’re packing for 2 weeks in Europe then you’ll naturally have fewer items than if you were planning a 3-month trip for example!

However, that being said - no matter where we’re travelling, how long we’re going for, or what we plan to do; Osprey is always the first choice for us! 

This fantastic company is known for its durability, quality, and for offering great value for money!

I actually received my first Osprey bag as a backpacking gift in 2015 and I’ve been in love with what they offer ever since. It’s still going strong too! 

Many people opt for a 70-litre backpack but this can often be too much, especially if you’ll be walking and carrying it a lot. 

If you go for this size, you’ve also got an increased chance of being over the luggage limit if you’re just trying to cram as much in there as you can! 

That’s valuable travel money gone on excess airline fees…

Everyone’s preference differs but in my opinion, a backpack of 50-65 litres is plenty for one person. It offers enough space for all your clothes, essentials, and any other preferable items.

Here are our 2 recommendations:

Bradley's choice

OSPREY PACKS FARPOINT 70 (FOR MEN)

Cazzy's choice

OSPREY PACKS RENN 65 (FOR WOMEN)

Choosing the perfect day bag

day bag for travel
Portugal in June

When we travel, we prefer to either carry one 70-litre backpack between us or two smaller backpacks (50-65 litres). 

However, no matter where we go we ALWAYS take a day bag as well! 

Whether you’re looking for a sustainable backpack or a laptop-friendly backpack, there are endless options out there.

You’ve also got plenty of camera backpacks to choose from which is a great choice for keen photographers or bloggers! 

With so many options, finding the perfect day bag can often feel like an overwhelming experience but I’m here to help. 

My recommendation for the perfect day bag is again an Osprey one, as it’s lasted me for years and is perfect for carrying all our gear including our travel laptops!

However, Cazzy also has a fantastic day pack that you can read about in our Tropicfeel Shell Backpack review.

It can expand and contract to your needs, and you can fit so much in.

If you’d prefer a more compact day bag then there are some fantastic anti-theft bags out there and many of them are much smaller in size. 

Here are a couple of things to consider before choosing your perfect day pack…

  • What kind of items are you planning to carry in your day pack & are they valuable?
  • How long will you be carrying your day pack for at a time?
  • What kind of size day pack do you think you’ll require?

Our recommendations for Europe:

Bradley's choice

OSPREY PACKS STRATOS 24

Cazzy's choice

Tropicfeel Shell backpack
Tropicfeel Shell Backpack

What about roll-on luggage for Europe?

horizn studios luggage for travel
Budapest in February - warm in the day, but cold at night!

Many people aren’t a fan of backpacks and that’s fine, so decide to opt for roll-on luggage instead! 

If we’re only heading out on a short trip then I definitely prefer going with roll-on luggage myself, as they are so much easier to get through the airport. 

There are plenty of fantastic carry-on luggage options, but one of the BEST companies for me has to be Horizn Studios! 

They are more of a luxury brand, and although their products are more expensive than others on the market, they do offer plenty of nifty features including in-built portable chargers. 

I’ve even got an in-depth review of Horizn Studios which outlines their roll-on luggage options if you want to take a closer look!

Final thoughts on picking bags for travel to Europe

As we’ve become more seasoned travellers, we now understand that less is definitely more!

Aside from our road trip around the world, many of our trips last between 2-3 months so we tend to just take one 70-litre backpack between the two of us. 

This still offers plenty of space for both of us and has several benefits including…

  • Having fewer bags to worry about or carry around
  • It costs us less in luggage fees as we only need to pay for one checked bag
  • We only take what we definitely NEED 

Now, for us, the last point is by far the most important!

As you’ve probably figured out by now, putting together a list of backpacking essentials for Europe isn’t easy. That’s why you’ve searched Google for help as we’ve done many times before! 

However, taking a small backpack means you don’t have room for unnecessary items so you won’t just be packing things for the sake of it.

What to pack for Europe: Travel Essentials

Now that you’ve got your perfect bag sorted it’s time to start thinking about the things to pack for your Europe trip! 

First of all, I’m going to detail the essentials for travelling to Europe.

Then, I’ll go through some of the other cool items that you can take including photography gear and miscellaneous items.

To make this Europe travel packing list easier to digest, I’ve split it up into six sections:

  • Men’s Clothing
  • Women’s Clothing
  • First Aid
  • Toiletries
  • Travel banking
  • Important documents
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What to wear in Europe for men

How much you should take will differ depending on how long your trip is, but this is what I’d pack for a typical 2-week holiday in Europe…

  • 4 or 5 T-Shirts - Depending on what time of year you’re visiting, you can split this between long-sleeved and short-sleeved
  • 2 Tank Tops
  • 1 or 2 Evening Shirt - Europe has some lovely restaurants, perfect for a romantic evening so you’ll want at least one or two dressy shirt options
  • 1 Short-Sleeve Shirt - For those warmer evenings, where you’re going out but it’s too warm to wear a long-sleeved shirt 
  • 1 Pair Of Nice Shorts
  • 2 Pairs Of Jeans - Even the summers in Europe can be mild depending on where you’re travelling too so it’s a good idea to pack two pairs of jeans, or even cargo pants if you wish 
  • 2 Pairs Of Long Socks
  • 5 Pairs Of Trainer Socks
  • 1-2 Pairs Of Hiking Socks
  • 1 Hoody - You may not need to wear this very often during the summer, but it’s always handy to have, especially if you’re up for sunrise or staying out late
  • 1 Lightweight Rain Jacket - It’s always likely that you’ll encounter some rain in Europe no matter what time of year you visit, so always carry a rain jacket
  • 1 Cap
  • 1 Pair Of Sunglasses
  • 1 Pair Of Trainers -  Perhaps, the most important thing is to bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes or trainers. Tropicfeel has some fantastic all-in-one travel shoes that are perfect for hiking, canoeing, and anything else you throw their way!
  • 1 Pair of ‘dressy’ trainers - these don’t necessarily have to be posh or look nice, but just simply pack an extra pair that you’d prefer not to get too grubby. 

What to pack for Europe in Summer

what to pack in summer for europe men
Malta in April (the next day we flew home for lockdown!!!)

During the summer, you’ll want to add these necessities…

What to pack for Europe in Winter

winter clothing for men in europe
With our niece in Lapland in December - More layers required!

Your men's Europe packing list will look very different in the winter, and you’ll have to substitute some of the more lightweight items. Here’s what I’d pack instead…

  • 1 Thick jacket - You can swap out a hoody for a thick jacket if you’d prefer as that will keep you much warmer!
  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Wooly hat
  • 2 Pairs Of Gloves - Europe’s weather can be unpredictable so I’d recommend packing two pairs of gloves, just in case one pair gets caught on a rainy day! 
  • 1 Pair of Boots - As a substitute for the flip flops, you can take a pair of lightweight boots with you and then pack your travel trainers in your bag. This will save you more space and more weight on your luggage allowance. 
  • 1 Thick Coat - You can either substitute the rain jacket for this, or you can get one of the nifty rain jackets that fold up into a pouch as that will take up hardly any room.

What to wear in Europe for women (from Cazzy)

what to wear in europe for women
Portugal in June

This Europe packing list for females includes many of the same things, although understandably some of the options will be very different. 

I’ve included everything that Cazzy would typically pack for a short trip to Europe here! 

  • 4 T-shirts - They’re light and you can easily put them over your swimsuit/bikini
  • 3 Sun Dresses - Whether you’re heading out for a nice meal or you’re exploring all day, sun dresses are very multi-purpose!
  • 2 Long Skirt - Great for those warm days and of course, photographs.
  • 2-3 Pairs Of Shorts
  • 1 Pair Of Light Trousers - Harem pants, wide-leg trousers, and linen pants are all great options for lightweight trousers
  • 1 Pair Of Jeans
  • 2 Playsuits or Jumpsuits - Perfect for if you’re looking to dress up a bit or go out in the evenings 
  • 1 Pair of leggings - Very handy and comfortable if you’re travelling by air, bus, train etc…
  • 1 Pair Of Hiking Socks
  • 5 Pairs of Trainer socks
  • 1 Light Jacket - You can always pack a hoody instead if you wish, but either way just pack something a bit warmer for your trip too! 
  • 1 Light Rain Jacket - It’s unlikely that you’ll avoid the rain for your whole trip in Europe, so always pack a rain jacket
  • 1 Hat - You can either go for something stylish or a baseball cap, but just have something to keep the sun off your face
  • 1 Pair Of Sunglasses
  • 1 Pair Of Trainers - As I mentioned before, Tropicfeel has some awesome options. There are a variety of colours and styles to choose from, so you can just pick a pair that will go with most of your outfits. There are also plenty of other lightweight travel shoes out there
  • 1 Pair of ‘dressy’ trainers - Again it’s great to have a backup pair if you’re not planning to take flip-flops/water shoes which you probably would be during the summer months!

Europe Summer packing list

europe summer packing list
Greece in October (yep, still hot!)

Same as the men's packing list, you’ll want to add in a couple of extra items…

  • 2 Vest Tops - These are a great option if you’re looking to cool down in the heat 
  • 2 Swimming costumes/bikinis - A mix of swimming costumes and bikinis are always good to have as some places require something a bit more substantial (e.g water parks, where many unfortunate incidents can happen with flimsy bikinis).
  • 1 Pair Of Sandals/flip-flops - When it comes to flats, you can either choose to take flip-flops or sandals. If you’ve got the room you can take both, but just be mindful not to overpack!
  • 2 Headbands - Perfect for keeping your hair from your face, especially if you’re hiking or sweating a lot, which unfortunately we all do in the summer…
  • 1 Pair of Water Shoes - These are great if you’re planning to spend time snorkelling in the sea or you’ll be kayaking 
  • 1 Shirt - Can even be a men’s shirt, but just something light that you can wear over your swimsuit by the pool

Europe winter packing list

europe winter packing list
Finland in October

Your Europe travel essentials will definitely change if you’re exploring the continent during the winter. Some of the countries are very chilly, so you’ll want to swap out the shorts and swimsuits for something a bit woollier…

  • 1 Thick coat - You’ll need a thick coat in the winter rather than a light jacket or raincoat, however, you can always wear this on the plane to save space in your bag
  • 1 Scarf
  • 2 Pairs Of Gloves
  • 1 Wooly hat 
  • 1 Pair Of Boots - Everyone’s preference is different, but you can always swap out a pair of trainers for boots in the winter

Washing clothes in Europe

One of the main reasons that you don’t have to overpack in Europe is that there will always be places to wash your clothes, especially in the cities.

Although it depends on where you stay, many hostels and campsites will have washing machines or offer this service. 

You can wash your clothes at some hotels too, but this is generally dry cleaning rather than a typical wash and it’s often much more expensive.

You’ll also find public washing facilities in most countries, which is exactly how we got by when we spent 6 months road tripping our way across Europe. You will pay around 3-4 euro per load to wash, and a similar amount per load to dry.

However, it’s always best to carry some soap with you too in case of emergencies, for example, if you run out of underwear!

First aid kit

An essential item for any backpacking Europe packing list has to be a first aid kit! 

They take up hardly any room at all and are vital for helping sort out those minor cuts and scrapes. Although you may not need to use it, it’s always best to have one on you. 

Here are some things that you should have in your first aid kit…

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Bandages & tape
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream - Good for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Scissors/nail clippers
  • Moleskin tape - Perfect for blisters, especially if you plan to hike a lot! 
  • Diarrhoea kit - Unfortunately, there’s always a chance that you’ll get ill on holiday. I always recommend carrying one of these! 
  • Needles and thread
  • Tweezers
  • Anti-sickness tablets - There are plenty of fantastic boat trips in Europe, and you don’t want to miss out on them due to motion sickness

Ready-made travel first aid kit

If you don’t yet own a travel first aid kit, then here’s a good option to buy.

It contains the majority of what you need and you can then just add in any other items you want to take with you.

Plus, it’s small enough to tuck away in your backpack and not take up much space.

Toiletries

For the ultimate packing list, there are several toiletries that you’ll need to take with you! 

Of course, it’s possible to purchase pretty much all of these while you're in Europe but they might be cheaper in your home country.

This is especially the case for us as the UK has some fantastic bargain stores! 

Travel Banking

You won’t have a problem withdrawing cash in Europe as there are ATMs found everywhere, especially in the large cities.

Of course, if you’re travelling to somewhere more remote you may need to plan this out in advance but generally, you’ll be just fine! 

However, there’s one thing to discuss, my nemesis - bank withdrawal fees! 

Now, the thing with ATM fees is that although they do occur throughout Europe it really depends on the country you’re visiting. 

Before you go to withdraw cash, just double-check the screen before you proceed any further as it will tell you straight away! 

I’d also recommend taking more than one card, in fact, we always take four with us! 

Out of the four cards we have…

  • 2 live in my wallet
  • 1 lives in my big rucksack
  • 1 lives in Cazzy’s big rucksack or day bag

Now, you may be wondering why we carry four cards on us! 

Well, it’s for emergencies really and the reason we carry them in different places is in case one of our bags gets stolen. Or, if we happen to leave one somewhere which we’ve never done…. Jokes, of course, we have!

This way, you’ll always have a backup so you’ll have no problems getting money out! 

What are the best banks in Europe?

Europe has plenty of fantastic banks and it’s unlikely that you’ll have any problems using your card or withdrawing money.

If you’re using Visa or Mastercard, and you struggle I’ll be very surprised! 

The banks in Europe will differ depending on which country you visit as they all have their own, but one you’re likely to see frequently is HSBC.

Just keep in mind the bank conversion fees when you’re withdrawing money, but luckily we’ve got something to help you with that…

Which travel cards do we use?

We’ve tried plenty of travel cards over the years, and each one seems to offer something different! 

However, our two favourites are Monzo and Revolut

Just keep in mind that these are UK-based cards, so you’d have to check if they are available in your country of origin. 

Now, let’s dive into why we love these two so much! 

Monzo and Revolut allow you to withdraw money just like any other debit card, and you can use them in normal card transactions.

They can both be used in any country in the world and you won’t be charged currency conversion fees! You’ll only need to pay a fee if you withdraw over a certain amount every month. 

One of the best things about these two is that they are FREE to use! You simply have to download the app, enter your details, and then they will send your card through.

Once you’ve activated it you’re good to go and use it as you travel across the world!

The one thing to keep in mind is that when you use it, just make sure you select the ‘pay in local currency’ option as you’ll get the best exchange rate.

We’ve actually written a comparison article ‘Monzo Vs Revolut’ if you’re looking to research this more in-depth!

Important Documents

Before heading to Europe, make sure you’ve got all the important documents that you’ll need! 

  • Passport - This is the obvious one! 
  • EHIC card - The EHIC Card stands for ‘European Health Insurance Card’ and it’s FREE. This is available for anyone living in the EU, EEA, and the United Kingdom, and will allow you to access state-provided healthcare
  • Wallet to hold important documents - Cazzy has a plastic wallet that holds all our important documents so they’re all in the same place! 
  • Driving license and international driving license - You’ll want to take your driving license with you for I.D purposes and if you’re planning to hire a car. Many countries only require your license, but some require an international driving license so you’ll need to check this before you go. If you’re from the UK you can pick an IDP up from the Post Office for a small fee. 
  • Your COVID Pass - Not all countries require this, but some places will need your COVID pass if you’ve been vaccinated. The joys of travelling post-covid…
  • Negative COVID test results - If you’re not fully vaccinated some countries require you to have a pre-departure test before arrival to check you’re negative. You’ll want to carry proof of this on you! 
  • Travel insurance - I can’t stress enough how important it is to get travel insurance before you go! So many things can go wrong with travel and you NEED to be covered. If you’re from the US especially, then SafetyWing is one of the best options out there! There’s actually a SafetyWing review up on the website if you want to take a more in-depth look. If you’re from the United Kingdom it’s often best to search for deals through Compare the Market or other comparison tools.
  • Print out of your travel insurance - You should always print out your travel insurance details so that you’ve got your policy on hand if anything goes wrong. This is especially handy if (let’s hope not) you end up in an emergency! 
  • Copy of your passport - ALWAYS have a copy of your passport with you at all times. Not only will you need this for travelling between countries, but some hotels require your passport details during your stay. This way, you can hand them the printed version rather than your actual passport
  • Copy of your vaccinations - Some countries require you to show proof of vaccinations before you enter. It’s more common in the likes of Asia, but it’s best to keep the document with you anyway!

Cameras & other tech

Europe is home to some of the most beautiful countries on Earth, so you’ll definitely want to capture the spectacular landscapes and beaches that you find here! 

Ranging from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the rugged wilderness of Scotland, there are so many stunning locations to visit in this part of the world. 

Here’s a quick list of the photography gear that we’ve taken with us whilst travelling around Europe!

DSLR

The one thing I can’t recommend enough is to invest in a good-quality DSLR camera! 

It’s a great way to up your photography game and capture some of the scenic landscapes and charming cities that are waiting for you in Europe.

It doesn’t really matter which one you choose as there are tons of options on the market, although you do need to make sure it’s great quality. Some of the most popular makes include Canon, Nikon, and Sony.

We use the Sony A7iii and couldn’t recommend it enough!

It’s been all around the world with us from Ireland to Alaska, and it never lets us down! 

What about lenses?

If you love taking photographs of beautiful destinations, then you NEED to get a wide-angle lens for your DSLR camera.

We purchased it before our trip to Bali so we could capture the rice paddies and volcanoes in all their glory, and not to be dramatic - but our life hasn’t been the same since! 

Using a wide-angle lens allows you to fully capture a landscape, and you’ll have so many fantastic photographs that you can remember your trip by.

There are plenty of options out there and it will all depend on your camera make, although Amazon has a nifty tool that allows you to check whether the lens will fit your model.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
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Handheld video camera

Although our blog is our baby, we’ve developed a love for YouTube along the way and we’re currently uploading videos to our YouTube channel

There are plenty of blogging cameras to choose from, but we recommend the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II as a great starter.

We’ve used this camera for a few years and you’re guaranteed to get great-quality photographs and video footage no matter where you go! It’s got fantastic sound recording too. 

Although DSLR cameras are great, sometimes you don’t want to lug them around all day, so it’s great to have a handheld video camera as a backup!

We recently upgraded to the Sony a7iii, which is a much more powerful DSLR, but it is probably far too much for most travellers.

GoPro HERO8 Black
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Underwater camera / action camera

If you’re putting together a list of Europe travel essentials then I recommend investing in an underwater/action camera. 

The most notable brand is the GoPro and the newer models especially have lots to offer with incredible stabilisation, 4K footage, and a great-quality fish eye lens. 

Whether you’re looking to go snorkelling in Europe, hike in the mountains, or kayak on some of the beautiful lakes here, having an action camera opens up your photography/video opportunities. 

If you don’t fancy spending lots of money on a GoPro then there are plenty of GoPro alternatives out there. However, many of them don’t offer the same specs or quality!

Drone

If you’ve already got a DSLR and an action camera but you’re still looking to up your photography game, then why not invest in a drone?

Although they can be tricky to get your head around at first, they offer you the chance to capture insane photographs and angles of places that you’d never see otherwise! 

The DJI mini 2 is currently one of the best options on the market as it weighs less than 250g, which is lower than most weight restrictions in Europe.

However, you’ll need to check the drone laws in each country before flying it. 

Thankfully, most of Europe allows you to fly drones with some rules.

Not only is it light, but it charges quickly, offers amazing footage and photographs, and is fantastic value for money.

You can also go for the DJI Mini 3 if you don’t mind spending a bit more!

Here’s an in-depth guide to the best travel drones on the market.

Other Gadgets we travel with

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Health & Safety

If you’re putting together a packing list for travel to Europe then you can’t forget about your health and safety! 

Here are a couple of things that you NEED to pack…

  • Mosquito repellant spray - This will depend on where you visit, the time of year, and the quality of the hotels you stay in but it’s always good to have! Not only will it repel mosquitos, but it deters other pesky critters too
  • Plug-in mosquito deterrent - Another great way to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away!
  • Sunscreen - Now this one is a MUST! I’m a big advocate for Sunscreen and always opt for 50+ or 30 SPF depending on the temperature and how cloudy it is
  • Antimalarials - Although malaria is rare in Europe, you can never be too careful. Always check with your GP first to see if they recommend you take them or not
  • Travel Padlock - Carry a few of these with you if you can! Not only will they give you peace of mind, but it also deters people from going near your bags as they know they won’t have much luck
  • Hand Sanitiser - Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all become a bit more cautious of catching bugs and viruses. I’d always recommend carrying hand sanitiser on you just in case you need to clean your hands! 
  • Antibacterial wipes - These are always good to have on you in case you drop your phone or something else somewhere questionable (like the toilet, we’ve all done it…)

Miscellaneous things to pack for Europe

Although I always recommend to pack light, if you’ve got some extra room then there are a few other items that will always come in handy! 

  • Fold-down coffee mug - If you’ve got a coffee addiction like Cazzy, then we’d recommend picking up a fold-down coffee mug. This way you can avoid using disposable coffee cups all the time, and it doesn’t take up too much space either
  • Reusable water bottle - Another great item to have if you’re looking to cut down on your plastic waste like us. Keeping hydrated is so important, especially when travelling as you’ll be very active and the weather can be extremely warm depending on where you’re heading too (We recommend Super Sparrow who do both coffee and water bottles!)
  • Worldwide travel plug - Carrying a worldwide travel plug with you during your travels is essential. We usually carry two plugs with us so that we’ve got a backup if one ever gets lost. Although they’re pricier than single-use plug adaptors, they come in handy! 
  • Pin to open sim card hole on phone - If you decide to get a cheap local sim then you’ll need a pin to open the sim card hole on your phone. It takes up next to no space, and you can just keep it in your wallet or purse 
  • Dry bag - If you’re planning to head out on boat trips, spend a day at the beach, or go kayaking, then you’ll want to take along a dry bag. A 10-15 litre day bag is the perfect size for you to keep all your basic items from getting wet
  • Quick drying towel - One of the best options for this is a micro-fibre towel as they dry super quickly! If you’re staying at a hostel or you’re planning to go on day trips, then it’s always best to keep one or two on you! 
  • Playing cards - These are an absolute necessity! If you’re spending time on a long-haul flight or you’re trying to kill some time during the evening, then make sure you pack a deck of playing cards
  • Earphones - Another must-have, especially for long journeys!
  • Spare batteries - If you’ve got any gadgets that require batteries it’s always handy to keep some spare ones on you, especially if you’re staying somewhere remote
  • Power bank - This is something really handy to carry on you and is great for emergencies. Whether you need to call someone or you require Google maps, it’s always best to carry a power source on you
  • Small notebook - Although this isn’t a must, many travellers choose to carry a small notebook on them. Whether you’re making notes on your trip, working out your itinerary, or simply playing 0’s & X’s, they’re quite handy to have

What NOT to pack for Europe!

Now that we’ve got through the perfect checklist for European travel, here are a couple of things that you don’t want to pack…

  • A bag that’s too big - As I mentioned before, you won’t want to take a huge bag with you. If you decide to take a 70-litre bag you will likely fill it and that just makes your luggage heavier. You also won’t be able to bring souvenirs back with you! 
  • Too many books - Even if you’re a bookworm, you won’t want to take too many books with you. They take up so much room and you’re much better off either packing a kindle or buying a book on the go as you travel around
  • Lots of valuables - There’s no need to take lots of jewelry or valuables with you whilst travelling. This way, you won’t have to worry about personal items getting lost or stolen, especially items of sentimental value
  • Sleeping bag - If you’re planning to stay in accommodation throughout your trip, then you definitely won’t need to pack a sleeping bag. All hotels, hostels, and B&Bs throughout the continent will supply you with bedding, although you will need to take one if you’re planning on camping to cut costs
  • Anything you’re not 100% sure on… this may sound like an obvious one, but if there’s anything you’re debating taking then it’s likely that you won’t need it.

Other items to add to your Europe packing list

Here are a few things that we don’t often take with us to Europe, but things that might come in handy for you…

  • Packing Cubes - These are incredibly handy for keeping your clothes organised whilst travelling and they save so much room in your luggage!
  • Money Belt 
  • Waist Bag - A nifty little bag that’s secured around your waist to carry any belongings
  • Ziplock bag - The perfect answer for separating your dirty laundry from your clean clothes. They don’t take up much room, and you can even attach them to the outside of your bag if you wish 
  • Buff 
  • Physical books/travel guides - Many people choose to purchase travel guides on their phone or kindle to save space, but you can always pick them up along the way! Many hostels and hotels offer book exchange services so you can always swap them
  • Kindle - This is the perfect gadget to take with you if you’re keen on reading. This way you won’t have to lug around tons of books with you! 
  • Bluetooth speaker 
  • Extension cord 
  • Torch - Definitely a must if you’re choosing to camp whilst in Europe. This way, you’ll be able to find your way in the dark when heading to the loo! 
  • Selfie Stick 
  • Waterproof Phone Case - If we go in the water then we tend to take our GoPro in but if you’ve got a good waterproof case for your phone then you can always try it. However, for me, it’s always a risk…
  • Underwater dome for GoPro - These can help you create some awesome underwater shots if you have a GoPro
  • Snorkel - Having your own snorkelling set is always handy if you’re a water baby as it saves you having to rent equipment all the time! 
  • Binoculars - If you’re looking to spot wildlife in Europe then I recommend investing in a decent pair of binoculars. You can find plenty of awesome species on this continent ranging from bears to whales, so binoculars are worth their weight in gold…
  • Travel pillow - Perfect for long-haul flights and other uncomfortable journeys!
  • Ear Plugs - If you’re planning to stay in hostels and you’re a light sleeper then you’ll need these…
  • Massage Ball - Travelling for a long period of time often isn’t very kind on the old muscles, so keeping a small massage ball with you can help ease any tension
  • Hiking Boots - These are often quite chunky and heavy, but if you’re a keen hiker then they’re a must. Just wear them on flights so you’re not going to go over your luggage allowance 
  • Multivitamins - If you’re a frequent traveller then it’s likely that you’ll get sick at some point! Naturally, you won’t eat as well as you would if you were at home, so multivitamins can help give you that boost 
  • Laundry soap - Although you’ll find plenty of places/laundrettes to wash your clothes, it’s always handy to keep a bar of laundry soap on you. With this, you can wash small items in the shower if you’re running short (e.g. underwear)
  • Toilet roll - Unlike in Asia, you’ll find that every public toilet block is likely to have toilet roll. However, keeping some in your day bag is always a good idea in case they’ve run out…

Top tips when packing for Europe

Here are some final travel tips to help you plan your travel list for Europe…

You can buy almost anything in Europe

If you’re worried about the weight of your luggage, or you’re not quite sure whether something is a travel necessity for Europe, then you can always buy items out there.

The only thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that some of the countries in Europe (especially the Nordic countries) are extremely expensive, and you’ll be paying a lot more for items here! 

Think carefully about where you’re visiting 

As I’ve mentioned previously Europe is HUGE and your packing list will all depend on which region you visit and the specific country! I’d recommend checking the specific climate for that country first before you start to pack.

You’ll also need to consider whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or you’d prefer to hit up some hiking trails, as that will heavily influence your travel packing list for Europe!

Pack versatile clothing if you can

One of the best tips I can give you is to pack versatile clothing! 

Whether you’re putting together a packing list for Europe in Spring or winter, having a variety of options that can be mixed and matched is vital. It means you can pack fewer outfits and save more room for the essentials.

Check your airline allowance for luggage

If you’re planning to do a long trip around Europe and you’re not planning to hire a car, interrail, or use public transport then you’ll be getting around by air.

The one thing to consider is that airlines vary between countries, and unfortunately, that means many of the luggage allowances will be different too. The last thing you want is to pack 20kg for your first country, and then have to restrict your items later down the line.

Make notes in a notebook or on your phone

Whether you’re planning a 6-month adventure through Europe or a 2-week trip, it’s always a good idea to jot some notes down on paper. This includes where you plan to visit and a rough idea of the activities you’d like to do.

This will help you figure out the things you need to pack for a trip to Europe. Likewise, you can always jot down your actual packing list to see if you’ve missed anything! 

Try to under pack your luggage 

Unfortunately, overpacking your luggage is something that everyone does! It’s so easy to do, and the best way to counteract this is by packing your case and then removing at least a quarter of your clothes.

This may sound drastic but you’ll be under the luggage allowance this way, which means you’ll have room to bring back souvenirs and other cool things you’ve found on your trip.

So, are you ready to put together the ultimate packing list for European travel?

As you can see there’s a lot of thought that goes into any Europe trip packing list! 

It all depends on which country you’re visiting, when, and what activities you plan on doing (hiking, relaxing on the beach etc). 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you plan out all the Europe packing essentials for your trip, and has given you some ideas of items that you may not have even thought of! 

If you’ve found this guide helpful and you’re planning another trip, we’ve also got packing lists for plenty of other countries including Bali, Sri Lanka, and Thailand

Not only that, but we've got a handy cruise packing list if you're planning to explore Europe that way (which is extremely popular).

For help planning the rest of your Europe adventure, here are some other guides you might find useful:

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