10 Step Packing Guide for Europe

I’m Going to Europe and Have No Idea What to Pack! 



This is a common packing question and we can help you by breaking it down in the following steps.
Click on each of the below items to learn more about each one.





Step 1


Planning a trip to Europe can be the dream of a lifetime until you realize you need to plan what to wear. Don’t stress! Follow these tips for stress free packing for your dream trip!

Start by reading the ultimate Packing List for Europe. This gives you thorough information on wardrobe suggestions by season as well as weather averages for several popular European destinations. Based on a sample multi-country itinerary it will help you decide how to make your wardrobe relevant to all the stops on your trip.



Step 2


The next step is to take a look at these Europe packing lists for in depth clothing inspiration for the countries you plan to visit. Review our full list of international and regional packing lists for global packing tips!

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Step 3


You’ll use the most important concept to help you determine what you do and don’t need: a capsule wardrobe. If you feel extremely overwhelmed at the idea of moving abroad, review this packing course which shows you specific techniques to plan around limited clothing choices, varying climates, and other unexpected life situations.

For tips on choosing clothing for trips with different climates, please read this packing guide.



Step 4


Picking the best shoes for travel to Europe will be one of your biggest challenges. My biggest piece of advice is to choose function over fashion. Really? Yes! The last thing you want is to allow pulsing, injured, or tired feet prevent you from enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

Read this guide on choosing travel shoes and browse our top travel shoe suggestions for Europe.

Try to find versatile shoes that will match with all your outfits but make sure at least two of the suggested three pairs of shoes are extra comfortable. You’ll want to rotate between the two.

Please read these posts for more travel shoe inspiration:


Step 5


If you haven’t already purchased your luggage, take a look at the top recommendations for:


Read about how to choose luggage and the best travel backpack. Whether you choose wheels or straps for luggage is up to you just make sure you don’t have difficulty picking up your bag. From never-ending flights of stairs in train or subway stations to cobblestone streets and hotel hopping you want to move with ease. Find out the benefits of traveling carry-on only.


These are what the experts recommend as the best suitcase for Europe. For safety tips, don’t forget to read this post on how to keep your passport safe while traveling.



Step 6


One of the most important aspects about packing efficiently is using travel organizers. This is especially important because you want to make the most of your suitcase space.

Watch this packing video to learn how to use packing cubes to maximize space and never check a bag again. These are the top 12 reasons why I prefer packing cubes to other organizers.



Step 7


Learn how to downsize your toiletries and try not to bring a lifetime supply of any product. For useful tips such as downsizing toiletries and choosing the best travel makeup, visit our Travel Beauty section.



Step 8


For trips under 3 weeks, take a look at this vacation guide for more packing tips and for trips 4 weeks or longer, this packing guide is for you!


Step 9


Packing well depends on your research. Determine what activities you will do on your trip to help you pack only the clothing you will use.

It’s very important to check the weather forecast for your destination on weather.com or bbc.com/weather several weeks and days before your trip.


Step 10


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Happy travels!


Editor of Travel Fashion Girl



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