The ultimate packing list: Europe

Carrying everything I need on my back is one of the most rewarding and freeing feelings. I absolutely love it. But it does require some planning! And since it’s almost that time of year again, for summer trips and the like, I thought I’d share what I brought with me when I backpacked around central/eastern Europe for 4 months, this past August through December.


  • 3 bras – 1 regular, 1 lacy/quick dry, 1 sports bra
  • 7 underwear – these ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Thongs were the best
  • 2 pair socks – I mostly wore sandals
  • Sturdy/comfy shoes to run/walk/hike (neutral color allows to wear with “normal” clothes) – I got these Nike Pegasus for reference and LOVED them. I thought about bringing Nike Free’s, but am glad I opted for sturdier shoes which managed mixed terrain much better.
  • 1 pair of comfortable sandals (not flip flops – trust me)
  • Sarong! Thin, dries fast – use as a multi-purpose towel and cover up
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 shorts
  • 1 pants
  • 1 active shorts
  • 1 active legging
  • 2 tanks
  • 2 tees
  • 1 long sleeve
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 light jacket
  • Hat with brim! (foldable)
  • Sunglasses (cheap)


  • Hat – fully lined! Not just around your ears
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Scarf
  • Thin, warm thermal/down jacket to layer (like Patagonia)
  • Hand and feet warmers (life savers!!)
  • Boots! Dark colored, ankle/mid height, warm, waterproof and comfortable walking
  • Trade tanks for long sleeves
  • Trade shorts and skirt for pants (2 total is fine…one comfortable to travel in)

*Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t mind throwing out…it will happen
*Black, gray and white goes with everything…even if it’s not the most exciting

Other Essentials:

  • Backpack with a waist belt! Helps SO much with carrying the weight. I used this Osprey one and it was perfect – fit everything without being too heavy, plus opened up like a suitcase, rather than a top-loading backpack, which made life WAY easier
  • Earplugs and eye mask!! (seriously this is one of my MOST ESSENTIAL)
  • Portable charger for when your phone dies! It happened to me all the time from the cold
  • Convertible (outlet) charger
  • Small umbrella (actually great, especially in fall/winter)
  • Packing cubes (like these) – great for keeping clothes/etc compact and organized
  • Day bag – collapsible (I used a simple Nike drawstring backpack)
  • Small purse – soft/foldable (or buy one if you’re in Italy!)
  • 1 tupperware! (I LOVED having this because I cooked a lot)
  • Plastic ziploc bags
  • Teas – I always carry an herbal assortment like this Pukka one
  • Oil (generally olive or hemp) and pink himalayan salt – turns any veggies into a meal
  • Iphone and ipad with keypad case (or thin laptop) – if you plan to do writing
  • Journal + pen
  • 1 credit card and 1 debit / atm card (with photocopies left at home)
  • Headphones
  • Plastic silverware

*Use plastic/disposable water bottles and refill – much easier

Health stuff:

  • Chlorella tablets (took each morning for something green and alkalizing on the go 🙂 )
  • Herbal teas (see above)
  • Digestive bitters
  • Activated charcoal (great for any questionable food or stomach issues)
  • Ginger or licorice chews/tablets (for digestion support)


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (and I love this case – also sold at Whole Foods)
  • Tongue scraper
  • Mini hair brush
  • Dry shampoo
  • Mini shampoo/conditioner (can buy as you go…or just not wash your hair that often ha)
  • Face wash or bar of soap with case (I used a charcoal soap bar)
  • Face lotion or oil (jojoba and/or rosehip oil are great!)
  • Body lotion or coconut oil
  • Lip balm (with SPF ideally)
  • Tea tree oil! (Naturally anti-bacterial, can also apply to bug bites) – got mine from Trader Joe’s
  • Razor
  • Body/face wipes – there won’t always be water OR you’ll be too tired to actually shower or wash your face ha (Acure has great ones you can find at Whole Foods)
  • Tweezer
  • Nail clippers
  • Toiletry bag (I got this one and loved it because it fit everything, had several compartments and lied so flat!)

*NO shampoo bar!! Doesn’t work and your hair will be awful (trust me ha)

Helpful Apps / Websites:

  • offline maps
  • (and app) – great for finding route options for transportation between cities
  • for healthy food places
  • White noise app (I definitely used this in a hostel where I had the loudest snorer sleeping below me…earplugs alone did not suffice ha)
  • Google photos app (backup)
  • Spotify (tunes, obvi)

I hope this helps and let me know if you have questions! Happy travels 🙂


Your jenuinely, xoxo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *