Packing for a Europe trip can be a bit of a headache. With most itineraries stretching over several countries, odds are you won’t be encountering the same weather in every destination you visit. The same is true for Europe during the spring time. So when it comes to how to pack for three weeks in Europe, you’ll want to make sure you have some variety.
Now, keep in mind that I travel like an average person- Not some whacked out fashionista who packs exclusively for great Instagram shots. I pack for comfort, convenience, and practicality. If that’s not what you’re looking for, now is probably a good time to return to your google search. You won’t find designer brands here.
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Why choose Carry On Travel in Europe
I started packing carry-on only after my trip
Can I really fit 3 weeks of stuff into a carry on bag?
Check the Weather
First, you’ll want to check the forecasted weather for each of your destination cities. While I found that even these reports weren’t always accurate, they gave a good idea of the temperatures to expect. I visited the countries of Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Romania in the month of April. The interwebs informed me that Belgium and Germany would probably be in the mid- 50’s, Romania in the high 50’s, and Italy closer to mid
Do a Practice Round
Something I always do when packing carry-on only is to have a practice round or two. I gather everything I want to bring and pack it all up. If everything fits, nailed it! If not, then it’s time to rethink my needs. It’s best to do this a week or two before your departure, so you have some time to think and strategize.
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How to pack for three weeks in Europe
Here is everything I brought with me on my three week trip to Europe in the spring. Some things may not necessarily apply to you. For instance, if you’re a guy you probably don’t need to pack bras. Or if you don’t wear contacts, obvi you won’t need all that stuff. I share this list merely so you can see what I survived with on my trip, and hope that you can use it to decipher what you will be able to survive with as well.
Clothes for Europe
- 1 Pair of Jeans
- 1 Pair of fleece-lined Pants
- 1 Pair of comfy Elephant Pants
- 1 Pair of fleece-lined leggings*
- 5 T-shirts*
- 1 Longer sleeved, lightweight shirt
- 2 Sports Bras*
- 1 Regular
- 10 Undies*
- 8 Pairs of socks*
- 1 Light, Packable Raincoat
- 1 Light zip-up sweatshirt*
* Indicates an item in that category worn on the plane and not technically packed
- 1 Pair of flip flops
- 1 Pair of Merrel hiking shoes
- Saline solution for contacts & case
- Extra pair of contacts
- Hand sanitizer
- Laundry soap
- Cotton swabs
- Hair ties
- Travel sized kleenex packs (x3)
Don’t forget that all liquids must be in containers under 3 ounces!
- Pepto Bismal
- Prescription meds
- iPad Mini and charger
- iPhone and charger
- Nikon camera and charger
- European plug adapter x2
- Waterproof wrist watch
- iXpand drive
- External power bank x2
- 1- Large-sized Microfiber Towel
- Small gift for my CouchSurfing host- Classy move, people
- Backpack locks x2
In my Personal Item
Most airlines will allow you to bring a carry-on and a personal item. Usually, this is like a purse or a briefcase. My personal item is always my packable backpack. Here’s what I brought inside my backpack.
- Motion-sickness wristbands – seriously envious of all you that don’t have to deal with this…
- More pepto bismal
- Passport/ID/Credit Cards/Student ID card
- Plane tickets
- Ziplock bags
- Empty water bottle
- Travel journal and pen
- Anti-theft purse
All these items also fit inside my carry on luggage. This helps with inter-country travels, such as train rides. Or when you have to take your very first motorcycle ride on the back of a small bike with a stranger at 4 in the morning. There are times when it’s just best to have one small bag to deal with.
Items Purchased While Traveling
- 1 Winter Hat. Bruges was way cold in the morning! And it ended up being my favorite souvenir of the trip!
Have any questions about how to pack for three weeks in Europe? Questions about packing carry-on only or how to narrow down your necessities? Leave me a comment below!
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