I already posted last summer about packing a year in advance for Europe because I wasn’t sure if I would be leaving from Portland or leaving from Venezuela (where it is hard to find MANY things let alone stuff geared for travelers). So last summer, while I was at home in Portland, I bought stuff to take with me to Europe, and while it all fit in my fabulous travel backpack, it was still too heavy to carry comfortably for a long time.
Thankfully it turns out that this summer I had about 24 hours in the US (my school booked me on a flight that will take me more than 24 hours to return home…but it was free) so I can readjust my packing strategy for the 27 days I will be backpacking around Europe. My goal is to pack as lightweight as I can manage.
Carry-on: Osprey 48L Porter
Personal Item: Instead of my normal Timbuk2 D-Lux messenger bag, I am brought The SAK convertible crossbody purse. It is easily packable, will fit my Kindle Paperwhite, and two pancake lenses (I’ll keep the DSLR in my backpack since it is also coming on the plane). This bag will also be more appropriate to use in all of the museums I plan on going to.
Daypack (& for souvenirs if necessary): I got a packable daypack which will help on those days when I plan on being more physical and don’t want my crossbody purse getting in the way. This can also be used to haul back any souvenirs if I decide to check my real backpack on the way back home (Belgian chocolate, French macrons, and scarves from Istanbul are on my list- other ideas?).
For Walking: I bought these Skechers Mary Janes which are a little sportier than I like, but they should be comfortable for all the walking I will be doing.
Slightly dressy/dance: I got some sandals similar to these Born Sandals so I can walk all day in them and I don’t feel weird wearing them out to dance.
Shower/Beach: I bought some super cheap Old Navy flip flops for about $2. I wont even be able to think about the beach until I get to Greece and then I might only get to spend about one day on the beach, however, I will need these for the hostel showers. They are very lightweight too.
*Note: I live in a tropical environment so I am used to wearing dresses and skirts to work to cool off. I almost never wear shorts, so if you normally wear shorts, I would switch out a skirt for shorts. If it weren’t summer, I would switch out one pair of capris for skinny jeans.
1 Maxi dress- Great for a dressier look
2 colorful dress- perfect for all day sight seeing
1 pair of jeans
1 black skirt
1 lightweight jean capri
*Note- Get dri-fit or merino wool shirts if you can because they will dry faster and smell less than other shirts
1 black v-neck
1 dressy shirt
1 green tank
1 blue cami
1 pink tank
1 black bra
1 nude bra (wear one bra on the plane)
5 lacy thongs (they are easy to hand wash and air dry quickly)
Bikini- listed here because if you choose the right bikini it can double for bra and panties in a pinch
PJs- (shorts and one of the tanks listed above)
Iphone 4s with charger and headphones
Canon T4i with charger & extra battery- My DSLR which will be kept in a neoprene sleeve to save space (rather than the camera insert I normally use with my messenger bag)
2 pancake lenses
4 SD cards, which will be kept in separate places in case one gets lost
1 usb drive with copies of travel plans and scans of cards
BB Cream- I love this stuff because it combines moisturizer, SPF, and light coverup all in one!
Leftover Black Eyeliner- in other words the last two inches of a normal eyeliner
Depotted Makeup & Mirror
Half a bar of soap- also doubles for washing clothes
half of Neutragena face wash bar
Shampoo & conditioner- I will probably pick up some more in France since I wont be flying again until I reach Budapest. Conditioner works great as shaving cream too!
Stick of sunblock
Basic First Aid Kit
Emergen-C Vitamin pack
Ear plugs!!- These are one item that I never travel without!
Flexible Water Bottle
Medium size travel towel
Sarong- good for staying warm on planes, trains, adding privacy (and blocking out light on a bunk bed), and for using as a beach towel/cover-up
Tape for sticking my ticket stubs into the journal
Packing cubes to keep everything organized
2 luggage locks (one as a spare in case one is lost or if there is a separate space for charging phones or holding valuables)
Is there anything you do to save space when traveling carry on only for an extended trip? Every time I travel I feel like I am constantly learning and slightly altering my packing list to make it more efficient!