A Millennial's Travel Advice

What I Packed for Three Weeks in Europe

My trip to Europe lasted from April 29th until May 23. Here is what I packed and what I acquired along the way. Check out this post, for tips on how to choose a backpack along with my review of the bag I ended up with.

What I packed:

  • Fancy dress- This was only for the high tea in London. Normally, I wouldn’t pack an expensive dress especially knowing that I would only wear it once but this was a special occasion.
  • Leather jacket- This was my standard daily wear jacket.
  • Rain jacket
  • One pair of jeans
  • Two leggings
  • 30 pairs of contacts- I wear dailies but after lugging around so many pairs of contacts for weeks I’m debating whether or not I should buy two week wear pairs for trips. Does anyone have thoughts on this?
  • Book
  • Walking shoes
  • Flats
  • Beach bag
  • Neck pillow
  • Pajamas- shorts and tank top
  • Locker lock
  • Luggage lock
  • Adaptor
  • Phone charger
  • Go Pro
  • Sunglasses
  • Cardigan
  • 28 pairs of underwear
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Two bras
  • Tank top white
  • Fancy club dress
  • Backless bra and three pasties
  • Clutch
  • Five Dresses
  • Three tank tops
  • Three T-Shirts
  • Two bathing Suits
  • Black skirt
  • Tights
  • Bathing suit bottom cover
  • Bandeau
  • Three compressor bags
  • Selfie stick

What I didn’t wear:

  • Tank top
  • Clutch
  • Rain coat
  • One pair of leggings
  • Only wore once- white tank top, blue dress, black dress, fancy club dress, black tank top
  • Bandeau

Toiletries

  • Small shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Two face products
  • Small moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Two face sunscreens
  • Razor
  • Floss
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Q-tips, cotton face pads
  • Heel Band-Aids
  • Polysporin
  • Deodorant
  • Face cloth
  • Towel
  • Head towel
  • Vitamins
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Three chapsticks

What I bought:

  • One dress
  • One jumper
  • One hoodie
  • Jeans
  • Top
  • Heels
  • Bathing suit
  • Postcards from all cities
  • Three shot glasses and cards as gifts
  • Sunglasses
  • Harry Potter trivia
  • Glasses case
  • Necklace
  • Clutch
  • Notebook
  • Two necklaces
  • Gifts- sunglasses, luggage tag, lip balm, candy, three boxes of tea, London te

Threw away: 

  • One face soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Book

Wished I had:

  • Flip-flops both for the beaches and in the hostel
  • Jean jacket
  • Water bottle- spent a lot of money buying water.
  • Soap container

Overall, I packed too much while actually thinking that I was packing light. Most of my clothes only got worn once which isn’t great. While my bag managed to feel light, it was definitely too much. I find that my downfall with packing is that I want to look good in different pictures and I don’t always want to be wearing the same outfit for photos. I need to work on caring a little less about this. Does anyone else have this problem?

I ended up buying a second pair of jeans and the sweater because the weather was colder than I anticipated and I was woefully unprepared for it. Next time, I will try and pack a little bit more prepared. Also, it never once occurred to me that I might be able to do laundry in a hostel. I was able to do laundry a few times throughout my trip. This could have cut back on clothes as well if I had thought of it sooner.

Some of my toiletries I packed without anticipating needing such as the band-aids and polysporin (an antibacterial product for cuts) but knew that I would regret not having if I did end up needing. For items such as this, I don’t mind that I lugged them around for three weeks. However, for items such as two sunscreens for my face (Why Arielle?) I do regret dragging about with me.

For the most part, I definitely over packed and could easily have managed with half of what I brought but there are no glaring regrets. Does anyone have any thoughts about how I could have done things differently?

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