Packing List for Europe

Since we normally visit warm or tropical destinations for one week or less, I had to do a little more planning for this two-week trip to France and Scotland in regards to what to pack. In France, I wore dresses (with leggings underneath on the colder days) but I needed warm clothes and layers for Scotland.

Island of Barra, Scotland

Not to mention, I didn’t know how much time I would have to do laundry considering I traveled to a new hotel almost every single night of the trip. I also had to stay aware of the weight of my checked luggage and carry on because I took a couple of flights with Ryan Air — who is notoriously strict about their baggage weight limits.

We used to travel with backpacks (you can see our packing tips for backpackers post if you are interested) but our travel style has changed over the years and the last thing I want to do is lug around a heavy backpack anymore — my camera/laptop bag alone weighs almost twenty pounds.

About a year ago, we bought a new set of hardside luggage that we have been very happy with. So far, we have only used the small carry on size — it’s the perfect size for a one-week trip to a warm destination — but I took the medium-sized luggage for this trip.

Isle of Mull, Scotland


Here is what my packing list for Europe looked like:



  • 7 Tops – 3 Short Sleeved, 4 Long Sleeved
  • 2 Pairs of Pants
  • 2 Dresses
  • Black Leggings to Go Under Skirt / Dresses
  • Boots to Wear with Pants and Dresses
  • 1 Pair of Sneakers
  • 1 Pair of Flats (I brought ballet flats this time, but I usually bring a pair of flip flops.)
  • 1 Skirt that Goes with All of My Shirts
  • 1 Button Up Sweater
  • 1 Heavy Coat (waterproof)
  • 1 Swimsuit
  • 1 Bra
  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Pair of Gloves
  • 1 Belt
  • 15 Pairs of Underwear (These are small and I would rather not run out if I don’t have time to do laundry.)
  • 10 Pairs of Socks


Packing List for Europe

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How does this compare to your packing list for colder climates?

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Christy Woodrow is a travel photographer and professional blogger based in San Diego. She has been traveling around the world with her partner in crime, Scott, since 2006. Join them in their quest to find off-the-beaten-path destinations by signing up for weekly emails and following her on .