Post # 1
2 wks until my Europe trip!! I’m meeting my fiance there for his two weeks R&R, I’ve never been so excited! I need help deciding what to pack. How do you pack for two weeks, I have no clue what we will be doing etc. I have never been anywhere like this before and have no clue what to wear. Anyone been to Europe and have packing suggestions? Also, all I am bringing is a carry on. So packing suggestions are also appreciated!!
Thanks All!!! I’m excited!
Post # 3
Where in Europe will you be going? It’s a pretty big place, you’ll need completely different clothing depending on where you’re going, England vs. Greece for instance.
If you’ll only be taking a carry-on, bring clothing that you can easily wash in a sink and let air dry. Don’t waste a lot of room on shoes and toiletries, only take what you’ll need. Make sure your clothing can do double duty and you can mix and match it all. A light sweater would go great with jeans and over a dress at night. Make sure your shoes match just about everything and are comfortable enough to walk all day in. I’d recommend wearing a pair of shoes on the plane, and packing a pair of sandals that can be dressed up or down.
Post # 4
Athens, Naxos, Rome, Florence, Chianti, Switzerland, Frankfurt. I think that’s all.
Post # 5
Opus had a lot of great suggestions. I’d also suggest a purse with a long shoulder strap so you can wear it across your body without worrying about it. When I went I rolled all of my clothes up really tight, allows for a bit more space. Don’t forget sunglasses 🙂 I just never thought about bringing them so I had to buy some when I got there! HAVE FUN!
Post # 6
Wow! That’s going to be an amazing trip.
I’d recommend taking a skirt or dress that can be dressed up or down and a pair of lighter slacks for Greece and Italy. To get in many museums and churches, you have to be fairly conservatively dressed, so stick to knee length or below. A few nice tops and a couple of light sweaters or cardigans that you can wash easily and don’t need ironing.
Switzerland and Germany can have really variable weather in May, from gorgeous sunny weather to chilly cold and thunderstorms, so come prepared. Jeans or heavier weight pants will come in handy as will a mid-weight jacket that can be layered over your sweaters. Layering really is key.
Be sure to bring sunscreen and any medication you need. In touristy areas, especially in the south of Europe, pack two wallets. One with spending money you’ll need for the day, and one with your important documents. Keep the second hidden and only use the first during the day. Keep the one with your important documents in an inner jacket pocket and/or very close to your body.
Be sure to take extra batteries or an adapter for your camera. If you think you’re at all likely to take a lot of pictures, pack extra memory cards.
You’ll be able to get things like shampoo and other toiletries fairly easily, but often not the brands you are used to. So take what you have to have, and tiny bottles of things you don’t mind changing brands of. Many hotels in Europe don’t provide toiletries beyond soap and towels, so don’t depend on them.
I hope you enjoy your trip and best of luck!
Post # 7
All these comments are great advice. Don’t forget to leave lots of room in your suitcase for the awesome shopping! Pack very light and buy whatever you may need at any of the stores; there are some great shops that are very reasonable. That was my big regret when I was in Europe- I paced everything and barely had room for all my souveniers.
Flips flops that can be dresed up or down, but you can walk in for hours. Comfortable yet dressy flats. A black dress that is suitable for day and night that you can throw a sweater over. A skirt that can be dressed up or down. A few cute tops that you can mix and match. I would plan on buying a cute silk or cotton scarf while in Europe- it can be very versatile and you can find them cheap 🙂
Make sure you bring kleenex with you as some tourist places have no toilet paper! I was surprised in an Italian mortuary when there was no toilet paper. I had to get creative. Another weird thing about bathrooms is most public restrooms require you to pay anywhere from 10 cents to 2 Euros.
Have an awesome time!