European Honeymoon… what to pack?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I have a friend that travels constantly and for a 10 day trip will have only a school-sized backpack and a purse with her.  So I’ve learned from the best.

Note: Pack in a backpack, if you have to lift it you’ll bring less.

  • 2 pairs of dark jeans (wear one on the plane)
  • 6 T-Shirt base layers
  • 2 Light layering sweaters or shirts
  • 1 Warm sweater
  • 1 mid-weight stylish scarf
  • 1 pair waterproofish boots (wear on the plane)
  • 1 backup pair shoes (light sneakers or toms)
  • 1 rainjacket
  • 1 Bathing suit if you’re staying anywhere with a hot tub/pool

Honestly it take a while to build a wardrobe of these things so that you can be sure all your layers look nice and go well together so I wouldn’t expect many people to pull this off, but in general:

  1. Pack dark and neutral colors, bring in color/texture with a scarf that you can throw on top of everything.
  2. Wear your bulkiest items when traveling so that you don’t have to carry them
  3. Don’t bring many/any ‘fancy clothes’ unless you have a specific reservation somewhere that requires it.  Dark jeans, nice boots and a sweater can pull double duty in almost any situation.  Just add some fancy earrings if you need to.
  4. If you need a clean shirt every day, pick up a bunch of cheap mens vneck tshirts to wear as undershirts they’ll keep pit-sweat off your multi-day clothes and they’re nice and thin so they pack well.

Good luck!

Post # 3
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Helper bee

we are doing Europe (Germany and Ireland) for 11 days and only carrying on. the first 6 days in Germany we are staying at an AIRBnB that has laundry!!!  If you are struggeling to pack light, I’d recomend researching a laundry service that can pick up (from hotel) or get an Airbnb one night that has laundry!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I travel to Europe a lot (business and pleasure), generally for 2-4 weeks at a time.  I travel carry-on only, as it saves a lot of time and stress.  

My travel wardobe is a bit boring, but it’s easy. Black and grey, and I pack a few pretty scarves to add some color and flair.  I’ll typically bring something like 2-3 tops, 2 bottoms, and a dress or skirt.   Wear my knee-high boots on the plane, and pack a pair of sensible walking shoes and a dressy shoe (if required).  Plus, the outfit I wore on the plane.  Swimsuit if needed, and 2-3 pairs of undergarments.  

I love merino wool clothing from places like Ibex and Icebreaker – they make summerweight wool, too.  Super comfortable, breathes/regulates your temperature, and it’s easy to wash it out in the hotel sink and let it dry overnight. They sell Woolite in individual little packets (the size of a fast food ketchup packet), so I always bring a bunch of those, plus 2 inflatible hangers which are great for helping tops to dry.  

I will sometimes pack a Longchamp foldable travel duffel so I can check a bag on the way back if I plan on doing any shopping, though.  I also like packing cubes to keep my bag organized.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We’re going to Ireland in early May and I have been making my packing list .. I’m always a terrible overpacker so I’m hoping I can keep the suitcase light this time. It’s tough doing international! 

I’m going to wear boots and jeans with a long sleeve tee and a sweater on the plane(bulkiest items). 

Packing: additional black jeans,leggings, toms, comfy sneakers, a lightweight coat with a hood that pulls out of the collar, a few layering pieces (under tank, tee, light sweater) with 2 scarfs. My colors are boring (black, grey, white, navy and olive) but they all go together and my scarf has some color in it

Also make sure you have alm your necessary chargers – phone, smart watch or activity band, camera. I always bring a back up battery stick on vacation – charges via USB and you plug it in with your regular phone charger when you’re low on battery. Makeup, hair things, medications… I also bring a travel size downy wrinkle release spray with me for suitcase wrinkles. I actually don’t know if any of those countries have the different outlets than the US but I’m bringing an outlet converter just in case 🙂 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Hello! U.K. Bee here… you’re right the weather is a little iffy at the best of times but it’s not going to be super cold. Depending on where you’re from you’ll probably find it pretty temperate. Scotland will be more chilly but I think it’ll be warmer than boots weather. Gorgeous here today, shorts and sandals for me! Let these pale legs see the sun! 😂 Obviously if you’re going walking and hiking and whatnot you need appropriate footwear depending on where you’re going, but by the end of April it’ll be beyond scarf weather. Promise it’s not that bad. 😂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

MrsSapphire :  I went to Scotland in May and positively froze my a** off. It was sunny but 40 degrees with frigid winds. Do yourself a favor and bring a coat and sweater. Layering is important because you will likely be walking alot, and temperatures can definitely fluctuate!

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I am going to Ireland for my honeymoon the night of my wedding in August for 7 days (having a day wedding). I plan on packing 2 tank tops, 1 pair of jeans, two black leggings, 4 shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 jacket, a little fashion backpack for walking around town during the day, little mini purse for nights when I am staying close to my airbnb, two blanket scarfs. 1 or two pairs of pjs, 2 bras and 4 sock and underwear, black faux leather biker boots and some comfy light shoes. I’m washing my stuff and cutting down on the shirts and underwear, and maybe only 1 sweater since I plan on wearing my blanket scarfs like a sweater (it is a good fabric that drys quickly) with a belt when it’s chilly or raining, and then putting it in the backpack when they have there warm hours (I hear you get all 4 seasons everyday). I am also bringing an umbrella, hair straightener that I can also use to curl my hair, shampoo and conditioner bars from lush, a small amount of makeup, a collapsible waterbottle, wipes, blow up neck pillow, hand sanatizer, kobo, my cell phone and wallet in my backpack during the flight. I am using my backpack as my personal item, and just using a carry on bag. I hope it all fits!

You will need a power adapter for sure when you go! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

libellules :  hahah – we were in London in June and I’ve never been so cold in my life. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Sunset Beach Resort, Siesta Key

This is a great question! We’re going to France for ours end of April/Beginning of May and I’ve been wondering what type of clothing to pack as well!

I live in flip flops so I have to think about getting comfy shoes to walk around in!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

dawnsrad :  France and Scotland have different weather. I’d suggest layers to you as well, but I doubt you’ll need a coat. Temperatures can vary from upper 50s/low 60s and gray, to sunny and 80. I’ve spent many summers there as my extended family lives there. The week before our frigid trip to Scotland, we were in France and it was sunny and 70 (that was in mid May). Oh! And if you’re going to Paris – comfortable shoes. You will spend alot of time walking!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

So excited for you. We did a European honeymoon and it was amazing. One thing to remember is that European carry on is a lot smaller than American carry on. 

I took a 48 liter backpack that is perfectly fine in the U.S, but when we boarded a plane in London to Amerstdam I had to check it. Plus I didn’t really need all that space.

When I came home I bought this backpack that I wish it’d had from the begininning. It’s all I use now. Plus everywhere we went had laundromats where you could pay 10 euros and they’d wash and fold your clothes for you. 

Also consider that you may want to shop when you’re there so you’ll want space. Have fun!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

A power convertor!! Not just one that lets you plug it in but changes the wattage so you can actually use things. My husband forgot ours on our honeymoon. It was torture because we couldn’t find one there to buy. Luckily our phone chargers has a convertor built in so an adapter worked but nothing else did. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

nompkinsbee :  we were in Scotland in June and it was so cold we were in beanies and polar fleece! OP, we had four weeks in the UK and I took two pairs of jeans, enough tshirts/socks/underwear for a week, two hoodies, a sleeveless hoodie (which I ended up wearing a lot – super useful), a pair of Converse hi-tops, a pair of running shoes, beanie, polar fleece, a pair of shorts, a couple of tank tops, two nice dresses, one nice top and a pair of heels which went with both dresses or could be worn with jeans as well.  You will definitely need your raincoat…

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