Packing Light Tips Across Europe

If you are traveling to multiple cities in Europe read these packing light tips to keep your luggage from holding you back from enjoying your travels.

HOW CAN I PACK LIGHT FOR A TRIP ACROSS EUROPE? (FAMILY, SOLO, COUPLES)

SOLUTION ONE

Pack with the top three in mind; activities, shoes, layers

SOLUTION TWO

Say goodbye to folding and hello to rolling

SOLUTION THREE

Select your luggage carefully to match your needs

SOLUTION ONE

Pack with the top three in mind; activities, shoes, layers

Start by making a detailed list of your trip and what you will need for each day. If you are going to Europe you will likely have at least some of the days planned out.

Make a list of each day and the activity or activities you plan on doing and list the right outfit for the activity. 

Monday: Museum Tour and Dinner in Paris

You can wear a nice outfit for the museum and keep that outfit on for dinner. There is a possibility you can wear that outfit again.

Tuesday: Hiking Trail and Trip to the Beach

This is going to require completely different clothes and fabrics and shoes. This outfit probably won’t be able to be worn again.

Shoes can take up the most space and also be one of the heaviest items.

Choose shoes that are comfortable before anything else, but also that can pack flat and do not have heavy rubber soles when possible. Lightweight gym shoes, cork sandals, and shoes with straps are all ways to reduce weight and space in luggage. If you are planning formal nights chose one nice pair of shoes and plan your outfits around that pair for the trip.

 

Plan your layers

When packing make sure you pick the light coat or sweatshirt that will coordinate with all of your outfit choices. The time of year and local weather will be a factor here. If it is hot when you are traveling your clothes will be smaller and lighter by default so you will be able to pack more based on that.

When traveling in colder weather pick one coat that can go with many different outfits and use scarfs and sweatshirts to layer from there. Some good layering basics are:

 

SOLUTION TWO

Say goodbye to folding and hello to rolling

Rolling your clothes is going to save you 20% more room than folding and it will prevent any creases in your clothes that you might get from folding your items. It also allows you to stuff clothes in hats, bend them around shoes and fill spots between cosmetic bags to fit those extra couple items.

In order for this to work, you will also have to roll your dirty clothes. Ew, but worth it, but ew.

Pack throwaways. Do you have a cardigan on its last leg or a pair of jeans that have seen better days? Pack clothes that you have shown lots of love and are ready to part ways with and you can leave behind them as you travel freeing up space for souvenirs and whatever else you pick up along the way!

SOLUTION THREE

Select your luggage carefully to match your needs

For some travels, you will need to have a traditional rolling suitcase with hard sides and wheels, like the Away Carry-On suitcase. Other trips might be best with a full-size camping backpack,like the North Face Prophet Pack keeping your hands free and mobile. And sometimes it is the combo that is the best option.

When traveling across Europe you will likely use planes, trains, and automobiles to get where you need to go. If you play your cards right you can easily get your luggage around without looking like a sherpa and keeping your options open.

Traveling with children: Try to split your luggage and take a smaller roller and use a backpack or at least a duffle. You will want to have hands available to hold onto little ones, share doorways, pull out a phone, take escalators and all those other things you need to do that get prevented when you are carrying a mini-refrigerator on wheels. You can then use the backpack for carrying items for excursions and day trips. It will also be easier to lift so you don’t have to herd your family together with rolling suitcase nipping at their ankles.

Traveling as a couple or alone: You might be able to get away with a full-size camping backpack or a back pack and a duffle. Bags are not allowed many places but it will give you the freedom to arrive in a city and walk around to explore, grab a sandwich or jump on a bus if your room is not ready without having to go to the hotel first.  Make sure you select a backpack with a double closure, like a drawstring and a snap. With your valuables behind you where you can not see them, you do not want someone getting into your bag easily. Also, make sure that your passport, ticket, ID are separate and in a safe place like a travel passport belt you can strap on your body to prevent any headaches just in case.

Travel shopper: You know you are going to buy things to remember the trip so might as well plan for it. If shipping everything back as you buy is not an option then pack an extra bag in your suitcase. A lightweight duffle, like the Herschel Sutton Duffle or backpack that you can transfer dirty clothes into and slowly make room for the treasures you are bringing back.

 

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