Packing for 3 months in Europe

So I spent the better part of the past two-days either packing or visiting. Packing isn’t difficult, it’s just draining.

When I looked down at the pile of clothes I made, it just didn’t seem like enough. I found myself thinking “Hm, well I guess I could pack one more shirt just in case…” but then the traveller inside me would scream “DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!”.

I’ve never really been known as a light packer. Don’t get me wrong, after all the cross-country moves I’ve done I’ve gotten better, but this was a challenge. I used to pack a 50 pound bag for a one-week trip to see my Dad. He would always look at me like I was crazy, and he was right: I barely touched more than half the things in my suit case.

Anyways, I’m just estimating, but I am 95% certain the bag weighs less than 25 pounds. Is that good in “backpacker-travel” standards? I don’t really know–but I can pick my bag up with one arm no-problem, so I think that’s a good sign!

What I Packed

Clothing:

  • 4 tank tops (1 “dressier”)
  • 3 T-shirts (long and short-sleeved)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 summer-dress
  • 2 Merino Wool sweaters
  • 2 pairs of jeans (1 light, 1 dark)
  • 1 zip-away type pants
  • 1 pair of lu lu lemons (guilty pleasure)
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 “nice” sweater
  • 2 bras
  • underwear/socks (obviously!)
  • PJs (shorts and a long t-shirt)
  • 1 bathing suit

Tioletries:

  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Razor
  • DRY conditioner/shampoo (Lush Cosmetics)
  • Small bottle Body-wash
  • 1 bottle spray leave-in-conditioner (I NEED IT!)
  • bandaids/polysporine (I’m really clumsy)
  • Hair elastics/bobby-pins
  • Make-up  Absolutely NOT!
  • baby-wipes (in a baggy–great for washing your face)
  • Vanilla spray (I have to smell good if I’m going to make friends)
  • Deodorant
  • Lady-stuff
  • Q-tips (a few in a baggy)
  • Vitamins/meds

Other Stuff:

  • Fluff-book (Thanks Heather for the Harlequin Romance)
  • iPod/iPhone and ear-phones (and charger)
  • ear-plugs
  • Towel/blanket
  • Flip-flops (for the showers)
  • Pillow-case (recommended by Heather-It’s always a comfort knowing what your head is laying on)
  • Sandals (small, cheap ones, for going out)
  • Walking shoes (wearing on the plane)
  • Camera and charger
  • Adaptor
  • Journal/pen
  • Spork
  • Bounce dryer sheets (make my smelly-stuff smell good)
  • Lock
  • Plastic bags (put away dirty-laundry/anything wet)
  • Sandwich bags (so many uses)
  • 1 water-bottle (the deflatable kind)

The obvious essentials:

  • Passport
  • photo-copies of my documents (a couple hidden in my carry-on and my bag as well as one I left at home)
  • Eurail Pass
  • Confirmation numbers
  • Address for my hostel

I’m pretty sure that’s it. The list may seem long, but once it’s all compacted in your bag, it’s not. I put a lot of my things in small plastic-bags (sandwich bags) and then put them all in one large zip-loc bag so it’s easy to dig out every night at the hostel.

Of the above items I packed the following in my carry-on:

  • 1 pair of underwear
  • iPhone/iPod/chargers/adaptor
  • The obvious essentials
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 flannel blanket (not in my list of things, only because it was given to me by a very friendly west-jet employee my last flight home, so I plan on only keeping it for the flight).
  • My book

And there you have it! I think it’s a fairly good list of things, and if I arrive and go “Sh*t, I should have packed _____” or “Fack, I wish I didn’t even bother packing _____”, I’ll let you know!

P.S. I AM SO EXCITED!

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About a month ago I wrote a post titled Traveling Europe: What to Buy. I compiled a few online-pictures (check out my Pinterest board) of what I thought I might need (or want) for my trip. Well, I purchased a … Continue reading

Traveling Europe: What to buy

Oh Pinterest, I love you.

What a genius idea: your “favourites toolbar” now viewable with pictures and you can share it with your friends!

Well, Europe is only 10 weeks away!

  • 10 weeks left to save my $10,000
  • 10 weeks to find someone to sublet
  • 10 weeks to pack for my move to Ontario
  • 10 weeks to buy my gear for Europe

Might I add, 10 weeks is also the approximate length of time I’ll be spending in Europe…

So, what does Pinterest have to do with this?

Well, I’ve started a “list” of clothing/gear I think I might need! Okay, so you may not be as excited as I am, but I have spent hours compiling the list! My hope is that by the end I’ll have a fairly exhaustive list that I can share with other aspiring travelers!

Okay, to take a look at my list so far click here. Now, some of the items on the list so far I don’t need as my good friend Ashley has offered to hook me up with some supplies 🙂

Here are a few items that I know I want to buy:

MEC Timeless Knickers – $35

These look so comfortable! I don’t want to be wearing lu lu’s everywhere, so these look like a great alternative. The reviews were all positive, saying they were very comfortable! Perfect for flights and long train/car rides. Also, only $35!

MEC Twirl Dress – Wrinkle Resistant! – $39

Chances are I’ll head out to some nicer restaurants from time-to-time, or out for bevvies with fellow travelers, so a dress is a must. I want something that is wrinkle resistant (check) and that can be dressed up or down (check).

MEC Merino lightweight Hoodie – $75

I love wearing hoodies! It’s nice to have the option to take it on or off, which is important when you’re out and about all day. Also, this is made of Merino Wool, which whisks away moisture! It’s the most expensive item on this list, but I also think it’s the most important.

MEC Leena Top – $23

I really like the style of this top! I just can’t decide if cotton is the best choice of fabric?

Convertible Pants – Eddie Bauer $70

I’ve read on a few forums that convertible pants are ideal while trekking around. I don’t really like the style, or color, of these though.

MEC Travel Pouch – $8-$12

All 25 reviews were positive for this pouch, so I’m saying this is a must-have.
And at this cost, who could resist?

And there you have it, a short list of the things I want to bring with me on my trip.