This is my trip packing list of what I brought with me for a five month Europe trip. I’m a guy, so ladies, some of your items will be different, but I think this list will serve as a good starting point for anyone.
- 1 Clothes:
- 2 Gadgets:
- 3 Toiletries:
- 4 Miscellaneous:
5 Pairs of Shirts
I recommend bringing cheap, plain shirts. I brought five pairs of different colored Uniqlo shirts with no logo or labels, and I didn’t have to worry about outfits not matching.
1 or 2 Pairs of Pants
I brought two pairs of pants with me. In hindsight, I could have probably just brought one pair of pants. On the other hand, one of my pants ripped, so it was nice having the other as a backup. It’s good to have a pair of pants that you are comfortable walking in, but one that also looks nice for going out at night.
1 Pair of Basketball Shorts
My favorite pair of pants during my travels. So comfortable, especially when it is hot out. Make sure to get a pair with deep pockets!
5 Pairs of Socks & 5 Pairs of Underwear
Bring cotton socks that aren’t super thick so they dry faster when you do laundry.
1 Pair of Flip Flops
Perfect for the beach, and also great for the shower to avoid slipping and to prevent you from catching any foot related diseases or fungus.
1 Pair of Shoes
Have a pair that’s comfortable for walking, and reasonably good looking. I brought a pair of black Nike Rosche shoes that were great for walking, but also looked nice and I could wear it when going out at night.
1 Rain Jacket
This depends on where you’re going. If you’re going somewhere that you know won’t rain and is super hot, you can leave this at home. I brought a very thin and light Patagonia jacket, so it didn’t take up too much room and wasn’t that heavy either.
1 Pair of Swim Shorts
Need these for the beach or pool!
1 Pair of Sunglasses
I’d recommend getting a cheap pair in case you lose or break them.
You weren’t going to forget this anyway, right?
Digital Camera + Extra Memory Card
I brought a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, it takes great pictures, yet is still very portable. Also bring an extra memory card!
If you’re into taking action shots, such as when you’re swimming, scuba diving, skydiving, biking, etc. or you like the fish eye lens shots (which I personally love), consider bringing a GoPro! They are small, durable, and easy to use. I have an older model that I use, but the newest model is definitely worth it: GoPro HERO5 Black
When you need to shut out the world sometimes and get that daily dose of the Biebs. Check out this post for my favorite travel headphones!
Not necessary if you don’t want to bring one. I brought one so I could update this website, watch Netflix, easily back up my photos, and to read.
I brought a small external SSD ( a bit pricey) to backup my photos. I didn’t want to lose all the memories I made! You could go with a regular external HDD, or just use the cloud.
For your phone, laptop, battery pack, etc.
I wear soft contact lenses that are two week disposables, so I had to bring these along.
Electronic Toothbrush and Toothpaste
You could bring any regular toothbrush to save space, but I like these because they keep your teeth super clean and shiny.
If you have them bring them. Your dentist will say the same!
Shampoo & Body Wash
Keep yourself clean!
Moisturizer, Body Lotion & Sunscreen
I use a moisturizer with SPF 30 for my face, it prevents the sun from damaging your skin. I use body lotion to keep my skin from getting too dry. The sunscreen prevents sunburns and skin damage when going out, especially if you’re going somewhere sunny!
For that extra style, and to look better in my photos 😉
To smell good.
To keep yourself clean shaven.
A battery pack with extra juice to charge your phone and other devices is crucial to bring. A dead phone battery can mean being lost without a GPS, not having your camera to take pictures, and not being able to communicate on Airbnb or call an Uber. I use the Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Battery. It’s not too big, but can recharge my iPhone 6 Plus around 3 times in 1 charge.
If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll need this, no question.
International Drivers License
You can get this at a local AAA office. I never ran into a situation where I needed it, my California Driver’s License was sufficient. But if you want to be on the safe side, go ahead and bring one.
If you need them, bring them!
Can’t recommend them enough. I brought like 6-7 pairs. These can make the difference between getting a great night of sleep or waking up several times during the night. Check out my sleep article for the ones I recommend.
For the same reason as the earplugs!
Bring a microfiber towel. You can find them on Amazon. They’re small, quick to dry, and great for drying yourself off if towels aren’t provided. My friend recommended me this one actually, and it worked great: Youphoria Sport Towel and Travel Towel – Super Absorbent and Quick Drying! Camping, Beach, Pool, Gym or Bath. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! (Gray/Black, 20″ x 40″)
Great idea to bring a reusable water bottle. You’ll help save the planet, drink more water, and save money! Buying $1 or $2 water bottles really adds up on your trip. I brought one with a built in Brita filter, which is helpful if you’re paranoid that your drinking water may not be so clean.
Backpack Lock and Locker Lock
A backpack lock is great to make sure nobody goes through your belongings when you’re at the airport, or when you leave your things in your room. If you’re staying at a hostel, a locker lock is necessary to prevent things from getting stolen.
Always good to have a writing utensil, you never know when you need to write something down, or fill out a form, etc.
Have to keep your nails fresh! And also good as a mini scissor.
Osprey Farpoint Travel Backpack 70L
And finally, the bag to hold it all together! I brought a Osprey Packs Farpoint Travel Backpack, which was 70L total. It’s a backpack with a detachable daypack. I highly recommend this bag! It is without a doubt the best bag I have ever used in my life. Make sure to get the small/medium size, unless you are really tall! Click here for my Osprey Farpoint 70 review.
You can also check it out on Amazon here: Osprey Packs Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Small/Medium
I hope this list will help you with packing! If you feel like I missed something, please comment below!
If I inspired you to go traveling, check out this simple step-by-step guide to plan your trip!