I'm off to Europe for roughly 2 months. And, despite the fact that I run this travel blog full-time, I don't actually travel full-time. In fact, this will be my longest continuous trip to date (unless you count my study abroad stint in New Zealand, which I don't).
I usually travel for a week or two at a time, so packing is usually not a problem. However, this trip is different.
Not only am I traveling for 8 weeks, but I'm also traveling through 11 different countries — packing light is imperative.
So what's in my backpack?
I'll share it with you here, but keep in mind that this is MY backpack. Some will say I've taken too much. Others may say I've taken too little. But, for me, I've taken what I feel I need. This may not be a suitable packing list for you, but hopefully it will work for me!
In My Backpack
Here's a look at what's in my main 60L REI backpack:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 2 skirts
- 2 dresses
- 1 pair of leggings
- 3 t-shirts
- 5 tank tops
- 1 light sweater
- 1 set of sleepwear
- 1 swim suit
- 4 pairs of socks
- 3 bras
- A weeks worth of underwear
- 1 scarf
- 1 fast-dry travel towel
- Toiletries (including sunscreen, shampoo, sanitary products, etc.)
- Travel hair dryer
- 8 weeks worth of contacts
- Medicine/mini first aid kit
- Small umbrella
- Wind breaker
Sound like a lot? I actually still have some wiggle room!
I know someone will ask why I'm taking jeans, a sweater, leggings, and a scarf. Well, I have explanations! Most of my trip will be through very warm countries, but the end of my trip will have me traveling through England and Scotland, which are notorious for being chilly, even in the summer. The leggings and scarf are mostly for instances where I may be visiting monasteries and mosques and will have to cover up my knees, shoulders, and perhaps even hair for modesty's sake.
Like a Boy Scout, I like to live by a “be prepared” motto. Also, I don't really want to have to buy anything abroad!
In my Pacsafe Slingsafe
Brooke Schoenman from Brooke vs. the World recently wrote a review of her Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII. She completely sold me on this small, secure backpack, and I went and ordered one of my own in time for this trip. I'm using it as my carry-on and also as a daypack.
Here's what's inside:
- My 11″ Macbook Air
- My Kindle
- Electronics chargers and outlet adapters for Europe
- An Eastern Europe phrasebook
- A small planner/journal
- Extra camera lens
- My glasses
- Some business cards (because you never know who you'll meet!)
- My small make-up bag (which has everything from my toothbrush to earrings in it)
- Change purse with back-up funds/credit cards
- My Camelbak water bottle
I seriously love this bag, with it's slash-proof exterior and secure zipper clips. It also holds an astonishing amount for its size, yet is still comfortable to carry. (And no, I'm not getting paid to plug this item — I honestly am just a huge fan!)
In My Purse
And, of course, I'm taking along my trusty green purse. I'm not sure how much I'll use it day-to-day since I'm in love with my Slingsafe, but it's coming along anyway.
Inside you'll find:
- My wallet
- My iPhone
- My Olympus E-PM1 camera
- My Kodak Playsport video camera
- Extra camera battery/lens cloth
- Mini brush
- USB drives
And there you have it! My complete packing list for 2 months in Europe. Whew. Now let's see how much of it goes unused!
What do you think of my list? Is there anything else you'd take to Europe, or anything listed here you'd leave behind?
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