The Euro Summer Packing List
It’s that time of year again where Love Island has started and some of us are ditching the NZ winter for sunshine, festivals and mischief making. Liam and I are nearly off to travel Europe via the USA for 4 months (crazy!!! I know!) and forgetting something important for a long trip like this is my biggest nightmare, so I thought a packing list on the blog would be a great reference for myself and any of you who are also off on an exciting trip! This is a summer packing list is for anyone travelling for 6 weeks and up to 4 months.
Long Haul Carry-On Necessities
Passport, wallet, travel documents, phone, usb phone cord, and any necessary medication (I always have my contraceptive pill with me because jetlag on the other side of the journey always makes me forget to take it!).
Printing out accommodation confirmations is always a great idea when you need the address handy when grabbing an uber/taxi and when writing your address down on the arrival card.
Speaking of arrival card, remember to pack a pen!
A lightweight comfortable jumper is always good too when it’s cold on the flight and some local currency for your first day
Neck pillow and an empty water bottle so you can stay hydrated and not rely on those tiny cups of water they give you. The key to fab skin after a long flight is to drink as much water as humanely possible. Also, a pair of sunnies is good for once you land
A Change of Underwear, a Top & some Shorts
I always travel in trackpants because I get cold on the plane, and often the arriving destination is a hot climate so it’s great to change into a tshirt and shorts once you get through security
Laptop, book, kindle, magazine etc + headphones and a headphone jack (sometimes your need a jack adapter so that your headphones will work plugged in on the plane).
I also take my camera on the plane with me so that there’s no chance of it breaking in my suitcase.
Keep your portable charger in here too as they don’t like you travelling with them in your suitcase
Deoderant, tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste
Skincare (all under 100ml in a clear reusable case):
I like a micellar water with some cotton pads so that you don’t have to wash your face in the bathroom with the gross plane water
Heavy duty lip balm (my favourite’s are Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and the Lanolips 101 Ointment)
Some kind of hydrating mask: I don’t mind looking crazy in a sheet mask (if you do, best time to do it is once people go to sleep if you’re on a night flight) and my favourite is the Estee Lauder ANR Power Foil Sheet Mask
A hydrating spritz to refresh yourself every couple of hours: I’ll be taking the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief
Eye cream/serum: Lancome Advanced Genifique Light Pearl Serum, I love the cooling applicator which helps to de puff, perfect for flying
Something deeply hydrating and nourishing to lock all of the goodness in: Weleda Skinfood
Also something to note: you don’t need a physical print out of your ESTA Visa to get into the United States, but you must ensure that you have a valid one. You can log into the ESTA website to make sure
If your passport only has a year left on it before it expires, you should have it renewed. Different countries have different laws around passport validity and they won’t let you in if it’s not valid for the correct length. Be safe and just get a fresh one before your trip!
In The Suitcase
Underwear: it depends how often you want to do washing while you’re away, but I recommend having 20 pairs all rolled up in a packing cube
Bras: 6 is probably enough, a couple of comfortable non wires, a black & white strapless and a few sexy pairs
PJ’s: Shorts & tshirts if you’re in hostels with shared bathrooms, otherwise whatever you’re comfortable in! I sleep in baggy tshirts so I’ll probably bring 6 to wear on rotation
Daytime tops, a mix of tshirts and strappy singlets/crops
2 pairs of denim shorts
1 pair of comfy track shorts for travel days
Any other pairs of cute shorts & skirts to mix and match with your tops
Lots of dresses, suitable for day time exploring, throwing over your bikini or dressing up for dinners and nights out
1 lightweight jacket (necessary if you’re going to the UK)
1 pair of lightweight janes (ditto)
3-10 pairs of swimwear (depending if you’re a swimwear junkie or not)
1 lightweight raincoat
Crossbody bag for exploring/evening
Hats for the beach
1 pair of comfortable sneakers
1 pair of comfortable sandals (I highly recommend Birkenstocks for a Euro summer)
1-2 pairs of evening block heels (I like a kitten size block heel, much more comfortable)
1-2 pairs of sunglasses
Electronics/Camera Related Things
Portable charger + usb cord to charge
Long plug so you and your friend/partner can both charge things at the same time
International plug adapter (you’ll need one for Europe and one for the UK) also the US if you’re stopping there on the way. You can get multi country plugs with everything in one
Cleared memory cards
External hard drive
Hair styling tools: straightener/curler
Polaroid/Disposable camera: I love taking these because it takes me away from my Instagram/Content creating brain and allows me to take photos purely for memories sake. You can’t check the photo and re shoot it if you don’t like it and it’s so lovely to get film developed after your trip and see images for the first time!
5-10 flannels for washing face
Face/body wipes for long travel days/dirty camping festivals
Fragrance: something summery like Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin
Body & face sunscreen
Shampoo & conditioner
Hair oil/leave in conditioner
Face hydrating serum (something with hyaluronic acid)
Day & night moisturiser
An exfoliating AHA mask & a hydrating/soothing mask
BB cream/tinter moisturiser for day time
A glowwy, natural finish medium buildable coverage foundation for evening
Bronzer (ideally cream, it’ll sit better in heat)
Highlight (cream is just better, trust me)
Warm toned eyeshadow palette
Lip products: Nude & peach tone balms, lipsticks and liners. One red lipstick for Paris, of course!
Microfibre shower towel
Spare copies of your passport, travel insurance & rail passes
Day backpack: Most of your days out in Europe are going to be long, so you need something to carry around camera gear, food and water bottles. Pickpocketing is something you need to be aware of, so getting an anti-theft backpack is ideal. We bought a Pacsafe backpack to share as our day pack so we don’t need to worry about any of our gear being stolen by pickpocketers! If you’re catching trains around Europe like we are, I really recommend getting one as train stations are a big target
Reusable shopping bag: perfect to avoid plastic wastage when food or clothes shopping during your travels and you can keep them in your handbag or day pack. Also great as beach bags for beach days!