EUROPE FALL PACKING LIST
I love traveling Europe in fall.
The summer crowds are gone, queues are shorter, prices for hotels are significantly lower, and the weather is still warm enough that I don't have to dread walking outside.
I find creating a Europe fall packing list kinda tricky. While countries in the north beging dropping temperatures and getting covered in glorious foliage, southern countries like Portugal and Spain are still hot enough to wear short dresses and tank tops. That's why layers are awesome, right?
Here's my Europe packing list for fall. My main tip is to keep your wardrobe's colors neutral and to make sure you bring layers and layers if you're doing a multi-country trip. This list was made for women (sorry, guys!), but I'm sure my male readers will also find a few useful tips in here :)
- Skirts and/or dresses. They're great if you have a multi-country intinerary. In southern Italy or Spain, you can still get away with wearing dresses and skirts as the weather is still quite warm during autumn. In the cooler countries in the north, you can wear them while pairing them up with tights to keep yourself warm while still looking dressed up.
- Shirts. Make sure to pack a few long-sleeves and a few short sleeves for warmer days.
- Two jackets/coats. A thick one for the cooler days and and one lighter one for the days when the sun comes out (let's hope there'll be plenty!)
- 1-2 cardigans. Make sure they match with the rest of your clothes. Black, gray, or brown are always safe colors.
- 1 pair of leggings
- 1-2 scarves
1 pair of sneakers. I always bring white sneakers like these Toms. I always feel the need to look a bit more fashionable in Europe than in other places, and these kind of sneakers are actually in trend there, so you won't stand out as a tourist.
Lots of socks
Universal travel adapter. Most of Europe uses a Type C plug, so you’ll need an adapter. In the UK, they use a type G. I recommend getting a universal travel adapter like this one (it will work everywhere in Europe, including England).
Camera + accessories
TOILETRIES + MAKEUP
Travel-sized conditioner (optional)
Travel-sized toothpaste + Toothbrush
TSA-friendly toiletry bag. By law, you'll need to put your liquids into a ziplock for a security scan at European airports. It gets kind of annoying having to take your liquids out of your toiletry bag and into a ziplock all the time, so I just keep my toiletries into this TSA-friendly bag for toiletries from Sephora.
TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR EUROPE
Make sure your travel insurance covers all the countries you plan on visiting as well as activities you plan on undertaking. Some insurances won't cover you if harm yourself while hiking or doing other adventure activities, so read your insurance terms carefully.
If you don't have insurance yet, or the one you have won't cover all your needs, I highly recommend you check out World Nomads.
It's a travel insurance designed by travelers and it's super flexible. They let you extend or add countries online, so if your plans change or you decide to hit up another country, all you need wifi to adjust your insurance needs. It will also cover you on over 150 adventure activities, so if you are planning on doing more than just sight-seeing while in Europe, you should definitely look into it.
Travel towel. Regular towels take up tons of space and take ages to dry, so I decided to give travel towels a go and WOW! They're super light to carry, take almost no space in my luggage, and they dry super quickly. A huge bonus is that they can double as blankets if you find yourself in a cold plane or bus. I recommend this one by Youphoria.
Packing cubes. They’ll save you tons of space because they compress air and they’re also a great way to stay organized. I always use one cube for one set of items. Bottoms go into one cube, tops into another, and my underwear + socks into the third one.
I can unpack easily and I always know where to find my things instead of scrambling through my bag and making a mess as soon as I arrive at my accommodation. I use this set of packing cubes from Ebags.
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