I’m sure not everyone is interested in this level of detail of my packing habits, but for those who are – here is an exhaustive list of everything I’m taking along with me on this three and a half month trip around Europe, from late October to mid February. Bear in mind I’m not a fashionista, hardcore hiker or complete minimalist – this stuff is serving me well enough for daily sightseeing in both cities and smaller towns, indoors and outdoors, and in the cold weather. I hope some finds this useful, as it’s the kind of thing I was looking up and stressing about before leaving!

Items which I have bought over here are italicised
Items I’ve had to ditch are crossed out


  • Antler carry-on sized suitcase
  • Lowepro Passport Sling camera bag (aka Bag of Holding)
  • Enviro shopping bag
  • Black Wolf expandable backpack (unneeded, mailed home)
  • Lonchamp Le Pliage medium tote (bought in Marseille, January)


  • thongs (not needed for showers, December)
  • ASOS black leather knee high boots (leaked in snow, December)
  • Columbia Switchback 2 Omni Tech trail shoes
  • Clarks Gore-tex brown leather boots (bought in Berlin, December)


  • Long tee for sleeping in
  • black viscose tee-shirt
  • Target grey marle long-sleeved merino thermal top
  • Witchery burnt orange long-sleeved wool top
  • White, grey and striped tees (bought in San Sebastian, January)
  • Polka dot shirt (bought in San Sebastian, January)
  • Ivory singlet (bought in San Sebastian, January)

Mid Layers

  • Country Road navy wool cardigan (sent home in January)
  • Striped wool cardigan
  • Lululemon grey bamboo/cashmere pullover
  • Mountain Designs grey polar fleece jumper
  • H&M knit pullover (bought in Amsterdam, December)

Outer Layers

  • ScotteVest black trench (sent home in January)
  • Zara khaki down filled coat


  • Just Jeans black skinny jeans (fell apart in January, RIP)
  • GAP dark blue jeggings (Glasgow, November)
  • GAP khaki pants (Glasgow, November)
  • Handmade red skirt (too poorly made haha, December)
  • H&M green pencil skirt (Edinburgh, November)


  • Red ponti dress (looking really worn, December)
  • Portmans silky navy tunic dress


  • Wooden beaded necklace
  • Watch
  • Wedding and engagement rings
  • Handmade red wool knit beret
  • Cotton On teal cotton ‘pashmina’ scarf
  • Purple and teal tartan wool scarf (mailed home in January)
  • Grey knit beret (lost!)
  • Teal handmade beret (made in December)
  • Khaki loop scarf (Amsterdam, December)
  • Crappy cheap gloves (Amsterdam, December)
  • Ralph Lauren sunglasses (lost on Skye, November)
  • Black braided belt
  • Thick black waist belt
  • Black wool felt hat (too much of a pain, abandoned in December)

Socks & Underwear

  • 6 5 4 pairs of underwear (don’t need that many if washing every day)
  • Pretty but thin socks (useless in the cold, ditched in December)
  • Thick Holeproof Explorer socks (BEST! Wish I’d bought more!)
  • 2 pairs of regular socks
  • Grey 180D tights
  • Black 200D tights
  • Black merino thermal leggings
  • 2 beige bras
  • 1 sports bra
  • 2 merino thermal singlets


  • Canon 7D + memory cards, charger, cable
  • 16-35mm f2.8L lens
  • 50mm f1.8 lens
  • iPhone 4S + charger
  • Apple headphones
  • Cheapo noise cancelling headphones (useless, December)
  • Kindle + cable
  • iPad Mini + cable (need it for work, honest; November)
  • (plus The Boy carries our Macbook Air + charger, Instax 7S and powerboard and converters)

Toiletries & Makeup

  • 100ml shampoo
  • 100ml conditioner
  • 100ml moisturising cream
  • roll-on deodourant
  • body wash (I just pick up random ones from hotels that provide them…)
  • face cleanser (thought I could get away without, but no)
  • eye cream (harsh cold = dry skin)
  • toothbrush
  • dental floss
  • razor
  • tweezers
  • tinted moisturiser
  • concealer
  • mascara
  • brown pencil eyeliner
  • black liquid eyeliner
  • red lipstick + liner (tip: doubles as a blush)
  • berry lip stain
  • MUJI toiletry bag, fits most of the above
  • ton of little packs of tissues which need constant replenishing


  • Elastic portable washing line (lost in Paris)
  • Moleskine notebook + pacer
  • Travel towel
  • Kathmandu water bottle
  • Passport + pouch

Last updated on 19h February 2012, in Barcelona