Winter Eurotrip Packing List

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


  1. How did you go for weight as a carry on? Were you stopped at any point? I also noticed that you didn’t have many bottoms. How did that go?

    1. Hi Sharon! We only did one flight into Europe at the beginning, and was just right. It was checked but as a full service airline they didnt mind as long as I could lift it. I checked luggage on the way home because I bought too many things!

      I brought less bottoms I initially because I planned to buy some. I managed pretty well with 2 pairs of pants and a skirt or two – especially in winter it doesn’t get so sweaty, so they can be reworn many times between washes. I generally stay pretty safe with bottoms and have more variety in tops at home as well, so it wasn’t a huge difference.

  2. Hey!

    I was wondering if you did backpacker/budget travelling or stayed in hotels?
    How well did the suitcase work in terms of ease of travelling? Was it easy to wheel everywhere? Did you consider bringing a backpack?

    I’m deciding between a suitcase and backpack for my trip in the summer. I’ll be staying in hostels and traveling by train and plane in Europe.



    1. Sorry for the late reply Yawen!

      We stayed about half the time in hostels, with the rest between budget hotels (where they were the same price as hostels) and AirBnB apartments (for longer stays). I was fine with wheeling my suitcase around 90% of the time – there were a few times when the snow was too heavy or the roads were paved with cobblestones, and of course there are a LOT of stairs, in stations, around cities and at the hostels themselves. If my suitcase wasn’t light enough for me to lift easily with one hand I would have required assistance or been extremely slow – definitely not a good thing when running between trains!

      I did consider getting a backpack, but as I already had a light, small suitcase and didn’t want to spend a few hundred dollars more on luggage, I went with that. I also have occasional back problems, which flared up a few times during the trip, so if I couldn’t wheel my luggage I would have been in trouble! It’s a personal choice though, and I know some friends who swear by their backpacks and would not travel with anything else. The most important thing is that you get it fitted correctly, and don’t try to carry too much.

      I hope that helps!

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