Europe Packing List for Fall

Travel Packing List for Fall in Europe

Finally, your long-awaited trip to Europe is approaching. You’re filled with excitement to try some good food, enjoy some sights and take the most epic pictures at some pretty historic landmarks for the next two weeks (or more if you’re lucky enough to have the time off). Before you go, it’s important to know what to pack. Depending on the season and the region you’ll be visiting, your packing list can differ. For example, central Italy has an average high of 55 degrees during the fall season while southern Italy has average highs of 65 to 75 degrees. Northern Italy on the other hand is coldest with highs of 45 to 65 degrees. Before packing, be sure to do your research on weather conditions prior to your trip to help you decide what to bring with you. For some basic starting tips, here are a few helpful suggestions.

How do you fit everything in two suitcases?

It can seem almost impossible to fit everything in a suitcase for a weekend trip so we can only imagine how overwhelming it must seem to try and fit everything in your luggage for two whole weeks. It is recommended that you pack two suitcases, one suitcase for each week, especially because fall clothing items are a lot thicker and heavier than summer clothes. Since each airline has its own luggage weight limit, you may end up paying extra for being over the limit if you try and cram everything into one suitcase. If that’s the case, you might as well bring another, right? 

Another reason that it’s a good idea to bring another suitcase is that you may want to bring some souvenirs and gifts back from your trip. Having an extra suitcase allows you to have the extra room to do that, along with any other shopping items you decide to bring back with you. If you have two suitcases in two different sizes, you’ll want to pack your lighter items into your smaller ones. This can also count as your carry-on, just be sure to stay clear of liquids and other items that are not allowed on carry-ons. Also, taking a travel backpack through the airports and on your flight is another way to bring an extra roomy bag without paying extra. If you’re wanting to take a purse or two with you, be sure that they are foldable, such as totes that will lay flat, and to pack them in your suitcase. 

One last tip, if you’re not already rolling your clothes when you pack them, you will want to do it for this trip. Rolling your clothes instead of folding them will create more space, and most travelers say they see less wrinkles on their clothing when they unpack them. It will also keep things more organized.

What should you pack for 2 weeks in Europe?

When it comes to knowing what to pack, it all depends on what you have planned. If you’re using a travel agent, that may be a great place to start asking questions about your itinerary and what to bring to each activity. If you’re kind of just winging it and doing your own thing, the concierge at the hotel you’re staying at would be a great place to ask questions on what to do and what you’ll need to pack. Other than that, be sure to bring your basics for fall weather, such as:

  • Jeans or jeggings that you can mix and match during the day and at night by switching tops.
  • Cardigan sweaters that you can layer on top of short sleeves for warmer days. Denim jackets are also another great option when it comes to layering because they are so fashionable and perfect for fall weather.
  • A few short sleeves, such as men’s crew neck tops, to wear during hotter days and to layer underneath during colder evenings. Long sleeve tops are also great to layer under a warmer vest or a windbreaker, which is more comfortable when doing a lot of moving about during the day.
  • Both men and women should pack a couple of pairs of sweatpants and hoodies for those on-the-go moments or to lounge around in the room. 
  • Men’s flannel pajamas and cotton sleep shirts are great for bedtime and can be worn more than once if you’re accustomed to taking a shower before bed. This way, you won’t have to pack as many. 
  • Comfy shoes are obviously a must as a lot of European activities involve walking. Whether it’s a tour through the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome or shopping at the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, walking is the best way to take in the best sights, experience the city, and take the most memorable pictures. Don’t forget to take comfy socks as well that will keep your feet dry and cushioned as you walk through these historic places. 
  • Accessories such as fashion scarves, beanies or hats, and simple jewelry.
  • Of course, undergarments and at least a swimsuit or swim trunks. If your hotel has an indoor spa and hot tub, you may want to unwind at the end of the day by immersing yourself in the jacuzzi and giving your feet and back a break to recover. 
  • Camera, prepaid SIM cards to avoid extra charges, tablet, and chargers since Europe has different power outlets than what we’re used to in the States.  

What not to wear in Europe?

Europeans say they can spot an American from a mile away depending on their shoes. So if you’re wanting to blend in, here is a list of what NOT to wear:

  • American sneakers or flip flop sandals
  • American branded clothing
  • American sports team gear, such as jerseys, hats, sports jackets etc.
  • Hiking clothes, unless you’ve got a day of hiking in Norway

While these are just the basics, you’ll want to do some research on what the locals are wearing in the country that you’ll be visiting and allow yourself some time to shop. While you’re researching fashion, you may also want to do a little research on etiquette, currency, and culture so that you can be prepared as well as give off a good impression on the locals. 

Now that you’re all set on packing — relax and have a fun, safe trip!

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