The Ultimate Packing List for Europe in Spring


Preparation for Travelling to Europe

Everyone loves a holiday in Europe…especially us! If you’re planning a European getaway then you’re going to want all of the insider info on how to have the best possible trip, including the Ultimate Packing List for Europe in Spring.  You can start by checking out our posts on amazing European locations not to be missed…..

Avoiding the Packing Traps

After that you are going to need an awesome packing hack to make sure that you have everything you need for your trip.  If you’ve read our post 8 Mistakes Most People Make When Travelling you’ll already know that whether you’re travelling for an extended period of time, or just a few days,  the amount you pack is absolutely critical.  No-one wants to lug around more than they need when they’re travelling!

Packing Lists 101

Our Ultimate Packing Lists are organised by region or country, and then by season.  After that they are sorted by the layers required to dress appropriately for the travel you’re about to do.  Here’s a quick reference guide to what our layers mean –

First Layer
  • Jocks/knickers/panties/boxers
  • Undershirts (singlet or sleeved tops for wearing as a first layer)
  • Socks
  • Stockings and tights
  • Thermals


Second Layer
  • T-shirts
  • Button up shirts
  • Jeans
  • Trousers
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Cocktail / evening wear
  • Sports shirts (designed for exertion activities)
  • Sports leg wear (yoga pants, exercise pants, gym shorts, tracksuit)
Third Layer
  • Cardigan
  • Jumper / sweater
  • Hoodie
  • Light jacket
  • Suit jacket
  • Heavy jacket
  • Shawl / poncho / pashmina
  • Boots
  • Walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Slippers
  • Flip Flops / Jandals / Thongs / Sandals
  • Sports shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Sun hat
  • Beanie
  • Neck scarf (for warmth)
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear


Now that we have all of the basics out of the way, here’s our expert advice on what you’ll need to make the most of your trip to Europe in spring time….

Our Ultimate Packing Guide Tip Sheet for Travelling to Europe in Spring

Before we set out the packing list for you, here are some important things to remember.  The first item on the guide below refers to Europe in Spring, however the other four tips can be applied to packing for any trip you are taking.


Our Ultimate Packing List for Europe in Spring

Whenever you travel you really only need to pack as though you are going away for a week.  Throw in a few extras, as well as the items from our Never Forget List, and you are good to go.  Our Never Forget List is made up of medications, a small first aid kit, a small sewing kit, sunscreen, and aloe vera.  These items have saved us many, many times!

Depending on the length of your trip you might also get value from having a small wash bag, and some laundry detergent in a leak proof container.  Even without access to washing machines you can launder items in the bath, shower or sink.

PRO TIP – Lie laundered items lengthways in a bath towel.  Wrap them in a tight roll, and twist both ends in opposite directions.  Do this over a tub or basin as a lot of excess water will run out from the clothing.  Then hang them to dry on a line, towel rail or coat hangers.  They dry much more quickly this way.

The list below is meant to be a guide to what you’ll need.  As you will see from the footnotes there are numerous variations and provisos.  You have the ultimate choice as to what to take for the trip you have planned.  Our Ultimate Packing Lists are our go to after 25 years of travel, and 14 years living abroad.

Happy packing!


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