My Packing List for 4 Weeks in Europe


There are thousands of articles on what to pack for a backpacking trip to Europe. Here are a couple of useful articles I found:

The Savvy Backpacker Europe Packing List
Rick Steves Europe Packing List
Wordly Nomad Essential Travel Packing List

Don't forget, Google is your friend! I'm not going to go into detail as to why I packed what, but I thought I'd share what I decided to bring on my 4-week trip throughout Europe.

To summarize our trip, we are visiting the following countries:
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
Most of our time will be spent along the French and Italian Riviera, hitting many major cities along the way.

Note: I'll be updating this blog as I visit each city. I don't want to dive too deeply into our itinerary here.

The REI Lookout 40

I purchased this backpack for day-hiking around the Cascades (I'm from Seattle, after all). I never thought I'd ever use it for an actual backpacking trip. Based on my research, a 40-liter backpack was recommended. Since I already had this one, I figure I might as well just use it!


Wool socks were highly recommended by nearly every article I read.

Smartwool PhD Nordic Light Socks
Smartwool Classic Ribbed Socks
Darn Tough Quarter Crew Ultra Light
REI Lightweight Merino Wool Hiking Crew Socks


Quick-drying and anti-microbial are two key elements to great underwear. As a hiker, I know how important a good pair of boxer-briefs are for a comfortable trip!

Exofficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs


Basketball shorts. What else is there to say?


I wanted comfortable shirts that could be worn alone or layered with a button-down. All of these are very low-key and made of comfortable material.

Express Stretch Cotton Crew Neck Tee
Alfani Cotton Spandex Crew Neck Tee
REI Tech T-Shirt
Random Ezekiel Tee (Nordstrom Rack)

Casual Button Downs

My favorite type of shirt to wear, even at home! They're casual enough to be worn while exploring the city and "dressy" enough to wear during a night out. I went with very basic patterns and colors (blue is classic).

Old Navy Plaid Flannel Shirt
JCrew Secret Wash Shirt
JCrew Oxford Casual Button Down

Made to Mix-and-Match

Fashion isn't exactly my forte, but I feel like any combination of these shirts would go well together. I won't exactly be the best-dressed in Milan, but hopefully I'll pass...


I didn't want to be caught walking around with those convertible pant/short hiking pants, even if I do use a pair for hiking! A pair of jeans or khakis are a staple in any wardrobe, even abroad.


They aren't exactly being packed, but I thought I'd share the shoes I expect to wear throughout the trip. They are probably a bit too casual for a fancy dinner in Saint Tropez, but just about right for a night out at an English pub. Also, it'll be interesting to see how this fairs on the cliff-side walks along Cinque Terre!

Staying Organized

Imagine getting to the hostel after a long train ride, putting down your bag, and unloading every article of clothing you have just so you can change into sleepwear. Packing cubes keep things organized in compartments, making it easier to find what you need without completely unloading your bag!


All of the clothes, in each of the packing cubes, fits perfectly in my 40-liter backpack with plenty of room to spare!

I also plan on bringing a toiletry bag, phone chargers, and a 12" Macbook laptop. Despite packing all those other items, the bag is a comfortable fit and weighs a total of about 12 lbs.

Bon voyage!

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