OBOW Light Travel Forum > Packing list for 8 days in Europe

I love reading other travellers' packing lists on this website because it always gives me great ideas. So here is my packing list for 8 days in Europe (trip is not during summer months, so bathing suits & sandals are not necessary). When going on trips via plane, I’ve found it helpful to pack my bag ahead of time and to weigh it. This helps so that I don’t overpack and to allow room for souvenirs. For my last few trips, I’ve also taken others’ advice from this site and use a packing list so that I: (a) don’t leave anything at home; and (b) don’t pack too much)

1 pr of capri pajama pants + tshirt
1 pr black pants
2 pr jeans – wear 1 (although I may just pack the black pants & no extra pr of jeans)
3 shirts – 1 tshirt for layering, 1 dressier button-down shirt, 1 tshirt-type material longsleeved shirt
1 sarong – I’ve used it as a blanket on the plane, a beach blanket, a towel, a scarf, and as an actual sarong. Can also be used as a head covering if going into a church, temple, or mosque that requires females to cover their heads
1 sholdit scarf – thank you to 1 of the users here for recommending this because this is going to take the place of my money belt!
2 bras – wear 1
3 pr socks – wear 1
3 pr undies – wear 1
2 pr shoes - 1 pr of Dansko Veda shoes (packed), 1 pr of New Balance sneakers (wear on the plane, these are great…I walked through Disneyland 3 days in a row last month and these sneakers saved my feet)

Cell phone + charger
Voltage convert + adapter plug for UK, France, & Belgium

Passport – in an RFID-blocking holder (the $4.99 kind that 3M sells)
Money, driver’s license, credit cards
Airplane & train tickets
Directions to get to my destination from the airport
Public transportation directions to get to sights I want to see while at my destination (since I won’t be relying on international cell phone usage during my trip)
Copy of travel insurance policy

Small travel umbrella
A book to read on the plane
Inflatable neck pillow for the plane
Pen & small notebook
Small red tote bag that compacts into a teeny tiny package – made by Eagle Creek
Split key rings for keeping my zippers secured
Very small LED flashlight
Eagle Creek Claudia Crossbody bag – which I’ll use as a purse. It’s quite small (8.5”x10”x1”) and weighs 8 oz.

Universal sink stopper
Clothes line
Small laundry bag – I use one that came with the Rick Steves bag I bought a few years ago
Small travel towel

Hair gel
Camp suds – for washing clothes
Hand sanitizer
Liquid makeup with SPF in it

Make up – very small kit comprised of mascara, 2 types of mineral eye shadow, 3 brushes, 1 lipstick
1 hair tie
Ecodent tooth powder – I use this stuff daily now at home and it works great.
Meds, vitamins, ibuprofen
Toddler wipes – for wiping one’s backside in yucky bathrooms that have no toilet paper. The toddler wipes are cheaper at Walmart in the baby aisle than the adult-equivalent in the toilet paper aisle
Dental floss
Small nail clippers
Travel-sized deoderant
3 bandaids

Long-sleeved shirt – but I might switch this for a short-sleeved one instead and layer w/my jacket & sarong if I get cold
Socks, undies, bra

Eye cream
Sunscreen – where I’m travelling & the time of year, I don’t need it
Liquid or bar shampoo – I will just buy some upon arrival
Hand-held luggage scale
A laptop PC

My husband’s Barnes & Noble Nook + charger. The Nook has wifi capability on it (but so does my US cell phone).

16 pounds! The AirBoss dimensions are 21”Lx8”Wx13”H. Weight of the empty bag is 3.4 pounds, so that means the actual stuff I’m putting in is 13.4 lb. When I went to Hawaii awhile ago doing the one-bag thing, my total bag weight was 25 pounds. Yikes! I can probably scrape another pound off of the weight if I leave 1 of the 2 pairs of jeans at home.
This is a good list. I am not a lady but if I were packing for myself I would probably omit at least one of the jeans. Does all of this take up much room in your Air Boss?
June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaxD
Nope. Because of the way I folded the clothing, I have quite a bit of room left in the bag and I hardly use one of the large side pockets.
If you omit one pr of jeans, if I were you I'd pack a small travel size spray of Febreze fabric or what I use, Fabric Wizz. Or, wait until the UK and see what Boots the Chemist sells, they have a great selection of travel size products and they're everywhere.
I don't know about anyone else but my clothes always a smell a bit fuggy after a long flight and public transport.
Other than that, great list and resulting weight!
June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Bag Lass
Awesome list - I would probably swap the second pair of jeans for a dress or skirt, depending on where you are going, it would matter for visiting churches, opera, nice dinners, etc. Plus. they are much lighter weight. I also don't wear sneakers in Europe, Clarks shoes are amazing and look much better, this is a personal choice.

And make sure the CC are the chip & pin type - if not then change out for ones that are, several banks now offer that option.
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan E.
<< And make sure the CC are the chip & pin type - if not then change out for ones that are, several banks now offer that option.>>

I've been trying without success to get one. The banks with which I have credit cards won't issue one to someone who spends as little as I do, and I don't want to open any new accounts.
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul-in-NYS
Great list - check the charger on whatever you're going to be plugging in to your adapter -- you may not need the voltage converter. Most cell phones, laptops, and other devices today go up to 240 V and so you can plug them straight into the adapter.

I'd swap out the pajama capris for exercise capris, which in a pinch (or if the fire alarm goes off in your hotel) you can wear in public.
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
I'd pack a one-oz. travel size tube of sunscreen and use a dab every day because I believe we all should use some sunscreen daily. 97 cents in Target.
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdottie