Europe Summer Packing List Inspired by TravelFashionGirl

When I’ve been trying to figure out what clothes to take away with me, I’ve been drawing inspiration and tips from Travel Fashion Girl, a website dedicated to helping women pack less but stay stylish.

I’ve decided to do up a packing list inspired by Travel Fashion Girl’s European Summer Packing List. Here is a picture of what Travel Fashion Girl recommends for a maximista packing list for Europe:


The list includes:

  • 2 or 3 short sleeved tops

  • 1-2 long sleeved tops

  • 2 tank tops

  • 1 dress

  • 2 or 3 shorts/skirts (any length is fine)

  • 1-2 pairs of light trousers / leggings

  • 1 swimsuit

  • 1 x sleepwear

  • 1 rainproof jacket

  • 1 knit or light sweater

  • 1 scarf

  • sunglasses

  • jewellery

  • umbrella
  • waterproof thongs/sandals

  • cute and comfortable flats that can be worn casually/dressy

  • comfortable walking shoes


And here is what I came up with:

Europe Summer Packing List



I followed the packing list pretty closely. Here are some things to note about my list:

  • I excluded the raincoat as the list included an umbrella and I think it’s  a waste of space to take an umbrella AND a raincoat.
  • A maxi skirt is a travel essential – they are comfortable, lightweight, can be hitched up when its super hot to make a mini skirt, or be worn down when you are travelling to religious or culturally conservative places.
  • The PJ’s are versatile because the top can be worn as a shirt during the day, as well as a pj top at night.
  • The swimmers are reversible.
  • I chose some strappy sandals which can be used to make a casual outfit dressier.
  • The black day bag also works well for going out at night.


How I would improve this list:

  • I would add another dress. I think it’s a good idea to have a patterned dress and a dress in a solid colour. I would add a little black dress to the above list because it’s something that can be worn both day and night, and can be layered with other items to create a different look. I still think the patterned dress is a good choice as well because it is also versatile, but it’s a bit more casual than the LBD.
  • I would add ‘going out clothes’. Not a heap of clothes, but something simple like an embellished top. Wear this with jeans or the black skirt and you’ve got a dressier outfit for nights out.
  • The original picture showed a lot of jewellery – I would probably take just one watch, 2 necklaces and a pair of funky earrings. I think that’s probably enough, and it’s likely you will pick up interesting pieces during your travels.
  • I would still like to pack heels. Maybe wedges though, with just a slight heel. They would really make a difference to an outfit!
  • I did this a couple of months ago. Looking at it now, I don’t really like the colour choices. If I did it again, I would make better choices with a colour palette.


What do you guys think of the list? What do you think of my choices?

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6 thoughts on “Europe Summer Packing List Inspired by TravelFashionGirl

  1. Lady Light Travel says:

    Many museums, art galleries, and churches won’t let you bring an umbrella inside – it has to be checked. That’s one reason I prefer a packable raincoat. There are a lot of cute ones out there that fit in your day bag and weigh less than 1 pound. A jacket also helps if it cools down – something an umbrella can’t help you with.
    A modal knit LBD is a great idea. It is all you need for dress up or dress down, just change the accessories.
    Why not swap out the purple top for a dressier top? It really doesn’t fit with the rest of the wardrobe.
    I do think that some of your discontent with your wardrobe is due to the fact that the pieces don’t work together well. They don’t layer for different looks. For example, you only have 1 sweater but no other top that may be layered over the others. That’s limiting. Also bring one more scarf for more looks.

    • vintagebarbie17 says:

      I probably should have mentioned that I meant a small umbrella that can fit into your day bag to avoid that problem.

      Yes, as I mentioned the colours don’t work too well together, but I was just fiddling around to find examples 😉 I’m going to have some more fun on Polyvore to re-create a better example of a travel wardrobe for me to take 🙂

      Thanks for your tips 🙂

      • Lady Light Travel says:

        Just as an FYI, they’re pretty fussy about the little ones too. They are also fussy about big purses and will force you to check them. The one in your example will work though – it is small enough.
        Pick a couple of base neutrals and then add pops of color for a more versatile wardrobe. Greece is very hot so focus on lighter materials with a few cover ups for the cool of the evening.

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