I’ve got about a week and a half before I travel to Europe for my awesome overseas adventure. I normally would have started packing weeks ago but that’s been delayed due to moving house last weekend. I’ve also worked 26 days straight over the last month so I haven’t had a day to properly unpack everything. So far I’ve unpacked all my clothes, shoes, bags and scarves but I still need to sort out my jewellery.
[Stay tuned for a post about my new wardrobe room!]
I started feeling a little stressed last week about all the things I need to do before I leave. I’m working right up until I leave and I have plenty of social commitments as well. When I get stressed about everything I tend to make checklists and to-do lists and daily planners. It helps me gather and organise my thoughts and figure out a plan of attack. I did this throughout uni and in my later years I finally figured out a method to stop me from over-committing myself and going crazy.
I’m starting to feel like I’m going a bit crazy now, hence the need to create checklists and to-do lists. I’m going to use this blog to create a checklist of what I think I should pack for my Europe trip.
Things I need to keep in mind:
- It’s winter in Australia right now and will still be when I return, so I will need warm clothes for that.
- I’m also having two days in Sydney before I leave, so I need clothes for the road trip from Canberra to Sydney, and clothes for activities on those two days.
- I’m going into Europe summer. In particular, I’m starting off in the warm Mediterranean, so I will need summer clothes.
- I’m going on sailing tours around the Greek Islands and Croatia, so multiple swimwear and beach clothing options are essential.
- Ultra Europe will be on the agenda with the 3 day festival, a boat party and the beach party. Comfy festival clothes are going to be needed for these days.
- I’ll be partying it up in clubs in the Greek Islands, London, Barcelona, Prague and Amsterdam. Going out clothes are essential.
- It’s important to have conservative clothes for when I visit religious sights like the Vatican.
- I will be going up to the Swiss Alps. Even in summer it’s going to be cold up there with the snow.
- I’m going to be doing a lot of walking, so comfy shoes are a must.
- I will be going on tours with Busabout, Contiki & Topdeck. This means I am restricted to luggage that weighs no more than 20kg.
- Travelling with budget airlines between major cities means that my carry-on luggage is restricted as well.
- I’m spending a week in London, but I feel the cold easily, so the London summer may still feel cold for me.
- I want to do physical activities like bike riding and water sports – basically I don’t want to miss out on the extra activities.
- I’m going to be away from home for just over 10 weeks. So I will need a fair few clothes with lots of outfit options.
- I’m a shopaholic, so I probably will buy a fair few new items when I am over there.
In a nutshell: I need to pack for summer, with pieces that can be layered for cooler climates, that are versatile enough for casual and dressy occasions, and not too many items because I have a weight restriction to think about.
This is why I have been researching Europe summer packing lists for months. After my research, I have come up with this packing list:
- Maxi Skirt
- Mini Skirt
- denim shorts
- black shorts
- White blouse
- Denim shirt
- light cardigan
- light sweater
- 3 casual shirts
- 1 dressy shirt
- summer blazer
- light trench coat
- leather jacket
- button up sleeveless blouse
- Maxi dress
- printed dress
- plain light fabric dress
- plain cotton dress
- 2 scarves
- 2 necklaces
- 1 watch
- 3 pairs of earrings
- Day bag
- cross body bag
- 2 belts
- 1 hat
- 2 headbands
- 2 swimwear
- lace up canvas shoes
- ballet flats
- gladiator sandals
- Flip Flops
This doesn’t seem like a lot of things (ok actually it does…), but I’m sure I will turn the list into double the size when I actually start packing. I think there’s some things I’ve missed on the list… I’m getting a little worried about overpacking now…
I’m going to lay everything out on the couch and cull items from there. I’m also going to be trying on outfits and different combinations to make sure that the clothes work together and that I’ll get the most out of them when I’m travelling…
Stay tuned for more on my packing… hopefully I wont overpack!