I’m off to Europe in July! I’ll be travelling carry-on only. This list is for one month of summer travel, carry-on only.
I’ve found I need far fewer clothes than most packing lists would have you believe.
One jacket, two t-shirts, two dresses and one pair of jeans, plus a swimsuit and towel is pretty much the foundation of what I bring anywhere in the world, no matter how long the trip. For shoes, I take an open and a closed (covered) pair, if I’m travelling in summer.
Fabrics-wise, merino is wonderful for being quick-drying, comfortable and non-smelly, and you can wear it several days before it needs a wash. Lace underwear (or merino for the guys) is fast-drying and will wash and dry overnight in almost all cases.
I like to travel in jeans. They feel good, and I roll them up to 3/4 trousers when the weather heats up, and wear them with sandals. So they’re double-duty. They take longer to wash, but I’ll wear jeans 3-4 days in most weather before they need washing.
Here’s my packing list:
What I wear on while travelling:
- Merino t-shirt
- Denim jacket
- Ballet flats
- Bakelite antique bangle (doesn’t beep through security!)
- Paperwork, passport, drivers’ license, wallet, cash in local and destination currencies etc.
- Extra power pack with USB port
- Pocket mirror
- Solid perfume
- Long last lipstick LIQUIDS AND GELS
- Diva cup
- Panty liners
- Water bottle (fill once you’re through customs and security)
- Pen (to fill out paperwork)
- Prescription medicine and Doctor’s certificate
Extra clothing in my carry-on pack
I use a 30 litre backpack. I’ve found that rigid suitcases aren’t as convenient and a backpack is easier to manage – as long as it’s not too big!
- Teva walking sandals
- Spare merino t-shirt
- Relaxed lightweight dress A
- Dress B
- Black leggings (to wear underneath dresses if it gets cold)
- 3/4 leggings (add to a t-shirt for instant gym wear)
- Kaftan – for poolside lounging
- 5 x underwear (lace dries quickly for washing in hotel sinks)
Cosmetics and skin care
In clear ziplock wash bag.
I put liquids and gels in a separate ziplock for easy inspection.
- Dailies contact lenses LIQUIDS AND GELS
- Tinted moisturiser (travel size) LIQUIDS AND GELS
- Chubby stick (face colour)
- Body puff
- Stick coconut oil (for hair)
- Disposable razor
- Travel tweezers
- A few band-aids
- Stick deodorant
As much as possible I avoid liquids and gels, and bring solid cosmetics instead. I also share with my partner and kids, so we don’t double up on toiletries unless we have to.
Toiletries shared with partner’s bag
- Universal adapter
- Turkish (lightweight) towel
- Extension cord
I don’t bring a sleeping bag. I’ve never come across a hostel yet that doesn’t provide bedding, and I’m not one for camping out. But I do bring a large lightweight towel.
When I’m sharing a room, I try to grab a bottom bunk, and tucking my towel up gives me a screen from other roomies when I want some privacy. It’s also ideal if I hit the beach when travelling 🙂