Backpacking Guide for Europe

In this article, we’ll be going through what to pack for Europe, including what kinds of clothes should be on your backpacking Europe packing list as well as some of the essential electronics and gadgets to make your trip all the easier!

The weather in Europe is generally quite mild but can be very changeable. To keep up with the weather and be prepared for whatever is thrown at you it’s best to pack a range of basic and versatile clothing items that can be layered if need be.

Clothing to Pack for Europe


T-shirts and tank tops are a must when traveling to Europe, regardless of where you’re going. On hot days, you’ll be thankful that your skin can breathe freely, while on cooler days, you’ll be happy to have that extra layer underneath. You’ll also want to bring at least one long-sleeved top that can be dressed up or down, as well as a versatile sweater.


Ideally, choose your most comfortable pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down and that you would be happy wearing while walking around the city. If you’re planning on being very physically active on your trip, such as going on lots of hikes, you might also want to consider bringing a pair of hiking pants or jogging bottoms. Something comfy!


For most women, bras are essential. Depending on what you’ve got planned on your trip and personal preference, you’ll probably want to bring a regular bra and a sports bra. Another versatile option is a bralette, which can be comfortably worn during walks and hikes, alongside use as an everyday bra.

For both men and women be sure to bring enough underwear and socks! If you have access to laundry services on your trip generally speaking you’ll want to bring enough to last you a week (maybe a couple more for emergencies!) and do regular laundry for long trips. And don’t forget a swimsuit!


Remember that Europe is by and large rainy! Preferably find a compact rain jacket that can be folded up into a little bag that can then be clipped to your backpack. 

For an extra layer during the colder months be sure to bring a fleece-lined jacket as well. Fleece is a great option for that extra layer as it provides a lot of bulky or heavy. 


At the very least, you should bring a pair of trainers or other style of comfortable casual shoes, something that you would be happy to spend hours walking around in. For many trips, a comfortable casual shoe should be enough, but it would be worthwhile also bringing a light pair of nice flats if you’re planning on going to any upscale restaurants. And don’t forget to bring flip flops, which are perfect for the beach as well as those questionable hostel showers!

Electronics to Pack for Europe

Universal adapter/voltage converter

Regardless of where you’re traveling from a universal adapter is probably going to be essential. Most countries in Europe use a standard two-prong plug and the UK uses its own three-prong plug. If you’re traveling from the states and bringing along electronics that operate on 110 volts, you’ll need to bring a voltage converter as well.

Power bank

For those times where you can’t quite make it to a power outlet, it’s essential to carry a portable power bank with you. Also incredibly useful when on long trips and your phone is your only source of entertainment! 

Europe SIM card

If you want to avoid roaming charges and incurring large fees, purchase a prepaid European SIM card before you leave. Data is universal throughout Europe, so you’ll never have to go without the internet regardless of where you are. You can also get an eSIM.

Laptop or tablet

If you’re not required to work too much while on your trip, opt for bringing a light tablet rather than your laptop. Alternatively, consider switching to an ultra-light laptop if working is essential.


Packing cubes/bags

Simply to make bag organization so much more convenient, packing cubes are the perfect solution to a messy and disorganized backpack. 

Microfibre travel towel

It’s always handy to have a towel with you, and even handier to have an ultra-light, compact, and quick-drying towel with you. Micro fibre towels are great for sport personal use and even for those on-the-fly cleaning jobs.

Earplugs and eye mask

Earplugs and an eye mask are essential for hostels, where you have no control over your roommates and their actions. 

Water bottle

The water in most European countries is perfectly fine to drink from the tap so bring along a reusable water bottle to save yourself lots of money and plastic waste. To save on space, opt for a flexible water bottle.

Travel lock

If you know that you’re going to be taking a lot of public transport. it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially if you’re taking long trips around other people, make sure to lock up your belongings in case you fall asleep.