Last year, my boyfriend and I decided to take an adventure inter-railing around Europe for 3 weeks. This was our first ever trip where we actually travelled around, as opposed to staying in one city or hotel and it was a whole new ball game – especially considering what to pack. Looking back on it a year later and considering the mistakes I made, I put together a revised packing list of what I would bring if I was to do the trip again.
Backpack – I made the rookie mistake of bringing a suitcase. Lugging it up endless flights of stairs in train stations and along cobbled streets was not ideal. In hindsight, I definitely should’ve taken a backpack.
Day bag – Something small will do just fine. I brought a handbag with alternate straps so that I could switch between a shoulder bag and a cross-body bag for more comfort.
Travel Insurance documents
Padlock – If you’re staying in hostels then this is essential to lock your stuff away. I like to carry one when I’m travelling anyway, just in case.
Notebook and pen – I always like to have these on me just to write anything down that springs to mind.
First aid kit
If you’re going in the summer, like we did, most places in Europe generally have good weather, however, it does differ from country to country. We literally went from a heatwave in Paris to cold wind and rain in Amsterdam, in the space of a week. European weather is also quite unpredictable so it’s important to pack for all possibilities. The easiest way to get around this is by layering.
4x Day time tops
2x Off-shoulder crop tops – For going out at night or dressing up in the day.
2x Long sleeve tops
2x Hoodies – I actually bought a second one whilst we were in Amsterdam because it was so cold and I only brought one warm hoodie with me.
1 Going out dress – Unless you’re going to somewhere fancy, you can get away with being fairly casual in Europe. We went to Le Lido in Paris and James had bought me this dress as a present, otherwise, I’d probably recommend something that can double up as a day dress.
2x Mini skirts
1 Midi skirt – To dress up for going out at night.
1 Pair of denim shorts
1 Pair of jeans
1 Bikini – We were only visiting cities so I didn’t think I’d need a bikini but I actually ended up buying one in Paris. There was a freak heatwave whilst we were there and we found a swimming pool to go to, to cool off.
10x Underwear – Easily washable wherever you’re staying but I like to take just over a week’s worth.
3x Non-wired bras
Comfortable walking shoes – We did A LOT of walking and I was thankful for having comfortable trainers with me.
Sandals – I wore these to go out in as well as in the day.
Going out bag – I brought a purse that I use as a clutch bag, it was small enough not to take up too much space but enough to fit my going out essentials in.
Jewellery – The perfect way to dress up any outfit.
Camera – I didn’t actually bring a camera on this trip because I didn’t have one at the time but if I was to do it again, I would definitely take mine. There’s so many sights and photogenic spots in Europe, you wouldn’t want to miss out on capturing them!
Olympus PEN E-PL8 White Body Only
Spare batteries and charger
Phone and charger
Universal travel adaptors
Chnano Travel Adapter – Two USB Ports Universal World Wide All-in-one Safety Travel Charger Wall Charger Adapter Plug Built-in 3.2A Dual USB Ports For Home Use-Safety Fuse Protection (Black)
Toiletries – 100ml and under only!
Bobbles and grips
Microfibre towel – This are so amazing for when you need to pack all your stuff away quickly to jump on a train, it dries in minutes!
RainLeaf Antibacterial Microfiber Towel, X-Large (30 x 60 inches), Gray
Small pack-able cool bag – This came in super handy when we picked up food from local markets for picnics.
So that’s everything you really need to inter-rail around Europe. All of this should easily fit inside a carry on sized bag, if you pack it right!
Enjoy your trip!
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