The Ultimate Summer Packing List for Europe

Summer Fridays have officially kicked off, and that means summer’s official start (June 21) is right around the corner. Who else is counting down the days? Cue the beachside picnics, the poolside hangouts, the backyard barbecues, and the trips—yep, so many travel plans are calling your name. If you’ve been saving up all your vacation days for the warm-weather season, now’s officially the time to book and start perfecting that itinerary.

If you’re not quite sure where to fly to this time of year, consider looking into a European getaway. There are so many great places to visit, and getting from one country to the other is actually fairly cheap. Dreamt of seeing the Eiffel Tower? Or how about the Pantheon? You and do all that and more without spending more than $1000.

Now, figuring out where to go and what to see is already stressful enough, so we decided to help you out with your summer packing list for Europe. We've covered all the clothing you should bring, the toiletries you can't leave the States without, and the miscellaneous items that are sure to be serious travel game changers. Read on to see and shop our essentials below. Happy traveling.

Clothing

When it comes to packing for a European adventure, you'll want to make sure to bring along interchangeable vacation classics, like easy, breezy dresses, skirts, jeans, and tees. Plan your outfits ahead of time to avoid overpacking, too. See our must-haves below.

Picture this dress for a beachside dinner.

The perfect summertime trousers—lightweight and chic.

Wear for a fancy dinner or a day of exploring.

Don't forget to pack a pair of cute and comfy shorts—just like these.

The daisy print is summertime perfection.

It can get quite chilly in the evening, so packing a lightweight cardigan is another must.

Pair this with the white tee.

Meet the easiest outfit of your entire vacation.

Shoes

Shoes are bulky, which means they take up a lot of space in your suitcase. So, narrow down your footwear picks to a select few, including fun beach sandals, good walking sneakers, and a few elegant picks, like heels and flats, for a fancy night on the town. We've got you covered with our shoe selection, below.

You can walk miles in these.

Espadrilles are a classic summer shoe.

Get in on the hiking sandal trend with these.

The cutest beach shoes there ever were.

Add a bit of shine to every outfit with these sandals.

The lightly cushioned insole ensures all-day comfort without sacrificing style.

Accessories

Perfect your accessories bag with our roundup of must-pack necklaces, earrings, sunglasses, and purses that you can wear for a day of exploring or a fun date-night on the town.

The perfect wear-with-everything earrings.

How cute is this bag?

For every pair of Amavii sunglasses you buy, the brand plants a tree in rural countries.

You'll never have to take this necklace off.

Cat eye sunglasses exude retro elegance.

Toiletries 

Your beauty bag is just as important as everything else. Some things you'll definitely want to bring along for your European trip? Sunscreen is a must because it's more important than ever to protect yourself from those harsh UV rays, some good summertime hair products, and jet-lag fighting essentials (because we all know how traveling can take a toll on our skin.)

Shay Mitchell swears by these to combat jet lag.

Per the brand, this cleanser is like a green juice, but for your face.

Protect your hair from the sun's harsh rays with powerful haircare duo.

Always pack on the SPF before stepping outside.

Ease sunburn and itchy skin with this body lotion.

For those beachy waves, look no further than Sachajuan's texturizing spray.

Miscellaneous

From organizer bags to keep your toiletries in check to passport wallets sure to keep all your essentials document in one organized place, below, you'll find a handful of travel savers that will majorly reduce stress.

Keep your cosmetics and skincare organized with this travel bag.

How cute is this passport holder?

No outlet? That's no problem when you have this Anker charger on hand.

This bag swiftly transforms from a satchel to backpack to crossbody.

This one's a no-brainer.

Next up, read all about how to find the best walking shoes, according to an expert.