What to pack for a European vacation? To do it right, you should aim for the perfect balance of fashionable and functional with every item you take. If you really want to win at packing and take it one step further, you'll do so with only a carry-on. This choice will not only make your trip much smoother, but it will also give you the peace of mind that the airline won't lose your luggage. So, we pooled all our tips from recent travels to bring you a list of everything you need—from a fashion standpoint at least.
Shop our must-haves for a European vacation below, plus read our travel tips.
Starting off the "wear on the plane" section is the oversize tote. This one is not only both beach- and street-ready, but it can help you carry some of those purchases (which may not fit in your suitcase) back home.
Up next: the light coat (or jacket). My personal favorite is a trench, but whether it's a denim jacket, duster, or anything else versatile, we suggest also wearing this on the plane, as it's likely one of your largest items.
Lastly, as the bulkiest shoes you'll probably have with you, wear your sneakers (which will help out with all the walking you'll do in Europe) on the flight to save space, too.
Even for nights out, the cobblestone streets of Europe will make you want to skip the stilettos.
Whichever you choose, bring something that will pair easily with all your outfits, as you won't have space for a second pair in your carry-on.
Call us biased, but this easy-to-wear number will make for amazing photo ops.
Not only is this layered look on trend, but you can get two outfits out of this dress, which is always a plus for packing.
You'll both look cool and stay cool in a light-colored, no-fuss blouse like this one.
It's called an essential for a reason.
If you only need or have room for one swimsuit, we suggest a one-piece because it's not only having a moment this summer, but it also doubles as a bodysuit and pairs perfectly with jeans if you're short on cover-ups.
No need to explain this one.
As someone who recently purchased this slip skirt in two colors, I can tell you it looks good with any style top, shoe, and jacket, and it will serve you better than you could have ever imagined!
Heading out of town? Don’t forget to pack a lightweight hydrating sunscreen that’ll keep your skin moisturized and protected.
Tourism is easiest when you have your hands free.
Whether you wear it on your neck, head, or handbag, a silky scarf will help you fit in by giving your look a European vibe.
So, the good thing about this is that it never needs to even enter the suitcase, simply wear it from take off to landing to add a thoughtful element to all your looks.
You'll want something that looks chic in pictures, but if you're prone to losing your shades on home turf, you're extra likely to lose them on vacation, so we recommend bringing an affordable pair.
Aside from keeping you organized, this cosmetics case has a smaller inner pouch for light traveling, plus a top-handle you can hold it by, should you run out of space in your luggage post-shopping!