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Before we left on our trip, I was trying to make a list of what to pack. Basically, I was overwhelmed.

I had never been to Europe before and here I was trying to plan for 7 months, in more than one season, for 17 countries.

The following is a list of what I brought. At the end you will find things I had to buy because I didn't bring them as well as things I didn't end up needing.  

I will personally guarantee you you will not need everything you bring! We sent two boxes of things home once it occurred to us how heavy our packs were and how much pain our backs were in!

Backpacks? Check out the "How to Buy a Backpack" section.

This is what I brought. You can print out this packing list here.



  • Glasses
  • Contact lenses supplies
  • Extra contacts
  • Sunglasses


  • 3 in 1 Cutlery Set

Washing Clothes

  • Small individual Shout packets
  • Laundry Kit


  • 3 T-Shirts
  • 2 Pairs of jeans (one got sent home after winter)
  • 1 fleece shirt (got sent home after winter)
  • Gloves (got sent home after winter)
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 pair cotton pants
  • 1 pair nylon warm-up pants
  • 4 light sundresses
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • Nightshirt
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Bikini
  • Sarong
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals



Important Items


Things I bought

Things I didn't need

  • Travel umbrella (just used my hood on my jacket)
  • A dressier pair of shoes (what was I thinking??)
  • A phrase book (our guide book had basic languages at the back)
  • Pac-Safe (wire mesh that goes around your pack. More hassle than help)
  •  Other Travel Items
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    Alarm Clocks:
    Light All Night Alarm Clock
    Eagle Creek Multi Function Alarm Clock
    iPod Accessories:
    iPod Travel Charger
    Clothing Care:
    Woolite Packets (10)
    Janie and Stain Eraser Combo
    Travelers Laundry Bag
    Flexible Sink Stopper
    Travel Towel
    Soap Sheets
    Silk DreamSack
    Anit-bacterical Toothbrush Caps

    Toiletries/Toiletry Kits
    Eagle Creek Bottle Set
    Men's Grab and Go Toiletry Kit
    Women's Grab and Go Toiletry Kit
    Flat Out Toiletry Kit
    Pack-It Caddy
    Packing Aids

    Pack-It Compression Sac Set
    Dry Case
    Mesh Cube Set
    Pack-It Cube

    Pack-It 2 Sided Cube
    Mesh Pocket Set
    Cosmo Pouch

    Never Forget Word Lock
    TSA 3-Dial Lock and Cable
    TSA-accepted Mini Key Lock
    TSA-accepted Mini Key Lock Set
    PrivaSeals (20 pack)

    Safety and Security

    Surf Safe
    Eagle Creek Undercover Silk Neck Pouch
    Eagle Creek Undercover Leg Stash
    Eagle Creek Deluxe Security Belt
    Eagle Creek Undercover Passport/Money Case


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