europe travel essentials :: what to pack

diary of this girl travel

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and just like that, we’re home! greg and i recently returned from a wedding in barcelona, spain. a childhood friend celebrated his wedding in spain, and we were fortunate to attend (while adding on a week+ of travel). we visited amsterdam, paris, marseille, barcelona, and london. i can’t decide which city was my favorite—each place was incredible!

we began planning our trip ages ago (or so it felt). i think we **officially** began planning and purchasing tickets in march, and our diligent preparation paid off. i can’t wait to share details (and photos) from our adventures, but today, i thought i would round up a few of our travel essentials!

when planning a transcontinental trip, packing light, while packing thoroughly, is critical. i am notorious for overpacking, and it was my goal to limit my luggage (to a somewhat reasonable amount) while on our trip. i had good intentions, but still managed to pack too much. i seemingly forgot several important items—changes in weather? what? #packlayers

when packing, we had a few things in mind: comfort, efficiency, and safety. i wore my nike running shoes (linked below) for the bulk of our trip, and key items like wrinkle-release spray, a compact umbrella, and our neck/body pouches for bank cards proved critical while on-the-go.

below are many of the travel-related items we brought on our trip to europe! (you can shop items listed in this post by hovering over and clicking on the image.) several of these essentials were recommended by our parents, friends, or during a planning session held at rick steves’ europe travel center.

have you travelled to europe? what did you bring with you? is there anything you forgot? i know i just got home, but i’m already eager to plan my next adventure! #agirlcandream


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