In 2014, my sister and I backpacked across Europe for the first time. Now in 2017, we are trekking across Ireland, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my Europe trips and how I plan and pack for them, so I am going to give a few of my favorite tips for packing for this kind of epic adventure. Because we are traveling to Ireland in February, we packed for winter weather, so keep in mind this would look different for a summer adventure.
This is a picture of almost everything I packed for our 1 week backpacking trip to Ireland(not pictured: my backpack, eye mask, jacket, clothes to wear on plane):
Tip #1: separate your personal care items into quart size bags and then put them all in 1 gallom bag. The gallon bag can also be used for dirty shoes if they need to go back into your luggage and they are dirty.
Tip #2: Don’t try to break in new shoes during a Europe trip. You will be walking A LOT no matter where you are, so make sure your shoes are comfortable and have been worn.
Tip #3: Print out all of your confirmation numbers and leave a copy of it with someone at home. I left a document with all of my information and where I would be each day with my family at home. That way if I don’t check in, someone knows where I am supposed to be.
Tip #4: Invest in a good backpack. Don’t bother with the ones you can buy in the kids section. Go to an outdoor store and ask to try on backpacks. It’s important to try them on to see if they are comfortable.
Tip#5: Make sure you tell your credit card company that you are travelling.
Tip #6: Packing cubes are lifesavers. I traveled for 6 weeks with living out of a backpack and the packing cubes made that possible. You can find them here.
This is the carry-on on backpack I use for all of my trips. It’s an Osprey Porter 46L backpack and it has been with me on almost every out of town trip I make. The other bag is one I borrow from a sweet friend of mine for my camera equipment. On these trips, I like to have one camera body with me and no more than two lens (this time my 50 mm and my 35mm). It helps me travel light but allows me to document my adventures.
On the plane ride there and back, I wear very comfy clothes that are not restrictive. For this trip I chose a pair of thick leggings, a scarf, and a large pull over sweater. The sweater is too large to put in my backpack so it has to be worn on the plane. Luckily, it makes a nice pillow.
This is my favorite coat that I own. It’s a Columbia Omni Heat jacket that can become two jackets but unzipping them. The inner layer has a layer of insulation and the outer layer is waterproof. Which is perfect for windy, cold Ireland.
I am so excited to share images from my adventure with everyone!! Feel free to comment and ask me any questions you’d like about my travels, how I pack, what we are doing in Ireland,etc.