For many years, Rick Steve’s has included his packing list in his budget European travel skills book, Europe through the Back Door. Women wrote and said his list didn’t consider their travel needs.

ETBD Tour Diva Joan Robinson teaches one of our most popular travel classes, “Packing Light 101.” She has created this packing list for women.


1 pair of walking/comfortable shoes

2-4 pairs of shorts/capris/skorts

1 pair of sandals (weather permitting)

5 pairs of socks (cotton blend)

1 rainproof jacket

2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual), 1 belt

1 swimsuit (packed in a plastic bag)

5 pairs of underwear (silk, lace, or micro-fiber dries quickest)

1 extra bra

4-6 shirts (long/short-sleeved, various colors)

1-2 light cardigans for layering

1-2 skirts (wrinkle-resistant)

2 dresses (optional)

1 hat

Scarves (to wear with clothing or hat)

2 vests (optional)

1 pair of pajamas (or long shirt to get you to the bathroom down the hall if necessary)


Body soap/puff (washcloth); most European hotels do not supply washcloths





Vaseline (for feet)

Razor (non-electric)/shaving cream or soap

Sunscreen, insect repellent

Prescription drugs (in original container with your name and your doctor’s name, write down generic name)

First aid kit/moleskin/blister kit

Feminine hygiene products


Nail clippers/file/tweezers

Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies

Hand sanitizer


OTC remedies (whatever works for you): Pepto, decongestants, etc.

Clothesline, sink stopper, soap

Baby powder (dry shampoo for hair)

Money and Security

Money belt: Passport, plane ticket, debit card, credit cards, traveler’s checks, railpass, driver’s license (if you’re renting a car)

Security: Bury copies of your passport, plane ticket, and prescriptions in the bottom of your luggage

Necessities for Hosteling

  • Pack towel
  • Sleep sheet

Packing Essentials

  • Pack light, wash frequently, buy it if you need it.
  • Your pack should weigh about 20% of your body weight, preferably no more than 20 pounds.
  • Limit yourself to one carry-on size bag: 9″ x 21″ x 13″.
  • A week before your trip, pack your bag with everything you think you want to take, and carry it around for a day. Is it comfortable Too heavy Better to know now than later!

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