We always talk about what to pack, but here are some things you should not pack for the ultimate European summer holiday.
And some insider tips on how to keep your luggage light:
- Heavy clothing. It’s going to be hot in Europe in the summer, so there’s no need to pack heavy sweaters or jackets. Instead, pack light, airy clothing that will keep you cool.
- Too much makeup. You won’t need a lot of makeup in Europe, especially if you’re spending most of your time outdoors. Pack the essentials, like sunscreen, lip balm, and mascara – you can always buy something if you need it.
- Shoes that you’ll never wear. Don’t pack shoes that you’ll only wear once or twice. Pack versatile shoes that you can wear for multiple occasions and that are comfortable.
- Too many accessories. It’s easy to get carried away with accessories, but it’s best to pack just the essentials. Pack a few statement pieces that will add a touch of personality to your outfit. Often jewellery gets lost, so don’t risk it.
- Anything you can easily buy in Europe. There’s no need to pack things that you can easily buy in Europe. This includes toiletries, and snacks.
Here are some insider tips on how to keep your luggage light:
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This will help save space in your luggage.
- Pack only the essentials. Really think about what you need and what you can do without and lay out your whole bag before you pack it. I find photos help a lot to remind me of what I have in my luggage when on the move.
- Use packing cubes. Packing cubes will help you to organise your luggage and keep everything in its place.
- Pack light shoes. Sneakers, sandals, and flip-flops are all great options for summer travel. Wear your heaviest shoes on the flights to reduce the weight of your suitcase.
- Pack versatile clothes. This will save you space and hassle, as you can wear your clothes over and over for multiple occasions.
- Enlist the help of a well travelled friend. If you are someone who often arrives home with items you have not touched, ask a friend for hep.