What to Pack for a Last Minute Trip to Europe in Summer

What to Pack for a Last Minute Trip to Europe in Summer

Need some inspiration from a seasoned traveler? I have 18 years of traveling under my belt and this will help you pack for a trip last-minute trip to Europe for over a month. This covers Spain, the Netherlands and Greece… my life is quite scheduled when in Canada, so I like to keep it open to spontaneity when I can. I book my flight days before flying out sometimes.
Mt trips mix visiting family, friends and shopping for Le Prix. So all that is left to do is share with you what I pack, and be on my merry way.

I bring gifts over and buy a TON of new items for Le Prix.  So I think this is the most lean packing list I have done for a month of traveling.


Clothing & Accessories

  • 4 Dresses (2 that can be dressed up with jewelry)
  • 2 Skirts & 2 Pair of Shorts
  • 1 Sweater, 1 Denim Jacket & 1 Waterproof Rain Coat
  • 1 Oxford (button-up) Shirt
  • 3 Tank Tops & 3 T-shirts
  • 3 Bralettes & 1 Bandeau (real bras for traveling & Spanish heat? no thanks..)
  • 1 Pair of Sandals and 1 Pair of Sneakers
  • 9 Pairs of Panties
  • 1 Pair of Socks (they can act as slippers)
  • 2 Purses (1 small & 1 larger bag to hold water, traveling stuff, etc.)
  • 1 Lightweight Scarf
  • 2 Swim Suits
  • 1  Necklace (gold & silver tones so it’s versatile), & 1 of each in gold & silver: Glam Earrings, Studs, Rings
  • 2 pairs of Sunglasses (one always breaks!) & A Hat


  • Sunscreen & body moisturizer
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste & floss
  • Razor
  • Bar soap (all natural and super hydrating)
  • Period products (pads, Diva cup, period panties)
  • Hair Ties, Bobby Pins & Clips
  • Shampoo & conditioner bars 
  • Hairbrush
  • Swiss Army knife (tweezers and scissors in one!)
  • Take a small Pill bottle and mix all of your medications to save space
  • Eco oil lip balm
  • Skin care products 
  • TruEarth laundry detergent 

I guess this is a good time to say I love the Korean beauty regimen. Especially for flying which dries your skin out, and my sensitive skin, I want to keep my skin balanced. So what do I use? Here are the items I use:

  1. Konjac sponge (for gentle exfoliating)
  2. Cleansing balm (to hydrate skin and remove impurities)
  3. Rose Water Toner
  4. Serum (it preps your skin to absorb moisture)
  5. Argan oil 
  6. Face ream
  7. Eye cream (for day) & balm (for night)

To save even more space, on the plane I am wearing the sneakers, bringing the sweater and denim jacket for layering and the scarf. Pack the sunglasses too! 

I hope this helps.

I also have a Minimalist Cruise Packing & Travel Guide.

Be sure to check out our Travel Essentials too.

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