Women Carry On Packing List for Europe
Packing for Europe in 1 carry-on

If you’re traveling to Europe soon, you’ve probably got all of the nitty-gritty details of your planning under control. But have you considered your packing list or were you just going to shove all of your essentials in when you leave for the airport? Perhaps you should reconsider because fitting an entire week or so’s worth of clothing and toiletries into a carry on is harder than it sounds. 

Clothing and footwear

Clothing should be the main item on your packing list, unless you plan on restocking your entire closet at your destination. You need to consider your clothing very, very carefully because you don’t want to find yourself in an outfit emergency somewhere in Europe. You’ll notice that you won’t be able to fit as many clean outfits into your carry-on bag as you usually would with a regular bag.

Plus, remember to add enough clothes to account for any unforeseen events. For one, you’ll need a change of clothes if you’ll be stopping over during your trip to Europe. If you’re traveling for a week (7 nights, 8 days) – then this is what you’ll need to pack according to the season. 

Clothes for cold destinations:

  • A warm outfit for the airport (top, bottoms, underwear) 
  • 2-3 warm layers (sweaters, hoodies, coats, pullovers, or jackets) 
  • 2-3 pairs of shoes. Wear your sneakers, sandals/heels in your bag. 
  • 3-4 pairs of jeans or pants or 4-5 warm dresses or jumpsuits. You can mix these.
  • 3-4 long sleeve shirts
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 pairs of undergarments

Clothes for warm destinations:

  • A light outfit for the airport (top, bottoms, underwear)
  • A light jacket or sweater
  • 2-3 pairs of shoes. Wear your sneakers, sandals/heels in your bag. 
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts or trousers or 4-5 light dresses or jumpsuits. You can mix these.
  • 3-4 light short sleeve shirts or blouses 
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 pairs of undergarments

You can check out our 5-day trip packing list for an idea of everything that you’ll need to pack for a shorter trip. For a longer trip, you can check out our 10-day trip packing list

Accessories

A carry-on bag is usually the perfect place to store the accessories that you’ll need on and off the plane. However, your space is rather limited if the carry-on will be carrying your entire packing list. 

The accessories that you should pack depend on the weather conditions at your European destination (scarves vs. sunglasses), how long you’ll be staying, and the particulars of your flight. 

Accessories for your carry on:

  • Sunglasses with UV protection 
  • Contact lenses or glasses  
  • Jewelry that matches your outfits (earrings, necklace, etc.) 
  • Hats, beanies, or caps
  • Scarves and mittens 
  • Smartwatch 
  • Regular watch 
  • 1-2 belts that match most of your outfits

Toiletries

A lady never travels without her toiletries. Especially not if she’s taking a trip to Europe. Since you’ll be using your carry-on to take everything you’ll need during your trip, you’ll also be able to access your toiletries at the airport and on the flight. So you can use your toothbrush if your flight gets delayed or during a long and uncomfortable stopover. 

Toiletries for your carry-on:

  • Face cream and toner 
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Loofah or washcloth
  • Body wash
  • Moisturizer and body lotion
  • Disposable or flushable wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant and perfume 
  • Contact solution 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug repellent 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Female hygiene products 

Hair and beauty

Just as with toiletries, hair and beauty supplies will always have a dedicated spot in a lady’s bag. You really don’t need to prepare for a pageant by bringing your entire makeup drawer. However, make room for your everyday beauty essentials if you want to look good during your trip. 

Hair and beauty supplies for your carry on:

  • Makeup (eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, etc.)
  • Makeup remover
  • A compact mirror
  • A hairbrush or comb
  • Hair styling products (mousse, hair spray, gel, etc.)
  • Hair styling equipment (straightener, curling iron, hair dryer, etc.)
  • Hair styling accessories (scrunchies, clips and pins, etc.) 

Electronics and accessories

You should try to fit all of the electronics in your carry-on that you’re not planning on leaving at home. You’ll need some things to keep yourself entertained and other items will be useful if you want to catch up on some work during your trip. 

Electronics for your carry-on:

  • A cell phone charger
  • A universal adapter
  • A laptop
  • A laptop charger
  • An E-reader or tablet
  • An E-reader or tablet charger 
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • A camera if necessary
  • A power bank

Medication 

Packing your medication is a must, especially if you are currently taking any prescription meds or if you are suffering from any chronic conditions. Don’t forget medicine or first aid supplies. Don’t make the mistake of leaving these essentials at home. 

Medication for your carry-on:

  • Prescription medication (cardiovascular, blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
  • Motion sickness aids (tablets, bands, teas, etc.)
  • A travel first aid kit (band-aids, gloves, ointments, etc.)
  • Pain relievers (Motrin, Tylenol, etc.)
  • Sleep aids (Doxylamine, Melatonin, etc. )
  • Mild laxatives (Miralax, Dulcolax, etc.)
  • Decongestants (Vicks Sinex, Mucinex, etc.)
  • Cough relief (Robitussin, Delsym, etc.)
  • Antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claratin, etc.)
  • Antacids (Alka-Seltzer, Pepcid, Tums, etc.)
  • Irritable bowel relief (Pepto Bismol, Imodium, Kaopectate, etc.)

Other items

In addition to the long list of things that you’re probably mentally trying to fit into your carry-on at the moment, there are some other items that also need a spot. These items are mostly optional for keeping you entertained and comfortable on the plane and leaving them at home shouldn’t make too much of a difference. 

Other items for your carry-on:

  • A pen and notepad or journal 
  • Chewing gum
  • Snacks for the airport and plane
  • A travel pillow 
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A good book or activity book
  • An umbrella 
  • A cooling towel

Travel essentials 

We saved the best (and most important) for last. You really (really!) don’t want to forget these items back at home. Could you imagine missing a very important flight because of a small piece of paper you left on the counter? 

Travel essentials for your carry-on:

  • Travel documents (passport, boarding passes, itinerary, etc.)
  • Cash (destination currency) or a travel card
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