Packing List for your Next Backpacking Trip

Items to Cram into Your Backpack:

Traveling through a country or countries with nothing but the backpack on your back requires preparation and mad Tetris skills. When I made this packing list, I couldn’t believe all of the stuff I managed to fit into a 50 liter backpack. And even though there seems to be a lot in the bag, after wearing the same 4 shirts over 90 days, it ends up being less than you thought. But this is where creativity and clever use of scarves and layers comes in handy. This list suited me well (haha) for my Euro trip during the months of August through November. I also started in the north during the warmer months and traveled south as it got colder. This prevented the need for bulkier, warmer clothing until the very end, when I had to buy a coat. Depending on where and when you travel, a different packing list may be more appropriate.

My Packing List for a Euro Trip:

BagsBackpacker's pack

Backpack – Sierra Designs Revival 50 Backpack (Small/Medium, Gator)

Messenger bag

A variety of packing cubes – eBags Packing Cubes – 3pc Set (Aquamarine)



2 t-shirts

2 tank tops

1 nicer shirt

1 long sleeve shirt

2 sweaters

1 dress

1 dirndl/Oktoberfest dress*

2 pairs of shorts

2 pairs of pants

2 pairs of leggings

5 pairs of socks

3 brasBackpacker's packing cubes

8 pairs of underwear

1 belt

1 extra pair of prescription glasses

1 pair of sunglasses

1 sweatshirt

1 light jacket *

2 scarves *

1 pair of light cotton gloves

1 comfortable pair of walking shoes

1 pair of sneakers

1 pair of flip flops


AccessoriesBackpacker's travel accessories www.knowntoventure,com packing list

Make up – minimal

Ear plugs

Eye mask

Phone arm band

Travel shampoo and conditioner

Travel soap

Travel toothpaste and toothbrush with holder

Travel towel – Packtowl Personal Ultra-Soft Towel

Shower shoes/flip flops

Laundry bag

Clothes line ^

Sink stopper

Travel laundry detergent – Lewis N. Clark Laundry Kit



Bra stash – Braza Secret Stash

Money belt




Socket converter set – BESTEK International Travel Worldwide Plug Adapter Set

Ear buds

Camera – Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera Amazing digital camera - Canon SX50 HS

Memory cards

Tripod – Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod^

iPhone – Apple iPhone 5c Sprint Cell Phone, 16GB, Blue

Burner phone *

Phone charger



Journal and pens

Pad lock – Dial Combination Lock

2 TSA baggage locks – Set-Your-Own Combination Travel Lock


Poncho *

Flash light

Plastic bags

Resealable gallon and quart bags

Travel guide book – The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget


Copy of passport and important documents


* –  Purchased while traveling

^ –  Purchased before traveling but never used it once

This packing list was for a lady traveler, but with some adjustments, all of you adventurous gentlemen out there can follow the same list (feel free to bring makeup if you want – no judgments here).Backpacker's necessities


Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, I earn a commission if you make a purchase (at no additional cost to you). I only suggest items that I’ve personally tried myself and made a positive impact on my travels. Let me know if you have any questions!

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