I recently read an article titled, “Backpacking through Italy sounds so romantic. It isn’t.” When I read that, I laughed to myself because I know firsthand how easy it is to pack romance into my backpack no matter where I travel. I’m here to tell you how you can backpack on any length trip and never repeat an outfit. Just how do you do that? By following my step-by-step ultimate packing list!
When my husband and I were leaving for our three-week honeymoon through Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands, it was me that insisted that we only bring a backpack. Scott said, “are you crazy? It’s our honeymoon. We need to live a little.” Fast-forward to smooth sailing through security, customs, and immigration, plus no lost bags, and he was singing a different tune.
Ultimately, the lighter you travel, the more freedom you have. As the Spanish proverb says, “on a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy.”
Whether you’re packing for a week vacation or a multi-month vagabond, you can fit everything you need in a backpack or small bag and still strut in style. This packing list will be easier for those visiting warm locations as itty-bitty bikinis take up far less space than ski pants.
Packing is all about picking the absolute essentials that you will wear. The other key packing tip to remember is to pack things that are versatile. For instance, if you have a long black skirt, you can pair that with any color top and it’s a completely different outfit.
Here is what I packed for my three-week honeymoon across Europe: