What to Pack for a Three Month Backpacking Trip


The best packing advice I ever received is this: Pack as if you are going for 10 days. Why? Because it is much easier to pack for a 10-day trip than a long-term international trip. You can do laundry every week or so. When you think about it that way, it makes packing much more manageable. Here’s the full list of items I brought with me for three months in Europe. You can check out the places visited on my backpacking Europe itinerary. The beauty of the travel packing list below is that it can be used on a two-week trip to Europe or even a round the world trip.

Packing Tips

  • All clothing items should match. Neutral colors are best.
  • Roll (don’t fold) your clothes and use packing cubes.
  • Pack a comfortable pair of shoes in addition to tennis shoes (Converses, TOMS, etc.). They are a bit more fashionable than tennis shoes for when your feet have had enough of those cute sandals!
  • Avoid packing cosmetic jewelry. A simple pair of earrings and watch will suffice.
  • Use mini bottles for toiletries. You can restock at local grocery/convenience stores throughout your trip.
  • Remember, you can mail items home and/or purchase clothes during your trip. So avoid packing a heavy jacket if you don’t need it until your last month.
  • There is no shortage of laundry mats in Europe. Pack less and do laundry more.

Packing List

Backpack and bags




  • 1 North Face Women’s Fastpack Wind Jacket
  • 1 lightweight green jacket
  • 2 short rompers (one black and one black/white)**Ended up mailing one home. 
  • 1 long romper (black/white)
  • 2 dresses (one black and one black/white stripes)
  • 2 pants (one black jeans and one blue jeans)
  • 4 short sleeve tops (one pink cotton, one grey cotton, one teal cotton and one black silk)**Ended up mailing the teal shirt home and buying a blue cotton t-shirt.
  • 1 grey tank top
  • 1 grey cotton long sleeve top
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 real bras (black and nude)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of black Nike shorts
  • 1 pair of black Nike pants
  • 1 black bandeau
  • 1 black cardigan
  • 1 black/white scarf
  • 1 black pajama romper
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 black floppy hat **Ended up mailing home.


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Packing List for 3 Months in Europe

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  1. Not sure yet but I know I will spend plenty of time in the Alps (:

  2. Did you fit all that in your 46L? I was thinking of bringing my 46L as well

    1. Yes, I sure did! Most of the time I carried the Longchamp bag (versus putting it in my backpack). But it all fits… Packing cubes helped a ton! Where are you heading to?

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