What to Pack for a Three Month Backpacking Trip


My mother serves as moral support as I struggle to fit everything in my backpack. Each night for an entire month, I practiced packing, reconsidering the “must have” items. The dedication paid off, as I couldn’t be more pleased with my packing list, which provided me with almost everything I needed for three months in Europe.

What to Pack for a Three Month Backpacking Trip



  • 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 [ casual ]
  • 1 grey cotton long sleeve top [ causal ]
  • 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 [ needed for some of the dresses and shirts ]
  • 1 black cardigan
  • 1 black/white scarf
  • 1 black pajama romper
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 black floppy hat **Ended up mailing home.





  • 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.


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5 Comments Add yours

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

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


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