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What to Pack for Europe in Summer


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Europe is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for North Americans, and for good reason. Even though it can get scorching hot there’s something about the history, culture, and food that make it a magical travel destination.

European women have earned a reputation for looking well put together. No matter the weather you can count on them to step out the door looking effortlessly presentable. They are known for their chic and effortless style, which is often described as timeless and classic. They tend to invest in high-quality, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. When you visit, you don’t need to be fancy, but some effort is required.

Follow my 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 packing method to avoid overpacking. Whether you’re travelling for one week or four you can build the perfect European capsule wardrobe. The general key is five tops, four bottoms, three dresses, three shoes, two bags, two jackets. Feel free to play around with these ratios.

It’s often one of my goals to dress like locals and not stand out as a tourist. So it’s with this in mind that I put together my capsule wardrobe for Europe in summer. Whether you’re visiting London, Paris, Lisbon, or Prague you’ll be comfortable and stylish.

What to Pack for Europe in Summer

Europe Packing List

If you’re planning a summer vacation in Europe, you’ll want to pack clothing that is comfortable, versatile, and appropriate for the local culture and climate. Here are some tips for what to include in your suitcase.

Light Layers

While summers in Europe can be hot, the temperature can also drop at night, so it’s a good idea to pack some light layers. A light cardigan or jacket and a scarf can be great options.

Dresses and skirts

Summer is the perfect time to wear dresses and skirts, which are both comfortable and stylish. Look for pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. A satin slip dress is a great option that can really flexible.

Shorts and pants

Depending on where you’re traveling in Europe, shorts may or may not be appropriate. It’s always a good idea to research the local culture and dress appropriately. Longer length trouser shorts are especially popular this year. For pants, lightweight and breathable fabrics like linen or cotton are great options.


If you’re planning to hit the beach or pool, don’t forget to pack a swimsuit or two. A cover-up or sarong can also be a great addition for when you’re not in the water.

Comfortable shoes

Europe is known for its cobblestone streets, so it’s important to pack comfortable shoes that you can walk in for hours. Sneakers or sandals with good support are great options.


To elevate your outfits, pack some accessories like sunglasses, hats, and jewelry. A crossbody bag can also be a great option for keeping your hands free while exploring.

Bonuses to Beat the Heat

It’s no secret it gets hot in Europe in the summer months. To beat the heat, pack a few of these extras in your day bag:

Remember to also check the weather forecast before you pack and tailor your clothing choices accordingly. And most importantly, pack what makes you feel confident and comfortable, so you can fully enjoy your vacation!

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  1. Hotelier John says:

    July 16th, 2023 at 7:40 am (#)

    I’m reading the Suitcase and Heels article on what to pack for Europe in summer, and I’m really impressed by the author’s thoroughness. The article does a great job of covering all the essentials, from clothing to accessories to toiletries.

  2. Femi says:

    August 17th, 2023 at 5:12 am (#)

    As a guy with a wife who’s always been the stylish one in our duo, I can’t help but appreciate these packing tips. European women indeed have that timeless charm that makes heads turn effortlessly.

    Even though the article’s more about the ladies, I can’t wait to tell my wife about these tips. Who knows, maybe she’ll help me step up my packing game with the ‘light layers’ trick for guys, versatile clothes, and ways to beat the heat. Thanks for these helpful insights.


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