Packing list: Autumn in Europe

I updated our Packing list, but wanted to save the old version as a post.  So here's everything we carried with us last (2013) Autumn in Europe, when we spent 2 months in Paris, Dublin and Portugal. - What we carry with us hasn't actually changed that much since, it has been more about fine tuning, or replacing some broken items.

Our Bags

Our travel bags

  • Osprey Farpoint 40(Mirje's, carry-on size)
  • Osprey Talon 44 (Antti's, most often carry-on size)
  • Lightweight Halti backpack (fits into a pocket when empty)
  • Desigual handbag (holds tons of stuff, it's amazing!)

Our backpacks weigh 8-9 kilos when packed, and our smaller bags bring 2-3 kilos more per person. So all together we are now travelling with bit more than 20 kilos. Plus of course what we are wearing, but that doesn't really count, right?

The Essentials

  • Credit cards
  • Travel insurance cards & paper copies (also saved in email)
  • Passports & paper copies (also saved in email)
  • Emergency numbers (also saved in email)
  • Vaccination cards



Electronics to pack

  • Cheap smart phone (Samsung Trend)
  • Lightweight laptop (Samsung 5 Series Ultrabook 13,3")
  • Tablet (7” Samsung Tab 2 3g, newer version here)
  • Kindle (the battery lasts forever, great for long flights / bus rides) 
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones with hands-free set
  • Chargers for all above (luckily many things can use same one)
  • Usb sticks, memory cards
  • Protective cases 


Bottoms to pack

  • Pair of shorts (mainly for sleeping)
  • Black pants (can be dressed up or down, super comfy!)
  • Black summer dress
  • Tight grey jeans
  • Black excercise pants
  • Black leggings

Shirts to pack

  • 3 cardigans (grey, blue and teal)
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts (grey and a flowery one)
  • 3 sleeveless tops (mainly to use as base-layer, blue, green & black)
  • 1 sports t-shirt
  • 5 short-sleeved shirts (square pattern sports one, yellow cotton from Thailand, green & blue dressier ones, and grey Icebreaker)

Jackets to pack

  • Waterproof jacket (light-weight and tiny)
  • Fleece
  • Gloves, hat, scarf, ear muffs (none pictured here)

Underwear and toiletries to pack

In the orange packing cube:

  • 7 pairs of panties
  • 2 bras (need to get a sport bra, the old one broke some time ago)
  • 3 pairs of thin socks
  • Pair of woolen/trekking socks
  • 2 baselayer shirts 
  • Bikinis
  • 2 pairs of 40 denier pantyhose 

The green pack has all Mirje's toiletries etc. random stuff.

Shoes to pack for woman

  • Ecco walking shoes (gore-tex)
  • Vagabond ballerinas
  • Flip-flops


Toiletries to pack

  • Shampoo bar + tin case (from Lush, we both use the same)
  • Foundation (liquid, since haven’t found good enough bar yet)
  • Moon cup (missing from the pic, but definitely a must-to-pack!)
  • Moon cup washing gel
  • 2 small nail polishes (color & clear)
  • Nail polish remover pads
  • Antibacterial hand soap bar
  • Tiny face toner
  • Gel stick to prevent blisters
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving oil + shavers
  • Spot gel (for breakouts in skin)
  • Deodorant (solid stick, so isn't counted as a liquid in a plane)
  • Body cream (suitable also for face)
  • Eye serum (I'm getting old!)
  • Hair oil in a tiny tin
  • Tootbrush (we also carry an electronic one, this one is back-up)
  • BB face cream with SPF20 (missing from the photo, sorry)
Cosmetics to pack
  • 3 necklaces: wooden beads, penguin, locket
  • Hair pins + hair bobbles
  • Face powder
  • Daily contact lenses
  • Concealer
  • Mascara + eyelash curler
  • Parfume
  • Red lipstick (just added this, great way to look groomed in seconds)
  • Eye-liners (in few colors, using these also as eye shadow if needed)
  • Brow pencil
  • Nail clippers
  • Pinsets
  • Pen sharpener
  • Face scrub + body scrub (in a contact lense case)
  • Mirror
  • First aid kit: band-aids, ibuprofen, cough pills, eye drops, Imodium, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Electronic toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Sebamed shower gel (works also as face wash)


Random things to pack

  • Case for sim-cards etc. small things
  • Business cards (at the moment they are in a smaller case)
  • Colour pens (for notes & pictures)
  • Spork (spoon+knife+fork all in one small plactic piece)
  • Lock
  • String + safety pins + miniature sawing kit
  • Carabiners
  • Headlamps (mainly used for reading in bed)

Sunglasses + case pictured here didn't make the cut this time. It's autumn after all.

  • Small ziplog pags + plastic bags
  • 2 canvas bags (fold next to nothing, can be used to separate things in backpack, grocery shopping, etc.)
  • Large + small travel towel


Handbag contents

  • Small scarf
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella
  • Small purse (always in Mirje's bag if not used as a purse, includes pen, head ache pills, plasters, small notebook, etc.)
  • Nail file
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook + pens
  • Glasses + case
  • Hair bobble + few pins
  • Lip lotion
  • Mints
  • Wallet



Electronics to pack

  • Basic smart phone (Samsung Ace 2)
  • Lightweight laptop (Dell Vostro V131)
  • Tablet (7" Google Nexus 7)
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 bridge camera (a light and compact tradeoff between a pocket and an SLR)
  • Casio pocket camera (as a backup)
  • MP3 player (an old ipod nano)
  • Headphones with hands-free set (x2)
  • MyPassport 1TB usb harddrive
  • Mini-speaker
  • Usb sticks, memory cards 
  • Chargers for all above (luckily many things can use same one)
  • Protective cases 


Clothes to pack for a man

  • Pants: 1 for city, 1 for everything 1 for exercise/leisure
  • Pair of woolen/trekking socks
  • Gloves, cap, woollen cap, scarf
  • Underwear (enough for a week)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Pullover
  • 3 short-sleeved shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2 T-shirts
  • Swimming wear (with goggles and all)
  • Tie (!)


Shoes to pack for a man

  • Shoes for short-distance walking (and looking nice)
  • Shoes for everything else (water-proof running shoes, quite good for walking as well)


Random things to pack
  • A4 plastic folder for documents
  • Notepads, A4 and pocket size, a pen and a pencil
  • Electric plug adapter
  • Head lamp
  • Mini electric razor
  • Some duct tape (rolled around a pen)
  • 1 padlock, 1 lock with a wire
  • Umbrella
  • Spare glasses
  • Mini deck of playing cards
  • Money belt (I use this during transfers for passport and some cards)
  • Extra documents: international drivers licence, diving license, opticians prescription
  • Travel towel
  • Toiletries (mini-sized electric razor, shared shampoo and washing gel)
  • Medicines (all sorts for dealing allergies)

Everything packed in small bags of different colors, some more water proof than others. not all items in photos.

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