What to pack for 10 days

So… flight is booked, hostel is booked, transportation is ready, things to do and see, but what do I pack?!?

Trip of a lifetime

When my brother and I backpacked Europe for 2 weeks, we had just ONE backpack each. (Duh, it’s called backpacking.) And I know you’re thinking, no way can I go 10-14 days with just a backpack. 

Well, I’m here to tell you, yes… yes, you can. And you WILL!

For our trip, we went from Treviso to Prague to Berlin, to Warsaw, to Brussels, to Amsterdam and back to Treviso in September. Naturally, you look at the weather to figure out what to pack. For us, the weather was perfect and we didn’t need big coats, fancy outfits, or things like that. We stayed in each city at most 2 days.

Zach and I in Prague looking over the city, what to pack
Looking over Prague, Czech Republic

If you’re backpacking Europe, probably best to do it in the summer. You can backpack any time of the year, but in the winter, you’ll want warmer clothes than this packing list includes.

And here you are freaking out on what to pack.

But, here I am to help relieve this stress.

Backpacking- what to pack when traveling 10 days
Zach’s backpack. Not sure how he packed, but this is all he used for our 10 day trip.

Packing list

This is a rough idea on what to pack for a 10 day trip:

  • One travel day outfit, you can wear this to your destination and back.
  • 4 shirts 
  • One light jacket
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Comfy walking shoes (I wore converse the whole time.. mistake)
  • Underwear
  • 2 bras, or #freethetitties 
  • 3 pairs of Pajamas (Could maybe get away with 2)
  • Toiletries (face wash, face lotion, sunscreen, tooth brush, toothpaste, contacts, contact solution, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairbrush)
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone charger 
  • Adapter for outlets
  • Camera/ Go pro charger
  • Headphones
  • Book to read on trains/planes
  • Passport
  • Confirmation of all hostels/hotels
  • Debit card
  • AND AN ADVENTUROUS ATTITUDE :)

*You can always do laundry in hostels, or hotels. Make sure all liquids are travel size (3.4 oz)*

During this trip, I was doing a jump rope challenge so I also fit in a jump rope, work out clothes, and running shoes. It was a full backpack!

What to pack, purse and backpack for 10 day trip
This is the best picture I have of my backpack. I had this purse which had my important documents and things close by. Then I had a normal Dolfin brand backpack. (Like a Jansport size).

With that being said, Zach and I did laundry one time while traveling. The idea is to re-wear your clothes. Your shirts can be worn twice, and bottoms can be worn at least twice before washing. The more neutral items you pack, the more you can mismatch.

Lastly, for my picture taking people, it’s okay if you have the same outfit on in multiple pictures… that’s also why you pack neutral items to switch it up.

And just like that, you’re ready for a 10 day trip!

This was the best two weeks a girl could ask for with her brother. Shout out, Zach, love you. 

I want to hear from you!

Let me know where your next trip is and if this helped you pack! 

Did I forget anything??

Extra tip!

Pro tip: Download Google Maps and TrainLine for Europe travel! Google maps makes it easier to get around the cities by walking. TrainLine has affordable train tickets that you can purchase ahead of time or day of.

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