What I Packed in my Carry-on Luggage for 12 days in Europe

Find out why I am bringing 2 backpacks, why I recommend packing cold medicine, and what kind of outfits I am bringing.  And for goodness sake, ROLL YOUR CLOTHING rather than folding!  Unless you have special organization cubes.. haha. 🙂

I figured that I might as well make a post about what I am packing for my 2 week trip to Sweden and France in early Autumn.  Not because I think it is anything extremely significant, but I know that when I was deciding what to pack, I was looking up lists like the one I am making now 🙂 Returning the favor, so-to-speak. I feel as though I have come up with some ideas/tidbits/knowledge that may be beneficial to someone.  Bullet-pointed items in bold and italicized are things that may be particularly useful.


Clothing:  in addition to the clothes I will be wearing onto the plane…

  • 1 pair comfy flats
  • 5 pairs reg socks, 2 pairs short socks
  • 4 daytime shirts (color neutral), 2 t-shirts (used for sleeping mainly. Also for casual wear)
  • 1 long shirt that is dressy
  • 2 pairs pants (1 black, 1 red: but the red pants go with all the neutral shirts!)
  • 1 shorts
  • 2 bras (one sports, one regular)
  • underwear (6 pairs)
  • pajama bottoms + 1 long sleeve shirt (can’t sleep if you’re freezing)
  • 1 cardigan

    Here’s the spread. Everything in here fit into my suitcase with room to spare.
sample of some of the outfits
sample of some of the outfits


**Try to be okay with wearing certain things twice, or bringing soap and doing laundry in the sink for your undies!  It’s really as simple as bringing a tiny bit of soap and having a place to hang dry things.  This will save on space immensely!**   We are lucky and will have a place to do laundry one time mid way through the trip.

ALSO, I am wearing a waterproof mid temperature jacket along with boots and other stuff onto the plane.  So I will have those with me as well.

Accessories/Toiletrees/ Etc

  • Scarf
  • Watch
  • Necklace (gold, goes with all outfits to dress them up)
  • Hair straightener (one that works in Europe–can also be used to iron clothes that get wrinkled)
  • Toothbrush/paste/floss
  • Makeup wipes
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush
  • Facewash (apple cider vinegar is what I use) + washcloth
  • Body Wash
  • (not bringing shampoo, conditioner, or lotion…will bum some off my mother)
  • Gifts for my cousins (Reeces Candy, cards, soaps, a book, giftbag)
  • Airline pillow

** all liquids together in 1 quart sized bag, all liquids in less than 3 oz container!**


My purse goes into my backpack, and so does my DSLR camera bag + a few lenses, battery and charger.


  • Ear Plugs (you will never regret having these)
  • Benadryl
  • Cold medicine (In Sweden you cannot purchase this over-the-counter!)
  • Travel Umbrella
  • Makeup Wipes (nothing better than freshening up your face on the plane)
  • Coffee filter (apparently this works well as a face/makeup blotter for when you start to look oily)
  • Small wallet with the currency I will need, ID, debit card, credit card, and plenty of room for coins)
  • sunglasses
  • Hat (mainly to put my camera in while I am not lugging around my huge camera bag)


  • Phone + SIM card
  • Charger
  • Ear buds
  • Plug adapters.  Most people won’t forget, but lots will
  • Camera + lenses + SD cards + charger +battery


  • Passport
  • Fuzzy socks.  To be super comfy on the plane in, of course.
  • THE PAPER FOLDER (train tickets, currency, accommodations, flight confirmations, Paris Pass, Travel Insurance, Versailles Tickets, pictures to bring to relatives, and old letters from the 1920s to bring to relatives)
  • Small Daypack Backpack. Yes, I am packing a small backpack into my carry on backpack (which counts as a personal item on my flights).  I got this one from New Outlander and it only cost my $20.  Benefits?  It folds into itself so that when I go to museums that do not permit backpacks, I can easily pack it away and fit things into my purse which is also decently sizeable. I can’t really recommend it yet but we will see how it works out.   But I would hate to have to carry water, a jacket, umbrella, purse, and camera and have no choice but a purse! In addition, no relief from certain pressure points
  • Backpack lock!  I ordered this one.  This will deter SOME pickpocketers, and be sure not to put any valuables in the slots where people can easily reach in.  Example: I will have my wallet in my locked backpack, in my purse, in a zippered slot.  


Was this post helpful to anyone?  Let me know in the comments down below. 🙂



2 thoughts on “What I Packed in my Carry-on Luggage for 12 days in Europe

  1. I carried less when I went on bivouac in the Army, but it’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around. They cost more, but travel-size toiletries are great space- and weight savers.

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