Packing List for Our Family Vacation To Europe

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With our family trip to Europe a little less than 2 weeks away, it’s really time for me to start packing. In preparation to packing day this upcoming weekend, I started putting together a packing list for our family. Since it’s going to be a 3 week trip, you can only imagine the stuff I need to pack. It’s not obvious packing for such a trip because we’re traveling to two countries and it’s spring which means shorts and t-shirts will not cut it for us. It’s all about bringing many layers of clothing and this, without over packing. The plan, I repeat, the plan is to fit all of this in one big luggage and 2 carry-ons. This will be interesting…

Since we’re staying with friends and family for 2 out of the 3 weeks, I’m trying to avoid bringing items like towels to save space. However, we did rent an apartment in Siena and I still need to confirm if they will provide towels. My approach on the food is to bring some packaged food for convenience when traveling by plane or car. I do however plan to feed my daughter whatever we will eat and I’ll cook a few meals for her upon my arrival so she has food if she can’t eat whatever the adults are eating.

This packing list is based on doing laundry once per week. To minimize luggage space, I’m bringing enough clothes for one week and then I’ll do laundry once per week. I did however account for some extra clothes for Siena since she may get dirty from time to time.

Packing List Europe

My Family’s Packing List


Let’s start with Siena’s clothes because I think she’ll be taking up most of the luggage space (such a girl!).

  • 6 pyjamas
  • 4 pairs of comfortable pants
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 6 long-sleeve tops
  • 2 short sleeve tops
  • 2 long-sleeve cardigans
  • 2 dresses with stocking
  • 5 pairs of socks (I’m planning to reuse some of her socks within the week. That’s the backpacker in me!)
  • 1 pair of shoes/booties (this should be enough since she doesn’t walk yet)
  • 1 hat for spring
  • 1 spring jacket
  • 2 cute headbands
  • 1 muslin blanket

And now for the parents (with the little room that’s left):

  • 1 pair of walking shoes each
  • 1 pyjama each
  • 3 pairs of pants each
  • 5-6 tops each
  • 1 spring jacket each
  • 5 pairs of socks each
  • 7 pairs of underwear each
  • 2 bra’s

Medication & Toiletteries

  • Tylenol for babies (in case of fever or cold)
  • Tylenol for adults
  • Benadryl for babies (in case of allergies)
  • Vitamin D drops
  • Saline drops and schnot sucker (just in case she gets a cold)
  • Thermometer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (1 tube)
  • Toothbrush for baby (if teeth)
  • Floss
  • Bar of soap
  • Baby soap and shampoo (1 bottle)
  • Cream for diaper rash
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (1 bottle)
  • Breast pads (if breastfeeding)
  • Towel (need to confirm because I won’t use luggage space for this if I don’t have to)

Baby Gear

  • Travel tent (this is where she’s going to sleep)
  • Baby carrier (this is a life saver when we need to make her sleep)
  • Stroller
  • Umbrella

Baby Items

  • 15 diapers (and will be the rest in Europe)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes (and will buy more in Europe)
  • Breast pump
  • 1 bottle and nipple (just in case)
  • 1 reusable food pouch and 1 small Tupperware
  • 2 spoons and 1 fork
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 cloths to wipe

Food & Toys

I wrote about some of this in my Survival Guide For Flying With a Baby post. I’m relying on food and toys to keep my daughter busy on the plane.

  • 10 Baby Gourmet Meals (This will be convenient when we’re arriving to new destinations. I do plan on cooking or feeding her the food we’re eating during our trip)
  • 10 Applesnax Apple Snack (These will be great for snacks on the plane or when we’re out visiting)
  • Baby cereal I can mix with the applesauce for breakfast (when on the road)
  • 1 box of Puffs Infant Snacks (I’m going to transfer the puff to a container that will take a little less room)
  • 1 pouch of frozen breast milk. It’s always convenient…you never know! Otherwise, I plan to breast feed while in Europe.
  • 1 or 2 rattles/teethers so she has something to put in her mouth. She’s definitely teething.
  • 1-2 books so I can read to her during our trip. I doubt we’ll be reading a lot but there are a few books she likes to touch like the Peekaboo Playtime book.


  • Passports
  • International Driver’s License
  • Travel Adapter
  • Unlocked phone (so we can purchase a SIM card and make local calls) and charger
  • Tablet
  • Camera and charger
  • GPS with European maps
  • Gifts for our hosts

Am I forgetting anything in my packing list?

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Tanya C

A mother-in-training, a loving wife, an adventurous traveler and a business enthusiast trying to keep it together while adapting to motherhood. She is constantly challenging herself to be a better mom, wife and overall person.

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5 Responses

  1. That a complete list of items for travelling.Hope you will have great holiday!

  2. Good information, i will share it with my friends.

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