Packing List for Women
By Joan Robinson and Ann Neel
Rick Steves tour guides Joan Robinson and Ann Neel teach one of our most popular travel classes, "Packing Light and Right." Here are the clothes and toiletries they take along; for the rest of their list (including documents, money, and some creative extras), see Rick's Packing List.
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2 pairs of walking/comfortable shoes (one closed toe/one open, weather permitting)
2 pairs of shorts/capris (shorts are fine on the beach, but not in churches; capris are OK anywhere)
2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual; cotton blend is recommended: when washed, it dries faster than jeans)
1 belt (optional)
4 pairs of socks (cotton blend)
5 pairs of underwear (silk, lace, or micro-fiber dries quickest)
1 extra bra
4–6 shirts (long/short-sleeved, various colors)
1–2 light cardigans for layering
1–2 skirts (wrinkle-resistant; one should be at least knee-length for church visits)
1 dress (optional)
Vest (optional; great for layering)
Body soap/puff/synthetic washcloth; most European hotels do not supply washcloths
Lotion (spf recommended)
Vaseline (for feet; great for potential blisters)
Razor (non-electric)/shaving cream or soap
Sunscreen, insect repellent
Prescription drugs (in original container with your name and your doctor's name, write down generic name)
First aid kit
Feminine hygiene products
Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies
OTC remedies (whatever works for you): Pepto, decongestants, etc.
Clothesline, sink stopper, soap
Baby powder (many uses, including dry shampoo for hair)
For the rest of what you'll want to pack (documents, money, travel info, and some creative extras), see Rick's Packing List.
Updated for 2013. For more information on our Packing Light and Right classes, please visit our Classes page. For lots more tips, check out our best-selling Europe Through the Back Door travel skills guidebook.