Packing Guide: Winter in Europe + Free Printable Checklist

January 15, 2016,

This post and packing list will help you with your trip to Europe in winter. When I traveled to Costa Rica, I realised that I had packed a lot of (sort 0f) useless items and had actually forgotten to pack a number of essentials. Since that trip, I decided to create packing checklists for myself by destination and by season (hence, this winter in Europe packing checklist). 

I thought I’d share my packing lists here with you so you’ll always be prepared, too! I’ve even left a good amount of blank rows on the printable packing list — you can use this space to add in your own extras. We are all different and I know that you’ll have items on your list that I won’t (and vice versa). But if you’re anything like me, then you’ll love this list and the rest of the series.

Here is a sample of the list. You can download the complete packing list for FREE below. 
Sample packing list: Europe in Winter at happiestwhenexploring . com

Click the image below to download your FREE Winter in Europe packing list.Europe in Winter Packing List_Download at happiestwhenexploring . com

Use this list but feel free to edit and add to it! I always suggest packing as light as possible and purchasing items on the go, as needed (especially depending on how long your trip is). Packing for winter is harder since items are much bulkier and heavier. A good way to compensate for heavier and warmer clothing (tops and bottoms) is by packing (i.e. wearing) only one coat and one pair of boots. Both items should be comfortable but stylish enough that they are functional from day to night and from casual to dressed up. This will save an incredible amount of room in your luggage and save you a considerable amount of stress (less luggage usually equals less stress). If after awhile you get bored of your winter attire, you can mix it up with a new scarf or hat. Voilà  as good as new!

Your turn! Where have you traveled to during winter?
What items do you HAVE TO pack for winter in Europe?

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WINTER IN EUROPE PACKING LIST! What accessories and clothing to pack.. and more! at happiestwhenexploring . com

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  • Reply Laura verbich January 16, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Oh!!! This is an amazing list! How convenient as I have yet to find a list like this! Thank you! I know I usually have trouble overpacking so it’s so helpful to have someone who knows what it’s like, who’s been there and who has travelled for extended periods of time to share advice 🙂 I know this will help many people!

  • Reply Ilena C. January 16, 2016 at 3:39 am

    “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner

    I love the quotes you choose for your mailing list! And this one is perfect! I love all your tips especially the one about changing things up with a scarf or hat. I love lists, by the way and I really appreciate this series. Thanks again!

    Ilena C.

  • Reply Celia January 20, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Your lists are amazing and straight forward!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring January 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Yay! Glad you like them 🙂 Thankkkkk you 😀

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