Everybody loves planning a trip until it comes down to actually packing everything before your next adventure. Yes, you got your passport renewed, your European travel board on Pinterest is completely updated, and you have written down of your Notes app all the vintage stores, restaurants, and tourist traps you want to visit (or avoid), but you also need to think about what you’re actually going to wear.
Before you go crazy overpacking, consider a few key things. First and foremost, you need to check the weather. Once you’ve got the forecast figured out, that will dictate what is essential and what you can leave behind. Second, you can’t let your imagination get the best of you. Sure, all those outfits in your head are amazing, but chances are you aren’t going to wear them. Instead, keep it simple and remember that you’re most likely going to shop quite a lot when overseas, so by taking less with you, you’ll leave more room on the trip back for all your new finds.
Now, having that in mind, we’ve put together a winter packing list for Europe so you can streamline your closet well enough that it may even fit in a carry-on bag. And if not, you will definitely have room to fill it in with newly acquired goods. From pre-planned outfits that will go with the comfortable pair of shoes, you will take to explore every nook and cranny of your chosen city, these essentials are surely fit for a trip to remember.
Depending on the weather, a good sweater will be the only layer you'll need or it will keep you extra cozy when paired with your choice of outerwear.
A classic dark knit sweater is a no-brainer when it comes to a winter trip.
Keep your outfits playful with this two-tone sweater.
By now, you guys know how obsessed we are with slime green.
Make sure you pack different-size bags, no matter where your European trip might take you, because you want to ensure you can always fit your travel essentials securely.
Keep all your essentials safe and close with a fanny pack.
Going to go shopping? Carry all your essentials and your newfound souvenirs in this chic backpack.
Bring a bit of summer to your winter trip with this basket bag.
As much as you want to wear dresses and skirts, pants will be your BFFs. Don't worry—they look just as great in pictures.
These jeans will become your BFFs during your winter trip.
Don't shy away from white jeans. They look great with everything.
Bring a pair of trousers for nights out and dinners.
You know how good a trip was by how much you walked. And since you're all about enjoying your European escape, make sure you pack comfortable shoes that go with the clothing you take.
These are too cute to leave behind.
Perfect for day or night.
You might never want to take these off during your trip.
Your choice of outerwear will depend on how brutal or light the winter weather is in the country you're traveling to. Whether it's a light jacket, a puffer, or a classic coat that will go with no matter what you pack (or buy), make sure you bring at least one.
Coziness is 100% guaranteed with this faux fur–lined jacket.
This light layer is ideal for traveling.
A black coat will never go out of style.
This post originally appeared on our sister site Who What Wear.