Europe in Summer ~ Pack Smart. Plan Smarter.

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

I’ve traveled to Europe, three times, during the hot summer months. It’s generally crowded and sometimes very hot. If you’re relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea or on a yacht, the weather will be a blessing. But, if you’re sightseeing, standing in lines, and walking for miles, it can be rather unpleasant. The most important thing to consider before visiting Europe, in summer, is to pack smart and plan even smarter. You’ll be happy that you took the extra time, before enjoying your well deserved vacation!

The last time Scott and I were in Europe was in late summer, 2015. It was right before we started fostering babies. We did a two week Mediterranean cruise, and visited Spain, Italy,  Greece, Turkey, and France. We knew the weather was going to be very warm, so we were very careful in our packing and planning. 

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Aw, I kinda miss my long dark hair! This was in Ravello, Italy.
Europe in Summer
Venice, Italy

As you can see, I wore sunglasses, everyday. (No, I did NOT bring my most expensive pair of sunglasses!) I chose two comfortable, functional pairs that would do the job and look good with just about anything. I also loved wearing a lightweight, waterproof, cross-body bag! It was perfect for the “touring” days. I felt safe having my personal items close to me and comfortable not having to physically hold a bag, all day long.

Europe in Summer
Istanbul, Turkey

Scott wore a back pack, every day. (I would have done the same if I was traveling alone.) The backpack carried our camera (which we barely used since I prefer taking photos on my Samsun Galaxy), a scarf or lightweight sweater for me, in case I needed to cover my shoulders (a must in many churches, in Europe), a map/travel guide, selfie stick, water bottles, and whatever else was mandatory for the day. 

Europe in Summer
Barcelona, Spain
Europe in Summer
Istanbul, Turkey
Europe in Summer
Venice, Italy

Europe in Summer

Pack Smart

A lot of this is common sense, but since you want to pack as light as possible, opt for lightweight fabrics and one-piece outfits that you can easily throw a jacket or sweater over, and transition from day to night! 

For those days or evenings that you’re spending more leisurely time eating out and shopping, you’ll want to wear your more fashionable outfits. I think your best bet is a spaghetti strap, one-piece, linen dress! You can wear it with (believe it or not, rather fashionable) flip flops, that have just enough cushion to pamper your feet, and simply carry a sweater in a lightweight tote bag. 

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I’ll never forget this day in Ravello, with Scott! It was a beautiful afternoon, but the sun was hot. We had lunch and did quite a bit of shopping. I wore a linen dress with spaghetti straps and comfy flip-flops. I carried a light-weight tote that day, because we also stopped somewhere to swim on the way home! The tote did a great job holding my purchased items, bathing suit, and sunscreen!

Try These Looks! Sleeveless linen dresses, tote bags, flip flops.

Europe in Summer
Athens, Greece

Now, if your itinerary includes more of a touring day, with even more walking and time outdoors, you’re going to need to wear sneakers or a sandal that’s made for comfort. Also, on especially hot days, I wear either a sports-bra/tank with shorts or linen capris! Last, but not least, I wear a hat and a cross body hat to keep myself cool and hands-free. 

Europe in Summer
Athens, Greece
Europe in Summer
Barcelona, Spain
Europe in Summer
Barcelona, Spain

Try These Looks ~ Capri Pants, Walking shoes, sport tanks, and cross body bags.

Europe in Summer
Scott and I love goofing off in public places, and capturing it all on camera! This was one of my favorite moments! Pisa, Italy.

Last, but not least, you’re going to need at least two jackets, sweaters, and/or cardigans, for those cooler days. I brought a linen jacket, a lightweight cardigan, and a rain jacket. It was just enough for close to two weeks of mix and match. 

Try These Looks ~ Lightweight cardigans and Jackets

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Plan Smarter

It’s most important to plan ahead so you know what to expect (as much as possible, anyway). The weather is not guaranteed, but check for seasonal averages in every location.  Also, do your sightseeing, if possible, early in the morning to avoid crowds and the hot sun. Drink a lot of filtered water! You’re going to need to stay hydrated. Last but not least, consider spending a few afternoons at a spa (If you’re in turkey, get a Turkish bath!), so you can feel refreshed and recharged.

Here are a few miscellaneous things to remember to bring!

1.) Passport Organizer

2.) Lipstick-sized portable Charger


3.) Eurpean Power Adaptor

4.) Hanging Toiletry Bag

5.) Selfie Stick

6.) Travel Daypack

7.) Ultralight Water Purifier  

8.) Cooling Towel/Scarf

Well, there you have it. I’m sure if you consider some of these ideas before heading to Europe in Summer, you’ll not only look great, but have a great time, as well! : )

Rachel Scheyer

 

 

 

PS. If you’d like ideas on planning a travel itinerary in Italy, feel free to check out my post on our trip to Italy in 2012! 

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