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.
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.
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
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.
Try These Looks! Sleeveless linen dresses, tote bags, flip flops.
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.
Try These Looks ~ Capri Pants, Walking shoes, sport tanks, and cross body bags.
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
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
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! : )
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!