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Europe Spring Packing Essentials

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The theme of this blog post is that Spring is rainy, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from exploring. This list of Europe Spring Packing Essentials will keep you warm, dry, and ready to explore.

Europe Spring Packing Essentials

Rain Boots

It’s harder to be happy if your feet are soaked. I know that rain boots are a larger item to pack, but I think they are a Spring travel must. I like short Chelsea-style rain boots since they are easy to slip on and off, and they take up less space. If you really want to save space when packing, do what I did – wear them on the flight.

Rain Jacket

A good rain jacket needs two features: first, it must be truly waterproof, not water-resistant. Secondly, it needs a hood, preferably one with a drawstring so you can prevent it from blowing off you head.

I know that this is a matter of personal preference, but I never use an umbrella. The well-made ones take up too much space and the smaller travel umbrella can’t handle the wind. I just wear a rain jacket and boots instead. Plus, at this point in my life, I am usually pushing a stroller and it’s too hard to push with one hand and hold an umbrella with the other.

Waterproof Bag

I always bring a cute leather bag, but if it rains, I don’t want to risk ruining it. I recently purchased this backpack, and it’s lightweight, fits so much, and functions well as a carry-on and daypack.

Crossbody Tote

A crossbody tote is the perfect travel bag. I especially like styles that zip at the top. Pickpockets operate on some trains, so I like to use a bag that zips, and when I am on the train, I carry it under my arm. Another reason that I love a crossbody? You can easily wear them under your jacket if it starts to rain, or if you are in a crowded place.

Warm Jacket

Rain jackets aren’t exactly the cutest, warmest, or what you want to wear every day. For this reason, an additional warmer jacket is one of my Europe spring packing essentials. I packed my SAM. sherpa jacket and was happy to discover that the sherpa jacket trend is just as big in England. I love this jacket because its so warm – it’s perfect for days when the weather is in the 40s. I wear this jacket with everything – even over dresses. I’ve had luck keeping my white jacket clean, but it is available in darker colors, too.

Ballet Flats

I love this trend! Ballet flats are so versatile. They can dress up a casual look with jeans and a sweater, or be paired with a dress for a night out. The best part is that fabric ballet flats take up just a tiny amount of space in a suitcase. Unless I have plans to attend a wedding or significant event, I skip the heels when I travel to Europe. Ballet flats are more compatible with the cobblestone streets.

Colugo Travel Stroller

If you are a parent, this travel stroller is wonderful. We have used it for years, and we love how lightweight and durable it is. It fits into a backpack that can go in an airplane’s carry-on bin, and it has a strap for carrying it on the go. The rain cover is excellent – even better than the one on the UPPABaby we use at home.

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