The Ultimate Packing List for Europe: Fall Edition

Here’s a not-so-secret fact about us: fall is our favorite time to travel in Europe (and packing for fall in Europe is extra fun, too).

Crunching leaves, changing colors, the wine and olive oil harvests, dissipating crowds, cozy clothes, and cooling temperatures: traveling to Europe during autumn is absolutely fantastic, and you couldn’t ask for a better time to plan a trip.

We’ve spent several fall seasons in Europe, enjoying everything from the bright blue waters of Malta in September to the cozy vibes of Budapest in November, with many destinations in between.

Heading off on an autumn adventure and ready to put together a packing list for Europe in the fall?

We’ve rounded up everything to need to pack for autumn in Europe here–plus some advice on what to wear.

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How to Use This Packing List for Visiting Europe in the Fall

At the risk of stating the obvious, Europe is a large and diverse continent.

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In other words, if you’re planning a September trip to Sicily, you’ll need a much different packing list than if you’re planning a trip to Norway in November.

You’ll definitely notice some stark variety in my outfits in the photos for this post–all of which were taken in Europe during the fall!

Couple on roof of St. Stephen's Basilica, Best Things to Do in Budapest
Budapest is beautiful in the fall!

This packing list for Europe in the fall is designed for a traveler who’s visiting Europe in late September, October, or November, and is who’s avoiding destinations far in the north (like Lapland) or at a very high elevation, where much warmer clothes might be needed.

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Think strolling through the streets of Paris, wine tasting in Tuscany, or admiring the fall foliage over Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, for example.

Of course, always be sure to carefully check the weather in the destinations you’re planning to visit as your trip gets closer, but this fall packing list for Europe will provide a great jumping-off point for deciding what to bring (and what to leave behind).

kate storm and ranger storm on a ledge overlooking heidelberg germany in the fall in europe packing list
We lucked out with the foliage on this late November trip to Heidelberg, Germany!

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Passport — Definitely the most important item on any packing list for Europe in the fall!

Travel Insurance — We don’t ever suggest traveling without travel insurance–anything can happen, and visiting Europe in autumn is definitely a case of it’s to be better safe than sorry.

Check prices and inclusions with Safety Wing for your fall trip to Europe!

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Visa (If Needed) — Though 26 countries in Europe are part of the Schengen Zone that allows many nationalities (including US citizens, Canadians, and Australians) to enter and travel freely between their countries for 90 days for tourism, that still leaves around half of Europe’s countries that are not part of this agreement.

Regardless of where you are from, always double-check entrance requirements before showing up at the airport to fly to any European country (or any country at all that isn’t your own, for that matter).

Grapes hanging from a vine during an October trip to Bucharest Romania--the wine harvest is a great reason to pack for Europe in autumn!

Money — We recommend bringing two credit cards (one to use, and one to keep as a backup), and two debit cards. Ideally, bring cards with no foreign transaction fees.

We’ve never felt it necessary to obtain currency before arriving (we just withdraw from an ATM when we get there), but you can purchase most currencies in your home country if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Keep in mind that not all countries in Europe are on the Euro, so be sure to double-check what currency you’ll need based on your itinerary!

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International Driving Permit — If you are coming from outside the EU and plan to rent a car during your fall trip to Europe, you may need an International Driving Permit to do so!

Italy in particular is well-known for enforcing this requirement.

Be sure to check the rental requirements in any country that you plan to drive in before you arrive!

Kate sitting on a wall next to a canal in Bruges Belgium, with a wooden inn in front of her. Kate is wearing a black coat--by mid-November in Europe, you'll want a coat in many areas!
Bruges, Belgium is beautiful year-round.

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Camera — We have been using our Sony a7R III for several years now and absolutely adore it, but whatever camera you’re comfortable with works–just make sure you have something with you to preserve your memories! 

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Travel Adapters for Europe — If you’re coming from outside of Europe, you’ll definitely need adapters for your electronics.

Be sure to check the requirements for any particular country that you visit–the United Kingdom, for example, is well-known for using different plugs than most of the continent.

Pacsafe — We can’t recommend our Pacsafe enough: this travel safe is affordable, sturdy, easy to pack, and will help keep your valuables safe in your hotel room.

(Not that you should need to worry much about theft from your hotel room during your trip to Europe, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!).

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Comfortable Day Bag — We currently use Pacsafe’s sleek anti-theft backpack and love it, but if you don’t want to shell out the cash for this trip, that’s totally understandable.

Just aim for something comfortable to wear, not flashy, and medium-sized–we used a Northface Jester backpack for years and loved it as well.

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Umbrella — Option A: Plan on buying an umbrella when it starts pouring down rain. Option B: Plan ahead and buy a (probably much sturdier) umbrella before leaving. Option C: Hope you get lucky with the weather.

When visiting Europe in the fall, I promise Option B is the best bet! We love this easy-to-pack umbrella and bring it just about everywhere.

Portable USB Charger — Don’t stress about your phone dying while you’re sightseeing: add a portable charger to your packing list for Europe this autumn.

Tote Bag — Incredibly light and easy to pack, a tote bag can serve as a grocery bag, beach bag, laundry bag, or just about anything else.

They’re incredibly handy and we recommend adding one to your packing list for Europe this fall.

We’ve been carrying ours for years and it never stops coming in handy!

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Reusable Water Bottle — Save both money and plastic during your spring trip to Europe and add a reusable water bottle to your packing list for Europe! I love this metal one.

Apple Air Tags — Air Tags are a relatively new addition to our Europe packing list, but we’ve absolutely loved having the extra security when checking out luggage!

They’ll be coming with us from now on.

selfie of kate storm and jeremy storm after climb the arc de triomphe paris with eiffel tower in the background
November in Paris is delightful (even in the rain).

Swiss Army Knife — Want to open wine bottles in your hotel room, slice cheese from the market, or cut up that baguette from the bakery?

If so, you’ll be so glad you brought along a Swiss Army Knife–ours has saved us from a last-minute snack packaging crisis many times!

Sunscreen — Because sunburns are never a good look in vacation photos.

kate storm overlooking lisbon portugal from a viewpoint one day in lisbon itinerary
You won’t need to pack a heavy coat for Europe this fall if you’re headed to Lisbon!

Student ID — If you’re a student, you’ll be entitled to lots of discounts on museums and attractions throughout Europe (though note that this is sometimes just for EU residents–be sure to double-check individual attractions before getting your hopes up).

If you’re a student, be sure to add your ID to your autumn packing list for Europe.

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Cell Phone — We spent more than a year traveling without working cell phones, just relying on wifi… and while that’s completely fine, we would never go back.

Consider purchasing an international plan for your cell phone (most carriers offer them), getting an eSIM, or, if you have an unlocked phone, you can just buy a local SIM card once you land in Europe.

Purell Hand Sanitizer — We carry this everywhere, and never been sorry to have it floating around in our day bag.

kate storm in a navy blue dress in front of the marsaxlokk harbor, one of the best places to visit in malta
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You’ll want to structure your personal wardrobe for traveling in Europe based on where you’re going, of course.

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A glamorous trip to Paris calls for different clothes than hiking in Ireland or soaking up the last of the year’s warmth in Greece–but if you’re looking for a great all-in-one fall packing list for Europe, this is it!

We like to spend nearly the entire autumn in Europe (especially October, our personal favorite month) these days, and these picks reflect my personal favorite things to wear in Europe in the fall.

kate storm in a red dress on a staircase in a bookstore in bucharest romania
Cărturești Carusel is a must-visit bookstore in Bucharest, Romania!


Dresses with tights underneath them and a cute pair of boots basically make up my uniform when visiting Europe in the fall–bonus points for sweater dresses.

Think something similar to this one, or something like this for a maxi dress look.

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Don’t forget the tights! I love these tights and own several pairs (they hold up forever).

If you’re traveling later in the fall or to a cooler climate, consider adding a pair of cozy fleece tights to your packing list for Europe in the fall.

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Simple blouses like this are perfect for most places in the fall in Europe.

Be sure to also bring a sweater or two along–thinner ones are easier to pack and layer, so keep that in mind when shopping. Something like this is a great option.

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A Europe packing list for autumn absolutely requires a pair of jeans–I’m obsessed with this pair and wear them everywhere.

If you prefer wearing pants, you might also like to bring an additional pair of jeans–black ones like these are a great way to mix things up.

If you are like me and prefer to wear dresses and skirts more often than not, a cute skirt like this layered with tights and boots is a fashionable and comfortable choice for your fall in Europe packing list.

kate storm in a red dress on rue de l'abreuvoir, one of the best places to visit in montmartre paris
Exploring Montmartre, Paris in September.


During autumn in Europe, cute boots rule the streets when it comes to shoes.

I’m currently in love with these boots and wearing them on a near-daily basis.

Something similar to this is also a fabulous option.

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September and October in Europe are still a bit early for full-on lined coats in most parts of the continent, though that all changes when November rolls around!

Consider bringing a cute, but lighter option like this along for your trip if it looks like the weather will call for it.

(Though note that in many parts of Europe, citizens dress for the season, not the weather–so if you pass Italian women wearing peacoats when you’re in a sundress in September, don’t be surprised).

Fallen leaves gathered on a street in Ghent Belgium.
Ghent, Belgium has plenty of quiet corners to explore!


When it comes to accessorizing for fall in Europe, it’s all about the scarves!

We recommend adding 1-2 on your autumn packing list for Europe, but also keep in mind that scarves make easy, cheap, and lovely souvenirs.

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Also, consider bringing a cozy hat, and depending on where you’re going, a pair of gloves.

Though they’re far from necessary, I also personally love these cuffs to mix up my look when wearing boots.

kate storm, sophie nadeau, and christina juan at cristal palace in retiro park madrid in the fall
Retiro Park boasts gorgeous fall foliage in the heart of Madrid.

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Fitted, casual shirts like this and light sweaters like this are both great options for men when packing for Europe in the fall.

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Casual slacks or chinos like these are a versatile and easy option for your fall in Europe packing list.

We recommend bringing at least one pair of fitted, dark-wash jeans like these as well.

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Subtle boots like these or classic shoes like these are both good options.

Jeremy is currently wearing these boots and loves them.

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Depending on the weather for your trip to Europe, you may not need a heavy jacket at all when visiting Europe in the fall.

Jeremy was comfortable in this jacket all the way through mid-November in Europe last year.

If you want something warmer, consider something a bit thicker–just be sure not to get one that’s too heavy for the season.

Sweaters like this are another great option!

Jeremy standing with Mouth of Truth in Rome, wearing his favorite black jacket that always ends up on our packing list for Europe fall.
Following in the steps of Audrey Hepburn by paying a visit to the Mouth of Truth in Rome.


Scarves are both fashionable and comfortable this time of year.

We recommend adding one to your fall packing list for Europe and potentially picking up another one as a souvenir along the way.

jeremy storm at a wine bar in barolo italy with a cheese plate on the table in front of him and a wine glass in the foreground
September in Barolo, Italy.

Other Travel Gear for Your Packing List for Europe in Autumn

Sea Bands & Non-Drowsy Dramamine — If you’re prone to motion sickness like me, I strongly recommend adding Sea Bands and Dramamine to your packing list for fall in Europe.

You just never know when a long ferry or mountain road might call for some assistance!

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Money Belt — This is up to you: we no longer use one, but if you’re more comfortable having your passports on your person while exploring Europe this fall, you can consider bringing one.

We used to use this one and had no complaints. These days, we prefer just to leave valuables in our Pacsafe during the day.

kate stor standing in front of monserrate palace in sintra, one of the best day trips from lisbon portugal
Palace-hopping in Sintra, Portugal in late October.

Travel Journal — If you want to keep a travel journal during your fall trip to Europe but can’t commit to a huge amount of writing each night, I can’t recommend the One Line a Day Journal enough!

I’ve been using it for more than 6 years now (I’m on my second volume) and absolutely love it.

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Basic Medication — Some people prefer to buy medication for basic headaches, fevers, and stomach aches as needed, but who wants to deal with language barriers when they’re sick?

We’ve never regretted packing our own basic meds.

kate storm and ranger storm on a cobblestone street in castell arquato italy
Exploring back streets in Castell’Arquato on a September road trip through Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Tripod & Wireless Remote — If you’re traveling with a group and want to ensure that you get pictures of everyone together, a tripod and a remote will allow you to snap non-selfie photos easily!

True, it’s a bit of a pain to carry and not advised in busy areas, but the memories are priceless and the photos you end up with are generally so much better than the ones you get by asking a stranger to snap a photo for you!

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Extra Memory Cards — Don’t stress about your camera’s memory card getting full–bring extras along!

They’re so tiny you’ll barely notice them when putting together your final European fall packing list, anyway.

ranger storm in front of igreja do carmo sitting on the edge of fountain one day in porto portugal
September in Porto still offers plenty of sunshine!

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

17 thoughts on “The Ultimate Packing List for Europe: Fall Edition”

  1. This is such a comprehensive packing list that I’m sure anyone can benefit from. It’s true that using a money belt is a bit controversial as you said, but I have to admit that I feel safer and more confident with it when travelling to crowded places. I also find your suggestion of UV Lens Protection quite useful, too.

    • Thanks, FIona! I would definitely get some UV Filters for your lenses–they’re very inexpensive and definitely make a difference.

  2. Wow you guys really have thought of everything! The idea of a portable safe sounds very useful, especially for backpackers. You mentioned a purse at the beginning; is this like a crossover bag? You’re both clearly very organised people, it makes me question my own travelling prep!

    • We definitely try! The portable safe is definitely useful. My purse is a crossover bag, but it’s a fairly small one–definitely couldn’t fit a laptop or anything like that in there!

  3. A great packing list that is quite useful for many types of trips. I had no idea that there was Sea Bands available to combat sea sickness! I definitely need those for my next trip out on a boat. I love your tips about camera devices. I need to start getting into photography more and this is very helpful. Thanks! Enjoy your trip to Europe.

    • You will love the Sea Bands! I couldn’t believe how well they worked, and I’m so excited to find an excuse to use them again this fall.

  4. What a really well thought through, comprehensive list. I love how you have been more inclusive here than conservative so people can individually cut out things they may not want. I totally agree with the choices you have made on the more expensive items as they have clearly lasted you some time. You have both developed a great system for backpacking and I hope you have a wonderful time in your upcoming travels.

  5. Wow, you have captured every small thing here – from clothes to camera. Even small things like extra zip lock pouches. That is something I remember everytime I am on a travel and realize that the next time I need to add those. Well done and I am book marking this for my easy list for packing next time.

  6. Your list is just the best. It covers all that would suitable for a comfy journey. Thanks for this post. I need a new camera, I’d run through the ones on this list maybe I’d find something satisfying.

  7. This is spot on! I am so jealous of your full-time travel life. Its a future goal for me. These pictures are beyond beautiful. I will keep this for my next European adventure in the Fall!

  8. Wow that’s a lot to pack but you guys sure thought of everything to not be needing anything at all! Loved going through your camera gear, it’s always amazing to see what other photographers and travellers pack for it!


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