If walking through small, cobblestoned alleys in towns built in the early Middle Ages and the Renaissance, sitting down at a cafe with a single cappuccino with friends for hours, riding trains between countries, and having a variety of options when it comes to landscape and culture, then being a digital nomad in Europe may be what you’re looking for. With large metropolitan cities, small towns and villages, beaches, mountains, and rich in culture, Europe has something for every digital nomad.
When it comes to packing for long-term travel as a digital nomad in Europe, you may feel overwhelmed. Europeans are known for their fashion, which is considered to be more formal than what most countries wear daily. If you want to fit in, don’t wear sweatpants in public!
The key to packing for a few months in Europe is to pack lightly. Since many destinations are so close and accessible, you’ll likely be taking weekend trips to different countries thanks to budget airlines and the amazing train system. If you can get away with packing just a carry-on, props to you!
We’ve put together the ultimate packing list for digital nomads in Europe, so you can focus more on your business and less about what to put in your suitcase.
- 5-7 casual shirts (long-sleeved & t-shirts)
- 3 pairs of pants (jeans/trousers/etc.)
- 1 dress shirt
- 1 pair of dress pants
- 1 skirt (for the ladies)
- 1 dress (for the ladies)
- 2 bathing suits
- 1 athletic outfit
- 1-2 sweaters
- 1 packable down jacket
- 5-7 pairs of underwear
- 5-7 pairs of socks
- 2 bras (for the ladies)
The key to packing clothing for long-term travel is to have an interchangeable wardrobe. Pick a general color scheme so you can have 50 different outfit combinations as opposed to only seven or eight.
Remember, you can always purchase clothing while traveling! Not only will it help you fit in better, but you won’t have to worry about bringing everything you need with you. If you’re sticking to your budget, check out thrift stores. It’s economical and environmental!
- Casual sneakers
- Dress shoes
- Flip flops
Shoes are the hardest thing to pack, especially if you’re a digital nomad in Europe. One thing you’ll notice is how Europeans always have fantastic shoes to go with every outfit. While it’s impossible to pack lightly and have a rack of shoes, you can still be fashionable.
The most important thing about your shoes while traveling is that they have to be comfortable. There is nothing more unpleasant than walking around with sore and blistered feet.
- Microfiber Towel
- First Aid Kit
- Makeup (for the ladies)
Travelers tend to get a little carried away when it comes to packing toiletries. Even though there are travel-sized items available, they can weigh you down. Remember, you can always buy what you need when you get to your destination.
When it comes to bringing a first aid kit, we recommend packing some over-the-counter medicines like a pain reliever, antihistamine, cold medicine, and whatever else you may take regularly. There is nothing more frustrating than having a headache and not being able to understand what you’re buying in the pharmacy because of a language barrier.
- Computer case
- Outlet Adapter
As a digital nomad, traveling with your technology is absolutely essential. It may even be more important than the clothes you pack! This list is just the basics, depending on your job and how you like to work, you may need to bring more with you.
When it comes to packing your chargers, try your best to condense them. If you can use one charger for two or three items, then only bring one! It will help you stay organized and from getting tangled up.
As a digital nomad in Europe, you’re bound to work out of a cafe or coworking space. So, you’ll need a bag or backpack to carry your computer with you.
To get the most space out of your luggage, it’s important to be organized. Some people swear by packing cubes, but I prefer vacuum seal travel bags because they condense your clothing. Find what works best for you!
It’s always a good idea to travel with a padlock, especially if you are staying in hostels, and Ziploc bags. You never know when you’ll need one!
Type of Luggage
There are two popular luggage options when it comes to digital nomads in Europe. Some go with a traditional rolling suitcase while others prefer a large travel backpack. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
- More space
- Doesn’t stand out in a crowd
- Great for long-term stays.
- Difficult to maneuver on cobblestone and steps
- Easy to move around with
- Great for constant travel
- Usually carryon size
- Difficult to pack and unpack
- Can be hard on your back
- Will stand out as a tourist
Every Nomad is Different
Everyone has their own style when it comes to packing. Take this list as just a guide on what to consider when packing to live as a digital nomad in Europe.
Connect with other digital nomads in Europe and find out their essential travel items at Nomads Embassy: The Official Global Digital Nomad Network now!