This Is What I Packed For A Semester in Europe

A peek inside my suitcase at everything I packed for a semester in Europe.

In this packing guide, I shared the ultimate packing list to ensure you know exactly what to pack for a semester abroad in Europe. Below, I've also provided a detailed look at every piece of clothing I ended up packing. Here's what's in my suitcase!


black flats (similar) / nude ballet flats / white supergas / black chelsea booties
taupe ankle booties / brown riding boots / black suede boots (similar) / rain boots


So far, I've been very happy with my capsule closet and most of the clothes (with the exception of the heavy sweaters) are in regular rotation. I love everything I packed, so I don't mind wearing them constantly and enjoy how easy it is to get dressed in the morning with a simpler closet. 

Admittedly, I could have still pared down what I brought and should have stuck closer to my recommended packing list. In the interest of full disclosure and sharing lessons learned, I should have only brought one blazer and left the taupe ankle booties and knee-high black boots at home. I do too much walking and rain would ruin them both in a second. Also, the Hunter boots are too heavy for lots of walking. I already owned them, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing them specifically for time abroad. Get something more lightweight instead. 

My go-to hero pieces are definitely my lightweight jackets, striped shirt, chambray button down, and black tunic sweater. I live in my Supergas, nude flats, and Chelsea boots. I don't know what I'd do without them! 

I'd love to know what your favorite travel MVPs are! What was the most important piece you packed for a semester in Europe? Have you tried a capsule closet?