This past August, my husband Josh and I took a two week vacation to Europe and hiked the Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMB) for the first half of the trip.   I know that packing for a trip like this can be overwhelming so I wanted to share our packing list.  For the entire trip we fit everything into our hiking packs! This was actually less of a challenge than I thought it would be, so if you’re worried about not being able to fit everything you need, don’t be!

Below, is the full list of everything we brought with links to some of the specific items that we really love. Keep in mind, this list could be cut down if you don’t plan on exploring any of the towns/going out to dinner, etc.   Additionally, I brought a little more than I needed since I could fit it in my pack and I wasn’t afraid of a little extra weight.  I’m so glad I did!  It was totally worth it to not have to worry about washing clothes every night after a long day of hiking and it felt so good to change into clean clothes for dinner and to sleep in! That said, there were a few things that we could have done without, so I’ll make sure to note those on the list.

  • Gear
    • 36-60 L Backpack (His, Hers)
    • Camel Back 1 Liter Water Bottle
    • 3 Liter Water Bladder (could use a smaller one)
    • Sawyer Mini Water Filter (didn’t use)
    • Gaia GPS Map Downloaded (highly recommend)
    • Hiking Poles (I didn’t use any, but absolutely wish I had them on the downhill sections)
    • Compression sacks for clothes
    • Sleeping Bag Liner (didn’t use)
    • Headlamp
    • First Aid Kit (including moleskin!)
    • Sunglasses
    • Travel Pillow (used on the plane but could have done without)
    • Multi-towel Mini (would have been nice to have a bigger one)
    • Solar Powered Charger
    • Compass
  • Food
    • Clif Bars
    • G2 packets
    • Clif Bloks
    • Electrolyte Tablets
  •  Clothing
  • Toiletries
    • Dry Shampoo
    • Wilderness Wash (for clothes and body)
    • Sunscreen
    • IBuprofen
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Trash Bag
    • Deodorant
    • Comb
    • Pony Tail Holders
    • Toilet Paper
    • Earplugs
  • Other
    • Cash (Euros and Swiss Francs)
    • Outlet Adapter (France, Italy and Switzerland each use a different outlet)
    • Passports/Travel Documents
    • French/Italian Translator App

 

I hope you find this packing list helpful! I’m happy to answer any questions if you’re planning this yourself!