London Prep: Packing List!

Pretty much everything but your passport is optional here —I mean, technically, you could buy every bit of this in London. But, these are things I often travel to Europe with… Use this to inspire you, not dictate you.


Documents & Bags

  • passport + extra photocopy of the front page of your passport
  • additional photo ID (such as a driver’s license) debit and/or credit cards
  • wallet
  • purse
  • daypack / small backpack for our overnight to Oxford
  • foldable duffle, if you think you’ll buy enough to need an additional backup bag
  • luggage: small carry-on rolling suitcase or travel backpack



  • phone
  • laptop or tablet, if you want to work (or watch something in your room)
  • camera + its accessories, if you want to go beyond what’s on your phone
  • e-reader or book
  • power cords for all devices
  • earbuds
  • adapter
  • travel power strip, if you think you’ll be charging a ton at once
  • portable charger


Just bring your usual toiletries; there’s no need to bring anything “extra.” Keep in mind that if you carry on, everything needs to be TSA-approved (that means liquids and gels are 3.4 ounces or smaller, then collectively put in a bag one quart or smaller).

  • deodorant
  • soap
  • lotion
  • face stuff
  • hair stuff
  • makeup
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • razor
  • lip balm
  • eyedrops (sometimes the air on flights dries out my eyes)
  • contacts and/or glasses
  • feminine products
  • essential oils (for travel, I like a digestion blend, a germ- fighting blend, lavender, peppermint, and a citrus like grapefruit or lemon)
  • deodorizing wipes (nice on long-haul flights)
  • prescription or OTC meds (though basic pharmacies are everywhere)
  • melatonin, for easing jet lag
  • charcoal capsules, for digestion


  • jeans or pants, 1-2
  • skirts or dresses, 1-2
  • layering tops, 3-4
  • cardigans, 1-2
  • thin sweater, 1
  • lightweight rain jacket, 1
  • socks, 2-3 pair
  • pajamas, 1 set
  • underwear
  • scarf or pashmina that can double as a mini blanket
  • shoes, 2-3 pair (tip: wear your heaviest on the flight instead of packing them)


  • neck pillow
  • small umbrella
  • water bottle (collapsible is nice)
  • jewelry
  • journal & pen (note: you’ll get a trip-centric journal upon arrival)
  • extra ziplock bags, just in case
  • laundry bag
  • sunglasses
  • eye mask
  • earplugs