What did I want from my clothes for the trip?
1) comfort - to be protected from the elements (cold, sun, rain)
2) easy to wash and dry
3) separates that all worked together colour-wise
4) to look a little more polished in the evenings (not much, just a little!)
2 pairs of walking trousers (the most flattering ones I could find - not easy)
Thermal long sleeve top & leggings
1 "buff" (works as hat, scarf, headband amongst other things)
3 pairs walking socks
3 pairs sports socks
2 foldable totes (including my favourite navy Longchamp)
Quick dry towel
Multi-purpose wash (body, hair, clothes)
1 pair pyjamas
I treated myself to the REN Grab & Go Travel Kit - mini luxuries in washbag essentials. Make up? Just a BB cream, mascara and lipgloss plus my favourite summer perfume, Clarins Eau Ressourçante.
Not packed, but worn for our first day's travel into London and on to Brussels:
-Walking shoes (lighter and more versatile than boots)
What I hadn’t bargained for was a heatwave – two weeks of the hottest temperatures Central Europe had ever seen (hitting 40 degrees C in parts of Germany). And whilst I didn’t want to burn in the sun, I definitely needed to be more comfortable in the heat as I'd only packed trousers. So I bought two t-shirt dresses in Germany – in the sale too – along with some extra pairs of light socks.
Other items that I bought en route, all really as a result of the extreme hot weather: hairclips and earplugs (city centre budget hotels with no air con = windows open & lots of noise!).
A pair of sandals or flipflops would have been good to include too - especially for just wearing around hotels and short strolls in the evenings.
What didn’t I need, wear or use?
The goody bag of toiletries were probably a little unnecessary - but they were a welcome little touch of luxury.
What would I have done differently?
Checked the long term weather forecast before we left...
So how was it?
We had an incredible trip that was better than we ever could have imagined. The only challenge now....I seem to have developed a wanderlust. Where next?
Our route around Europe took in: London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Innsbruck, Interlaken, Paris and back to London. We stayed mainly in Meininger Hotels and youth hostels along with a couple of (rather nice) hotels in Prague (Jurys Inn) and Paris (Le Marcel - very handy for Gare du Nord and the Eurostar Terminal for London).