Holiday Essentials: Your Germany packing list!

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Ready for your trip to Germany? Here are your holiday essentials packing list!

A lot of travellers find it stressful to organize and figure out what to bring when travelling to a new country. Luckily, I’m one of those who do enjoy planning and arranging travel. And I’ve been travelling a lot, where I picked up a tip or two.

Therefore, I have collected all your holiday essentials for your trip into a list. 

Holiday essentials planning

Your packing list naturally depends on how long you’re gone for, what time of the year you’re travelling, and what’s the purpose of your trip. If you’re you going to explore city life in Munich, Berlin, or Cologne you will bring different clothes then if you’re planning a stay in nature and hike in the Black Forest, for instance.

However, this article will give you a guideline for smart and handy items to bring along regardless of destination, the purpose of the trip, and weather conditions.

Holiday Essentials; The basics

So let’s start with the basics. You can pretty much forget anything except the basics. Your two most important items. Which are your passport, and credit card. Everything else can be bought along the way. But you can’t really buy your identity or your money.

Important: always have copies of essential documents.

passport packing list

Make sure to make copies of your passport. Store it on a digital cloud so you can easily access it everywhere, for instance. As well as bring a printed copy of it in your luggage. In short, you still have access to your passport details even if you have lost it.

The same goes for your credit card. Bring more than one card and keep them in different bags. This way you will have a backup if you lose your main card.

Holiday Essentials; Gadgets

Travelling in today’s modern world is a breeze. There are so many smart gadgets that will help you along the way. Can’t speak the language? No access to electricity? Lost your camera with all your photos? No Problem! You now have gadgets to take of all of these “problems”.

Here’s a list of my top gadgets I can’t travel without.

Powerbank (A life-saver on long rides/flights. As well as when you’re walking around town all day taking photos/using maps and need to recharge) 

 Holiday essentials: powerbank

Laptop, Ipad, Phone (Make sure to download music/podcasts/movies for offline use, so you always have entertainment ready)

Holiday essentials: Apple iPad Mini

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch

Headphones, or In-ear Headphones (a must while sitting on the bus, train, or airplane)

Bose QuietComfort 35

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model) packing list

Universal power adapter 

International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter holiday essentials

Google Translate (Download it while you’re online so you can use it offline. No more communication barriers!)

Language Translator device 

Language Translator Device with Camera (Best map-app offline. Another life-saving app while having no internet and exploring the country) 

Google Drive or another Cloud (Upload and backup all your photos as you go)

Camera (CompactCamera, ActionCamera, or InstantCamera)



Action Camera


nstax Mini 9 Instant Camera holiday essentials


Holiday Essentials; Travel Hacks

In addition to all the technology, there are also lots of smart items that make your travel effortless. Here’s my list of things I always bring on my trips.

Packing cubes (A total game-changer. Stay organized by separating your different clothes in different cubes. Must have!)

Packing Cube System

Travel towel (Small, light, and quick-dry. – Perfect in your suitcase) 

Holiday essentials, Travel Towels

Bring a padlock (For places you can lock in your stuff while on the go. Chose one with a code, so you don’t have to remember where your keys are)

Packing list: Padlock


Water bottle (You can fill up wherever it’s free to reduce the use of plastic bottles. You save money and the planet!)

Water Bottle - Stainless Steel


Coin purse (Germans like cash more than cards. Stay organized with all your coins)

CoinZip Mini Purse Wallet Key Chain Double Zipper packing list

Neck pillow (Definitely a good investment for long travel days)

ravel Pillow 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow, Comfortable & Breathable Cover, Machine Washable, Airplane Travel Kit with 3D Contoured Eye Masks, Earplugs, and Luxury Bag, Standard, Gray


Small bag (Convenient for city walks, beach, parks etc). Antitheft backpack 

Laptop Backpack, Travel Computer Bag for Women & Men, Anti Theft Water

Kindle (Always something to keep you entertained, as well its easier than bringing lots of books)

Holiday essentials: Kindle Paperwhite Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage + Kindle Unlimited (with auto-renewal)

Hand sanitizer (Keep those bacterias away by always having one in your backpack)

Mountain Falls Advanced Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E, Original Scent, 2 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 6)

Pocket size washing machine (Such a handy item, especially if you’re going “off the grid” for a while)

scrubba washing bag, pocket size washing machine

Cable Organizer (No more messy cables! Stay organized with this bag)

BUBM Double Layer Electronic Accessories Organizer, Travel Gadget Bag for Cables, USB Flash Drive, Plug and More, Perfect Size Fits for iPad Mini (Medium, Black)

Mini Espresso (For the coffee-lover. Always have fresh proper coffee wherever you go)

Wacaco Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Nespresso Original Capsules and Compatibles, Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated from Piston Action


Holiday Essentials; Clothing

Clothing varies loads depending on the season, purpose of the trip, and your personal style. As a general tip, try to avoid clothes that you’re only going to wear once. You want to reuse clothes and combine them to make different outfits. Clothes that you would only wear once, will only take space in your luggage.

Another tip is to plan your outfits beforehand. Because it will save a lot of time, effort, and luggage space.

Comfortable shoes for men and for women (Going somewhere new usually contains a lot of walking to explore all of the city you’re in. So a pair for of sneakers/trainers is a must)

comfortable shores - germany travel packing list - salomon hiking shoes

Casual T-Shits (for men, for women)

germany travel packing list - t-shirts

Blouses/shirts (Always essential to have a mix of casual clothing and something fancier so you’re prepared for any situation)

Sweater (for men, for women)

sweater - germany travel packing list

Lightweight jacket/raincoat (for women, for men)

rain jacket - germany travel packing list

Jeans/light pants (for women, for men)

A nice dress (I recommend bringing a basic dress that you can “dress up” when you want to be fancy, and “dress down” to be casual)


Toiletries List

Another life-saver to stay organized while on the road. – A toiletries organizer. While it may be small in stature, the humble toiletry bag is perhaps one of the most essential pieces of gear a traveller needs.

Large Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag for Men and Women Waterproof Makeup Organizer Bags wash bag Shaving Kit Cosmetic Bag for Accessories, Shampoo,Bathroom Shower, Personal Items Grey/Black

Toothbrush, toothpaste,

travel tooth brush

Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins

hair brush - travel packing list

Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF

Travel Size Deodorant

natural travel size deodorant

Travel Size Shampoo and conditioner (if they are organic even better)

natural travel size shampoo and conditioner

Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips

makeup remover wipes - germany travel packing list

Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss

natural lipbalm with spf

Extra contacts, solution, and contact case

First aid kit

travel first aid kit

Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever

insect repellent wipes

Motion sickness reliever

Other toiletries to keep in mind

  • Makeup 
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed

Germany Packing List; Your summary

Okay, so now you got some ideas for what to bring on your next adventure. You can use this list and tick off the items while you pack. Keeping it simple and stay organized. Enjoy your trip!


What would you bring in your holiday essentials packing list?