I don’t know about you, but before any trip I go on, I usually write out a list of all the things I can think of that I need, and then build from there. I tend to be more relaxed about local travel if I know I can pop into a store and pick something up if I forgot it. But Europe, I want to make sure I have majority, if not all that I need.
Speaking of bags, my Baggu bags have been a lifesaver when we’re away. Some European cities do not include plastic bags when you go shopping and you have to pay extra if you need one. Packing one of my ever-easy-fold-up-into-a-tiny-almost-nothing-bag, has made things so much easier. I can throw that right in my backpack and take it when I need something extra. I also use it as a beach bag for when we are visiting areas that have beach access. I really cannot say enough good things about the easy and practicality of these bags.