How to pack lightly for interrail

Why you should bring merino wool clothing

Interrail is a great way to explore Europe. With an Interrail pass, you can hop on trains and discover multiple European countries at your own pace. Whether you're traveling solo, with a friend, or in a group, Interrail gives you the freedom to experience diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes. That's why your luggage and clothing should be the last thing on your mind. In collaboration with @benjamindalby and @nataliedalbyaagaard, here you will find tips and inspiration for your new Interrail trip.

Our merino wool clothing was one item on our packing list we didn't know we needed. On café visits in the hot streets of Venice and hikes in the cool mountain tops of Austria, the clothes kept us warm, dry and looking good. The breathable t-shirts were a life-saver on the long, hot and crowded train rides through Italy and Slovenia. We didn't have to worry about the typical sweat smell or the obligatory wet backpack mark on our backs, as the clothes were both odor-free and quick-drying.

      - @ Benjamindalby 

Reasons to pack clothes in merino wool

It's a good idea to pack clothes made of merino wool when going on an Interrail trip for several reasons:

  • Overcome changing temperatures: Europe offers a wide range of climates and temperatures. Merino wool helps keep you warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot.
  • Stay dry: When you're on crowded trains from one destination to another, or if your trip includes hiking, sweating is probably inevitable. Merino wool is very effective at absorbing and releasing moisture, which means it helps keep you dry and comfortable when sweating. It is also quick-drying, making it easy to wash and dry clothes on the go.
  • Pack light: When carrying your gear on your journey, it's essential to have lightweight and space-saving equipment. Merino wool is a lightweight material that frees up space for other necessary items, so you don't need to pack as much.
  • Odorless for days and weeks: Merino wool has natural antibacterial properties that help reduce odor. This means you can wear the same clothes for longer periods without worrying about bad smells, which is an advantage when traveling for several weeks or months.
  • The long run: When wearing the same clothes for a long time, it's important that it feels good. Merino wool is soft and comfortable against the skin and reduces the risk of irritation and itching, which can sometimes occur with synthetic materials or traditional wool.
Interrail in Europe

Here you can read about the experiences Benjamin and Natalie had on their interrail trip through southeastern Europe.

You can also read their tips and tricks for interrail.

Benjamin's packing list

3 T-shirts, 2 long-sleeved T-shirt, 1 Zip-Neck, 1 shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of sports shorts, 1 pair of long pants, 1 pair of sweatpants, 1 jacket, 4 pairs of boxers, 5 pairs socks, 1 pair of swimming shorts, 1 cap, towel, sheet bag, inflatable pillow, extension cord, Swiss knife, wallet, padlock, parcel bags, book, frisbee, camera gear

Natalie's packing list

3 T-shirts, 2 tops, 2 long-sleeved T-shirts, 1 zip-neck, 2 shorts, 2 trousers, 1 pair of running tights, 1 dress, 1 jacket, 7 underpants, 3 sports bras, 2 bras, 6 pairs of socks, 1 belt, bikini, towel, sheet bag, inflatable pillow, inflatable headrest, sleeping mask, cap, packing bags, sunscreen, aftersun, disposable camera, book, padlock