What To Bring To Europe
If you're traveling to Europe, the first thing you should do is prepare yourself a list of what you want to bring to Europe. European weather is inconsistent at best, so you'll want to pack accordingly and be ready for whatever is thrown your way. Different countries in Europe may also require different documents, so you'll want to have everything necessary on your person at all times. And one last thing, make sure you bring a carry-on piece of luggage with necessities in it, in the event your luggage is somehow lost or delayed.
- Variety of clothing. Since European weather is so iffy, you'll want to pack various articles of clothing you can layer. This way you're protected if it rains, or you can peel layers if it happens to get warmer throughout the day. A lightweight coat that is perhaps water-resistant or waterproof is a good idea too. Pack clothing that is easily washed and dried as well, so you can reuse it. This also saves you on having to pack a multitude of clothing pieces when you're traveling abroad.
- Documents. Since you're traveling overseas, you'll be required to bring a passport to Europe. Other types of documents you should keep on hand at all times are your driver’s license, traveler’s checks, medical emergency identification, and debit and credit cards. It would be a good idea to make copies of your documents as well, in the event you lose any of them.
- Shoes. Pack at least two pairs of shoes for your trip to Europe. A good pair of walking shoes is essential, whether you're traveling within the cities or countryside, you'll be doing quite a bit of walking to see local attractions. If you're going beachside, bring along a comfortable pair of sandals or flip-flops; something you won't mind getting sand on, and that's easily cleaned off.
- Toiletries. It's recommended you bring to Europe, all the basics you would normally use at home. For instance, items like sunscreen, insect repellent, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner, a razor and shaving cream. Having to buy items like these can sometimes cost more in a different country than they do at home, so try not to forget anything you utilize regularly. Other basics you might want to consider are handwipes or wet wipes and Purell to help kill any germs you may encounter.
- Itinerary. There are many historical landmarks and attractions in Europe and depending on where you're visiting; you'll want to plan ahead for what you would like to see. Some attractions are not open year-round, so be sure to research what will be available to you while you're visiting. Bring along a European guide book and a translation dictionary if you visit countries that are not fluent in your native language.
- Electronics. Tourists will of course want to capture memories of their trip to Europe, so be sure to bring along a digital camera or video recorder, and plenty of extra batteries and memory cards. A laptop is also good to bring to Europe and this way you can readily store whatever is on your cameras. In some European countries, they don't offer a typical three-prong plug-in outlet in hotel rooms. So you'll want to check into buying an adapter that will work with whatever's offered in Europe and your own electronic devices.
- First aid. It's always smart to bring along a first-aid kit no matter where you're going. Even if you're just taking a day trip somewhere, you should always carry one in your vehicle, backpack or in your purse. Make sure to bring along your needed medications when visiting Europe as well, in addition to some normal necessities like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
- Miscellaneous. These are just a few other items to think about bringing on your trip to Europe. A good pair of binoculars would be beneficial, an iPod for listening to music, earplugs, a flashlight, your cell phone, extra maps, a tote bag or backpack to carry things in, books or magazines, a travel pillow and whatever else you deem a necessity to be comfortable during your trip to Europe.