When in Europe: Packing
You’re all ready to go on your vacation to Europe, now it’s time to pack! But what should you bring? How do you avoid over or underpacking? Here is a quick guide to packing when in Europe.
1. Travel Documents
It is very important that you make sure to bring your travel documents with you. Things like your passports, IDs, plane tickets, train tickets, vouchers, itineraries, visas, money, etc. need to be easily accessible. Do NOT put them in your checked baggage.
When traveling, comfort is key. Bring clothes you’re going to be comfortable walking in. And think about what season it will be when you arrive at your destination. Even in the summer you should bring some layers for cooler evenings and chilly venues.
Winter/Autumn - warm coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, and boots.
Spring/Summer - rain gear, light jackets, swimwear, sunglasses, and rain boots.
Bring your basic toiletries. You may want to bring a first aid kit as well. It's likely that you can find extra things you may need or may have forgotten once you arrive at your destination, but they may be more expensive depending on where you’re going. Also be sure to bring things such as bug spray, sunscreen, lip balm, and tissues.
When it comes to electronics, it’s really based on your personal preferences. Typically the bare minimum is your phone, phone charger, earbuds / headphones, and travel adapters. If you’re bringing things like your laptop, e-reader, and digital camera, be sure to also bring the correct chargers.
Most countries (mainly with the exception of the USA and Canada) have 220/240V electrical outputs, but our US devices are designed for 110/120V. If you’re bringing items that may use lots of electricity like a blow dryer or a curling / flat iron, be sure you also get a travel converter. Most newer laptops will be fine without a converter, but if you have an older laptop, be sure to confirm whether or not it’s dual voltage before you leave.
If you need suggestions for accessories like an adapter or converter, click here to see our favorite travel accessories.
We hope this helps! For additional guidance and more detail on what to pack, click the following link - Rick Steves' Packing Guide
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