Travelling can be quite an arduous task if you haven’t travelled much before, and there are certain things which can make life on the road difficult and some that make life easy. If you are travelling to enjoy the beautiful European summer this year, then you should know exactly what to pack before you leave, so you don’t make your travel experience an annoying one.
There are a number of items which are essential for Europe, and there are two main rules. Be comfortable, and pack light. The best part about travelling light is it allows you for a bit more freedom to move about while visiting the amazing places Europe has to offer. So these seasoned traveller tips are going to help you enjoy your trip more and you’ll worry less about how to fit everything back into your bag when you move on to your next destination.
Clothing is the heaviest items you will have to lug around, so packing ONLY essential items is the key here. Europe is lined with cobblestone streets, narrow train aisles and stairs… ouch… the stairs. There are unlimited benefits of travelling light, but the main benefit involves not having to lug a 25kg bag through some of the most difficult terrains imaginable.
Essentials to keep in your day pack
- Passport and Identification – keep these in separate compartments
- Flight and accommodation details
- Copy of your Travel insurance
- Guide book or language book
- Eye mask
- Lip balm
- Underwear – The best travel underwear around is ExOfficio. They are breathable, repel odour and dry quickly, so you can wash them in a sink. The benefits of this are something you will find out for yourself.
- Rainproof jacket
- Swimwear and towel
- 1 set of nice clothes for evenings and nights out
- Comfortable Shoes – European streets are not great for heels, so don’t even bother
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toiletry bag and contents
- Medications – make sure everything is labelled with your name
- Insect repellent
A hanging toiletry bag is essential for keeping all your toiletries contained and ziplock bags are arguably the most useful item you can travel with. Before you leave photocopy all your important documents and itinerary and email them to yourself and friends or family. Keep a copy in your day pack as well as inside your luggage bag.