You’re finally about to go on your first European holiday. Planning a vacation can be a long(and sometimes) stressful process. Despite having a travel checklist worked out, we end leaving things behind. We’ve all been there, and to save you the struggle we’ve made this complete Europe packing list. For when you visit the Eiffel Tower in France or go for a scenic stroll in Venice, this ultimate travel checklist is all you need.
Travelling can be exhilarating. But your holiday can quickly turn sour if things don’t go the way you wanted. Check out this travel packing list to make sure you have all your essentials, and your travel plan sorted!
Step 1: Travel Documents
- Whether it’s a month-long stay in one place or a week-long backpacking holiday, always make sure to have all your travel documents sorted out.
- Travel Itinerary
A travel itinerary is a crucial step to getting a visa. Some countries also prefer to know how long you’ll be visiting.
- Visa[Schengen or otherwise]
A Schengen visa, on the other hand, is the document issued by the authorities for visiting and staying within the Schengen area.
- Travel Insurance
The travel insurance, in this instance, covers your medical expenses, trip cancellation, rail passes, and other losses incurred while travelling.
- International Driving Permit and Driver’s license
The International Driving Permit, more commonly referred to as an international driving license, is a document that along with your valid home driver’s license, allows you to legally drive a motor vehicle while in another country.
Step 2: Travel Accessories
- Passport Holder
With how common pickpockets are in Europe, especially Paris and London, storing your documents securely should be your number one concern. Keeping all your money and cards in this passport holder allows you to keep it in your front pocket.
- Travel Wallet
People always tend to carry their travel documents while exploring and doing tourist things. A travel wallet is equipped to store your currencies along with your travel documents. Some come with a zip closure for added security.
- Luggage Tag
Always make sure you have your identification on your bag. Luggage tags are a necessary travel accessory to own. It is always convenient if or when you misplace your luggage.
Step 3: Travel Basics
Always make sure your suitcase is durable enough to last for the whole duration of your trip.
If you’re going to staying in one location, it’s easy to determine the state of the weather. Moving around, on the other hand, makes it a little tricky. Always pack according to the weather, for all you know, it’s rainy and gloomy in London, but Spain is bright and sunny on that same day. Carry items that can you wear as layers, but do well individually too.
Carrying medication on a trip is always advised, who wants to be sick during their vacation? You should always carry prescription medications in neatly labelled containers. Here’s a list of what you should carry along to avoid being uncomfortable:
- Common cold medication
- Throat lozenges
- Pain relievers
- Prescription medications
- Allergy medications
- High-altitude medications (if you’re planning to go to a place at a higher-altitude)
- Toiletry Bag
Every traveller has been guilty of making the rookie mistake of overstuffing their bags. A toiletry bag is equipped to organize your toiletry items better. Since you’re only allowed a limited amount of liquid in your luggage or you can either carry small bottles of soap and shampoo or opt for the solid versions of it.
1. Dental hygiene products
2. Bath hygiene products
(a)Soap, body washes
(b)Shampoos, conditioners, hair marks
3. Makeup products
(a) Lip balm, lip care
(b)Sun screens, body creams
4. Feminine hygiene products
5. Personal hygiene products
(i) Contact lenses and extra solution and lenses
(ii) Wet wipes
Europe has multiple offroad locations you can visit that includes walking around. Make sure to carry shoes that are suitable for every and all conditions like hiking, climbing, or just walking around.
- Carry On
Many places in Europe can be explored just by walking around for hours. A heavy carry on weighing you down is the last you want. You could opt for an adaptable carry on that can be wheeled around as well as carried. What goes into it?
1. Electric converters & Adaptors
It is recommended to carry an international electric adaptor that would work in every European country.
You should only carry the basics, i.e. your phone and a kindle. Avoid carrying your laptops.
4. Cameras, extra batteries & memory cards
Step 4: Travel Tips
1. Carry a water bottle with you
A foldable water bottle is easier to carry and doesn’t occupy much space in your luggage.
2. Travel to Eastern Europe
Western Europe is a lot more popular than the East, but the east is equally stunning, at cheaper rates too!
3. Learn the language
4. Go local
5. Get a bike lock
A bike lock is another way to secure your bag around a pole or something to prevent theft.
Step 5: Do’s and Don’ts
Many of us end up making the ‘I’ve never been to Europe mistakes.’
Here’s what we can do to avoid them:
1. Don’t eat at restaurants with pictures in their menus.
Always avoid these like the plague if you’re on a budget. They happen to be tourist menus charging twice the regular price.
2. Go out for local tours.
Overpacking is a rookie mistake every traveller makes. No one wants to lug around a heavy carry on while exploring.
4. Book in advance.
Places like the Colosseum and a couple of museums allow you to book a ticket in advance, online as well! So it’s always good to check wherever you go.
5. Don’t plan some things in advance.
Planning your every move could end up in a disaster. Delays can always happen, and you could end up losing a day or two.
6. Use local transport.
If you’re travelling from one country to another within Europe, it’s always better to use the Euro-rail. It’s cheaper to buy a Euro-rail pass, as last-minute tickets would burn quite the hole in your pocket.