Packing for a Vacation in Europe

When traveling to Europe, special consideration should be taken in packing your belongings. A wealth of information is available on how to protect your belongings once you reach your destination, so be sure to look into that information. Travelers to Europe face a catch twenty two while packing, and only you can decide what's right for you. On one hand, most experts advise packing light and taking as little as possible. This is practical since you will likely be carrying your bags quite a bit moving from one destination to another if you are traveling as a sightseeing tourist. You may also need to pay extra baggage fees for each item you bring. Remember that the more you have, the more there is to lose track of. However, travelers obviously would like to bring as much as they can to make their trips enjoyable. When else would you want to make sure you have every possible outfit you might need or that expensive camera? Travelers fear being in a new country and being without something they wish they had brought. These decisions depend on the logistics of your trip and your personal preferences. Will you be going to only one country in Europe and staying for a while? Will you be traveling from country to country? Will you be backpacking? Whatever your decision, make sure you take time to carefully consider each item.

Make sure to bring a safe form of money. Much information is available that focuses solely on this topic, so be sure to take time to learn as much as possible regarding the safest form of money for travelers to carry. Be sure to bring a safe form of all important information, including your itinerary, your account information and important phone numbers for any banking accounts or technological services and accounts you may need to contact. Before departing, gather a list of emergency services in each area and important phone numbers to know for emergencies. Make sure to bring any important medical records and information that may be important should you need medical attention while in Europe. Make sure to pack any medications needed, whether prescription or over-the-counter, and be sure to refill your prescriptions before leaving.

One way to save space when packing is to bring enough toiletries, cosmetics, and medicine to last you through maybe the first week or so and plan to buy the rest as needed. Instead of hauling that huge bottle of shampoo everywhere, bring a small bottle and buy some as you go that you won't have to bring back. The same goes for over-the-counter medications. You don't have to pack every single thing you think you may need, just enough to get you through initially, as long as there are drug stores in your destination town.

Since travelers should pack lightly, clothes are difficult to decide on. Make sure to look into weather predictions for each area. This can be hard if you're traveling to multiple countries, but remember that you can always wash clothes in the sink and hang them to dry, so you don't need to pack much. Regarding other weather related items, such as umbrellas and sunscreen, plan to purchase as much of this as possible on the go. Remember to bring a pair of shoes that are functional and comfortable for walking around. The key when packing for a trip to Europe is to identify which items are actually functional and will be used often enough to warrant packing them and which are not necessary.