If you decided to travel to Europe, you’ve probably taken the best decision of your entire life. Europe is amazing! It has so many beautiful places to visit, antique buildings, old stories, and funny fairytales, that you can never get bored. From the extraordinary landscapes in the Alps, or the romantic city of Paris, to the Middle-Aged Transylvanian museums, you will experience truly amazing things throughout this continent!
Unfortunately, all the fun can be ruined by packing inappropriately. Some foreigners over pack, while some forget to include the essentials. While Europe is a well-developed continent with good sanitary conditions and normal temperatures, you might still forget something that will soon turn up to be essential. Thus, take your time to go through our list of crucial take-alongs or traveling to Europe. Enjoy!
Passport –While European citizens can travel between countries by using their National Identity Cards, Americans will need their passports in order to enter a European country. Fortunately, you won’t need a visa, so your passport should be enough. Bring a passport pouch along with it, so you can put your credit cards, cash, and documentation in there as well. Better safe than sorry!
European Power Adaptor –Yes, European outlets differ from the Americans one, so you’d better buy an adaptor! Otherwise, you won’t be able to charge your laptop or phone. You can find adaptors in big airports usually, even in the US.
Travel Insurance – Werecommend buying a decent priced traveling insurance along with your plane ticket. It is highly important that the European Health Care system takes care of you if you’re having health issues. Unfortunately, most of the East European block will simply kick you out of the hospital if you don’t have lots of money or a valid insurance, so purchasing one beforehand is the smart thing to do.
First-Aid Kit – When you travel, you can’t predict the inevitable. Take the first-aid kit with you in case you cut yourself, or someone in your family/group of friends needs a quick remedy for a small injury.
A plastic bottle of water – Instead of buying endless bottles of water and polluting the environment, you could buy a reusable plastic bottle and fill it endlessly. Because believe me – you need water when you travel!
Raincoat – Bring a raincoat with you in case it rains! If you are traveling to England or Ireland,bring two!(joking, joking) Avoid carrying umbrellas around, it takes too much space and it is uncomfortable to carry.
Jet Leg Pills–Jet leg is a pain in the bum! Buy some natural pills to help you with it. It will allow you to enjoy the trip better.
Toiletries–Don’t forget your toiletries at home!! Unfortunately, Europe has no Walmarts, so buying all of them won’t be that cheap. Make sure you bring a hanging toiletry bag with you as well, so you can hang it anywhere you go.
A Notebook – Even if you are not a writer, you should still scratch some lines on a piece of paper every now and then. Clara Madera, freelancer at essaygeeks.co.uk and world traveler, says, “Future You will thank Present You for writing down some lines. All the great memories, man.”
Camera – You can’t forget bringing you camera with you, because you’ll regret it for the rest of your life! Make sure you bring other lens too, enough memory cards, and enjoy taking pictures in the amazing European cities that are waiting for you!
Travel Pillow–Flying to Europe will take at least 8 hours. So, make sure you bring your pillow with you! Most airlines offer blankets and small pillows as well, but they might not be as comfortable as yours.
Headphones – Listening to great music while flying above the ocean feels great. It gives me the chills whenever I think about it!
Portable Chargers – All European airports have outlets, but if you couldn’t get a power adaptor beforehand and are on a rush, you might want to take a portable charger with you just in case.
Cleansing Wipes–Traveling for so many hours can make you feel gross, I won’t lie. Tried it too many times. Make sure you take cleaning wipes with you!
Map – We rely on our cellphones so much that we don’t take into consideration external factors that might affect our possibility to use them. If you won’t find hotspots or Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to pull out your European map, in case you didn’t save it beforehand. Take a physical map with you just in case!
Traveling to Europe is a great idea, and it will be a wonderful experience for you. Just remember to take everything that you need with you! Have lots of fun!
Chris Richardson is a blogger who enjoys traveling around the world. He reads a lot and studies modern technologies. Follow him on Twitter.