15 Packing Essentials For A Trip To Europe

By Hand On The Hip - 12/18/2018



When you’re planning a trip, it’s always going to be important for you to get all of the research side of things right. If you’re not big on doing research, you may find that you’re not really able to make the most of your trip. And that can be a shame - especially if you’re planning on going to that one location only once in your life. Sure, this won’t always make much of a difference if you’re just planning on going to a location down the road or across the country. But, if you are thinking about doing a big trip to Europe or somewhere else around the world, then the research is necessary. Because you’re really not going to want to miss a thing. Even more so, if you’re thinking about traveling alone, then you definitely want to make sure that you’re prepared. But what does that look like?

Well, first of all the way that you prepare is definitely going to differ by location. Because there will be more research for you to do into certain areas, compared to others. And not only that, but you’re likely to find that the research you do will then determine what you take and how you pack. So this is very much something that you will want to work on. When it comes to traveling to Europe, there are always going to be set things that you will want to think about taking with you. So let’s consider some of the key essentials no trip to Europe should be without.

1. Swimwear

To start with, you might want to think about getting your selection of swimwear together. Because if you’re heading off on a beach vacation, then it’s essential for you to have enough swimwear to wear throughout your time there. Or, if you’re heading to a city but your hotel has a spa or a pool, then you will also want to make sure that you have a swimsuit with you.

2. Comfortable Clothing

Then, you need to think about the kind of capsule wardrobe you’re going to pull together too. Do you know what kind of clothing you want to take? You need to make sure that, a) you have comfortable t ravel clothing to actually get to Europe in. But then b) that you have daywear that will be good for you to explore in. Light layers are perfect for spring, and then your usual summer wear is needed in summer. In the winter, you’ll want to wrap up because European winters can be really cold.

3. Walking Shoes

But not only that, you should absolutely make sure that you have walking shoes with you too. If you’re heading to a city, and you want to be able to explore that city without feeling as if your feet are going to fall off, you need comfortable walking shoes. And yes, this can be done. It’s better to be comfortable as you’re exploring than in pain and ruin the rest of your visit.


4. Evening Wear

Next, we have evening wear. Because it’s often quite nice to be able to change into a dress or something a little more formal when you go out in the evenings. But here, it is going to be important for you to work on outfits that are going to go well together. Remember, you can be quite limited on the space you have to pack with. So it’s essential that you’re able to pull together a few key looks here.

5. Beauty Products

And then there’s your beauty products. If you’re a big beauty fan, then you might want to think about trying to reduce down what you take here. Only go with the essentials! Make sure that you have what you need to keep your skin clean and cared for, but no frills. Not if you want to pack smart! Body and makeup wise, try to do the same.

6. Health Products

From here, you’re going to want to make sure that you have your everyday health products with you. This could be anything from your contraception to your anti-allergy medication. Taking things like painkillers, bandaids, protective creams, and vitamins might also be a good idea too. However, you will want to make sure that you’re balancing out what you take with the weight limit you have. So choose wisely.

7. Sun Essentials

If you’re traveling in the European high-season months (April-September), then you will want to think about taking sun essentials with you. From sunscreens to creams, sunglasses and towels, you will want to make sure that you’re protected, particularly in June, July, and August. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

8. A Notebook

It might also be a nice idea to think about taking a notebook with you. Because if you’re someone that likes to make notes or take in different things going on around you, it’s nice to be able to write them all down. You may even want to take your laptop with you to write or edit things if you’re a creative too.

9. Funds

And, of course, you also need money. But, you are going to want to make sure that you have the money of your choosing. Do you want to get Euros so you have cash? Or will you take your credit card? Do you have a specific travel card that you like to use? Make sure that you have thought this out beforehand so that you feel safe when you travel.

10. An Itinerary

From here, the next thing to think about is your itinerary. And yes, this is very much where your research should come in. Because planning a travel itinerary is the best way to make sure that you get to do and see and explore all of the things that you’ve always wanted to. Yes, it can seem a little bit rigid, but you don’t have to schedule each hour - just have a rough idea of what you want to see and do, and slot it all in when you can.


11. Reading Material

And, of course, you might like to take a little reading material with you too. If you’re someone that is planning on relaxing and taking a few days to yourself, then picking up a couple of beach reads is always a good idea. You will want to make sure that you have some good books to read to help you to relax. You may even want to take something that you’ve been meaning to read and tackle it between cafes too.

12. Chargers

A big essential for most of us will be chargers. Chargers for everything! Of course, your phone will be the most important charger that you need. But you may also need chargers for devices, beauty equipment, and other electronics - like laptops of music systems. So make sure that you have the accompanying charger with any electronics you plan to take. And, not only that, you will want to make sure that you have European plug adapters for everything you take with you too.

13. Snacks

Sure, you can pick these up at the airport, but having snacks is handy - especially if you have dietary requirements. You never know when you may need to eat or if you’re stuck without food for a while, so try to plan ahead with this!

14. Travel Documentation

And, of course, you will absolutely want to make sure that you have all of your travel documentation with you. Sure, you can access a lot of these things online now. But what if your device fails you? It’s often a good idea to have printed copies of what you need with you as a backup. Because you really wouldn’t want this to ruin your trip.

15. An Open Mind

But then finally, you’re also going to want to make sure that you take an open mind with you. Don’t close yourself off too much or try to stick to yourself and what you know. Because the beauty of travel is that it comes with so many options and opportunities and avenues to explore. As well as seeing what new locations have to offer, you can meet new people too. So try to let yourself relax a little and see where the world takes you on your trip. If you really do want to make the most of this experience, then don’t try to force it or close yourself off. Just see where it takes you.

And there you have it. The fifteen different essentials that you might like to consider packing up and taking with you on a trip to Europe. And, in fact, you might find that these essentials are going to be pretty great for you to take just about anywhere with you too. Because you will always want to make sure that you have all of the essentials with you when you travel, and this list pretty much covers it off for you.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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