Going to Europe and don’t know what to pack? It’s not that much different from packing for trips to another city in the United States, with some important exceptions. There are 10 things that a person needs to pack when going on a trip to Europe. Follow this list to make your trip more convenient and enjoyable.
Plugs in Europe are different than the plugs in the United States. This means that your blow-dryer or cell charger may not fit into the plug in your room’s electrical sockets. A plug converter is an adapter that you plug your item into, then plug into the wall.
Europe also uses a different amount of voltage for their electrical sockets. If your electrical item doesn’t have a built-in 110/220-volt converter, you will need to purchase one.
Three-Way Plug or Power Strip
Many hotels in Europe only have one outlet. So to give you more outlets when you need to plug in several items, take a three-way plug with you. This will give you a total of three outlets. If you think you will need more than three, take a power strip with you.
Hostel sheets are linen sheets to be used on the beds in a hostel. Many hostels require you to bring your own sheets. Even if they don’t, using your own sheet will be much more hygienic. Hostel sheets cost around $20 as of 2009 and can be purchased through online stores.
A travel pillow or blow-up pillow can be a life saver in a hostel that doesn’t offer linens or on a train when you want to take a quick snooze.
When packing clothes, think of packing items that you can layer to accommodate unpredictable weather. For example, a tee under a sweater topped off with a windbreaker will keep you warm and dry (Northern Europe can be quite wet), but can be peeled off in layers as the weather heats up.
Since many parts of Europe get a lot of precipitation, it is a good idea to pack a small, collapsible umbrella.
Keep all of your important items in a money belt that you can wear under your clothing. Tourists are easy robbery targets.
If you drink the water in some areas of Europe, you may get a case of diarrhea. Carry some chewable anti-diarrhea tablets with you for times when you are far away from a pharmacy.