You're on your way to Europe! Whether you're backpacking across the continent, floating luxuriously on a River Cruise, or somewhere in between, an exciting adventure awaits! Here are a few ideas of items you can pack with you to make sure your trip is a success from start to finish!
1. Packing Cubes. I went back and forth pretty extensively on whether or not we should invest in packing cubes. I had seen a number of travel bloggers suggest them, and decided that enough positive reviews warranted us at least trying them out. They were a lifesaver! When traveling, it can be frustrating trying to rummage through everyone's belongings all shoved in one bag together. With packing cubes, you can purchase a specific color for every traveling member of your family. This way, you know exactly where everyone's belongings are, and you no longer have to spend time digging through everyone's clothing. Do you need a pair of socks for your littlest? You know exactly where they are. We used our packing cubes in a slightly different way. Because our girls are so small and we were only taking carry-ons, they didn't really need a full set of packing cubes for their clothes. So I chose a larger 'cube', and filled it with all of their belongings. The mesh on the outside of the bag allowed me to see whose belongings were in each cube, and I was able to keep everyone's clothes and belongings organized the entire duration of our trip. The packing cubes we used can be seen here.
2. Passport Covers. While traveling, it's important to keep your passport in mint condition. Some airlines or airline employees will not allow you to check in to your flight if your passport is damaged or in poor shape. (I have personally witnessed an airline employee refusing to check in a guest because a couple of the pages on his passport were wrinkled.) Because of this, I highly recommend purchasing a passport case to keep it safe and in excellent condition.
3. Outlet adapter and electricity converter. If you have any reason to use an outlet in Europe, you will need either an adapter or an electricity converter. An adapter can take round prongs and have flat ones or the other way around. Often you will only need an adapter for something like plugging your phone or computer in to a wall. A converter, on the other hand, have nothing to do with the shape of the connector but more with the type of energy that flows through it. American outlets If you intend to use your own curling iron or straightener, you will need a converter to be able to use it.
4. Anti-theft purse. It's no secret that pick-pocketing is common in Europe. I have personally traveled with two people on two separate trips who have had a wallet and an iPhone stolen from them while site-seeing. Because of this, you will want to be aware of where your belongings are at all times while you are in public places. You might also want to consider an anti-theft purse to carry your belongings with you throughout the day. These purses have locks on the zippers and are made of a durable fabric that prevents the fabric from being easily torn or ripped by a sharp object.
And please, don't allow a few pick pockets to impact your decision or excitement over traveling to Europe. It is entirely possible to enjoy a European vacation and not become a victim of this petty crime. Be smart, never put your cell phone or money in your back pocket, and if you don't need it, leave it in the safe at your hotel or apartment, and you'll be fine.
5. Portable Charger. If you do decide to bring your phone out with you, you will want to consider bringing a portable charger. This way, you won't have to worry about your phone's battery dwindling
Do you have any questions about what to pack and what to bring? Reach out and let us know how we can help!