So you are traveling to Europe. It is important to know what to bring when traveling to Europe. This will ensure your travels are safe, cheap, and convenient. Bringing the right things can shape your experience on your trip to Europe overall. Here, I’ll recommend to you the top things you should be packing when heading across the pond. By following these instructions, when you arrive in Europe you will only need to focus on when you get there is all the fun you are having.
- Using Technology in Europe
- Hydrating in Europe
- Bringing European Currency
- Using Credit Cards in Europe
- Clothing to Bring to Europe
- Bags to Bring to Europe
*Note that all items are not sponsored and all opinions are my own*
Using Technology in Europe
Of course, bringing your personal technology to Europe is a must. You will want to bring your phone to stay connected with friends and family at home, as well as the people you are traveling with. You may want to bring a laptop, a digital camera or your Kindle! To support your technology in use in Europe, you will need to bring the appropriate charging cables. Different countries in Europe have completely different outlets than the ones you likely have in your home. Outlets even differ from countries like the United Kingdom to Spain. It is important to ensure that you have the right outlets for each country.
If you use Apple products, Apple sells a World Adaptor Kit that includes seven different plugs with prongs that fit into electrical outlets across the world. The kit costs $29 USD. Apple recommends that you use their products for charging your Apple devices when traveling. This is suggested to avoid any complications with your phone.
However, if you do not use Apple products, Amazon sells a variety of Adaptor Kits, for roughly the same price.
Hydrating in Europe
Water in Europe is much harder to come by than it is in the United States! Here, we are able to order free waters at meals, or get “water cups,” from restaurants to fill with water. However, in Europe, ordering water at a restaurant often means small glasses that you are paying for. Prepare to combat this issue, and you will save money and be more hydrated.
Drinking water that is different than the water you are used to could result in illness. Not to mention, when you are desperately thirsty somewhere, you may feel inclined to grab a quick drink from a nearby water fountain, or a sink at your hostel. However, there is no way to guarantee that water is as clean and ready for consumption as it should be.
Or is there?
A company called LifeStraw sells a water bottle with a filter inside that automatically filters every sip you take. The same filter actually ensures five years of clean water from your bottle! Bringing this bottle into restaurants, bathrooms, water fountains on the street, will save you at hundreds of dollars on overprices water bottles in Europe, or paying for small glasses of water.
Bringing European Currency
I can guarantee you will be spending quite a bit of money in Europe, whether it be on the local dish you have always wanted to try, or a sweater you know you can not find anywhere else. Come prepared to bring a variety of methods to purchase things.
Bringing local currency is a must. You can purchase local currency through Triple AAA, or at your local mall. Keep in mind that exchange rates for European currency are constantly changing, so if possible, plan to exchange currency on a day the exchange rate is on the lower side. While in Europe, you can take out more cash from ATMs, or banks that are compatible with your bank, but traveling with local currency is important because you never know what kind of fees you can incur while traveling that you can only pay with cash.
In Europe, the currency is Euros, but in the United Kingdom, the current is Pounds. Each has a different exchange rate, and can not be used interchangeably.
Using Credit Cards in Europe
You will also want to bring Credit Cards to Europe. Many credit cards can be used internationally, but all of them will require you give them notice of when you are traveling so that they do not mark your charges as fraudulent, which can shut down your account. The best kind of card to use in Europe is Visa. Discover Credit cards are popular student cards, but are not accepted widely in Europe.
It will be helpful for you to bring a credit card that you can use tap to pay with. Tap to pay is virtually all you will need to use to pay with a card in Europe, as they have the technology for it almost everywhere. If your card does not support this, you will find yourself needing to insert your chip everywhere, and waiting for attendants to come over and gather your signature!
Clothing to Bring to Europe
First and foremost, the clothing you bring to Europe will depend upon the climate of the different cities and countries you are visiting. However, no matter where you travel, you will want to bring some staple pieces that you will find yourself wearing time and time again!
- Birkenstocks-If you are traveling in warmer weather months in Europe, you will want to bring Birkenstocks. Not only are they an incredibly functional shoe, but they can also go with roughly any outfit. Not to mention, with all of the walking you will be doing, they will never hurt your feet or cause blisters because of the way they mold to your foot
- Rain Jacket-Bring a compactable rain jacket in case you are caught in the rain. The right rain jacket will fold up into a tiny pouch so you can carry it with you everywhere
- Travel Towels-You will, of course, be showering frequently in Europe in a variety of different situations. If you are staying in a hostel or an Air B&B, it is unlikely towels will be provided. Purchasing these small towels that can fit anywhere will be a huge asset to you no matter where you are.
Bags to Bring to Europe
Finally, and almost most importantly, is the bags/luggage you bring with you to Europe. You will want to ensure you bring bags that are flexible, light, and small in size. The cheap budget airlines in Europe have strict regulations about bag sizes. Flying with bags that are too big will results in additional charges, which will add up.
- Bookbag-You may be able to fit everything you are traveling within a bookbag! If so, be sure to find a bookbag that will allow you to fit the essentials, while being compactable.
- Suitcase-No matter what suitcase you bring, bringing packing cubes will allow you to compartmentalize what you are bringing, and condense the size of your suitcase overall.
- Anti-Theft Purse/Crossbody-Picking pocking in an issue you will encounter in Europe. Bringing an anti-theft purse to Europe will decrease the likelihood of this happening, as they include slash proof straps, and locking straps and compartments so that someone could not open your bag behind you or reach inside