Europe is always going to remain one of the premiere destinations for travelers, and there are a lot of good reasons for that. Aside from the culture, history and food, there’s the fact that many different countries are easily accessible throughout the continent once you arrive. But if you’re going to take a trip to Europe, there are a few things that you’ll want to pack to make sure that your trip goes smoothly. Just look at our list for some the essentials you’ll need to get around.
Electrical Plug Adapters
Whether you decide to buy one universal adapter, or several smaller, specific ones, the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to Europe is that different countries have different electrical outlet standards. This isn’t like North America where the same plug is identical throughout both the USA and Canada. The plug that you needed to use in London may not be the same one that works in Prague, or Barcelona, or Athens.
If your electronics are important to you and you want to keep using them, make sure you have the right adaptor so you can continue to use wall sockets wherever you go on the continent.
If you’re hopping around Europe, you’re going to be encountering a lot of different climates. So that blustery, chilly spring in Oslo, Norway is going to require a few layers of clothing to stay comfortable when you’re outdoors. But once you hit Rome, Italy, you’re going to need to easily strip away those layers of insulation.
Always pack layers of clothing to add on or take off as needed in the many varied climates of the different European countries. Hot, cold, wet, dry, you just never know what you’re going to encounter, so make sure you’re ready for it all!
Unlike America, which seems built from the ground up for automobiles, the cobblestone pathways of many European cities and towns are meant to be walked. When you go to Europe you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you’re sensibly packed for this.
Of course, if you plan on attending any special events, you may want the appropriate clothing for that, but in general, a good European trip is going to involve a lot of memorable exploration and wandering side-streets, off the beaten path. Make the most of this with quality footwear.
The great thing about the 21st century is you don’t have to obviously look like a tourist anymore. Guidebooks can be invaluable when you’re in a new country or city, but now thanks the wealth of devices we use, you don’t need to have your nose buried in a traditional paperback that makes you out as a tourist to everyone in the area.
Digital versions of guidebooks can be consulted on your phone, tablet, laptop, or e-reader anytime you like. So go crazy with your tour guide wisdom and the locals will be none the wiser. At least until you open your mouth and make it abundantly clear you don’t speak the language.
Depending on where you go, and what season you find yourself in, pick pockets can be an issue. A money belt, however, keeps everything you need within easy reach, and out of grasp of prying fingers. Money belts may not always look attractive, but they’re designed to be protective, not aesthetic. You can carry your passport and any other essentials in a money belt and never have to worry about things being lifted, or going missing from your room. If security and peace of mind are issues for you, a money belt goes a long towards addressing this.
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