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Excited about your first big trip to Europe? or perhaps you’re a seasoned traveler off on another adventure. Whether you are traveling for work, leisure or even relocating don’t pack your bags until you have these essential items with you.
A sturdy backpack is the number one essential item you need when travelling Europe. It needs to be lightweight, tough and have enough room to store a weeks worth of clothes in it. I use this Under Armour travel backpack because it’s water repellant and has an adjustable shoulder strap.
Passport holders used to be a dorky add-on but don’t discount them. It’s a perfect place to store your most important travel documents and any flight information. Just make sure to keep it safe.
As a 21st century traveler you expect to have access to all your essential technology devices at all times. If you are unsure about bringing your newest devices along purchase an older model unlocked iPhone 7 or GoPro camera for under $200. Alternatively, purchase a $20 smartphone lens kit to give your device some better camera chops.
Tip: Don’t forget to load up on some best selling eBooks to read on the train, plane or bus.
The weather is seriously unpredictable pretty much everywhere in Europe and it is not out of the ordinary for a warm sunny day to suddenly turn cold, miserable and wet.
Keep ahead of the weather with a pair of durable walking shoes, I like Nike Roshes because they look good and are super comfortable. Don’t forget an all purpose jacket like this one from Superdry that can easily fit in your backpack. I also recommend accessories like a good pair of sunglasses (the bottle opener is an added bonus) and a good hat or cap.
Finally, all the packing preparation in the world can’t protect you from getting sick or injured, this is where travel insurance is an absolute essential. Just don’t risk it, a doctors visit can easily be $150 before any medication is required and you don’t even want to know what a trip to the emergency room will cost you. With World Nomad Insurance you can easily fill in your destination details and any add ons such as adventure sport protection, the rates are also some of the best in the business so give them a go.
Remember that you will using Euro and Pounds for purchases so avoid those pesky international bank charges and use Transferwise to load money in the designated currency before you go. You will benefit from rates that are far better than the banks and their transfers come through much, much faster as well. Use my signup link here to get a fee free transfer up to €500.
Phew! Now that the packing is done, all you need to do is arrive at the airport, maybe indulge in a pre flight beverage and before you know it you’ll be enjoying Europe in all its wonder!