Seven Things To Pack for Your First Trip to Europe

Friday, June 22, 2018

I was born in Bosnia and since I go back at least once a year, I spent a lot of time traveling back and forth and around Europe. While I no longer find it a challenge on what to pack, its is a big challenge for most, so if you are feeling stressed  it’s not a big deal if you’re struggling with what to pack for your first trip to Europe. This summer two of my friends who have never been to Europe were so couple of weeks before our travels abroad we spent a good few hours debating about what to pack for a trip to Europe.

Even though we couldn’t all agree what to bring (our ideas varied, like a lot), we did come up with the essential items list for the trip and it will give you an idea of what you should carry in your suitcase or backpack.

Travel Adapter.
You will definitely need an adapter for your electronics on your packing list for Europe. We all agreed that will have to have one handy in our carry-on bags or day bag, that way we can charge electronics on arrival or at the airport. Not all adapters are created equal, so do some research. Electronics like flat irons or curlers require different ones if you don't use a right one you could set your hair on fire (true story) or short circuit the electrical (also from experience).

From all the things I have ever purchased at the airport, a power bar was the best. It came in so handy on flights and buses  that didn't have power outlets, in hotels middle of nowhere where electricity was sparse. Invest in a quality one because it does make a difference. I purchased one that lasts up to 10 hours, and with two cable plug ins. In Ghana two of us could charge our phones or tables multiple times before I had to re-chard the power-bar.

Water bottle.
Refillable water bottle is gonna be your savior, especially in European heat. If you can get one that has a built in filter its even better. Eventho I have never ever had a problem with the tap water in Europe, but I hate wasting money and creating waste through plastic water bottles every day a water bottle was essential. 

Day bag/Backpack.
My carry on doubles as my day bag that I take with me when out and about. I have one of those big totes, that also has a cross body strap that I load all my carry on items in, and than when I arrive I use as a beach bag. Its big enough to put my water bottle in, face wipes or anything else I need for the day. Backpack are easier to carry as your hands are free. I have purchased a anti-theft cross body bag and a backpack for previous trips, and they make all the difference because you are worry free walking around through markets and busy areas.

Travel pouch/wallet. 
I have already mentioned the theft-proof purse, or a wallet. If you go with a simple color like black, you will be able to wear it with everything and still stylish to hold belongings. I have one of those wallets that holds your passport, boarding passes, cards, ID and cash and is safe from being scanned.

Packing cubes.
Traveling for extended periods of time can be hard, especially if its your first time. Packing cubes are great for any backpack or suitcase as these keep all of your clothes and toiletries organized. It creates order and it easier to access things – for example if you are moving from place to place, pack your cubes for each city or destination, so you don’t have to unpack and repack every two days. 

Ear Plugs/Noise Canceling headphones.

If you are a light sleeper, these are essential. Its bad enough you are in a new environment you want to make sure you are getting some peace and quiet.