Taking a trip overseas can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. How you pack can be just as important as what you pack. You could end up overspending on things that you may not even need or be encumbered by taking too much with you. Other differences in European airlines may include the possibility of being charged to check even one bag, let alone two. This is more common with flights within Europe, but it’s best to be prepared the most by only packing the essentials.
Although Europe is a diverse place, the climate for the majority of popular destinations is shares a general temperature range akin to NY or the Midwest in the States. It is highly recommended to pack a decent pair or two of jeans to comfortable and prepared for the sudden changes in temperature that is common in places like France, Denmark, Germany, and so on. Same goes for other basic temperate weather gear. You may not get extremes of either end of the thermometer, however, do expect the weather to change multiple times throughout the course of the day.
The key is to resist the temptation to pack only fashionable clothing. You’ll regret your decision when arrive in your heels or boots and quickly find out that you underestimated just how much walking you’ll do while in most European countries.
Don’t forget how affordable many basic essentials can be in Europe. You could pack your own raincoat or umbrella, but you could save that precious packing space by simply picking one up after you arrive, to account for the common surprise rain showers experienced in Britain, France, or Italy.
Another thing that may be a big hassle and possible liability on a trip overseas may be packing your own personal laptop when it is probably unnecessary. There are many major European cities that have excellent access to the internet, whether that would be at the hotel, cafes, or ad-hoc access points. You’re probably better off investing in a travel keyboard for your smartphone and using that to be able to communicate efficiently while away from home. That’s just one less thing worry about getting damaged, lost in baggage claims, or stolen while away from your hotel.
Lastly, packing light also includes your wallet. Never be stuck carrying too much in cash. While there are some places where your plastic is useless, if you’re going to carry cash around on you, try to stash it on various locations on your person, i.e. some in your sock, some in your front pocket, and the classic underwear hiding place. Pick-pocketers will target tourists and they are good at what they do.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind the next time you take a trip to Europe. You can save yourself a lot of stress during your next transportation to the airport as you are heading home at the end of your trip.