Travelling to and/or around Europe is exciting. Europe is a rich and varied place, with many different countries, cultures and cuisines to experience. It will be difficult to get bored, as there are so many things to see, do and experience, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. As the time to leave gets closer to set off on your trip, you may be wondering what to take along with you. Here’s a quick list of things that will be essential for you to have while you’re exploring your temporary home.Laptop
Not only is it useful for researching your next stop, but your laptop is also a good way to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Sharing photos of your adventures and Skyping can help alleviate any homesickness that you may feel. Don’t forget a travel adapter for your plugs, we’d recommend a universal one, with a range of different options available on it, as not all countries in Europe use the same one! Another great reason to carry your laptop with you is so you can blog about your adventures, something we highly suggest doing. It can be tempting to spend too much time online, so make sure to balance it with going outside, participating in the new culture and living in the ‘now’.
The climate across Europe varies from country to country and from month to month, therefore if you are planning on travelling around, pack a range of different clothing, we’d recommend layers, but don’t overdo it, especially if you are backpacking. There are shops everywhere, and you may find that your new city has plenty of places to pick up some unique clothing on the cheap. This is a great way to find things that are only worn in that area of the world, save money, and lots of space in your bags. Plus once you return home, a particular item of clothing may spark some amazing travel memories.
We’re fortunate to have many online resources and language learning apps like DuoLingo now and as most people have smartphones they are easily accessible, but an old-school language dictionary is always helpful too if you’re going to visit or live in a place where English is not the primary language or widely spoken. You never know when you may end up in a situation where you don’t have mobile phone reception, therefore, a hard copy is a good thing to have in your bag as a backup.
Many cities will offer tourist maps or guidebooks when you arrive, if you are staying in a hotel, ask at reception, failing that, head to the local Tourist Information Centre who will be sure to have a copy for you. This is a great way to orient yourself in a new place. When it comes to large cities, these are even more indispensable. For example, when in London, A guide to London can help you find your way around the metropolis including where to visit and where to eat, it can also help you understand the complicated underground system that the city is home to.
Europe is a great place to travel to or around. It’s easy and cost-efficient to see several countries because of the many budget airlines and if you are able to book your train tickets in advance that can save you some cash too. You may find that you make an entirely new group of friends on your travels or even fall in love, not only with the places you visit but maybe also with a special someone. In fact, you may never want to go home!