Packing for a European Vacation

European Vacation Tips

Whether you’re looking to visit the Seven Wonders of the World or experience different cultures Europe will feature high on your list. This is a continent with a huge amount of history and impressive sights.
But, selecting a destination is only the first part of the equation. You also need to consider what you should pack for your European vacation.

European Vacation Tips

Passport Pouch

One of the most important starting points is your passport pouch. You should invest in one that has room for your passport, visa, credit cards and some cash. But, it should also be slim enough to slot inside your clothes.
This will help to prevent you from being pick-pocketed. An unfortunate, but common occurrence in many parts of Europe.

Back-Up Funds

The safest way to carry spare funds is to have a second card. Ideally, you should invest in a pre-paid card. This is a great way to minimize losses when traveling and have spare funds.
But, you must keep it separate from your main funds. If you don’t it won’t be much good as a back-up!

European Vacation Tips


The modern world relies heavily on digital technology. You’ll need a reliable charger for your cell phone and laptop (assuming you’re taking one).
You can purchase chargers in Europe but they may not be set on the same power settings as your equipment.

European Vacation Tips


The sockets are not the same across Europe. You need an adapter that will allow you to plug in regardless of what country you’re in.

European Vacation Tips


This is perhaps the most vital item of all. It’s also one that you hope you’ll never need. Let’s face it, accidents happen and you can get sick at any time.
You don’t want to deal with the cost of repatriation if something does happen. Get good quality travel insurance for your vacation.

European Vacation Tips


This is an interesting one. The first step involves choosing your destination and type of vacation. If you’re heading for the beach then beachwear is a must. However, this doesn’t mean that the evening weather will also be warm or that the weather will stay nice.
To be properly prepared you need to pack plenty of layers; this will help to ensure you are ready for any eventuality.
Don’t forget to include at least one outfit to enjoy the nightlife. No matter where you go you’ll want to experience it.

European Vacation Tips

Water Bottle

This may seem an unusual item but the fact is that the water quality varies across Europe. Get yourself a water bottle with a built-in filter. You can then safely drink tap water anywhere without the expense of buying bottled water.

European Vacation Tips


It’s easy to forget that you’ll be spending long days out exploring and your travel bags will not be practical to take with you.
Take a backpack for when you go out. It can also double as your cabin bag on the plane.

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!

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