If you're going to backpack Europe, a suitcase will
be too difficult to lug around everywhere you go.
For smaller excursions, you'll want a day-pack to carry
snacks, accessories, and souvenirs.
Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, tampons, towels,
soap, lotion, etc. They've got this stuff in Europe, but they're
not necessarily the same brand. So if you've got some fettish
with Aquafresh, don't forget it! Don't forget sandals to wear
when you shower, preferably rubber or plastic so they'll dry
You'll want to make two copies of all important documents. One
to leave at home with family/friends, and another to have with
you separate from the real documents.
Travel Insurance Forms
Camera and Lots of Film
It's much less expensive to buy and develop your film in the
U.S. Make sure you bring your camera and film in your carry-on,
because X-ray machines that scan your checked-on luggage are
very strong and can damage your film.
What you pack will depend on where you are going and what time
of year you will be traveling. A good idea is to look at the
typical weather for the various places you will be visiting.
Layering clothes is always a good idea. You may want to bring
one nice outfit for going out in the evening, Europeans tend
to get dressed up at night. Leave all expensive clothing and
jewelry at home you don't want to risk losing it, or having
it stolen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!
"Lay out only what you absolutely need, then take half
the clothes and twice the money. The extra space left will
be useful for any souvenirs or items you might pick up along
Go Europe" 2000
These little guys are life-savers when you want to pack
away wet clothes, food, or damp toiletries like a shampoo
Make sure you pack strong sun screen and a cool hat...especially
if you're already balding. Don't forget your sunglasses!
Many hostels provide secure storage for your bags, but not
all do so you may want to pack locks especially if you are
planning on leaving your bags in your hostel while you do
First Aid Kit
A little homemade first aid kit with Band-Aids, ibuprofen,
antibiotic ointment, and antiseptic cleansing wipes may
come in handy in an emergency.
If you're hopping the train or catching flights often, you'll
definately want to bring a sturdy watch with an alarm.
You'll want a small, portable alarm clock if your watch's
alarm isn't strong enough to wake you up.
Write down your day's journeys so you don't forget. This
is also helpful for organizing photos, just write down all
the places you went and then months later you'll be able
to remember not only the names of places but also your experiences.