For many Americans, a trip to Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they want to go on to build memories they can someday share with their grandchildren. If you are planning to travel across The Pond, you may be wondering what to pack for your trip.
Time of Year
When do you plan to travel? Winters in some parts of Europe can be particularly chilly, which is why good winter weather gear will be required. However, other parts of the continent enjoy milder winters.
Research each destination you plan to visit so that you can have a good idea of the type of clothing you will need to pack for your trip. There is nothing quite as bad as freezing to death in the Arctic Circle in January, when you have packed inappropriately for the season. Layers work well and can be either added or taken off, as the need arises.
It is important to make sure you pack the right type of shoes for your trip to Europe. Look through your shoe rack before packing your suitcase. Are stilettos really appropriate? If you plan on doing a lot of walking, pack sensible walking shoes that will not pinch and have you crying in misery before the first week is out.
What to Pack While Visiting Multiple Countries
Many tourists who visit Europe do not plan on visiting just one country. They want to make the most of their trip and save money by seeing several countries during a single visit. If your itinerary includes stopping off in a dozen or more countries, you will want to think of what you need to pack for each destination.
The climate varies considerably across Europe, even during the same season, so do not be surprised if you are lapping up the sun one day in Italy as you sip a margarita from your hotel balcony and then dodging the rain and hail the next in England as you tour the battlements of a Norman castle.
Leave Room for Souvenirs
Some people make the mistake of packing the kitchen sink before they set off for Europe, which will not leave much room for souvenirs. It will also cost a small fortune in excess baggage charges if you overfill your suitcase, so pack lightly and appropriately for your trip to Europe so that you can bring back some mementoes from your trip.
Make the most of your trip by packing lightly and appropriately. Research the destination(s) in advance so that you will pack the right clothes, shoes and accessories. Packing light will allow you more room for souvenirs, without the headache of excess baggage charges.