What To Pack For Your Trip

One of the most important things to ensuring an enjoyable trip backpacking through Europe is bringing the right supplies. Because you’ll be carrying everything on your back for much of the time, it’s a good idea to bring as little as possible. Getting rid of things you’re positive you won’t need can really help improve your overall experience. If there are items in your backpack that you think you might need, odds are you won’t. Bringing the right clothing is another important factor to consider. Which season you are planning to visit Europe will help determine what kind of clothing you should bring. If you’ll be traveling during the winter, one thing you can do to help lighten the load is to layer your outfits rather than packing a thick coat.

Below are the items of clothing which are essential for your trip backpacking through Europe.

Clothing

  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 1 Pair of Khaki/Dress Pants
  • 2 Pair of Shorts
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 1 Light-weight Waterproof Jacket
  • Collared Shirt or Dress Shirt
  • Swim Suit
  • Plenty of socks and underwear
  • Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Additional Pair of Shoes
  • Sandals
Accessories

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Money Belt
  • Day pack
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Compass
  • Ipod or MP3 Player
  • Cutlery & Flatware
  • Digital Camera
Toiletries

  • Shampoo & Soap
  • Loofa or Wash Cloth
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • Finger Nail Clippers
  • Medication & Vitamins
Documents

  • Passport
  • ID Card or Driver’s License
  • ATM & Credit Cards
  • Medical Information
  • Prescriptions if you have any
  • Photo Copies of Everything
  • Guide Book & Phrase Book

One common question that I hear alot from people planning a backpacking trip to Europe is whether or not they should bring electronics. I advise against it unless absolutely necessary. If you are a blogger, or you work online then of course you’ll probably need to bring your laptop or netbook. But otherwhise, why bring a bunch of electronics when you’re going to be out exploring Europe? Unless you are prepared to lose it, break it, or have it stolen, don’t bring it! Also, consider insuring any expensive items that you are going to bring.

On to the most important part of your packing…the backpack! This is obviously the most important part of the list and getting the right backpack is an essential consideration. Do your research and try to find a backpack that you can carry comfortably and one big enough to hold all of your things. Make sure that it fits your body well. Another important thing to look for in a backpack is an internal frame. When choosing a backpack, make sure to do your research. Try it on, read reviews, and browse a variety of different options.

While this list is very comprehensive, there may be some things which I missed. Basically the idea behind your packing is to bring only things which you are absolutely sure that you will need. And remember, it’s not like you’re going to a 3rd world country without modern stores. If you forget to bring something or you end up needing a new pair of clothes, get them while your there! In fact, for many people shopping in Europe is another exciting reason to visit.