Packing, Luggage, and Clothing

Travel packing list for a comfortable vacation

Travel Packing List

When travelling to Europe, special consideration should be taken in packing your belongings. That is why we have a travel packing list. A wealth of information is available on how to protect your belongings once you reach your destination, so be sure to look into the information.

Most expert’s advice packing light and taking as little as possible. This is practical since you will likely be carrying your bags quite a bit moving from one destination to another if you are traveling as a sightseeing tourist. You may also need to pay additional baggage charges for each item you bring. Remember that the more you have, the more there is to lose track off. However, travelers would like to bring as much as they can to make their trips enjoyable. Travellers fear being in a new country and being without something they wish they had brought. These decisions depend on the logistics of your trip and your personal preference. Will you be going to only one country in Europe and staying for a while? Will you be traveling from country to country? Will you be backpacking? Whatever your decision, make sure you take time to carefully consider each item.

So here is a list of things which need to be taken care while packing:

  1. Make copies of your important document: Safety is of utmost important when travelling. Make a copy of all the travel related documents -passport, visa, tickets, atm, credit cards and keep a copy in each of your travelling bags. You can even scan each of the documents and attach them to your email account. This way you can access the details of your important documents in case of theft or loss of luggage. Also you can make a list of emergency contact numbers and mail them to yourself and person accompanying you. Sticking your address and contact to your luggage can come in handy in case your luggage is lost during travel.
  2. Check for travelling restrictions: Contact your airline or your travel agency to get restricted items list before you start packing. Also check for luggage size restrictions and luggage limit of the airline.
  3. Prepare Checklist: Make a checklist of all the things that you need to pack for your comfortable travel like clothes, toiletries, cameras etc. You can tick them off the list one by one as you pack along.
  4. Toiletries: Toiletries can occupy lots of space, so instead of packing a family size bottle it is always better to buy travel size containers for your toiletries. In case you are packing something fragile, try to pad it in between your clothes to avoid breakage. Also if you are carrying something liquid and which can leak, always wrap it in a plastic wrap tightly to avoid any kind of leakage.
  5. Taking care of valuables: Try to split up your cash and other valuables and keep them in different pockets and in different bags. Also do not keep all the money you are carrying with you in your purse. Split it between your pockets and purse.
  6. Packing clothes: It is so difficult to decide on what to pack while travelling, but it is very important not to overload you bags. So plan according to the place and number of days you are travelling. You can see if you can wear an outfit in multiple occasions or time to avoid extra packing. It is a good idea to split up clothes in different bags as this way you and your family will still have something to wear in case your luggage gets misplaced by airplane staff.
  7. Medicines and safety kit: If you are taking some prescription medicine, do not forget to take them. Also carry a copy of your prescription from the doctor with you. Take all mandatory permission for travelling in case you have some health issues. Also pack in all the general medicine and first aid kit along with it.
  8. Guidebooks and maps: Carry the travel info you’ll need on the ground.
  9. Money belt: This flat, hidden, zippered pouch worn around your waist (or like a necklace) and tucked under your clothes is essential for the peace of mind it brings. You could lose everything except your money belt, and the trip could still go on. Get a lightweight one with a low profile color.

Check the TSA or The Universal Packing List site to review the rules on what you can carry aboard. When you start packing, lay out everything that is essential first, and then add the items from this list that you’d like to take. See what fits and go from there. Pare things down until you get your bag to a manageable weight and you’re ready to go. Remember the less you take, the more you’ll enjoy the trip.

When you start planning to travel Europe, special consideration should be taken in packing your belongings. The key when packing for a trip to Europe is to identify which items are actually functional and will be used often enough to deserve packing them and which are not necessary.

Planning several destination and activities into a single trip can make an incredible adventure, but it can also make packing itself one serious challenge. To help you plan a journey to multiple European cities we do suggest what to pack for Europe trip and share which items you really need and which essentials you can do without.

A Stress and Hassle Free Luggage Tips for Traveling Lightly to Europe

Before leaving for Europe, find the perfect bag for your journey. It must be lockable, carry-on-sized, and accessible. Buy the toughest material covered traveler’s bag available, with the most pouches. Look for ones with glide type, replaceable wheels and modifiable telescopic handles. Choose a bright color in case you DO have to check the bag, which some airlines like British Airways insist upon. Then you can easily spot the bag and get a TSA approved combination lock so you never have to worry about a lost key. Make sure you have your name in two places on the outside of the bag.

You don’t have to spend more. Research on the Internet. Buy them from your local store so you can see what you’re getting. The new heavy-duty, washable fabrics are easy to care for. Check the construction and try the zippers. Take it for a test run down the aisles. Does it roll easily? Is it fairly light-weight? Remember you have to lift it into the airplane’s overhead containers. Does it have several straps or handles? Look for an exterior strap you can attach that extra bag to. The telescopic handle should close easily and be easy to get to, and not covered by a special flap that hides it. Some models come with built-in locks.

Now, how do you know if your carry-on bag is legal? Many luggage stores sell suitcases described as ‘carry-on’, but these baggage are sometimes larger than the size most airlines will accept. The safe maximum size is 45″, in the form of a 22″ x 14″ x 9″ bag. Some airlines allow up to as much as 55″, but most do not. Look at the description on the price tag to be sure. Then spend what you have to get that “perfect” bag without breaking the bank. The concept of lightweight backpacking travel is to have fun and enjoy the places that you visit. You will feel far safer, more comfortable and have a greater amount of freedom.

The Eagle Creek, The Savvy Backpacker and Rick Steve’s Europe will guide you to backpack through Europe with inexpensive intra continental flights and the speed of the local rail system make it easier than ever to explore multiple countries during a single trip.

European Tourist Offices – Since tourism is such an important part of Europe’s economy, most European countries have a tourist office right in the United States that can help you with all your Europe travel planning needs. Find the contact information, from Gem IIT and International Travel News the name of the country along with tourist office.

 

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