What to Bring on a Trip to Europe
Planning a European vacation is a dream come true for many travelers. Months are spent planning itineraries, researching tourist sites and making reservations. However, the day before the trip, travelers will dump half of their closet into a suitcase or two. Instead of packing the essentials and planning outfits for various days, travelers bring a suitcase of clothes they'll never wear. European vacations
can be much more enjoyable if the right items are packed for the trip.
Documents and Money
Travel outside of the United States requires a valid passport. Bring copies of hotel reservations, confirmation numbers and any items you prepaid. Before leaving, exchange American dollars for euros. It's a good idea to carry a small amount of cash and use the ATM when more is needed.
Think about the weather and time of year you are visiting Europe. Pack items that can be layered for cool mornings and evenings, but easily removed during the afternoon. A coat and accessories are essential for the winter months. Europeans tend to be more formal than casual in attire.
European trips often involve a large amount of walking, climbing and sightseeing. Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes, such as tennis shoes, loafers or flats. For those evenings on the town, pack a pair of dress shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits.
Consider packing calf-length skirts, Capri pants and slacks, depending on the time of year. Match with assorted tops. When visiting religious sites, shoulders and legs must be covered. Bring a cover-up to wear over your swimsuit when out of the water. Pack a dress for evening dinners.
Men should pack several pairs of trousers, such as khakis, black pants and nice jeans. Depending on the time of year, knit polo shirts, button-down long-sleeved shirts or turtlenecks are appropriate men's attire. Bring a nice pair of trousers and jacket for dinner.
Plan the number of days you'll be traveling and pack the appropriate number of undergarments, socks and hosiery. It's a good idea to pack an extra pair of these in your carry-on luggage in case your bag is misplaced. The weather is Europe is unpredictable, so consider an umbrella or rain jacket.
Erica Green is an avid reader and writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and is a certified middle school teacher. She writes for several online publications, including eHow and Travels. Green is pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She has been writing professionally for three years.
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