Toiletries To Bring Along:
1. Sunscreen– This is super expensive in Europe so pack enough to last your entire trip. I like this one because it keeps me protected while still letting me tan AND it smells amazing. They have it in the gel (I mostly use this one) or in a spray bottle if you’re traveling solo.
4. Body Wash– We brought a shampoo and a body wash to share and I brought a small bottle of conditioner for my long hair. We still had the products we were used to and didn’t have to rely on hotels to have shampoo and conditioner. This was also awesome because by the end of our trip it was completely gone and freed up a bunch of room for our souvenirs.
5. Face Wipes– I love these face wipes! They do a great job at preventing annoying acne while on the road without being too harsh on your skin!
8. Sport Fresh– I’m a HUGE fan of gel deodorant. It’s hard to get used to at first but it eliminates those annoying deodorant stains and makes you smell much better when you do sweat! I use Secret. The Sport Fresh is the strongest of their scents to really mask B.O. but their Ooh-La-La Lavender is also really nice!
9. Aloe Vera-The sun is more intense in Europe compared to the US so being fair skinned I needed this.
10. Do not waste your time/money buying travel detergent! Use body wash! It makes your clothes smell way better and is something you already have with you!
11. Band aids– We made a little homemade emergency kit. I’m always finding a way to hurt myself so this was super important to have when I got blisters, cut my finger, and scraped my foot on the rocky beaches. It took up a very small space and kept my cuts from getting infected.
Things we didn’t know we would need but are SO GLAD we brought them:
- Sink Stopper Kit-This enables you to wash your clothes in the sink! Way cheaper than paying the staff to do it.
- Clothes Line with Suction Cups -This was awesome for us to hang all of our clothes up to dry in the shower in addition to utilizing all of the other surfaces to hang clothes. Very durable and folds up very small. Ours specifically was a braided latex one with suction cups and Velcro. This came in handy when the showers were too narrow (which happens a lot).
- Power Bank -This was a lifesaver! We spent a large amount of time on a bus so we could charge our phones anywhere and everywhere! It charges your phone up to 14 times if you get a decent quality one and was so useful to us. We used theKMASHI 10,000 mAh and it was great.
- Waterproof Digital Camera-My boyfriend got me the Fujifilm FinePix xp80 Waterproof Digital Camera as a birthday present which just so happened to be right before our trip. This camera was fantastic! The pictures were awesome and it had so many great features. Being waterproof I was one of the few people who got all of the awesome candid photos as we swam in the pool, jumped off a boat in Greece, and swam with fish. Get the Olympus Foam Float Strap for it! It worked like a charm and then I didn’t have to worry about losing it anywhere.
- This one also had an awesome feature that enabled me to sync my cell phone to the cameras wifi. I could both see and control what the camera was seeing such as zoom in and out, start a video, and take a picture. It was so handy.
- It hooked also onto my selfie stick so we could tell what we were getting a picture of and didn’t need someone to take the picture.
- I could also transport pictures straight from my camera to my phone. This was awesome because it was easy to share with others and post my travels on Facebook.
- To read more about why I love this camera, check out my review on the Fujifilm Finepix xp80!
- Packing Cubes Absolutely necessary for your sanity. It keeps everything perfectly separated so your suitcase doesn’t look like a disaster. I knew exactly what size cube each of my categories of clothes were in so finding outfits was easy! I had one for pants, sweatpants, shorts, and skirts; one for all of my tops; one for my undies, bras, and bathing suits; and one for my jacket, coat, and sweatshirt. We have a pack of Shacke Pak packing cubes and a pack of the Pro Packing Cubes, which I recently tested and fell in love with.
- Multi power outlet adapter– My mom found this awesome adapter that worked for all the countries we visited. The best part about the adapter we used is that it allowed multiple devices to charge at once. It had one U.S. style plug in and then USB ports to plug our iPhone cords into to charge.
- Be very careful when you’re researching because there are a few countries who have totally different outlets compared to the rest of Europe.
- Purse that goes across your body-This is essential. Also make it complex to get into to avoid pickpocketers. Purses that go across your body are harder to rip away and you will most likely always have a hand on it-making it incredibly secure.
- Undercover Hidden Pocket -For the guys! This goes in your pocket, around your neck, or around your stomach under your clothes to hold money and other valuable information.
- Photocopy of your license and passport-If you ever lose either one of these then you still have proof of your ID. In addition, a lot of places will accept this so you don’t have to carry your passport around cities where it has a chance of being stolen.
- Garbage bags rolled up- We used these for various reasons: to put still damp clothes in, to contain smelly used clothes, and to keep muddy shoes in. It’s useful to have a few on hand in those random cases where you need something to keep an item from making your other stuff smell/wet.
- Ear Plugs-Absolutely necessary for the light sleeper. My boyfriend used these to fall asleep so many times on the trip. We stayed on busy streets for most of our trips and didn’t get the full 8 hours of sleep majority of our nights. This meant we needed to block out sound and take naps on the bus or fall asleep immediately when we got to our room. These were a life saver!
- Eye Mask-Again, this was essential to falling asleep in random places like the bus or getting a quick nap in during the day. I like it perfectly dark when I sleep so this was awesome to have. We luckily found a nice Sleep Mask and Ear Plug Bundle that we LOVE!
- There is this awesome Band-Aid Friction Blister Prevent that you rub on your feet before you have a blister and it keeps you from getting blisters. It looks like a little deodorant stick for your feet
- Retractable Cable Lock– This was awesome for cities like Rome where we were nervous about pickpocketters. We locked our backpack that had anything of potential value that we were carrying around and it worked great! We also locked our stuff to a seat on the ferry so our stuff was safe as we slept.
- A credit card with a CHIP! I was denied quite a few times because my Discover card or my VISA weren’t accepted without a chip. My boyfriend had a chip and was never denied. Moral of the story: Have a credit card with a chip!
Clothes to Bring
- Rain jacket-We used this so many times! Then you don’t have to try to stuff an umbrella in your suitcase or your day bag when the weather calls for rain.
- Fleece jacket-I wore a north face for a few of our destinations and layered my sweatshirt and fleece jacket when we were in Switzerland. I was so glad I had brought both of them.
- Shorts-I brought two pairs of jean shorts and did just fine. Make sure they aren’t the kind that you wear once and they grow around your hips (you know the kind). The clothes you bring have to be able to be worn multiple times without being washed. I would also bring one or two pairs of athletic shorts to lounge around in or wear over top of bathing suits.
- Jeans– I only brought two pairs of tightly fitting jeans so I could wear them a bunch without them getting too big around my waist. I only wore these at night when it was cool or to explore in Switzerland.
- Shirts-I would bring a couple tank tops, a couple long sleeves, and a few short sleeve shirts. Enough to make a few different outfits. Definitely bring one chiffon type long sleeve for the girls or a scarf if you want to get into the cathedrals in Europe. They just need your shoulders and your knees to be covered.
- Dressy outfits– I would bring at least one nice outfit. I brought 1 dress, a fun skirt for clubs, a dressy top and one pair of super comfortable heels. My boyfriend brought a nice long sleeve dress shirt and a pair of khakis and was fine.
- Bring one bathing suit and a small beach towel
- Some suggestions for the Men:
- Buy ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief I got my boyfriend 3 pairs and they were super comfortable. It gave him enough pairs to wear while the other pairs washed. In addition, the underwear dried so quickly.
- Buy Zip off pants. They might sound dorky but enables you to have 4 pairs of pants while only bringing two. It also prepares you for a big temperature change and the bottoms fit perfectly in the side pockets when you transform them into shorts.
- Lightweight shirts with roll up sleeves. We particularly liked the color selection and fit of Columbia Men’s Tamiami II.
- Shoes-I would bring your most comfortable pairs of shoes. Mine just happened to be a pair of cowgirl boots that were super worn in with good tread. I could do all the same things as I could with sneakers but I was much more comfortable in them! I would also bring water shoes, for the rocky beaches, a pair of comfy flats for ladies, and a pair of dress shoes, like heels or loafers.
- Socks and Undies– I brought 7 pairs of underwear and 7 pairs of socks. They are small enough I could fit that many and socks take forever to dry so it’s better to have more than what you think you will need. I highly recommend looking into moisture wicking, smell resistant socks. When it’s hot and your feet get sweaty you don’t want your socks stinking up your bag.