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BACKPACK EUROPE!
 

 

 
     
 


Frame Backpack
If you're going to backpack Europe, a suitcase will be too difficult to lug around everywhere you go.

A Day-Pack
For smaller excursions, you'll want a day-pack to carry snacks, accessories, and souvenirs.


Toiletries
Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, tampons, towels, soap, lotion, etc. They've got this stuff in Europe, but they're not necessarily the same brand. So if you've got some fettish with Aquafresh, don't forget it! Don't forget sandals to wear when you shower, preferably rubber or plastic so they'll dry fast.


Money & Documents
You'll want to make two copies of all important documents. One to leave at home with family/friends, and another to have with you separate from the real documents.
•Passport
•Traveler's Checks
•ATM Card
•Credit Card(s)
•Travel Insurance Forms
•Rail Passes

Camera and Lots of Film
It's much less expensive to buy and develop your film in the U.S. Make sure you bring your camera and film in your carry-on, because X-ray machines that scan your checked-on luggage are very strong and can damage your film.

Clothing
What you pack will depend on where you are going and what time of year you will be traveling. A good idea is to look at the typical weather for the various places you will be visiting. Layering clothes is always a good idea. You may want to bring one nice outfit for going out in the evening, Europeans tend to get dressed up at night. Leave all expensive clothing and jewelry at home you don't want to risk losing it, or having it stolen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!


   

 

PACK LIGHT
"Lay out only what you absolutely need, then take half the clothes and twice the money. The extra space left will be useful for any souvenirs or items you might pick up along the way."
       -"Let's Go Europe" 2000

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Ziplock Bags
These little guys are life-savers when you want to pack away wet clothes, food, or damp toiletries like a shampoo bottle.

Sun Protection
Make sure you pack strong sun screen and a cool hat...especially if you're already balding. Don't forget your sunglasses!

Locks
Many hostels provide secure storage for your bags, but not all do so you may want to pack locks especially if you are planning on leaving your bags in your hostel while you do some sightseeing.

First Aid Kit
A little homemade first aid kit with Band-Aids, ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, and antiseptic cleansing wipes may come in handy in an emergency.

Wrist Watch
If you're hopping the train or catching flights often, you'll definately want to bring a sturdy watch with an alarm.

Alarm Clock
You'll want a small, portable alarm clock if your watch's alarm isn't strong enough to wake you up.

Journal
Write down your day's journeys so you don't forget. This is also helpful for organizing photos, just write down all the places you went and then months later you'll be able to remember not only the names of places but also your experiences.

   
     
 
       
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