So to start this little entry I’ll be sharing the necessities when it comes to traveling abroad. This is basically a packing list for Europe (France, Ireland, Scotland, and England). Also keep in mind that I went at the end of October, early November. The weather was mostly an overpass with a little rain. Keep the climate in mind when packing for a two week trip!
Also I’ll break it down for what you need for any two week trip no matter the weather. Here are some first must haves:
- Passport: Make sure you have multiply copies. I can’t stress this enough. You need to leave 1 at home, one in your luggage, and one just in case. And obviously carry your real passport at all times. You will use this as your ID everywhere.
- Flight Info: You will need documentation of your flights there and back. When I went through border control one time they requested this information to make sure I was staying the amount of time I originally said. This won’t happen every time but just in case.
- Accommodations: Make copies of the places you are staying. Like I mentioned before sometimes at border control they will ask for proof of accommodations. And it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. If you are staying with friends or relatives just make sure you have their addresses.
- Cash: In Europe you will either need to apply for a travel rewards card in regards to foreign transactions or carry cash. Usually every time I would make a purchase it would charge $0.95 per transaction. This is why I use cash and change the currency. And the currency exchange is not worth it at an airport. I would recommend the ATM even if there is a fee because it will be a lot less than the charge at a currency exchange.
- Booking (Transportation/Accommodations): Book your plane ticket as soon as possible and/or 6 weeks prior to your trip. Same with train tickets and hostels.
- Long Flight tips: When traveling by plane you are going to want something to entertain yourself. One thing for sure is my ears always pop and I like to have gum. Also headphones, and a head rest since you are going to be traveling for over 10 hours, if you are from the U.S.
Break down of what you will need specifically for Europe (France, Ireland, Scotland, and England) in the Fall:
- Pack Light : try to not overpack, you can wear things multiply times. At some hostels they have washers and dryers, you will just have to check prior to booking. By packing light it will be easier to travel to different places if you are trying to cram as many places as possible in two weeks. I would suggest one bag and a backpack but just make sure you pack enough that you feel comfortable traveling with the weight of the bags.
- Short Flight Guidelines: If you will be traveling by train, you will be fine but if you take RyanAir and easyJet they have specific guidelines on carry-on luggage and what not. If you do not check prior you will most likely have an up charge for excess baggage. Just saying!
- Shoes: make sure you have comfortable shoes, you will be walking everywhere. I think in this season there is no point in bringing sandals except for the shower.
- Clothing: make sure you pack stuff you can wear again. The best is the have one large warm/waterproof coat, 3 cardigans, 2 blue jeans, 1 black of pants, 2-3 pairs of leggings (layering and/or to wear under dresses), 4 t-shirts, 2long sleeve shirts, one dress (if you plan on going out), if you are a girl pack about 3 bras, 1-2 pairs of shorts to sleep in, and a sleep shirt.
- Socks and Underwear: all I am going to say is pack one per day 10 pairs each. Unless you know for sure you have a washer. Also if you really want to just pack detergent and hand wash them, that was my last resort.
- Towel: I would pack 1 towel, only because a lot of the hostels do not provide towels. But keep in mind that if you are traveling a lot try to air out your stuff or it will all start to smell.
- Travel size: pack everything travel size. Only because you are only going to be there a short amount of time and you don’t want to waste the space on toiletries.
- Adaptors : You will need an adaptor for any electronic you have. Walmart usually has them online or amazon. Just look for European adaptors. I wouldn’t even bother bringing a blowdryer or anything like that. Even with the adaptor it will fry it from the voltage conversion. Also you will need to make sure the adaptor will work in England and France. The outlets are different but have the same voltage of 220v.
- Medicine: If you take anything for headaches for example Tylenol or Advil – they will not have anything like this so pack it if you want it.
- Travel water bottle: if you like to have a drink on the go I would suggest bringing one, only because they have water bottles but you will have to go out of your way to find a portable water bottle but it’s honestly easier to just bring one.
Well that’s all I have for now guys! If you have any questions or want me to write a post specifically on what you are wanting to know, just email me! Thanks again! And after reading this I’m sure you are going to want some bourbon as well 😉