The Essentials Needed For Your Trip To Europe
Whether you’re heading abroad for a quick weekend break or a week in the Alps, there are some essentials you simply either can’t or don’t want to leave behind. While the specifics may change – winter jacket or shorts, for instance – these essentials are the kind of things which can easily be overlooked. Don’t miss out because you forgot to pack the 5 essentials you need for your trip to Europe.
While this may seem incredibly obvious, how you treat your passport is vital to your success overseas. If you’re travelling with kids, do not let them pack or carry their passport – keep all of the passports you need together in one, easy to reach location. While you’re at it, make sure you take a photo/keep a scan of your passport’s photo page on your phone, along with any pertinent visa pages you may need. This way if you lose your passport you aren’t left entirely up the creek without a paddle.
The travel adaptor/extension combo
One of the worst things about travelling anywhere, domestically and internationally, is trying to find one more plug in the hotel room. This is frustrating enough when you’re using the same three-pin plug that we all know and love here in the UK – when you consider the fact that Ireland is the only other country in Europe using our plug, things become a little more complicated.
If you want to simplify the process of plugging in the right number of appliances, get yourself a universal travel adaptor and a British extension cable. This way you’re able to use all of your appliances with the minimum amount of hassle.
The right currency
If life in the UK proves anything it’s that not all countries in the EU use the Euro. If you’re travelling to Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Sweden, your Euros won’t get you very far. If you’re stopping through one of these countries and a country using the Euro, make sure you bring both currencies with you – while you can change your Euros on the go, you will probably find that you’re getting worse rates by using an intermediary currency.
While you may not want to think about the possibility of getting sick on your holiday, it happens more often than you may expect. Headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea are the most common travel illnesses, and you can bring medication with you to quell the effects of any of these problems. When it comes to your travels around the continent, it’s far better have and not need anti-diarrhoeal drugs than need and not have.
While you’re at it, make sure that you have a valid European Health Insurance Card. Your EHIC will grant you access to state-funded healthcare should you be unlucky enough to fall ill, saving you from a mountain of expensive medical bills if you find yourself hospitalised. On top of this, given that many travel insurance policies for the UK require that you have a valid EHIC on your person, this isn’t something you want to forget about.
Last but not least, make sure you don’t leave the UK with a full bag unless you’re after dropping off presents at the other end. The chances are that you will want to buy presents souvenirs somewhere along the way, or that the magnetic appeal of the Duty Free will get the better of you. If you’re looking to stock up on goodies during your trip to the continent, travel light so that you have space to fill on the way back.