Packing your things when taking a backpacking tour in Europe is one of the most crucial factors in ensuring the success and enjoyment of your trip. Since you will only be taking your backpack, it is important that you travel light and only take the most necessary things. Here is a short guide on what to bring when going backpacking Europe.
- Choose only the basic clothes and look for ones that can double. Take into consideration the normal temperature of the areas you plan to visit during the time of your trip. If it will cover multiple seasons, an additional layer for cooler months will be required.
- Take two pairs of pants. Choose one that has plenty of pockets as they will come in handy for storing things on the road. Likewise, look for pants that can zip off into shorts as this can greatly reduce the weight of your pack.
- Pack two or three t-shirts as well as long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts. You need not be concerned with not taking enough shirts as you will be buying more on your trip. You may also want to take a branded t-shirt and exchange them with other backpackers.
- Pack 3 or 4 pairs of underwear, a swimsuit, and something to sleep in.
- Bring a comfortable pair of shoes. It will serve as your main footwear during your trip. Do not forget to bring two pairs of socks as well. You may also want to consider packing a light pair of sandals or flip-flops for hostel showers and open-toed shoes for going outdoors. Maximize the space occupied by the shoes by filling the insides with smaller items.
- Bring along a small towel for carrying. You need not worry about bathroom towels and laundry facilities as most hostels have them. Pack toiletry items, a washcloth, or a sponge. It will be more convenient to buy your laundry detergent than pack them with your stuff.
- Have a copy of your important documents in hand and pack them separately. Do not forget to pack enough supply of medicines. Likewise, ensure that you have your camera, a guide book, and enough sunscreen.
Bear in mind that when backpacking Europe, your comfort is always the utmost concern. The lighter is your pack, the more enjoyable the trip becomes. The rule of thumb is take only what you need. You can easily buy things along the way if you forget something.