My Travel Essentials
Besides packing for our trip, there a several items that I feel that I cannot do without when my husband and I travel. I want to share with you exactly what we will be taking to Europe.
This is on the top of my list when we travel to Europe. We have stayed at some hotels where the curtains and blinds were thin. My eye mask really helped me sleep, especially since we typically go to Poland with the six hour difference. You’ll also find that it will help you sleep on the plane and allow you to get over jet lag faster after a long flight.
Many tourist areas in Europe and elsewhere are full of pickpockets, particularly in congested attractions. One trendy item for travelers going to locations that are susceptible to theft and pick-pocketing is a bag or purse that has special attributes to prevent it. A theft proof bag is geared towards travelers for its capability to prevent or delay theft. The straps could be metal mesh lined to thwart slashing or they have RFID pockets to block the scanning of your credit cards and passport.
Nowadays, there is a big with credit card fraud. Even in Europe. Even if you don’t plan on traveling, I believe it’s something to have regardless. The hassle and inconvenience of having to cancel your card while traveling can really put a damper on things.
I love our adapter. It comes with EU, UK, US and AU
plugs. Not only does it have four USB outlets, there’s room to plug in three more items with US plugs. I need those for my laptop and to charge the battery for my camera. It’s not for hair dryers, curling irons or flat irons, but the last hotels we stayed at, blow dryers were available.
Power Bank or Portable Charger
Our last trip, we took many pictures. We used our phones and the two cameras we packed. I don’t remember how many times we had a phone or camera that simply died because it either didn’t charge enough or we just used it too much. This next trip we will be traveling to many cities. Of course while my husband is driving, I’ll be on my tablet. I purchased two power banks. Even we charge with the car’s outlet, I am not taking any chances. We’ll be seeing relatives my husband hasn’t seen since he left Poland in 1981. Just carry it with your other electronics and rember to charge it at night.
Comfortable Pair of Shoes
Since we always do a lot of walking on our trip to Europe, we make sure we pack a comfortable pair of shoes that we can walk all day in without getting sore feet.
Travel Laundry Detergent Sink Packets
This is necessary to have for frequent trekkers (I refuse to be a tourist), who don’t want to depend on costly hotel laundries. It contains just enough liquid detergent to wash a few items in the sink when traveling. I’ve made a bet with my husband that I wouldn’t pack as much as I usually do. This is how I plan to do it.
This is something I really do not need. With my cell phone plan (not mentioning it), I have international service in the majority of Europe. A friend of mine uses European SIM card all the time and swears by it. It also has the same service as my phone service with the same countries. It’s a prepaid SIM card which includes 10 GB of mobile Internet in Europe on 4G networks. You also will get 2 hours calls, 1000 SMS, and you can tether your data.
For most of Poland, my husband is my guide. I enjoy seeing things through his eyes. Other countries I rely on Rick Steves. Yes, I know. After my first trip abroad, I started watching every episode. I purchased my latest copies and can only hope that we get to all the countries before it’s time to update again.
Well, those are my must haves. I am so looking forward to this trip. I believe more than my husband is!
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