My bags are packed and I’m ready to go … to Europe! I thought it would be fun to put together some travel essentials in case any of you have trips coming up this summer. I have been on enough trips lately to know what you should pack and what you shouldn’t pack. When it comes to packing for Europe, it’s all about comfort and versatility. You want to make sure to bring basics that you can mix and match. Also, skip the heels and uncomfortable shoes. Trust me, it’s not worth the luggage space. I made the mistake of taking a bunch of heels and wedges the last time we went to Europe and I wore maybe 3 pairs of shoes out of the 10 that I packed.
Here are just a few of my essentials when packing for a Eurotrip:
Hats: Because I am a freak about the sun, you will most likely never catch me in direct sunlight without a hat on. Hats are so fashionable and cute right now, so take advantage of straw hats being in style! I love this one that I got from The Poppy Shop that says “Do Not Disturb”.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen is an absolute must for any trip that you are going on this summer. I am a freak about sunscreen and I actually get super anxious when I know that I don’t have any on my face or arms. I just purchased this Elta MD UV Clear for my face and their spray body sunscreen for my body. I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens (particularly the ones for your face) and I really like the Elta MD clear because it doesn’t feel oily or make your face break out. Just a side note, I don’t like their tinted sunscreen – it’s too orange.
Comfortable Flop Sandals: I’ve tried out a lot of sandals when traveling and my favorite ones to wear are flat flop sandals like these Sam Edelman ones. You don’t want anything that is going to irritate your ankle such as a sandal with an ankle strap. I also love a good Birkenstock.
White Sneakers: White sneakers are the ultimate chic shoe to wear right now with sundresses and hats, if you can believe it! I really love these ones by Soludos because they have the espadrille platform that gives a little height, unlike your traditional sneaker (be aware they run a full size small). Also realize that not every white sneaker is created equal- some are deceiving and can actually be quite uncomfortable.
Essentials Bag: I use this little Longchamp bag to store my essential items that I don’t want to get mixed in the black hole of my purse. I put all of my meds, vitamins, chapstick, retainers, and feminine products in here for safe keeping. Keeping these items in their own little bag makes it easy to grab when you are in need.
Next let’s talk about the travel essentials that you will need to get around if you plan on visiting more than one city or country in Europe. I left no stone unturned when it came this part of the planning because I am always scared I will forget something important. This will be the first trip to Europe where we are traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles! I am nervous and excited to rent a car in Germany and drive to Italy, but I think the experience and sight seeing will be totally worth it.
Global Entry: this is apparently the best thing since sliced bread – if you’ve heard of TSA Precheck, think of Global Entry as the Umbrella over TSA Pre. With Global Entry you do still get TSA Precheck, and if you travel internationally at all, it’s totally worth it because you can skip the long customs lines coming into the US. Learn more about Global Entry here.
International Driving Permit: if you have any plans at all to drive internationally, it’s so worth it to spend $20 at your local AAA and get an International Driving Permit. The IDP will essentially translate your Driver’s License into many different languages and certify that you are legal to drive in the US. I have been a AAA member for 17 years (thanks Mom & Dad) and there are so many awesome services they offer!
Old School Paper Maps: how many times have you been out of the country and you cell phone service didn’t work, or even if it did, it was slower than usual. If you plan on driving or navigating yourself anywhere, it’s time to invest in some good old fashioned paper maps, because even in 2018, iPhone maps mess up! I got these for free at my local AAA branch.
Passport Holder: your passport is something that you never want to lose or get stolen, so it’s important to keep it in a safe place and to also get a sturdy passport holder. I got this one from Anthropologie and it is a sturdy leather with the phrase “Going Places” on the front.
Compact Card Holder: it’s really not necessary to take your entire wallet on a trip to Europe. Trust me, you aren’t going to need your Costco card while roaming the streets of Paris. My favorite thing to do is to get these little compact card holders and take only 2-3 cards and your license. Ronnie was kind enough to get me this one for our Anniversary from Gucci!
Have I left out any essentials? Let me know in the comments!