Packing For Europe
This is a brief description of what I pack; clothes and gear. Enjoy!
Watch the video below, and learn how I pack my clothes, what I decide to bring, and also what gear I bring along that makes my travel experience easy, rewarding, and light-weight. There is a complete list of all the gear products that I talk about below the video, with links to amazon where you can purchase them too! If you have additional ideas/products that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comment section at the bottom.
Watch the video – Packing for Europe:
First of all, I don’t like roller bags. They get caught on every cobble stone, they are loud, they break, and they are heavy. I personally like a duffel bag with strong handles. If the handles are strong, you can even use them to wear the bag like a backpack if/when you need to. I choose my clothes based on the weather, fashion importance, and trip purpose. You’ll need long sleeves and pants for many of the churches in Europe, otherwise they won’t let you in. So make sure you pack accordingly. Also, I choose clothes that I can layer in order to stay warm rather than bringing a thick coat. Unless of course you are going to a very cold place where a coat will be useful. Then, I pack my clothes in order of use and importance. Make sure you put your windbreaker/water-proof jacket on top, so you can easily access it if you need to. Also, bring clothes that you would be fine with throwing away if needed, to allow more room for souvenirs or just to lighten the load as you travel. Pack for about a week’s worth of clothes, and plan to go to a laundromat. My feeling: better to spend a couple hours a week washing the clothes, than bringing too many clothes and needed to carry them all around all the time. Just remember, worst case scenario, you can always buy something if you forget/don’t bring it with you.
Halfway through the video, I begin to talk about the gear that I use and love. One of my biggest rules about packing gear is; the smaller, the lighter, the better. So, with that said, the first thing you will need is the power adaptors for the countries you are traveling to. I like a simple, small, and well built adaptor, rather than those huge, clunky multi-country adaptors that seem to fall out of the wall, and break when you need them most. Instead check out these (click on country you need): England UK & Hong Kong (type G) • Germany & France (type E/F) • Italy (type L) • and Australia & China (type I). All the other countries can also be found with using any of the links, as the same page sells all different power adapters for different countries. In case you are still unsure, feel free to email me and I would be happy to assist you.
So, the actual power strip that I show in the video is no longer available on Amazon, however, I think I found something even better for you. This power strip not only is small and compact like the one I have, but it also combines the USB charging ports, to save you one from buying an additional product. Either click on the photo, or the name: BESTEK Power Strip.
In case you are interested in the USB charger that I mention, I will also share that with you. It is great because it offers the ability to charge up to 4 devices at once. So, only useful if you have that many devices; but if you do, there is nothing better in my opinion. Click the title to view: Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger.
Additionally, there are two products that I do not mention in the video that I would recommend. As they are more general, I don’t have too specific a recommendation, other than just get what you need. The first is an in-car USB charger for your phone. I like to use my phone for GPS in the car, but I run down the battery very fast, so I like to be able to plug my phone into the car I am renting, insuring I don’t run low on battery. Either click the photo or the title: Omaker USB Car Charger.
The second item I recommend is actually even more useful. I use my phone all the time to help me research as I travel, keep up with emails, and use it for GPS around the city; but the worst thing is running out battery when you need it most. So, I like to have a back-up battery pack to charge my phone when this happens. They make back-up batteries of all sizes, colors, and powers, so pick what you need. An average iPhone charge is about 2500 mAh. So, you will need a back-up battery with at least that many mAh in order to charge your phone up a single time. I personally like knowing that my back-up battery can charge my phone up several times over. With that being said, I have a 22,000 mAh battery, allowing me to recharge my iPhone up to 9 times, and keeps my phone charged for at least a week without running out of juice. My back-up battery is: RAVPower 22,000 mAh battery. But a smaller one that I would recommend that can charge your phone up about 3 times is: Anker PowerCore 10,000 battery. Again, these are just my personal suggestions, and things that I have found I like to have and use. If you have other ideas and products, please share them so we can all learn and become better travelers! Thanks.
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