Europe is a continent that's rich in culture and history, with stories captured in each crevice, street and building. As an outsider or as a tourist, it's important to understand that every city and country is unique; and that preparations to travel there need to go beyond the usual generic approach.
Reading about the rules and regulations of the places that you are going to visit (even those that are only "stopovers") will help you make informed decisions about the itineraries and appropriations. Your trip to Europe is a unique one and should be planned carefully as to not unnecessarily waste time, energy and money in the process.
Essential Things to Bring on a Trip to Europe
1. Your Documents and Papers in a Small Waterproof Pouch
Perhaps the most essential part of traveling to another part of the world is bringing the necessary documents, ID and paperwork to safety and uneventfully enter/exit a country/continent. Keep these important documents in a small pouch, which you should keep with you at all times (under your clothes) even when you're strolling the streets. It's preferable to have a waterproof one in the event of sweat, rain or other incidents.
2. Universal Power Adapter
Especially when you’re bringing gadgets like laptops and mobile phones, having your own adapter is important to avoid encountering voltage and socket problems. This small gadget could help you save money on possible repairs or replacement when something happens to your device.
3. Detailed Itinerary
To make sure that your trip to Europe is well worth the time, money and effort spent; invest a little more time on creating your European itinerary. Since your trip is unique, you should do the necessary preparations yourself instead of having a friend or relative do it for you. Interactive route planning devices could greatly help you in creating the perfect trip plan.
Safety and Security
1. Avoid Scam: Secure Online Transactions
Aside from the precaution of hiding your passport and other documents under your clothes, you should make sure that digital transactions are done in secure areas. On your trip to Europe, having a personal Virtual Private Network (VPN) is important because there are websites available in your home country that are blocked in many European countries.
2. Physical Safety: First Aid Kit
Prevention is better than cure but some things can't be prevented. Especially if you're planning to go on a backpacking tour, having a first aid kit could be helpful especially if you're planning to go into remote areas without quick access to clinics and hospitals.
3. Information: Read/Listen to What Others Have to Say
Most European countries are used to having tourists, so asking your inn-keeper or hotel receptionist is one of the best ways to know about the safety and security of the areas you're planning to visit. If you're too shy to ask, read more about those places online before embarking on your trip.