Pre-Departure: Things I Needed for Europe 

I just got back from a trip to Europe, and I feel like I have officially learned the ropes of international travel. Here are SIX pre-depatrue tips that made my trip to Europe very easy…

1) Get Euros ahead of time

Getting euros can be a real big pain, but Travelex made it easy. I used Travelex to order euros ahead of time and at a very accurate exchange rate. They delivered the money right to my door. This was a much better option than getting ripped off in the airport or at a currency exchange counter in Europe. 

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2) Pack as light as possible

One beauty of Europe is that so many cool places are accessible by a short train ride, making travel all over Europe very easy. When I was in Europe I traveled a lot, so it was important for me to pack light and in a suitcase that had wheels. My favorite carry on suitcase is from Away.

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3) Purchase a power adapter

A lot of people who have not been to Europe before do not know that you have to use a power adapter. Outlets in Europe are much different from the United States, and it is vital to purchase one of these converters. There are different converters for different parts of the world, so make sure you are purchasing the correct one. You can purchase these adapters at several different places including Amazon and Best Buy.

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4) Comfortable shoes are IMPORTANT

When I was in Europe I walked EVERYWHERE. Most of the time it was easier for me to walk than to call a cab. I knew in advance I would need comfortable shoes, but I didn’t know how much I would need them. When I was in Europe I wore Vans and tennis shoes. I might not have been the most fashionable, but I for sure was the most comfortable.

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5) Only use purses and bags that zip 

Pick pockets are a real thing. When traveling I only used purses and bags that had zippers to ensure that a pick pocketer didn’t have easy access to my things. 

6) Pack quality items in your carry on

Visit my previous blog post for all things carry on!

Safe travels!

XOXO

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