Europe is one destination that makes us all go starry eyed, from fantasizing about romancing the love of your life DDLJ style in Switzerland, to being in awe of the Greek sculptures, each one of us has one dream travel experience for Europe.
However overlooking a few minor things as you pack for your dream holiday may turn your dream into an unpleasant reality. Travel Triangle shares with you a list of things that you need on your European packing list to ensure that you have a smooth sailing …..!
1. Food, food, food – Ready to eat Indian ‘Veg’ food!
There is paucity of veg food in general in the continent. Finding good and affordable vegetarian Indian food itself is a task except in Britain and parts of Western Europe. It’s best to carry ready to eat Indian food.
2. Adaptors /Converters for the European Sockets
You don’t want to be in a situation where the limited gadgets that you carry in your Euro trip are of no use simply because they can’t be charged due to mismatch between Indian plugs and European sockets. How will you connect to your mom in India or click a selfie to post it on instagram or your facebook profile picture?
Tip: Carry an adaptor / convertor to ensure your gadgets can always be charged!
3. A Shaving Kit
Street side saloons are not as common in Europe as they are in India, and the ones that are there in Europe are definitely not cheap. A clean shave could cost you as much as INR 1800.
Tip: Carry your own shaving kit, a little bit of self help will save you from hitting bankruptcy during the trip.
4. No, no fancy jackets. Just a Windcheater
Europe has an amazing weather in summers and evenings are just too pleasant. But, it gets slightly cold towards the night and you sure would need a jacket.
Tip: Considering you’ll have space and weight constraints, pack a windcheater. Not only will it occupy less space, but it will keep you warm and protect you from rains too.
5. Dictionary or a Translating App
English is not understood at all in some parts of the continent. It is therefore best to carry an English – local language dictionary or at least install an app on your smart phones to make communication easier. You could also learn a few phrases and greetings in the local language of the country you are in.
6. Medicines vs. Drugs
While a first aid kit is a basic necessity for every backpack, you should know the fact that a quite a few popular Indian medicines are banned and considered as drugs in Europe.
Tip: Schengen Visa has an elaborate list of medicines one can carry. Ask your trusted doctor back home for medicines regarding common illnesses like cold, allergies, fever etcetera. Also, do not forget to carry the corresponding prescriptions along.
7. The right stuff to pack in !
‘What you carry in’ is as important to know as ‘what you carry’ ! International flights have strict luggage restrictions, and if your ‘container’ itself is heavy then you have lost half the battle.
Tip: Buy a light yet durable backpack which makes moving around more comfortable and convenient. Carry a waist belt along to keep money & important documents safe and handy.
8. Musical Instrument
Can you mesmerize crowds by playing the flute or draw masses with an impromptu street performance? If yes then don’t forget to carry your musical instruments as busking is really popular in many parts of Europe.
Tip: European authorities might give you a tough time suspecting your intentions and your instruments. But if your love for music and zest to play in the most beautiful places on the planet triumphs all, then you must not have second thoughts on carrying your musical instruments.