So two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been two years already) I backpacked across Europe. This was the most terrifying and exhilarating thing I have ever done, except when I went skydiving, that was pretty awesome. Here are some of the most important things I took with me on trip.
- I spent a good 8 months researching the best backpack. I knew right away I wanted a front loader bag (as opposed to a traditional hiking backpack which is a top loader). I ended up purchases the Osprey Fairpoint 40 but in hindsight I wish I had purchased the Osprey Fairview 55. The reason I would make the switch is because there’s a detachable backpack on the Osprey and it would’ve made carrying my necessities a lot easier. I would’ve just been able to hook it up as one while I walked around and when I would fly, I could detach the backpack so it would make the backpack carry-on regulation. Instead I walked around with my backpack and a side purse which was fine, but was cumbersome. However, I love my backpack and it is a really well made backpack. I chose Osprey and purchased it through REI because Osprey has a great reputation and REI has a wonderful return policy.
- Tide Sink Packets – I left for Europe in September and was gone until December. These tide sink packets were a lifesaver. Sometimes I would make sure the hostel I booked had a washing machine, but this isn’t always the case and so I did a lot of my laundry in the hostel sink and would hang my clothes around my bed. This probably looked weird, but as soon as I introduced myself as an American I assumed everyone would forgive it.
- Towel – Packing a towel isn’t necessary as most hostels will provide towels for a small extra fee or the AirBnB will have one. For me, I wanted to bring my own towel. I decided to buy a microfiber fast drying towel. This towel is lightweight, takes up very little space and is indeed fast drying. I also liked having it because I would hang it up around my bed in the hostel and it created a little privacy for me. My sister’s have also used this towel for when they traveled and said it was so handy to have their own towel.
- Money Belt – I know a lot of people don’t use this, but I am a big believer of having a money belt. Especially because I was traveling by myself, I felt more secure knowing I was sleeping on my money and passport. I wore this everywhere I went, especially when I was in bus stations and train stations as these are some of the places that pickpocketes target. My advice is just be careful and research where you are going. When I went to Madrid, I was extra vigilant because I know many friends who have had their things stolen while they were there.
- PowerCube – So when I backpacked I only carried my camera and my iPhone and extra backup battery. I didn’t bring anything else with me, but I wanted to make sure all my electronics were fully charged every night. I purchased this PowerCube as it is a travel adapter and allows you to charge multiple things at once.
- Lock – I purchased this lock for my backpack when I checked it for my bus rides but it was also used for my locker in the hostel. While the hostel will have locks for rental, if you want to save a little money, purchase your own and bring it with you. This lock is approved by the TSA as well.
- Toiletry Bag – I bought this toiletry bag because I didn’t want my shampoo to explode and get all my clothes ruined. Additionally, I liked that it is small so it makes me be more efficient with what I packed. I also liked that it was clear so I could easily see my products and I didn’t have to dump it out every time to find something.
Are there any travel necesseties you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below.