The Ultimate Travel Checklist
The most important thing to pack for your trip is your passport. You will not go very far without it. If you are traveling within Europe as an EU citizen, sometimes you only need your ID/driver's license to travel - but this often depends on your airline, so we recommend Do you keep your passport with you at all times. Before traveling, make sure that your passport is also valid. It is always good to have at least six months before your passport expires so always check your expiration date in good time so that you can order a new one before the trip arrives.
Don't forget to pack your EU adapters! Buying one in the airport saves and they can be quite expensive. On Amazon, you can buy two packs of EU adapters for only £ 4.39. Two adapters should be enough for your trip so that you can charge your laptop, phone, camera, hair tools, and more.
Pack enough underwear for your trip (and maybe two or three extra). If you run out you can always wash your underwear during your trip. Tip: Remember to pack a small thin bag to wash your dirty clothes, this will separate your clean and dirty things so that you don't mix them.
Socks are important because when you walk a lot they will protect your feet from rubbing with your shoes. If you are going somewhere cold then we recommend packing thick socks and if you are wearing trainers around the city then ankle socks.
Phone Charger / Portable Phone Charger
This is a simple power bank from Slicky that charges your phone back to back! Super portable.
When our phone battery runs out on the road, we all know that feeling. So bring a portable phone charger so that you can give some charge to your phone on the go. You don't want your phone to die when you get lost in the city or miss out on amazing photo opportunities. One of our favorite affordable portable phone chargers is the Anchor Powercore 10000 Redux, a small power bank that never disappoints us.
Clothing (including PJ)
Hard part: clothes. Remember to take a mixture of light layers and warm layers for your trip (it depends where you are going). It is always easy to see and pack the weather before you leave. Packing light is a form of art and with limited space in your backpack, it is good to be strict with yourself and bring only what you need.
Consider what kind of activities you are doing during your trip so that you are prepared with the right gear - whether you are hiking, snorkeling, partying, skiing or sightseeing around the city, You will need to dress appropriately. If you are going on a long trip, make sure that the hostel has a laundry room so that you can wash your things and wear clothes again.
The hooded waterproof mac will be your savior during your journey. The weather around Europe can be unpredictable, so if you are traveling to cities where there is a possibility of rain, be prepared with waterproof layers. Try and find a lightweight Mac that is easy to pack (Pack-A-Mac always gives a good shout out and you can buy them cheaply on Amazon or Primark).
If you are doing a lot of walking or hiking then be sure to pack some good quality walking shoes. It is usually best to wear your biggest shoes at the airport so that you can save space in your luggage. Mountain Warehouse is a good website to buy some affordable walking shoes that will last for a few years to come.
Sleeping Bag Liner
Sleeping bags are always easy to keep - especially if you are a little bit of a germaphobe. They are lightweight, they are easy to pack and they make the perfect bed lining if you are sleeping in a tent or hostel. You will not need one at the St. Christopher Inns Hostel, although fresh bed linen is provided for each guest.
Always keep a water bottle with you to stay hydrated on the road. Most travel backpacks have a water bottle box, so it is easy to reach when you are walking around. Not only are reusable water bottles better for the environment but they are also a great way to save money so that you don't have to buy more.
Do not forget your euro! We would recommend you to find a local currency exchange with the best rates instead of converting your cash at the airport where it is more expensive. Don't know how many euros to bring? Budget how much cash you will need for each day and work from there.
Hairbrush / Comb / Hair Gel / Spray
Bring essential hair products for healthy, happy locks during your journey. To reduce the amount of cosmetics you pack, we would recommend bringing a hairbrush and some dry shampoo (or hair gel) to save room for other items such as deodorant and toothpaste. If you have enough space, a pair of curling thongs or straightener is a good thing, but only when you need them.
Painkillers and Medication
It is always good to have some medicine on the road. Pain relievers or allergy pills will work for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual pains, stomach aches - so keep some on yourself. Always carry imodium or dialite as well.
If you forget this bad boy, you will regret it forever. If you're looking to buy a new travel camera, check out our favorite travel cameras for under £ 900. Nowadays, however, your smartphone's camera is of good quality that captures great shots, so if you're trying to take less, leave the camera on.
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Remember your camera charger! And make sure you have an extra memory card if you need one!
When it comes to deodorant, we always recommend taking a roll-on for the trip as it is small and hassle free. A spray deodorant can sometimes be harmful to asthma patients who may be in your hostel.
Shampoo and conditioner bottles can be heavy to carry and they take up too much space in a backpack. Instead, you can fill small sized bottles with your hair fluid to save space. You can buy these small reusable bottles from Boots or Superdrug. Better yet, invest in some permanent shampoo or conditioner bars for your hair and support zero waste movement. These eco-friendly soap bars are plastic free and produce zero waste as you use the entire product (and the bar lasts for ages)!
The same goes for your body wash. Try and pack a mini version or fill small reusable bottles to save space. Or opt for a strip of soap in a tin that will (hopefully) last your entire trip and save on plastic.