MY ADVICE FOR AN EPIC EUROPEAN SUMMER

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MY ADVICE FOR AN EPIC EUROPEAN SUMMER

Sitting down to write about my Europe trip was hard. So many things I want to share with you all BUT let’s keep this simple. Here’s how I prepared for the best two months of my life – in list form. All of the packing essentials and planning tips to get you well and truly organised for your trip so you can focus on all the fun stuff!


THE ESSENTIALS (ALL 18 KILOS WORTH)

Toiletries

  • Epipen x 2
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face cleanser
  • Body wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Shaver
  • Aspirin and/or nurofen – For headaches and migraines
  • Antihistamines – For hayfever and potential allergies
  • Activated charcoal capsules – To settle stomach
  • Hydralyte – Berry flavour is the best
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera
  • Heat rash cream – I always get heat rash at some point on warm trips
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Asthma puffer x 3 – Some would say excessive but they are $60 in Europe as opposed to $6 in Australia
  • Bandaids
  • Makeup case
  • Hairbrush and ties

The rest

  • Undies and bras
  • Socks
  • Bathers – I took 6 pairs oops
  • Towels x 2 – turkish towel for the beach and a bath towel (microfibre)
  • Lightweight tops – shirts and singlets
  • Shorts and skirts – take staples like a denim skirt you can wear with plenty of tops
  • Linen shirt – for a little extra coverage
  • Plenty of dresses – so easy to throw on for the beach or exploring
  • One pair of pants – again, make sure they go with lots of your tops
  • Denim jacket – incase it gets a bit chilly
  • Long sleeve tees x 2 – for planes
  • Jumper x 2 – for planes
  • Exercise tights x 2
  • Exercise shorts, tops and bras
  • Runners – Nike epic reacts of course
  • Slide x 2 – One black pair and one natural pair to go with any outfit
  • Flatforms – If you’re feeling fancy. Cobblestone streets and heels are not friends
  • Sneakers
  • PJ shorts and top
  • Pillowcase
  • Beach bag
  • Bumbag
  • Accessories – Sunnies, cap, jewelery and belts
  • Perfume
  • UE boom speaker and charger
  • Small mirror

CARRY ON (BACKPACK)

  • Travel wallet
  • Earplugs
  • Tissues
  • Face Mask – I love the go-to skincare transformazing masks
  • Face Mist – this Mario Badescu spray makes your skin feel so refreshed
  • Epipen
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Antihistamines
  • Aspirin
  • 1 of 3 Asthma puffs
  • A good book
  • Headphones – make sure they are compatible with an AUX port
  • Change of clothes – incase your luggage gets lost
  • Phone charger and portable charger
  • Europe adaptor

OVERALL TIPS FROM A ONE-TIME EXPERT

  • Get a travel letter from your doctor/ medical professional – this outlines all of the medications you will be travelling with incase it is required for flights etc
  • Always carry medication in your carry on – it’s no use to you if it’s you need it and it’s in your checked in luggage
  • Teach your travel buddies how to use an epipen – so they can confidently help you if necessary
  • Take plane snacks – whenever possible take snacks in case the one’s provided won’t agree with you. Popcorn or original chips are my go-to
  • Photocopy passport, license etc – Leave a copy at home and take one with you in case you lose the real thing
  • Sign up for Smart Traveller – Government travel site
  • Get travel insurance – I use 1cover because anaphylaxis can be specified, it’s easy and affordable
  • Download allergy cards – it’s an app where you can translate your allergies and intolerances into lots of different languages so that wherever you are in the world, the waiters will be able to understand your requirements
  • Get an ING bank card – ING has been my bank choice for quite some time now and it was incredibly easy to travel with. No ATM fees saved me so much money and meant I didn’t have to carry much cash. There is also a feature in their app to write in your travel dates so they don’t mark it as suspicious behaviour and cut you off.
  • Back up phone – in case you lose it or run out of photo space etc
  • Get a SIM card – I’ve done Europe before without one and having a sim this time around was a serious game changer. Simsdirect is an Australian website where you can buy prepaid simcards for various parts of the world. It cost me $80 for 2 simcards (they expire after 30 days) with 12 GB of data on each. They sent them out to my house and all I had to do was pop it in as soon as I landed in Amsterdam and it was good to go! It worked in every country we visited and meant we could always use maps, call accomodation, book ubers etc.
  • Get a Mole Check – this one should be part of everyones’ usual routine but especially before spending so much consistent time in the sun
  • Take a collapsible water bottle – doesn’t take up much room, has a clip to attach to your bag and since the tap water was drinkable in most places it saves using excessive amounts of plastic bottles
  • Take shoes you would happily throw out – they add so much weight, so wear them to death and give them the flick before heading home
  • Grab yourself some packing cubes – they are awesome. Makes it easy to separate clothes into categories so you can find things quickly
  • Download an app for your itinerary – Tripcase is a good one! You can put in all of your flights and accomodation so you can streamline all your info and get alerts and reminders
  • Get an eyelash tint and lift – who has time for makeup when holidaying, am I right? A tint and lift meant I didn’t have to use the dreaded waterproof mascara everyday when swimming but still looked bright eyed
  • Get Shellac not SNS – If you like having nice nails, don’t get SNS before heading overseas as they don’t use it over there
  • Save your Spotify playlists so that you can still listen to them when you’re off wifi and data
  • Invest in a comfortable pack – with plenty of back support and a side opening zip – nothing worse than having to rummage all the way through your pack for one item or walking ages in the heat with a painful pack on your back. I took this Osprey pack and loved it

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