European honeymoons have become more and more popular over recent years, with travel being easier than ever across the pond. With that being said, a honeymoon to Europe certainly demands a different packing list than a trip to the Caribbean or a different beach location. It’s important to take care in packing your suitcase to ensure you have all the right gear to really make the most of your trip.
Head to a bank or money exchange center before your trip to trade U.S. dollars for the currency used in the country you’re visiting. While you can certainly use credit cards at most places too, it’s good to have some cash on hand for tipping, smaller purchases, and emergencies.
Going to Europe from most places in America means quite a long journey. Make sure you’re prepared to fly comfortably with all the right travel gear. This includes a travel pillow, a packable blanket, and even compression socks if you have bad circulation.
You may want to pack a wireless hotspot for your travels if you don’t plan on enlisting in an international cell phone plan while you’re away. Even if you want to be “off the grid,” a hotspot will allow you to use your cell phone to access maps and search for food and entertainment. This can be incredibly useful, especially if you’re somewhere where you’re not fluent in the native language.
Don’t get caught in the streets of Europe with a dead phone battery! As discussed above, your phone can be useful in giving you directions and exploration ideas. Bring a battery extender to ensure you are never left in a lurch during a long day away from the hotel.
Copies of Documents
It’s important to have copies of all of your travel documents on a big trip. This includes hotel booking confirmations and air travel receipts. These will likely not be needed, but they’re good to have just in case. Also bring copies of all identification documents including passports, licenses, and any other form of ID. A copy of your medical insurance card may also prove to be useful as well as a photo of the back of credit cards so that you know what number to call in case you misplace yours.
Many European countries require adapters to plug anything into the wall, as the plug shapes are different than in the States. These are easily found in stores and online, and most models work seamlessly. Don’t get caught without one, as you won’t be able to charge your devices or use any of the electronics you bring with you.
If you’re vacationing in Europe, chances are that you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. Make sure you have practical and comfortable shoes so that you’re not slowed down by foot discomfort or fatigue. Try out shoes ahead of time to make sure that those you want to pack are actually comfortable and will be able to be worn for long distances. Also check your laces, as you don’t want to wear a pair of sneakers that are going to come untied time and time again as you’re walking around.
Travel Sized Toiletries
This is something you likely grab for any trip, but it’s especially helpful in Europe when you’re constantly on the go. Make sure that you have travel sized deodorant, tissue packs, hairspray, toothpaste, mouthwash, and so on to use while you’re abroad. Deodorant, small cans of sunscreen, and tissue packs are especially useful to throw in your bag each day if you’re going to be active all day long.
Since most European trips involve quite a bit of time spent outdoors, you’ll want to pack raincoats, an umbrella, and waterproof shoes. This will keep you comfortable and dry even if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
A long honeymoon in Europe means you’ll end up with quite a bit of laundry. Bring a bag—even a plastic bag will do—to put dirty clothes in during your trip. This is especially helpful if you’re moving from one hotel to the next throughout the trip. This way, you won’t have dirty garments touching clean clothes in your suitcase as you move between locations.
You’ll be taking in some incredible sights on a European honeymoon, so you should certainly bring with you a camera to capture all of these amazing moments.
European honeymoons are a fantastic adventure that allows you to experience a different way of life as a couple, even if it’s only for a week or so. Make sure you have all the essentials so that you can get the most out of your trip.