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Packing list/Things I wish I knew before my Europe tour
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thanks a alot…very helpful…quiet informative!
That is some good advice there. Many thanks, I’ll be using this when I start packing for my trip this summer!
thanks for that! i have 2.5 months to go until our euro horizon tour and i cant wait!
Great list this has been so helpful.
Also, remember some after-sun cream! You’ll need it this summer!
Thanks for the list! Extremely helpful!! :)
I found this blog that reviewed Contiki Europe tour – but just the food/restaurants …some good advice !
No one on our tour took money belts we all had hand bags or back packs and as long as your back pack is locked while walking and you don’t put your hand bag down it’s safe… No one on our tour got pick pocketed either….
Your tour manager will give you a list of addresses for all the hotels. Please keep this in a safe place as you will need it to get back to the site…I Just used my Aus mobile.. It was really expensive to call or receive calls but i only used it to msg my family… There is Wi-Fi at most of the hotels so you can catch up with friends or upload your pics. Don’t take travellers cheques.
I’m glad i only took 500 Euro and most places don’t accept them..
Don’t buy water all the time… The water at all the Contiki sites is perfectly safe to drink…
I didn’t take pens, journal, torch/flash light or address book. I put my journal into my notes on I Phone and this saved some weight in my luggage.
I didn’t take a sewing kit and didn’t need one.. You don’t need an umbrella as they can be bought at any tourist store in Europe and are really cheap.
- It was expensive to wash your clothes and especially if you get someone to do it for you.. In Rome a lady did my washing and it cost 15 Euro but i had alot to do and i didn’t want to waste my site seeing time washing.
Does anyone have any advice on luggage? More specifically is it better to take a normal suitcase or a large backpack type(which also has wheels when needed)? We are doing the Road to Athens in May 2012 and I am trying to decide if a large backpack might be better and easier to carry if the hotels don’t have elevators.
There were some stairs so it was hard to carry 20+kg of luggage. Next time i would probably take a back pack suitcase with wheels. Alot of the contiki sites had some stairs but most hotels had elevators.
Great thread!! Just wanted to add a few more make copies of everything iI mean everything and keep them with you at all times and keep another set of copies at home for your parents( make sure your parents have a copy of all the hotels you will be at each night at home or whomever else. Try to separate your cards and put them into 2 different places in case you loose something ( bad experience first time). I would bring more nice dresses, maybe its just me but many people were decked out on my summer trips. I just like to dress up during dinners and clubs and going out even in the day a few times or night especially only summer time though, make sure you get a charger for your phone, bring more well I bought about 7 camies and wore them all very comfortable, make sure you have your tour managers phone number at all times and the list of the hotels you are at. Most taxi drivers do not know and they will recognize the address, hotel phone number should be on the list. Ask for a wake up call even though they automtically do it for you they sometimes forget. Bring a good flat iron ( sedu is great), Europeans loved to be tipped, tip always, bring drivers license some clubs do card you, beach towel, no need for a hair dryer as the hotels in Spain and Italy have them, and most of have fun and get to know as many people as possible, I jumped from one group to another you’ll meet amazing people!! Ask anything I did 3 Contikis this year!! PS Tightening up everything things spill. :))
thanks to everyone for your advice!!! Does anyone have any advice for Europe in April? I will be going to Italy and France. I’m not really sure how cold and wet it gets..
I did the European Adventurer (August 2010 – 37 days).
Would suggest scanning your important documentation and emailing it to your gmail account (or whatever you use) so that you can print new copies from an internet cafe if needed.
I took a lot of dresses and lived in them – simple ones that could be worn day or night and stay cool and comfy in. A maxi dress with a cardigan is perfect for going to places of worship, such as the Vatican, where modest dress must be worn and knees and shoulders covered.
I didn’t use a moneybelt once – just be aware of your surroundings.
Plastic ziplock bags in a couple of sizes are so useful, put your liquids in them. 30SPF sunscreen and good quality bug repellent are musts.
When we went out, we dressed up. For example, the dinner and show in Paris, the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco, and nightclubbing in Florence. Most of the girls were in dresses and some in heels. Guys in collared long-sleeve shirts. Guys, dress shoes – don’t forget them (and appropriate socks to go with them).
Italy in April – Expect Lows in the North of 5 degrees Celsius and highs in the South of 18. It will likely be sunny and you’ll be grateful for your sunglasses, but be prepared that you may need to buy a cheap tourist umbrella or nip into a cafe for some Gelati should a rainshower pass through.
Mmm gelato :) I’m up for that thanks.
Make sure you try the Nutella Gelato!! The Kiwi Fruit flavour is nice too!
This is amazingly useful – thanks for taking the time to write it!
how many dresses would you recommend? Only doing the 7 day london and paris tour so there’ll be the cabaret, west end musical. I dont want to take too much stuff so thinking about what I could take that I could use at other times (am going to Scotland for 3 weeks beforehand).
Good excuse to buy more clothes :) although probably goes against my saving resolution
this prob sounds stupid, but do people pack hair streghtners?? and also do you wear heels at any stage?
1 dress… then buy another whilst you’re there ;) (or just wear the same one – no one will notice or care!)
Some take straighteners, some don’t… how often do you straighten your hair? If its only occasionally then I wouldn’t bother, and if you get desperate you can probably borrow someone elses, or go buy a cheap one at the chemist (or iron your hair!)
Didn’t pack heels cause of the walking on cobblestone streets/space saving issues, but decided I wanted a pair to wear to moulin rouge so I wasted a bit of time hunting for them (since you tend to stay on the tourist trail things like basic heels that don’t cost a fortune can be a bit hard to find).
i only straighten it when i go out :/ Thank you so much for replying has been very helpful!!! also another question do ppl take pillows and sleeping bags??
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