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There really is no “perfect” time to visit Europe––the Old Continent has a lot to offer all year round. In the summertime, head to France, Italy, Croatia, Greece or Portugal to find pristine beaches and taste some of the freshest seafood. And in the winter, check out the slopes (and Christmas markets!) in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Or, visit the Scandinavian countries for breathtaking snowy landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences (the Northern Lights anyone?).
So whenever chance and your travel plans take you across the Atlantic, you know you’re going to have an amazing time and discover picturesque places you’ve never been before. And while each country and town may require you to pack items specific for that destination, there are a few things that you always have to carry with you, like a travel adapter, sturdy walking shoes, and a travel pillow.
Most European countries have wonderful public transportation options, but if you opt to rent a car, make sure you have an international driver’s license on you. You may also want to get travel insurance in case you have a medical emergency.
For everything else, keep scrolling to see a breakdown of all the essentials you’ll need before you jet off to Europe.
Foval International Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter
This travel adapter also serves as a voltage converter so you could use your electronics in Continental Europe and the UK. It features two plugs and four USB ports so you could charge multiple devices at the same time.
To buy: $36, amazon.com
Brita 26 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle with Filter
Sometimes tap water is all that’s available when you’re on the road. This Brita bottle uses a carbon filter to reduce chlorine taste and odor in tap water so you could stay hydrated wherever you are without leaving a terrible plastic footprint of store-bought water bottles after you.
TUMI Voyageur Jena Convertible Backpack
This convertible backpack does triple duty as a messenger, tote, and backpack. It has multiple pockets including one that features TUMI’s Tracer technology that enables you to track it in case of a loss or theft.
To buy: $225, bloomingdales.com
Master & Dynamic Noise Canceling Headphones
Listen to your favorite tunes en route thanks to these newly launched noise-canceling headphones that will definitely come in handy on the transatlantic flight. Just 15 minutes of charging these wireless headphones and you'll have up to 12 hours of playtime. Cool features aside, we’re also fans of their sleek look––lambskin and lightweight aluminum make for quite the stylish combination.
To buy: $499, masterdynamic.com
ECCO Soft 7 Laser Cut Slip-On Shoes
Whether you end up in Paris, Rome, Vienna, or another European capital, chances are you will be doing a lot of walking, so packing a sturdy pair of shoes is absolutely crucial. We picked this pair of Ecco slip-ons (that also come in men’s sizes) because they sport a classic design, so you can style them with anything, and cushioned soles for maximum comfort.
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit
Mirrorless cameras have many advantages over DSLRs, one of which is their size and weight. That’s why if you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking around picturesque towns and villages, you don’t want to be carrying a bulky DSLR camera. Instead, opt for this compact Canon mirrorless one that boasts 24.1 megapixels for vibrant and sharp images. It also features built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for quick photo sharing, 4K video, and sensitivity range of ISO100-25,600 which delivers great photos even in low-light conditions.
To buy: $599, amazon.com
Brigs & Riley Baseline Deluxe Hanging Toiletry Kit
Hotel rooms don't always have the most spacious bathrooms and counter space is usually limited so a hanging case like this one is always a good idea. It also keeps your toiletries organized.
To buy: $105, nordstrom.com
Premium HD Rugged 4-in-1 Selfie Stick Tripod Stand Kit
Like them or hate them, selfie sticks can be pretty useful. This one, for example, transforms into a camera tripod so you can shoot beautiful evening landscapes and shake-free videos.
To buy: $40, amazon.com
OstrichPillow Go Travel Pillow
This high-density memory foam pillow will help you get some rest whether you are on a plane, train, or bus. It provides 360-degree neck support and the sleeve (which is machine washable, by the way) feels incredibly soft against your skin.
To buy: $60, ostrichpillow.com
PackTowl Luxe Microfiber Towel
If you’re driving along the Mediterranean or Atlantic coasts of Europe, chances are you will come across a beautiful beach. So be prepared and pack a lightweight travel towel like this one. It dries much faster than regular cotton ones and absorbs five times its weight in water.
To buy: $13-$133, amazon.com