Backpacking in Europe: Packing & Travel tips

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Backpacking in Europe: Packing & Travel tips

Write down a packing list! This is the most important thing you can do when preparing to travel. Follow the tips in this article to learn what you should pack, things to look out for, and even a couple traveling tips when backpacking in Europe.


When purchasing a backpack and shoes the quality is most important. Even if you have little money, you should not save – it retaliates. Get advice and try on different fully loaded backpacks and walk around with it in the store. Take your time here. The decisive factor is a good support system. The bulk of the backpack weight should sit on the hips, not the shoulders. Closing the abdominal girdle to the hip – not the belly, you still should be able to breathe. Also note that the backpack itself weighs something. The weight should be given, specifying true but not always. Think about whether you have the outer pockets and extras and really need it, as they tend to increase the weight and the price. A simple but good backpack without frills and fashion is more durable.

Pack a backpack properly

Light objects are down. Most backpacks have a detachable bottom compartment, called the sleeping bag compartment. Here you pack your sleeping bag clean, because in relation to the volume weighs little. The heavy things you pack as far up and close to the body. If you consider the rain, you should have all water-sensitive objects, especially the clothes and sleeping bag, packed in plastic bags – yellow bags are ideal. The backpack should indeed withstand a few drops, but against a downpour or continuous rain, most backpacks have no chance. Plastic bags also help you to keep a bit of order in the backpack. Valuables should never be in the outside pockets, as they can easily get stolen.

All valuables, you need often come with nylon pouch. So v.a. a little money, the ticket and maybe find a small compact space. The belt pouch is worn over the trousers and on the belly, no way back. Thieves know that you have money in the belt pouch, so it’s not really safe. The money belt is worn like a belt pouch around the waist on the belly, but under the pants. This may sound inconvenient, but the money is very flat this way. When the waist bag is stolen or robbed, you still have cash reserves and is the pass money cats are also available for under the axis and the ankle.

Where to Stay

Think it over before you travel if you stay more in hostels or camp. With the tent you’re independent, but you have more luggage and in town it costs you nothing. Hostels are often accessible in the city center and public transport. You’ll meet many other Backpackers there.

If you want your camping gear with you, you certainly want to use them. At best you will inform you beforehand about camping – try to get it the most accurate directions, and (if you are traveling out of season) to find out if the camp is open to your travel time. If you do not want to stay (always) at campsites, depending on the area you can also “wild” camping. Only in high-traffic tourist areas this is not welcome, otherwise usually has no mind if you for one night your little tent build it somewhere inconspicuous. If in doubt, you ask someone (eg, a farmer). Make sure you don’t leave trash behind when you leave.

Whether organized or free camping, the problem usually is to get to by public transport to the campsite. It takes a little planning – where the train is really close by the sea? where a bus runs to the beach? Tip: In many countries, there are little regional buses, and they only drive between towns. You may have to hitchhike or take a taxi to other areas.

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