Many basic travel essentials will not vary much from trip to trip. These may include travel documents, electronic adapters, personal essentials, and so forth. However, the unique challenges of traveling in Europe can be faced more easily with a few basic essentials.
Sadly, Europe's popularity as a travel destination also means that it is a haven for those who would prey on visitors. Pickpocketing and purse snatching is sadly quite common in parts of Europe, but it can be easily combated with a money belt. This is a very thin fanny pack in which you can carry essentials such as cash, credit cards, and your passport and other ID. They are widely available at any travel or luggage store.
Tool Logic Business Card
Many travelers used to swear by their Leatherman tool or Swiss Army Knife. Unfortunately, escalations in travel security have made carrying any knife a bad idea when it comes to international travel. Fortunately, knife manufacturers have recognized this and have began making alternatives. For its size, the most useful is the Tool Logic T1 Business Card, which offers a handful of useful tools in a plastic card that weighs less than an ounce and fits in your wallet. The T1 includes scissors, a nail file, tweezers, a toothpick, a sewing needle and a ballpoint pen.
One of the advantages of traveling in Europe is that you can often use your own cellular phone by simply buying a new SIM card. However, using a cell phone, in addition to an mp3 player, digital organizer or pocket translator means that you usually have to carry around a lot of extra plugs and wires. The ChargePod offers a charging station for all of your personal electronics with just one plug. It works with all European electronic adapters and it is light and convenient. The ChargePod is also reasonably priced.
Article Written By Beau Prichard
Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.