There are a lot of considerations that have to done when you are travelling to a new country. Among all of them none can be so nerve wrecking as deciding what to and what not to pack. This is exactly the situation that confronts travelers to Europe. It is quite important for you to get your packing decisions right so that you don’t forget some very important items that might affect your trip.
The basic rule to follow is to take as little as possible and to pack light. This is true if you will be carrying your bags around a lot during your trip. Another reason is the payment of baggage fees which will go up with every additional item that you carry over and above the free limit. Carrying more also has the effect of increasing your chances of losing some of your items since you will have a lot to keep an eye on.
Packing decisions are a delicate balancing act between reducing the weight burden, baggage costs, risk of loss and your joy and fulfillment at having everything you need for the trip. At the end of the day, what will exert the most influence on your decisions are your personal preferences and the logistics of your travel. Issues such as whether you will be visiting just one country, backpacking and the length of your stay.
Invaluable space can be saved in packing by carrying toiletries for just 1 week and buying more as and when they get finished. Checking weather forecasts before leaving can also give an idea of what to carry and what not to carry.
Solo travel presents quite a challenge in terms of packing decisions. However for the many who go on guided European vacations for singles, the need for security and travelling light ceases to be a life or death issue. In this kind of setup, vacationers enjoy the advantages of being in a group with one itinerary.
Another consideration that has to be made is with regards to money, documents, information and medication. It is preferable to bring a safe form of money. A quick search on the internet will give you helpful tips on the options that you have. All Important information must be compiled on a separate paper which you keep as safely as possible. This must contain your account information, phone numbers and contacts for all emergency services. You must also carry vital medical records and medicines that you need.
Whether travelling in a group, as a solo traveler or on a singles vacation, the key to determining whether or not to carry something lies in its functionality and whether it will be used often enough.