Packing Tips

Packing Tips

There are, of course, different ways to pack for different types of trips.  A young family of four, for example, will have many more “must brings” on their list than a single person backpacking across Europe.

That being said, there are certain recommendations that are always helpful in terms of packing for travel, no matter who you are and where you’re going.


Essential rule number one, always pack light.  Seriously.  Rare is the person who regrets not bringing a certain item on their travels.  In the off-chance it turns out you need something you left behind, in all likelihood, you can easily buy a substitute while abroad.


The main reason you don’t want to pack too much is because otherwise your luggage will literally weigh you down.  Odds are you will be carrying your luggage more than intended, so make sure you are capable of carrying it on your own.  You could try picking your bag(s) up to test for yourself, or play tourist in your own neighborhood and take your pack bags out for a local excursion.

Too much luggage also identifies you as a tourist, and could make you an easy target for those looking to prey on tourists.  The smaller and simpler the bag you bring, the better.  


Especially if you’re going for a short-term trip, try and pack in a bag that you won’t have to check when you fly.   It’s not only easier to carry, it also saves you time on both ends of your trip, and minimizes the threat of theft and lost baggage.  Just make sure to check the airline’s restrictions list for things you are not allowed to take onboard with you.


If you are planning on checking your bag, make sure to mark it with your name and contact details both on the outside as well as the inside (in case your luggage tag falls off along the way).  You may also want to add a colorful string to its handle, to help you identify it as it comes off the conveyor belt.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.