Backpacking across Europe can be the adventure of a lifetime, but what should you take with you? You want to travel light, with everything you need in your backpack, but you also want to make sure you have everything you will need for your trip. The first thing you should have on your list is a policy for backpacker travel insurance, so that you are covered if anything goes wrong on your trip. Without this type of coverage any accident or unexpected event while you are backpacking across Europe could be very expensive. You will want a small still camera, digital preferably, and some extra batteries. Video cameras are heavy, so they are not normally included.
A book of backpacking Europe routes should be included on your list, so that you have a reference while traveling and can use this guide to map out the routes that you will be taking on your adventure. The clothes that you will need while backpacking across Europe will depend on the season and weather, but you should include three outfits and six or seven pairs of socks and underwear. A hat and gloves, as well as a jacket or coat, should also be included in cooler seasons. You will also need backpacking sleeping bags, one for each person, and these should be rated for the coldest possible temperatures that you will encounter on your trip.
Some things that you should include in your packing list for backpacking across Europe include both the original and a copy of your passport, driver’s license, and all credit cards and ATM cards. Keep the copies in a separate place, so that if the originals are lost or stolen you still have the copies. You should also have a information sheet, with all of your medical and contact information just in case something happens. Backpacking through Europe can be the experience of a lifetime, when you are prepared.