Unused to carrying heavy weights for long distances and too OCD to wear the same clothes for a week, packing for a Euro Trip was nothing less than rocket science for a lazy bum like me. I couldn’t even picture myself lugging around (let alone attempt to lift) one of those huge rucksacks you see people on Euro Trips so effortlessly getting onto trains with. On the flip side, wheeling around a suitcase from city to city would have been completely unviable for a budget trip like ours where fancy hotels and chauffeur driven rides to and from the various airports were not on the cards.
It all came down to making some tough wardrobe choices and packing very frugally without compromising on functionality and comfort. If you’re planning a trip to Europe in similar circumstances, then this might help! Here’s a list of four things that you should definitely invest in:
1) Trolley backpack
Giving you almost as much space as any other regular-sized backpack, this nifty contraption has an added trolley feature that doesn’t deplete your energy reserves, allowing you to spend your energy on better pursuits such as sightseeing!
2) Leather Jacket
Okay, the leather part is really just a personal preference. The point is to make sure you have a warm article of clothing to pack in all the layers underneath. Even in May, the weather in Europe called for some pretty heavy layering up for someone born and raised in the mild Karachi temperatures. This piece of clothing was an absolute life saver. I’m positive it protected me from freezing to death.
3) comfortable & sturdy Shoes
If you’re really looking to explore the places you visit, walking is the only way to go so this particular choice was WAY more important than I had initially anticipated. In retrospect, I should’ve compromised on the looks for a little more comfort but hey, maybe you can learn from my mistakes!
4) Tiny backpack or crossover bag or both
For all the essentials that need to be easily accessible including your cash, passport and phone, digging into your large backpack every single time can get a tiny bit frustrating. Let the crossover be your unexpected hero every time you need to reach out for some change or snapchat another European antiquity that’s caught your eye.