Thursday, March 31, 2011

Packing List

In an effort to help the students figure out what to pack, I've complied a packing checklist. If the experienced travelers out there could provide some feedback, I'd be greatly appreciative!

Packing Checklist (adapted from Rick Steves)

Clothing (average/estimated amounts)
1 pair of walking/comfortable shoes
1 pair of “dressy” shoes
1 rainproof jacket
2 pairs of shorts/capris (shorts aren't allowed in major cathedrals, but capris are) – depends on weather
2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual; khaki is recommended – when washed, it dries faster than jeans) – though jeans are acceptable in most places we will visit
1 belt 
4 pairs of socks
5 pairs of underwear
1 extra bra
4-6 shirts (long/short-sleeved, various colors)
1-2 light cardigans/light sweaters or jackets for layering
1-2 skirts (wrinkle-resistant)
2 pair of sleepwear/pajamas

Body soap/puff (washcloth); most European hotels do not supply washcloths
Razor (non-electric)/shaving cream or soap
Feminine hygiene products (if applicable)
Nail clippers/file/tweezers
Spare glasses or contact lenses and supplies
Woolite (for hand washing clothes)
Other products you deem “essential”

Money and Security
Moneybelt: Passport, debit card, credit cards, small amount of cash
Security: Bury
 copies of your passport in the bottom of your luggage

Small daypack. This is great for carrying your sweater, camera, and other items.
Camera. A digital camera and a high-capacity memory card mean no more bulky bags of film.
Journal. An empty book to be filled with the experiences of your trip will be your most treasured souvenir.
Hair dryer. People with long or thick hair appreciate a travel hair dryer in the off-season, when hair takes a long time to dry and it's cold outside.
MP3/video player. Some travelers use digital recorders to capture pipe organs, tours, or journal entries. A small, portable radio adds a new dimension to your experience.
Adapters. Europe's electrical outlets are different from ours.
Spot remover. Bring Shout wipes or tide-to-go.
Gifts. Local hosts appreciate small souvenirs from your hometown (gourmet candy or crafts). Local kids love T-shirts and small toys.


  1. Hey! Depending on where going - many churches in Europe girls need to have a skirt or dress below the knees and covered shoulders...just may want to point that out...I know u listed skirt but not dress. I also like to carry my own super-water absorbent towel...they are not much bigger than a large hand towel but can dry ur whole body! Wanna hear all about what your doing! xo

  2. Hello! If students are bringing electronics, like hair dryers, they should bring converters as well as adapters since the voltage is different (higher). Don't want to destroy your electronics because of the electric current!