Preparing For Europe

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hdichter hdichter
24 reviews
Aug 26, 2007
study up and plan as much as you can before you leave, esp. where you'll stay if it'll be in peak season. the hostels in the big cities fill up -- and quick! Also, just buy one big Lonely Planet for Europe to cover your trip. Though if you want to spend time in a city, go to your public library (or use interlibrary loan if you are still at university) the more specific places (esp. the city guides) and get a better sense of what you want to do, or places to check out. You can always copy a few pages to take along with you and then just trash the pages once you've left that city.

You can also charge in some countries (and cities) more than in other places, but bring an assortment of cards. fewer places accept american express, but most places that will accept int'l credit cards take both visa and mastercard. You'll get a better exchange rate with the card than constantly taking out cash from the atm (plus the fees are cheaper), but beware -- it'll add up by the time you are done your trip! still, it can help for paying for hostels at times.

Lastly, if there is an option to buy a city card for where you'll be, it just might be a worthwhile investment, esp. if you plan on visiting a lot of museums. in the smaller capitals (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, etc) the museums won't take you all that long to go through, so even with the ISIC card, it will still be cheaper to just do the city pass for however many days/hours you'll need it.

don't forget your towel and flip-flops for the shower! also, depending on how many hostels you'll be staying in, you may want to consider bringing along your own sheets. it may a bit heavier for your bag, but it just might save you a good bit of money over quite a few months than renting them at every hostel.
sylviandavid says:
Great review.... good suggestions. sylvia
Posted on: Oct 11, 2010
JudgeDredd says:
hditcher has some good advice.

I would suggest going with a sleep sack(sleeping bag liner) instead of dragging around sheets. The sleep sack is made of silk and weighs virtually nothing. As for a towel get a quick drying camping towel, well worth the expense. Just make sure you let it dry before packing it. If you don't have the time, attach it to the outside of your pack to let dry. Flip Flops are a must for the hostels. I attach these to the outside of my pack with carabiners.
Posted on: Aug 26, 2007
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