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The thing about Europe is that it a big old place, stretching from Iceland in the north, to Malta in the south. It consists of over 40 countries and as you would expect, contains an enormous range of cultures. So packing for Europe as a whole is a little tricky. The cost and time taken to get there probably means that you are going to be there a while and you are going to want to see as much as you can, so your packing needs to allow for quite a range of activities. One bit of good news is that travel within and between countries in Europe is relatively inexpensive and straightforward. Based on your budget, you can easily fly, train, bus or drive yourself.
The key to the packing is to make sure that every item really earns its place in your bag.
Before starting to pack, you might want to consider a few things:
If you already have a bag of about the right size, that is all well and good - use it! But if you are buying specially, consider a multi-function convertible bag, which can be rolled through the airport and turned into a rucksack as you make your way up the steep cobbled street to your hotel. Hopefully it goes without saying that buying luggage for a long trip is not a time to be over-frugal. If the handle comes off at the start of your 2-day transfer to the Swiss Alps you can be sure that the only luggage shop to hand will be chic and expensive, and you will regret cutting costs!
If you are sightseeing and travelling to lots of different cities, you will be on your feet a lot, so it is so important to have comfortable, study, weather-proof footwear, suitable for the terrain and weather you are expecting.
One word - cubes! Especially if you are packing up and moving on every few days, packing cubes will save so much time and stress that you will wonder how you ever did without. Cubes allow you to keep different items separate in your bag, making it easier to keep track of what you have. They also allow you to compress things so you can get more in your bag.
European men are regarded as more stylish, or at least more formal, than gents from North America. Once a European is out of his teens, he doesn't generally wear trainers except to play sport. So pack at least one pair of shoes made of leather!
Naturally, no one will force you to wear lederhosen in Bavaria, or a bowler hat in London, but sometimes it is good to be able to fit in, so you might want to make room for some slightly more formal clothes in your packing.