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Last Call


Travel Prep and Pack Lists for Europe

Get it all together with this total punch list.


Appendix to

HOW TO EUROPE: The Complete Travelers Handbook by John Bermont.

John Bermont — Chef du Site

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Carpe diem. Vivere bene! Gratia Deo.


Check now or regret later.

Hey! The taxi is waiting! What did you forget?

Here is a last-minute set of checklists to help ease you into your tiny seat on that big silver bird. I can hear the engines revving up already. Oh, what a thrilling sound. Then we bounce down the runway, the power of those engines throwing us back in our seats. Then it's up and up and up. The earth drops away. The loud clank of the wheel assemblies being retracted into the belly of the bird gives us a short shudder. She smoothes out as we rise into the Luft above the clouds, to arrive tomorrow at a distant place on our third sphere. Ah, the genius of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur.

Oops, I got carried away there. Let's get back to Earth for a minute and look at what you need to do and pack to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in distant lands.

Not all of this is last minute stuff. You will want to do some of these things at least a day, or maybe months, in advance. Remove the N/A stuff as you see fit. E.g., if you don't have a dog scratch out the kennel line item.


For your records

Keep your essential logistics data handy.



Last Call

If it was not for the last minute a lot of things would not get done. anon.

Give my regards to Boulevard Saint Germain!

Have a good trip, and a good trip in life!



Budgeted Expenses

You'll need plenty of cash or credit to cover all of this.
Reference: Chapter 2

Basic Biggies


Thirty Miscellaneous Cost Items


Packing Lists

What to pack and what to pack it in.

Luggage

Don't be a burro. Let it roll.
Reference: Chapter 7


Clothes

Key words —> layers, layers, layers, and scarf.
Season, gender, and locale dependent, and including what you are wearing.
References: Chapter 5, Chapter 29, and Weather 5.


Personal Care Items

Look your best.
Reference: Chapter 6


Laundry Supplies

Scrub-a-dub, or stink, or send it out.
Reference: Chapter 6


Traveler's Supplies

Hardware for the road.
Reference: Chapter 6


Repair Kit

For when your stuff breaks down.
Reference: Chapter 6


Guidebooks, Maps, Dictionaries

Know where you are going.
When you get there know how to say "Good day," "Please," "Thank you," and "See you later."
Practice them constantly.
Reference: Chapter 10


Electrical Hardware

Plugging in is not easy to do. In fact it is a continuing pain in the neck.
Reference: Chapter 11.
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Photographic Equipment

Bring back the memories.
Reference: Chapter 12.


Health and First Aid

Fixing up the body when it is feeling bad.
Reference: Chapter 6 and Chapter 20.


In Your Pockets

NEVER put these items in your luggage, tote, or purse.

Wallet

Stash your cash and passport.
Reference: Chapter 3 and Chapter 8.


Money

Can't live without it.
Reference: Chapter 8 and Euro and Other Currencies.


Identification

If you can not prove who you are you are nobody.
Reference: Chapter 3, Chapter 18, and Chapter 20.


Tickets

No ticket = no ride.
Reference: Chapter 4, Chapter 14, Chapter 17, and Chapter 18.


Travel Records and Communications

Write it down for your posterity.
Reference: Chapter 9.


Now it's time for High Flight.


Coming home. While you are writing your notes and doing your expense reprt on your return flight listen to one of my favorite songs, Gerry Rafferty singing Home and Dry. Rest in peace Gerry. I'll see you when I get up there, beyond the clouds.


Have a good trip!


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Plug adapters are needed throughout Euorpe. There are at least five models used in different countries.

This adapter is for the standard grounded plug in France, Germany, and northern Europe. It does not fit in many outlets of Italy and Switzerland. SIMRAN PLUG ADAPTER - CONVERTS GROUNDED USA PLUGS TO EUROPE PLUG-GERMAN SHUCKO PLUG (VP 11W) Adapter with two plug-in ports and surge protection.
European Schuko plug.
4.8 mm prongs.
Equivalent to type E and F.

You can use this ungrounded Euro plug in some European countries. See additional views in the text column on the left. SIMRAN PLUG ADAPTER - CONVERTS GROUNDED USA PLUGS TO EUROPE PLUG-GERMAN SCHUKO PLUG (VP 11W) Adapter plug with two plu-in ports and surge protection.
Euro Plug
4.0 mm prongs.
Equivalent to type C.

This is a universal plug adapter for the UK and Ireland. AC Adapter Plug for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland AC Adapter Plug for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland
Equivalent to type G.

Here is the Swiss version. LiteFuze WonproGrounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type J for Switzerland - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant WP-J-GNN LiteFuze WonproGrounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type J for Switzerland - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant WP-J-GNN LiteFuze Wonpro Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type J for Switzerland
3000 Watt
(max 250 Volt, 13 Amp)

Here is the grounded Italian model. CVID BA-12 Grounded Universal 110-240 Volts Italian Travel Plug Adapter (Type L) Italy CVID BA-12 Grounded Universal 110-240 Volts Italian Travel Plug Adapter (Type L) Italy
This 110-250 volt power surge strip has three universal outlets and an American grounded plug so it needs a plug adapter for the countries you are visiting. Make sure your gizmos are rated for 110-240 volts. SM-60 Universal 3 Outlet Power Strip / Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel. 110V-250V with Overload Protection. SM-60 Universal 3 Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel. 110V-250V with Overload Protection.

Electrical Note

Using 110 volt American electrical items on 220 volt European home electric power is a continuing complicated confusion. Two separate pages on this web site attempt to deconfuse the issue.

Please see European Electricity and Electric Converters in Europe for a rather detailed description of the challenge you face.

Judging by the emails I get every day these explanations are not sufficient. Do not be intimidated or sorry if you don't get it. But do be sorry if you plug the wrong thing in. If you are the least bit uncertain at all please write to me and ask for clarification for your specific gizmo.

See Attention, Please for a few notes on the information I require from you, and my email address. Just ask.
This 500 watt step up/down transformer is good for running very small appliances which need up to about 250 watts. Power Bright VC500W Voltage Transformer 500 Watt Step Up/Down 110-220 Volt Power Bright VC500W Transformer 500 Watt Step Up/Down
110/120 Volt - 220/240 Volt

You can probably operate most of your kitchen appliances with this, and run most of your electric hand tools and battery chargers, also. Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer 2000 Watt Step Up/Down 110-220 Volt Power Bright VC2000W Transformer 2,000 Watt Step Up/Down
110-220 Volt

Here is the whale of transformers, 3,000 watts. With this you can bring your power tools and all of your small appliances, but not your TV, to Europe. Power Bright VC3000W Voltage Transformer 3000 Watt Step Up/Down 110 Volt - 220 Volt Power Bright VC3000W Transformer 3,000 Watt Step Up/Down
110 Volt - 220 Volt

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Absolutely the best battery for digital cameras which use AA batteries. Energizer - AA Lithium Batteries - 4 Pack Energizer
AA Lithium Batteries
4 Pack

Make sure that your electrical appliances are 110-220 dual voltage so they will work in Europe.
Note: These appliances require a plug adapter(s), NOT a converter, for the countries you are visiting.
Conair's Dual-Voltage Ionic Hair Dryer Vagabond Compact Styler
Conair's Dual-Voltage Ionic Hair Dryer

Conair Flat Iron Ceramic Straightener Dual Voltage Conair Flat Iron 2" Ceramic Straightener
Dual Voltage

Remington H-1015 All That Quick Curl Travel Hair Setter Travel Hair Setter
Dual Voltage
Remington H-1015

SteamFast SF-717 Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron (dual voltage) SteamFast SF-717 Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron (dual voltage)
Braun Series 1 150 Men's Shaver with Automatic Worldwide Voltage Adjustment Braun Series 1 150 Men's Shaver with Automatic Worldwide Voltage Adjustment
For light sleepers here is an international "white noise" machine. Includes a Continental plug adapter. Marsona TSCi-330 White Noise Travel Sound Conditioner For both USA and International Use Marsona TSCi-330 White Noise Travel Sound Conditioner For both USA and International
Hot Chillys Women's Peach Skins Solid T-Neck Shirt Hot Chillys Women's Peach Skins Solid T-Neck Shirt
Clarks Women's Wave.Run Slip-On Clarks Women's Wave.Run Slip-On
Wear a scarf for comfort and style. Nobody will ever suspect that you are an American. Very soft houndstooth neck scarf, Kanye West style, different colors available Very soft houndstooth neck scarf, Kanye West style, different colors available
My favorite T-shirt/undershirt has a pocket for securely carrying passport, cash, and credit cards under my outer shirt. Hanes Tagless Short Sleeve Tee with Pocket Hanes Tagless Short Sleeve Tee with Pocket
Wear a money belt under your shirt to protect your passport and valuables, especially if you are staying in hostels or dorms. Lewis N. Clark RFID Blocking Waist Stash Lewis N. Clark RFID Blocking Waist Stash
An RFID blocking wallet protects your passport and credit cards from identity theft in public places. Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case
This is my book, available at Amazon.com. The last edition was published in 2003. Critical up-dates are on this web site. How To Europe The Complete Travelers Handbook by John Bermont How To Europe
The Complete
Travelers Handbook
by John Bermont

The best travel guide to all of Europe. Europe on a Shoestring, Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
Lonely Planet

A comprehensive guide to 3,000 hotels and restaurants in 44 major cities throughout Europe, in English. Separate books in the Michelin Red series cover individual countries in greater detail. This is a must have for frequent travelers. Michelin Guide 2014 Main Cities of Europe Main Cities of Europe 2015
Michelin Guide

Rolling luggage sure beats lugging a pack on your back. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20 inch Expandable Spinner Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20" Expandable Spinner
A shoulder bag for your daily walk-about. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite3 Soft Tote Travelpro Luggage Maxlite3 Soft Tote
Keep your stuff organized. eBags Medium Packing Cubes - 3pc Set
Luggage Packing Cubes
eBags 3pc Set

A Swiss Army Knife is unquestionably the handiest item a traveler can carry, except not on a plane. Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Knife Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Knife
I bought one of these last year. What a dandy of a camera! It includes a GPS that automatically sets the internal clock depending on which time zone you are in. You'll always know where and when you took the shot. Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom
The two gallon size is excellent for packing your clothes, but it is hard to find in Europe. Two gallon plastic ZipLoc bags Two gallon plastic bags
ZipLoc by SC Johnson





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