This summer I am embarking on a 11 week journey through Europe. I will be making this journey mostly on my own, though I plan to meet up with friends along the way.
I will be staying in AirBnBs for the first part of my trip, and hostels/hotels for the later half. Everything I take with me will be in a backpack so that I have the freedom to hike, bus, train, or fly to each of my destinations.
I have never been to Europe before, I think I am most excited to try all the different food and drink in these 16 countries. I am interested to see the difference in landscape and weather as I move North to South. I plan to post updates every few days or so, as internet and time permits; mostly from trains and planes. Follow my Twitter and Instagram for more frequent updates.
If anyone would like to meet up in Europe, check out my schedule and send me a message!
See below an outline of my schedule and equipment.
7/11 19 hour layover in Reykjavik, Iceland
7/12 Stockholm, Sweden
7/15 Oslo, Norway
7/18 Flåm, Norway
7/19 Bergen, Norway
7/20 Copenhagen, Denmark
7/23 Three hour lunch in Hamburg, Germany
7/23 Berlin, Germany
7/25 Back to Seattle
8/07 Bruges, Belgium
8/09 London, United Kingdom
8/14 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
8/16 Dublin, Ireland
8/23 Back to Seattle
9/04 Venice, Italy
9/06 Cinque Terre, Italy
9/08 Rome, Italy
9/12 Amsterdam, Netherlands
9/14 Rotterdam, Netherlands
9/16 Barcelona, Spain
9/18 Madrid, Spain
9/20 Galway, Ireland
9/22 Dublin, Ireland
9/24 Back Home for the Final Time
This schedule may change
Osprey Farpoint 70 Travel Pack
I am not taking much with me since some days I will have to walk around carrying it all for a while. My backpack is an Osprey brand with a detachable day pack which I can take on the plane. This is the 70 Litter pack, which is small enough to count as a "small" checked bag on the cheaper commuter airlines, while still large enough to hold all of my clothing and items while traveling for 75 days. The pack has waist straps and padding to provide a comfortable carrying experience while hiking across Italy.
I am bringing my Nikon as my main camera supplemented with my iPhone 7+. I'll bring my Telephoto lens too. My camera connects to my phone via Bluetooth so each image will have a Geo-Tag.
I am bringing a Lightning to SD card adapter so that I can import photo's directly from my SD card. I will then upload these photos to iCloud Photos, which will allow me to free up space and not risk losing photos if I have a problem while abroad.
My main SD card will be a 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro. I will bring two 16GB Cards as backups. I am bringing a Pelican SD card case to hold these extra cards, this case is water and shock proof and will prove a nice long term investment.
I am also bringing an extra battery because you never know how your day will go; I should note, this is a name brand battery as off brand batteries do not have the longevity of the name brand.
I wanted to simplify my charging needs; to this end, everything I am bringing can be charged via USB port. For use in my rooms, I have an Anker 10 port USB charger, this will power every device I bring with one single wall port, allowing me to use only one international power converter. For mobile use, I have a PowerMaster 2 port USB backup battery, this will provide enough power to keep all my devices going while on the go.
My camera does not allow for charging through its USB port, so in order to charge my camera batteries via USB, I purchased a Kastar dual battery charger which uses USB.
I am notorious for losing things, so I am bringing along a plethora of tile products to keep track of my stuff. I will keep a tile slim in my neck wallet, right next to my passport and a tile mate on each of my bags and other devices such as my camera. This will ensure I do not lose anything and give me the peace of mind that all of my stuff is on each plane, train, or bus with me.
Pickpocketing is much more common in large cities, and I will be in many while traveling. I went with an Eagle Creek Silk Neck Pouch to store my essentials, identification, and money; safely under my shirt.
I wanted a small knife to carry. I decided on this model at the recommendation of a friend. It is cheap enough that if it is taken at an airport or if I loose it, it will not be the end of the world.