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  • Ophélie Paquet

Items to Bring on a Day Trip in Europe

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Europe is an incredible place to travel. In a day, you can cross several countries and reach magical destinations. And with the well-developed public transport system, you can do so without having to drive. While living in Europe, you don’t need to have extensive holiday time to travel. A day trip can bring you to any neighbouring city or country and allow you to spend the day exploring and enjoy sleeping in your bed afterwards. 


Day trips have a lot of advantages. You do not need to pay for expensive hotels. You do not need to schedule time off from your job. You do not need to find someone to look after your pets. You don’t need to spend too much time planning them and can leave on short notice. They are a perfect way to discover the amazing things around you. 


Here is a list of items to bring with you on your day trip to make it less stressful and more enjoyable. 


A refillable water bottle: an environment- and cost-friendly way to remain hydrated during the day. Many cities have free water fountains to fill your bottle (however, not every water fountain has drinkable water, make sure to check!) 


Snacks: while travelling somewhere different allows you to try fun new foods, it’s always a good idea to carry some snacks with you in case you get hungry during the journey or before you can find an open restaurant. 


Comfortable shoes: exploring a new place is sure to involve a lot of walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to be able to enjoy your day trip without being in pain the whole time. 


Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat: depending on where you are travelling and what period of the year, it’s important to keep yourself protected from UVs. Even if the sun is not shining at your departure location, these items might come in handy at your destination. 


A phone charger and battery pack: your phone is an important resource during a day trip. You’ll use it as a GPS, to look for restaurant recommendations, to connect with friends you might be visiting, or as your train or attraction tickets. If you use it throughout the day, you might deplete your battery fast and find yourself with a dead phone by the end of the day. Bringing a phone charger and battery pack will avoid that situation. 


If you are travelling with kids, they will need the same items you brought for yourself, including snacks, comfortable shoes, and sunglasses and a hat. Make sure to also bring something to keep them busy during the journey. 


If you are travelling with your pets, bring them some water and snacks as well. Maybe also bring some toys to keep them busy or to allow them to expand some energy. And a towel in case they decide to walk in every puddle you encounter or take a dip in the river. 



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