How to pack for a European bus tour

Published October 2nd, 2015

Europe by bus is an unforgettable experience. Cruise through a multitude of different countries, watching the landscapes and cultures unveil in front of your eyes. No matter how exciting the journey though, long-haul travel does take its toll, so ensure you’re well-prepared for your trip-of-a-lifetime so things will go as comfortably and smoothly as possible, and you’ll get to make the most of it.

Get Comfy

Comfort starts at the base layer, so when opting for bus trip underwear think cotton, stretchy, easy-wash and practical. Ladies will appreciate a wireless bra that won’t get in the way when you’re trying to catch some beauty sleep on the road.

Get Practical

Some of the essentials you’ll need include swimmers for sunning yourself on Europe’s hot beaches, a large lightweight scarf for stops at religious sites, and a light, waterproof jacket. A sleep mask, earplugs and travel pillow will help you snooze on the bus and wake up at your destination feeling refreshed.

Go Neutral

When it comes to packing, you’ll appreciate not having to lug around any excess baggage. Pack neutral colours that will match together well so you’ll have lots of different outfits to choose from.

Think one pair of jeans, lots of layers and try and limit yourself to one pair of practical shoes that will look good, but will be comfy enough for you to hit the streets and explore some exciting places along the way. Layers will come in useful for Europe’s constantly changing, unpredictable weather too.

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Leave Room For Souvenirs

Why not pick things up on the way that you’ll need for your journey that will double up as reminders of your trip. Grab something to wear on those warm summer nights when you’re out partying with new friends in far-flung places, or pick up a sunhat from one of your favourite destinations. You’ll be able to take them home with you to remind you of the memories each time you wear them.

How To Pack

You’ll love having a convertible bag on your travels round Europe. While you’ll be able to casually roll your bag around most places, you’ll be glad of the backpack option when you try to wheel your bag down some of Europe’s historic cobbled streets and steep staircases.

Another top tip when packing your bag: do as the military do and roll your clothes so you can fit lots more in. To really keep on top of things, consider investing in some packing cubes to segregate your things. Packing and repacking will be a breeze, and you’ll be super organised when you hit each destination.

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Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.