InterRail Packing Checklist
What to bring – Travel essentials
The following packing list is ideal for trips of about one month or more. There’s lots of places to do laundry in Europe (you could also bring some hand wash or a wash bag), so don’t worry about bringing enough clothes to last for your entire trip.
Remember to pack light, don’t over pack. Lugging a heavy bag around is a hindrance. Pack the essentials, and leave a little room to bring back souvenirs!
Also check out our InterRail Preparation Checklist
If you remember nothing else remember these few essentials:
• PASSPORT (+ photocopy, this is important in case you lose your passport) • PASSPORT PHOTOS Again you may need these if you lose your passport • MONEY (In the form of cash, card, or travelers cheques) I always recommend bringing some cash (check if the countries you are visiting use the Euro here) to get started, and a card (or travel card) • BOARDING PASS/ TRAVEL TICKETS Remember all boarding passes and travel documents and consider having photocopies of these • TRAVEL INSURANCE DOCUMENTS If you have purchased travel insurance (which I recommend you do) make sure you bring a copy of your travel insurance documents in case of emergencies • EHIC CARD If you are from Europe, bring your EHIC card to ensure that you have access to medical care abroad. If you are from the UK and don't have an EHIC card you can apply for one here.
What you need to wear will depend on the time of year you are visiting. Make sure you check weather reports before traveling.
• 2/3 x T SHIRTS OR TOPS • 1/2 x SHORTS/ SKIRTS (If you are travelling in the summer) • 1/2 x LIGHT TROUSERS OR LEGGINGS • 1 x SMART OUTFIT (For nights out) • 7 x UNDERWEAR • 5 x SOCKS • 2 x SWIMWEAR • 1 x SUN HAT (If you are travelling in the summer) • 1 x RAINCOAT • 2 x WARM JUMPER • 1 x COAT (if you are travelling in the winter)
• 1 x CASUAL WALKING SHOES (i.e. Trainers or Converse) • 1 x FLIP FLOPS (If you are travelling in the summer) • 1 x WALKING SHOES/ BOOTS Whether you choose to bring shoes or boots depends on how much hiking you think you will do. If you feel you are likely to hike mountains and long trails, a pair of boots may prove invaluable.
For walking boots i took a pair of Brasher Hillwalkers. I would highly recommend these, they were comfortable, waterproof and easy to walk in. You could also try Regatta.
For walking shoes (as boots are often bulky and difficult to carry) I recommend a pair of Tevas. For every day walking and small treks they are comfortable and extremely resilient. Try these for women, or these for men.
To carry your toiletries, take a look at my Patchwork World Map Pouch
• MEDICATION • SUN CREAM (If you are travelling in the summer) • MOSQUITO REPELLENT
• SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER • SHOWER GEL • TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE • BABY WIPES • DEODORANT • SANITARY PRODUCTS • HAIR BRUSH • HAIR BANDS • MAKEUP (Optional) • HAND SANITIZER
And any other products you deem to be essential in your day to day life
• CAMERA Many people chose to take pictures on their smart phones, if you don’t, bring a camera to document your trip! Also remember your camera case, to protect your camera while travelling and any chargers/ batteries. You may also consider bringing a GoPro. Or for a cheaper alternative I have an Apeman, which I love! • PHONE & Charger • TABLET (Optional) Not everyone chooses to bring a Tablet travelling, but I find it very useful for when I have no access to a computer. You could chose an Ipad Mini. Or if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I recommend this Fire Tablet. • ADAPTER You will probably encounter a few different types of sockets in Europe. I recommend bringing a worldwide adapter. • CHARGERS/ BATTERIES For long bus/ train journeys or treks you may also want to bring a portable charger.
• FIRST AID KIT Plasters and antiseptic are important for emergencies, always travel with a first aid kit, just in case. Try this travel size first aid kit or have a look in your local drug store (or Boots/ Superdrug) • SUN GLASSES (If you are travelling in summer) • EAR PLUGS & EYE MASK Hostels and sleeper trains can be very noisy, ear plugs and eye masks will make it easier to sleep. Try this ear plug & eye mask combo. • MONEY BELT Money Belts are recommended for security while travelling, placed under your clothes it is unlikely that thieves will see and take your money belt. Keep important things in here (like your passport or spare cash) when out. For a simple money belt try the Samsonite Double Pocket Money Belt Also Take a look at our 10 Best Stylish Bumbags for Travelers! • SLEEPING BAG LINER Most hostels come with bed linen, however if you plan on camping or are worried about the cleanliness of the bed linen then consider bringing a sleeping bag liner. Liners are lighter and easier to carry than sleeping bags, and are cooler in hot climates. (Silk liners are more desirable, but also more expensive) Try this poly-cotton liner, or this silk liner. • TRAVEL TOWEL You can bring a normal towel, however microfiber towels dry much quicker and fold smaller, and so are easier to transport while traveling. • PADLOCKS Padlocks are important for hostel lockers to keep valuables safe. You may also wish to padlock your suitcase while traveling. • TORCH I prefer to use a head torch! • GUIDE BOOK When travelling I like to have a guide book, although you can research most places online. Lonely planet guides are concise and interesting; they provide information on what to do, where to stay and where to eat. Try: Lonely Planet Europe Or alternatively: The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget You may also want to consider bringing a phrasebook! • TRAIN TIMETABLES When planning travelling between destinations it is important to know when the trains leave, and what routes they take. If you have a smart phone, look here for an interactive way to find train times. Else consider buying a timetable: European Rail Timetable Summer 2017 You may also find a Rail Map of Europe useful. • WATERPROOF PASSPORT HOLDER Not strictly essential, but with rugged travelling I find it important to protect your passport and other travel documents with a waterproof cover. Alternatively you could try these DriStore bags. • PLASTIC BAGS Plastic bags always come in handy when travelling; for example to store dirty washing or muddy shoes. When packing my rucksack i separate things into plastic bags, this makes it easy to unpack and repack your backpack without fuss. • TRAVEL JOURNAL Not essential, but i personally like documenting my travels in a journal to keep a nice record of my trip. I use the Luckies of London Travelogue.
Now you will need two bags to carry everything in
• MAIN BACKPACK/ SUITCASE Think about what kind of places you'll be visiting when deciding whether to bring a suitcase or rucksack. Will you be spending most of your time in cities, or visiting more rural areas where wheeling a suitcase may be hard? I took a 42l Lowe Alpine Crag Attack rucksack, which I can highly recommend. 42l proved big enough to fit everything I needed, and was easy to carry. Or you could consider this suitcase. • DAY BAG I recommend the ever popular Eastpak backpack; they are surprisingly spacious, stylish and rugged, with a long guarantee. Jan Sport Backpacks are also very popular. Or take a look at our 10 Best Stylish Backpacks for Travelers!