Interrailing is slightly different to your usual holiday – after all, what other vacay could see you snowboarding in France and, just a week and three cities later, soaking up the sun on Spain’s Costa del Sol – without the big jetsetter price tag that is.
Factor in that you’ll probably only have a backpack (and maybe a smaller rucksack to take out with you during the day) for all of those clothes and shoes and toiletries and, well, everything. Things can get tough pretty quickly when it’s time to decide what to bring and what to leave behind.
The old adage – pack then repack, leaving half out – is still a great idea. Plus, it helps you get used to packing on the go. But, even with that advice – what exactly should you pack? Flip flops or hiking boots? Tees or jumpers? Maps, torches, phone, tablet, sunnies? The list goes on…here’s our top ten.
- All your travel docs. This is a no brainer of course – passport, maps, travel insurance, itinerary and directions, train timetables, boarding passes and, of course, your Interrail pass. Our clients get a handy app meaning all those essential documents are at their fingertips at all times – wherever you might be – so you may want to add your phone or tablet to this one (though we’re guessing that was coming anyway).
- Money, money, money. Or, rather than cash, nab yourself a FAirFX travel card. All our clients are sent a link, as part of their e-travel pack, to grab a FairFX Travel Currency Card free (usually £9.95). This card allows you to transfer sterling from your debit/credit card to your currency card (transfer when the exchange rate is tip top for the best deal) . You can check your balance and top up your funds on the FairFX app or website at just the click of a button – no matter where you are or what time it is. You can use the card anywhere you see the Mastercard Acceptance Mark in shops, restaurants and at ATMs.
- Clothes. Dependent on the expected weather for the time of year in your destination of course, but generally a good guide would be a couple of tees/tops, two pairs of shorts, light trousers (leggings or track pants), undies, PJs, socks, swimwear, a sun hat, sunglasses, a warm jumper, a hoodie, raincoat (light or heavy dependent on the expected weather), trainers, walking shoes or boots if you plan on hitting a couple of hiking trails, flip flops (summer) and a couple of nice, going out outfits too.
- Toiletries. Whether you’re a glam it up tan addict or a just the basics type, we would suggest the essentials include shampoo, sun cream, insect repellent, hand sanitiser , baby wipes (like soooo handy), toothbrush, toothpaste and hair brush. Other items such as conditioner, moisturiser, hair bands, contact lenses and make-up are up to you,
- The electronics. Phone, charger and adaptor are the basics. You may also want to consider what other items are essential to your life and travel, Do you want to blog, Instagram or journal your trip? Will you need your tablet? camera? laptop? headphones? An attack alarm might be an idea too, especially for you solo travellers.
- Money belt or wallet. To keep all that moolah and essentials like your passport safe and secure as you go.
- Padlock. Handy for locking up your backpack when you’re on the move and for using in hostel lockers too, if required. Some hostels rent or sell small padlocks,
- A towel. You can buy microfibre travel towels that wick away the moisture and dry in seconds. They also fold up nice and small. Again, some hostels provide or rent out towels but its handy to have your own too , if there is room.
- Ear plugs and eye mask. Whether you’re going solo, travelling in a group or with your beloved other half, it’s nice to be able to take some time out and catch some zzzz’s on the train.
- First aid kit. There are lots of mini first aid kits for sale but you can also make up your own with some pain killers, plasters, antiseptic cream, a couple of Dioralyte sachets, tweezers, safety pins, cotton buds and scissors.
And that’s our top ten travel essentials. We hope you found it helpful and remember – travel easy guys.
The Interrailing Packages team