What do you need to travel to Europe?

Europe is blessed with diverse cultures, traditions, and languages, make up around seven percent of the world’s population. The removal of baggage regulations and the use of the same currency in nineteen European Union countries have made traveling much easier. Most people find it as easy to travel around the EU because of the connecting transport system.

Required documents for European travel

For EU citizens:

  1. Passport or identity card; There are no longer any border controls between twenty-two European Union countries. This is due to the Schengen rules, which are part of European Union law.  All European Union countries – except for Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Romania – are full Schengen members. Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland are also Schengen members but are not in the European Union.

The EU Schengen law introduced common visa policy. They removed all internal border regulations, with an effective external borders control. Internal border regulations may be reintroduced exceptionally for a limited period if there is a serious threat or risk to the public and internal security in a given member country. Therefore, you will need to present a valid passport or ID card when traveling to or returning from the six non-Schengen states and when traveling to or leaving the European Union at the external borders.  Carry your passport when traveling in the European Union because they will be needed for security or identification purposes. Be aware that the only valid means of identification is one gotten from national authorities. Children should have their passports or ID card.

For non-EU citizens:

1) Passport;

You will need a valid passport

2) Visa;

There are more than 50 countries whose citizens do not need a visa to travel to the European Union for up to 90 days.

In retrospect, most European Union nationals do not need a visa to visit these non-European Union countries either. They include Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. The list of countries whose citizens need visas to travel to Ireland or the UK differs slightly from other European Union countries. Apply for a visa at the ministry or embassy of the country you intend to visit.  If you hold a Schengen visa or an ETIAS when it becomes fully implemented, you can travel to all the Schengen member states.

Additionally, if you have a valid residence authorization granted by one of those Schengen states, you can stay for up to 90 days in other Schengen states. You may require a national visa to travel to the non-Schengen European Union countries.

Summary of Items you need to pack when traveling to Europe:

  • Suitcase/travel backpack.
  • 3-4 t-shirts.
  • 2-3 blouses or shirts.
  • 1 dress/elegant shirt.
  • 1 cardigan/sweater.
  • 1 lightweight jacket.
  • 1 pair of dark wash jeans.
  • 1 pair of trousers/capris.
  • 1 pair of shorts.
  • 1-2 skirts.
  • 1 pair of long underwear/wool leggings.
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes.
  • 1 pair of sandals.
  • 1 pair of flip flops.
  • 1 theft-proof backpack.
  • 1 crossbody bag.
  • Jewelry.
  • 1 watch.
  • 1-2 scarves.
  • 1 pair of sunglasses.
  • 5 pairs of underwear.
  • 5 pairs of socks.
  • Smartphone.
  • Tablet/laptop.
  • Camera.
  • 1 e-Reader.
  • 1-2 plug converters.
  • 1 power strip.
  • All chargers.
  • Passport and ID.
  • Travel tickets.
  • Accommodation confirmations
  • Travel Health Insurance Policy
  • Debit/credit cards.
  • Cash.
  • Money bag/wallet.
  • Prescription medicine.
  • Vitamins.
  • Painkillers.
  • Toiletries.
  • Hanging toiletry bag.
  • Sealable bags.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Tissues.
  • Laundry detergent.
  • Portable clothesline.
  • Stain Remover.

These travel essential items should get you started when planning what to pack for your visit to Europe. Packing can be overwhelming if you do not have a plan, so spend your time making a list in advance of your trip.

Finally, it is always good to do some research on the best luggage and best travel bags for European travel to make sure you have TSA compliant gear. You should strategically plan what you are going to take so that you can have a good carry-on backpack and a lightweight suitcase.