Backpacking Europe Ideas – A Must Read for Every Adventurer!

How good does it feel to pack your essentials in a backpack, fly on an airplane, and go to Europe? Backpacking Europe is one of the coolest things you can ever do as a traveler. Europe is full of life and adventure. It is an experience in itself. There is so much to see and so much to experience. You’ll see fellow backpackers, make some friends, and maybe get to know more about life and yourself while you’re walking on foot, riding buses, riding trains, and catching planes. It definitely will be the most unforgettable trip you’ll ever take in your whole lifetime.

 

Backpacking Europe: The Must-Haves You Need To Carry With You

Europe is such a big place to get lost in. If you are backpacking Europe, you have to be prepared for the worst aside from looking forward for the best.

The following are some of the most important things you’ve got to have with you before you set out for backpacking Europe.

  1. Clean underwear

Yes, it’s an absolute must-have. You can wear your shirt and jeans, and maybe even socks for more than a day, but not your underwear. So make sure it’s included with the items you’ve got on your backpack.  It’s also important for you to have a decent jacket, gloves, and beanie, just in case you are backpacking Europe during the winter.

  1. A BPA- free water bottle

Almost all places in Europe have safe drinking water. So instead of buying the bottled ones, you will save a lot by refilling with a trusted BPA-free water battle. While this will only save you little, any amount you can save when backpacking Europe absolutely matters.

  1. Cash and credit cards

Between cash and credit cards, cash is better. Depending on your credit card company, you may be charged foreign transaction fees if you use your credit card while backpacking Europe. The best way to go about this is to use cash and just have the credit card ready in case of emergencies. Use a backpacking money belt so you can carry all these with you wherever you go.

  1. Passport and other valid IDs

You can’t go backpacking Europe without a valid passport and valid identification. So make sure you’ve got these important little things in your backpack before you go.

  1. A reliable flashlight

You’ll never know when the lights will go out in hostels. It’s always best to carry a small flashlight with you during your backpacking Europe trip.

Other essentials you might consider to bring for backpacking Europe:

  • Nail clippers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • Micro Fiber Towel
  • Combination Padlock
  • Detergent to wash your underwear
  • Journal
  • Hostel sheet, bed sheet, pillowcase
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Guidebooks

 

Backpacking Europe Itinerary Sample (By plane)

Europe is the second largest continent in the world. You’ll definitely need to take flights from time to time, depending on your budget and on the time you have for backpacking Europe. Here is a sample itinerary for almost two months in Europe. You can use this as your guide for creating your own, depending on how much time you have and the places you wanted to go to first.

 

Day 0: Flight to London!

Day 1-4: London, England

3 1/2 days

Day 5: Dublin, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

1 day

Day 6-7: Galway/Doolin/Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

2 days

Day 7-9: Barcelona, Spain

2 days

 

Day 10-13: Paris, France

4 days

 

Day 14-15: Athens, Greece

2 days

 

Day 16-18: Santorini, Greece

3 days

 

Day 19-21: Rome, Italy

3 days

 

Day 22-23: Florence, Italy

2 days

 

Day 24-26: Venice, Italy

3 days

 

Day 27-28: Milan, Italy/Bern, Switzerland

2 days

 

Day 28-30: Lauterbrunnen

3 days

 

Day 30: Interlaken, Switzerland

1 day

 

Day 31: Lucerne

1/2 day

 

Day 31-32: Zurich

2 1/2 days

 

Day 33-34: Vienna, Austria

2 days

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

 

Day 34: Salzburg, Austria

1 day

 

Day 34-36: Munich, Germany

2 days

 

Day 37: Salzburg, Austria

1 day

 

Day 37-39: Prague, Czech Republic

1 day

 

Day 39-41: Budapest, Hungry

2 days

 

Day 41-44: Krakow, Poland

2 days

 

Day 44: Berlin, Germany

1 day

 

Day 45: Paris, France

1 day

 

Day 45-46: Bruges

1 day

 

Day 46-47: Brussels, Belgium

2 days

 

Day 47-48: Amsterdam

1 day

 

Day 49: London Airport – Fly home.

 

 

Backpacking Europe Itinerary Sample (By bus)

This next itinerary is for when you wanted to try backpacking Europe by land. You can just buy a hop-on/hop-off pass and travel Europe! The only important thing if you choose to go this route is to observe all the compulsory stop over locations.

 

DAY 1-5: PARIS 

DAY 6-7: BRUGES

From Paris to Bruges: Departs 8am, Arrives 1pm

Travel Time is 5 hours 

DAY 8-10: AMSTERDAM – compulsory stop

Bruges

Bruges

From Bruges to Amsterdam: Departs 1pm, Arrives 6pm

Travel Time is 5 hours

 

DAY 11-15: BERLIN – compulsory stop

From Amsterdam to Berlin: Departs 8am, Arrives 6pm

Travel Time is 10 hours

 

DAY 16-18: PRAGUE (compulsory stop)
From Berlin to Prague: Departs 8am, Arrives 3:30pm

Travel Time is 7.5 hours

 

DAY 19-20: CESKY KRUMLOV
From Prague to Cesky Krumlov: Departs 8am, Arrives 11:45am

Travel Time is 3.75 hours

 

DAY 21-23: VIENNA (compulsory stop)
From Cesky Krumlov to Vienna: Departs 11:45am, Arrives 4:30pm

Travel Time is 4.75 hours

 

DAY 24-25: GRUENAU
From Vienna to Gruenau: Departs 8am, Arrives 12pm

Travel Time is 4 hours

 

DAY 26-27: SALZBURG
From Gruenau to Salzburg: Departs 12pm, Arrives 2pm

Travel Time is 2 hours

 

DAY 28-30: MUNICH (compulsory stop)
From Salzburg to Munich: Departs 2pm, Arrives 5pm

Travel Time is 3 hours

 

DAY 31-32: INNSBRUCK
Munich to Innsbruck: Departs 8am, Arrives 11am

Travel Time is 3 hours

 

DAY 33-35: VENICE (compulsory stop)
Innsbruck to Venice: Departs 11am, Arrives 6pm

Travel Time is 7 hours

 

DAY 36-38: ROME (compulsory stop)
Venice to Rome: Departs 8am, Arrives 6:30pm

Travel Time is 10.5 hours

 

DAY 39-40: SIENA

DAY 41-43: FLORENCE (compulsory stop)
Siena to Florence: Departs 1:30pm, Arrives 3pm

Travel Time is 1.5 hours

 

DAY 44-45: LA SPEZIA/CINQUE TERRA

LA SPEZIA

LA SPEZIA

Florence to La Spezia: Departs 8am, Arrives 12:15pm

Travel Time is 4.25 hours

 

DAY 46: NICE (compulsory stop)
La Spezia to Nice: Departs 12:15pm, Arrives 5:45pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

 

DAY 47-48: MILAN
Nice to Milan: Departs 8am, Arrives 1:30pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

 

DAY 49-51: LAUTERBRUNNEN (compulsory stop)
Milan to Lauterbrunnen: Departs 1:30pm, Arrives 6:30pm

Travel Time is 5 hours
DAY 52-53: LAKE COMO (optional)
Lauterbrunnen to Lake Como: Departs 8am, Arrives 1pm

Travel Time is 5 hours

 

DAY 54-56: NICE (compulsory stop)
Lake Como to Nice: Departs 1pm, Arrives 6:30pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

 

DAY 57-58: AVIGNON/PROVENCE REGION
Nice to Avignon: Departs 8am, Arrives 12:15pm

Travel Time is 4.25 hours

 

DAY 59-61: BARCELONA (compulsory stop)
Avignon to Barcelona: Departs 12:15pm, Arrives 7pm

Travel Time is 6.75 hours

 

DAY 62-63: VALENCIA
Barcelona to Valencia: Departs 8am, Arrives 1:30pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

 

DAY 64-66: MADRID (compulsory stop)

Valencia to Madrid: Departs 1:30pm, Arrives 7pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

 

DAY 67-68: PAMPLONA
Madrid to Pamplona: Departs 8am, Arrives 3pm

Travel Time is 7 hours

 

DAY 69-71: SAN SEBASTIAN (compulsory stop)

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Pamplona to San Sebastian: Departs 3pm, Arrives 5pm

Travel Time is 2 hours

 

DAY 72-73: BORDEAUX
San Sebastian to Bordeaux: Departs 8am, Arrives 11:30am

Travel Time is 3.5 hours

 

DAY 74-75: TOURS
Bordeaux to Tours: Departs 11:30am, Arrives 4:30pm

Travel Time is 5.5 hours

DAY 76: PARIS
Tours to Paris: Departs 4:30pm, Arrives 9:30pm

Travel Time is 5 hours

 

Hostels: Perfect Place to Stay at When Backpacking Europe

Hostels are the cheapest option when it comes to accommodation while Backpacking Europe. Hotels are good if you have the money and apartments are decent, too. But if you’d rather spend your cash on sights or food maybe, hostels are going to be perfect for you.

The following is the average cost of staying in hostels in varying European countries when backpacking Europe.

  • London: $20-$45
  • Paris: $30-$50
  • Dublin: $15-$25
  • Amsterdam: $20-$50
  • Munich: $20-$40
  • Berlin: $13-$30
  • Krakow: $7-$18
  • Budapest: $8-$20
  • Barcelona: $15-$25

 

 

Top Tips for Backpacking Europe

 

  1. Choose the right kind of backpack.

 

Depending on how long you’re going to go backpacking Europe, you have to carry a backpack that will be sturdy and reliable enough to last while you are traveling and moving from one place to another.

 

  1. Eat cheap.

 

There are so much delicious cuisine in Europe. When you are backpacking Europe, food can be one of the things which can make or break your budget. You have to plan ahead and make sure you only spend within your limits each day. Safe drinking water is almost always free.

 

  1. Bring prescription drugs.

 

If you have allergy or anything, you have to bring your medication with you in Europe. You don’t want to go looking for a drugstore in such a big place, right? This is something you must keep in mind when backpacking Europe.

 

  1. Do not spend money on museums.

 

Since Europe is home to most awe-inspiring museums in the whole world, for sure you’ll be tempted to have a look. Before you spend your money for admission, know that there are days and schedules for some museums when you can enter for free. You just have to research! If you are staying in the place for a limited time and can’t go back on the date when the admission is free, then go ahead and buy a ticket. Seeing museums is one of the best experiences you can have while backpacking Europe. The following are just the average prices you have to pay for for each museum.

 

  • Louvre Museum – Paris: $17
  • Centre Pompidou Museum – Paris: $18
  • Tower of London: $37
  • Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam: $20

 

  1. ASK FOR HELP.

 

You are a backpacker. You are not someone who knows Europe very well. You will save so much time by asking for help if you need to. If you are a woman who’s traveling along, make sure you don’t go to places where it’s not going to be possible for you to ask for help if in case something happens. Do not be afraid to seek for assistance, especially when it’s your safety that’s on the line when backpacking Europe.

 

 

Backpacking Europe is an Adventure of a Lifetime 

If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, the best way to achieve your thirst is to go backpacking Europe. If you aren’t confident enough that you can do it on your own, call a friend or a family member who can join you in your adventure. If you think you’ll survive alone, of wanted to take the trip because you wanted to see it for yourself, even better! Just remember the essentials and if you ever need help while in a foreign country, ask for help from fellow backpackers. They are sure to wander too in every place you’re going to be.

 

Happy backpacking! For more ways to prepare your vacation, visit the Travel Planning category.