Now that my Europe trip is getting closer (like DAYS closer), I am spending more time printing screenshots of maps, email confirmations and my itinerary spreadsheets. I may be over preparing – I may not ever need to look at all these confirmation emails… but what if my phone and laptop batteries die, the hotel Wi-Fi takes a crap and the GPS that came with the rental car only speaks in German? I’ll be happy to have those prints then.
I did find this really spiffy notebook/folder thing at Target:
I can print all the things I may need to ease my mind and fit them into slots according to country. It has a place to write notes if I want and it’s small enough to fit in my purse. There couldn’t be anything more perfect!
Not only am I printing out hotel and transportation confirmations, but I’m also printing directions to places I want to see. Like this cafe in Paris that was recommended to me by a coworker and David Lebovitz in his book.
This place Pâtisserie Viennoise, apparently has the best hot chocolate (or le chocolat chaud) you will ever eat in your life. Duh, I have to try this. Luckily it’s not too far from our apartment!
Things to Print
Okay, so maybe you’re the type that just likes to see where the train takes you and you have no need to print directions to that one specific place that serves that one specific thing… Even so in the case of a disaster, here is a list of things that I have found to be important to print out and take with you on an international trip, no matter what:
- Your boarding pass (get through the airport lines faster)
- Hotel confirmation emails
- A copy of your passport to keep in your suitcase (what if you lost the original or it was stolen? Having a copy might help expedite the process of getting back home)
- Any important prescription labels/paperwork (in case you need more)
- Any other reservation confirmations
- If you’re bringing your computer, it’s a good idea to print out instructions on how to change your DNS settings. Who’da thought you open your computer in Germany and see the internet in German! Here’s good resource from Google.
Well I’m off to Europe in a few days! I hope I will get a chance to write here and post pictures. Or you can just follow me on Instagram: @Kranbox