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What to Pack When Backpacking Europe

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 16, 2016

What to Pack When Backpacking Europe

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When you’re backpacking through Europe, it’s always difficult to know exactly what to pack. The weather changes from one region to the next, and one is never quite sure of where the path will lead despite the best-laid plans. 

Blake Snow writes for Paste Magazine that the first rule should be “less is more” and she goes on to wisely point out that you can pretty much purchase what you need for whatever adventure comes your way while you are traveling – truer words were never spoken.

However, there are a few things to pack that are useful no matter where you are going and she highlights several. 

What’s the number-one item? An ultralight waterproof backpack. 

“Nothing good comes from having a heavy, wet pack. And constantly futzing with a separate waterproof cover is a waste of time and reduces access to your gear,” notes Snow.

Find out what else should be on your list.

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