We’re just finishing up 3 weeks in Europe, and I’m tracking what I brought vs what I used of all the misc stuff that seems to take up so much space. We stayed in apartments with washers and planned to cook a little. Ha! Didn’t happen. We did make a few sandwiches, but no real cooked meals.
This is what we used:
Electronics: various charging cables (lightning to usb a; lightning to usb c; USB’s to micro usb); EU adaptors, Swiss adaptors. Some EU adaptors fell out of the sockets in Italy. Set all your electronics out and think about what you need to charge at the same time. Bring an adaptor for each brick you have. We were short a few. Portable power bank. Necessary when using train apps and maps to navigate. I loved this one: amelema Small Portable Charger for iPhone, 5000mAh Mini Power Bank with Built-in Cable/Metal Stand, Cute Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone 14/14 Plus/Pro Max/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/Airpods (White) https://a.co/d/dL1cp9I
Household misc: ziplock bags of various sizes, clothes line and a few clothes pins (to keep clothes attached to drying racks outside), small scissors, foldable grocery bag, mini binder clips (to keep blackout curtains closed), pillow packed in a vacuum seal bag (along with tiny pump), bandana, wine stopper, eyeglass wipes, sunglasses case (bright color), blackout stickers for LED lights in rooms
Tiny pop up fan. I will never travel without these again: KINBOM 4pcs Folding Round Hand... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BBMD9X6J?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Toiletries: aside from the normal toothbrush/toothpaste, etc, these are items we were glad to have brought: wash cloth, daily facial cloths, small bar soap from hotels, shampoo & conditioner (some apartments didn’t provide it), lotion, melatonin lotion, micro fiber hair wrap
Emergency kit in the day bag: Tylenol, Pepto, Tums, eye drops, nail file, allergy pills, nail clippers, hard candies, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen in contact lense case. We used each of these items.
Other items I packed but we didn’t use/need:
Misc cold meds (thankfully), thermometer, face masks, paring knife with cover.
Next trip I vow to bring fewer “what if” items. We had fun visiting the grocery stores. Between the grocery and the pharmacy, you can find just about anything you might need.