Tracy’s Ultra-Detailed Two-Week European Trip Tips Record – (Stuttgart, Germany – Romania – Portugal – Cologne, Germany)

Ha, a solo adventure in Europe? I’m about to embark on a two-week business trip to Europe, curious about the interesting stories that might unfold.

  • It’s my first time attempting a solo business trip to Europe (5 days at a trade show, 8 days visiting clients, across 4 locations).
  • This means I’ll be managing hotel bookings on my own, haha (for the 5 nights in Stuttgart, I’ve found a nice homestay; I’ll see how it is when I get there).
  • It’s also my first time renting and driving a car in Germany (though I’ve done road trips in the USA before, I hope everything goes smoothly in Germany).
  • To be continued…

Preparation Before Going Abroad

Here’s a reliable checklist to follow before going abroad:

  1. Documents and Tickets:
    • R+T Exhibition Tickets
    • Rental Car Documents
    • Driver’s License Translation (needs to be processed in advance)
    • Insurance Policy
    • Original Driver’s License
    • Itinerary (Very important. In Europe, each time I entered a new country, I was asked about my itinerary and whether I had a return ticket. Showing them a paper copy always quickly resolved these inquiries)
    • Plane Tickets
    • Visa
    • Passport
    • ID Card 🔸 It’s advisable to scan or photocopy these documents in case of loss
  2. Currency Preparation:
    • International Credit Cards, such as Visa, MasterCard
    • 300 Euros in cash for a 12-day trip 🔹 Exchange small amounts of money in advance for tips
    • Remember to exchange currency before departure; it’s more expensive at Shekou Port (1:8.5) and even more so at Hong Kong Airport (1:9)
  3. Electronics:
    • Portable Wi-Fi
    • Tablet
    • Laptop
    • Local SIM Card
    • Charging Cables
    • Photographic Paper (I didn’t use it last time; I suggest not bringing it next time, haha)
    • Camera
    • Universal Adapter
    • Headphones, including iFLYTEK and Sony
    • Translator Device
    • Power Bank (no more than 20,000 mAh)
  4. Clothing:
    • 🔸 Spring (March-May): Light sweaters, T-shirts + Jackets
    • 🔹 Summer (June-August): Short sleeves; bring a light jacket for cooler mornings and evenings
    • 🔸 Autumn (September-November): Jackets + Thicker fleece clothes
    • 🔹 Winter (December-February): Wear windproof and warm jackets outdoors
  5. Medications:
    • 🔸 Cold medicine, Diarrhea medicine, Motion sickness medicine, Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory drugs, Antibiotics, Allergy medication
    • (Actually, you don’t need to bring so many medicines. Just bring what you feel is necessary, otherwise there won’t be enough space in your luggage, and overweight luggage starts at a 40 Euro fee)
  6. Toiletries and Accessories:
    • Disposable cups
    • Umbrella
    • Sunscreen
    • Masks
    • U-shaped neck pillow for sleeping
    • Portable bags
    • Camera tripod
    • Sunglasses
    • Makeup remover
    • Skincare and cosmetic products
    • Clothes hangers
    • Slippers and towels
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Pillowcase
    • Eye mask
  7. Essential Apps for Overseas Travel:
    • 🔸 Accommodation Booking: Hostelworld, Airbnb, Booking.com
    • 🔹 Travel Guides: TripAdvisor
    • 🔸 Food Search: Yelp
    • 🔹 Language Translation: Google Translate, iFLYTEK Multilingual Translator
    • 🔸 Car Rental for Travel: Priceline, Ctrip
    • 🔹 Travel Maps: Lonely Planet
    • 🔸 Transportation Apps: Uber, Bolt (Taxi Apps)
    • 🔹 Flight Booking: Ctrip
    • 🔸 And most importantly: Google Maps!
  8. Packing for the Flight:
    • Liquid Regulations:
      • Capacity Limit: Containers for liquids, gels, and sprays typically must not exceed 100 milliliters (or equivalent in other volume units like 3.4 ounces). Containers over 100 ml are not permitted in carry-on baggage, even if they are not full.
      • Transparent Bag: All liquid containers must be placed in a resealable transparent plastic bag, usually not exceeding 1 liter in capacity.
      • Per-Person Limit: Each passenger is allowed only one such transparent bag (not exceeding 1 liter).
      • Security Screening: The transparent bag with liquids must be presented separately during security checks.
      • Special Items: Prescription medicine, baby food, or breast milk, and other medically necessary liquids may be allowed over the 100 ml limit, but may require declaration and additional screening at security.
      • Duty-Free Liquids: Liquids purchased at airport duty-free shops, like alcoholic beverages and perfumes, are typically allowed over the 100 ml limit but must be sealed in a secure, transparent bag, with a visible receipt.
      • Checked Baggage: Bottles can typically exceed 100 ml if checked in, but it’s advisable to prepare as if they can’t.

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