5 Ridiculous but Useful Things We Packed During Our Eurotrip

My boyfriend and I have had our fair share on procrastination. We put-off things either because we are busy or lazy, or both. There were days when we can't drop by the mall to buy things for our trip because of exhaustion from work. That's a repercussion. We had to double our effort to prepare our hand-offs in the office to ensure deliverables will be worked on during our absence. Sometimes, we needed to render overtimes to do so. During weekends, we have our own families to attend to. Everyday we're glued on our smartphone browsing non-sense, and before we know it, it's time to sleep already. Zero. Nada. No preparation for the trip done for the day. No item on the to-do list ticked. We have the same cycle. This is how every trip goes like basically.

I am not ranting.

I am even surprised how we managed to finish things last-minute. We had a few bumps, like leaving some essential things at home and packing the silly stuff. Our recent Eurotrip was no exception! We had very little time to plan and research for our trip. And our suitcases? They weren't packed until a few hours before our flight. We knew we had many things to prepare. Not to mention the amount of bulky clothes that we need for a 3-week winter trip. For 3 to 4 hours of packing, we produced two suitcases that weighed 23 kilos each, and two, 5-kilo carry-ons. Up to now, we still laugh remembering how we frenzied and showed off our packing skills as experts in procrastination. Luckily this time, we didn't forget any essential stuff from our to-bring list. We even had a few unexpected add-ons that made our trip more convenient. I've listed them below!

5 Ridiculous but Useful Things We Packed During Our Eurotrip

1. Portable Weighing Scale

Borrowed from my mom :D 

Every traveller knows how absurd extra baggage charges can get in any airlines. For this entire Europe trip, we had to fly with 3 budget airlines - Wizz Air (Budapest), Ryan Air (Barcelona) and Easy Jet (Amsterdam). From what I've read in the Internet, the aforementioned carriers have very strict and outrageous excess baggage policies. Ryan Air, for example, will charge you €10 (Php 520) excess baggage fee - per kilo; €13 (Php 820) for Easy Jet. Pre-trip, our luggages weighed 23kilos each - almost near the limit of our pre-booked baggage:

• Easy Jet - 20 kilos (transferred some to our carry-on)
• Wizz Air - 23 kilos (not a problem)
• Ryan Air - 15 kilos (I don't know we managed to reduce 23 to 15kilos haha!)

It really helps to bring a small weighing scale to know your luggage weight. That way, you'll avoid the unexpected fees in the airport. You say, why didn't we just purchase a larger pre-booked allowance? We say, it's off the budget.

2. Octopus Wiring

Bought in Ace Hardware, Kitsune mask gratis! 
Octopus wiring is placing a lot of extensions and junctions on an electrical outlet. An outlet can only supply a certain amount of current. It is usually ten amperes. The photo above is the exact power strip and adapters we brought to Europe. I asked a kuya from Ace Hardware if we're okay with charging around 5 gadgets all at the same time, he said it's okay because chargers have low amperage. I studied electronics in college, so I think my professor will kill me because I don't remember this thingy anymore. Lol! Also, plugs and outlets in Europe are different from the Philippines. Travelers to Europe may need a small transformer to change the 220 volts to 110 volts for their electrical appliances. I saved a few hundred pesos by purchasing just one, 2-prong socket fit for Europe. Since our gadgets are non-compatible for European outlets, we just purchased a power strip and another adapter to connect with the EU plug. We were able to charge 2 smartphones, 1 camera and 2 other battery chargers all at the same time. Plus, since the power strip is two meters long, we can still use our phones while lying in bed. I also noticed that there are limited wall outlets in the hotels we stayed at in EU. Really happy we brought this thing!

3. Electric Kettle

(photo from the Internet) 
Seriously? You brought that in your luggage? Yep, but just a small one, about half a liter. It's the best ridiculous thing to pack ever! Our trip was during autumn and pre-winter in Europe. It can get very cold at night and early in the morning with temperatures ranging form 0-11C. I felt at ease that we had something to warm us up during the coldest days. Some cheap hotels where we stayed at didn't have an in-room kettle, so it's good to have our own to make some coffee in the morning. Also, we have used this to store delicate souvenirs while we are traveling from one country to another.

4. Lots of Coffee Packets and Plastic Stirrers

Sorry, no photo of our 3-in1 coffee lol! 
We've been warned that coffee is expensive in EU. So we thought we can save a lot if we bring our own coffee! But nope, we're not that desperate to bring 3-in-1 coffee packets from home. We agreed to buy them during our layover in Malaysia. It's as cheap as our coffee in Manila anyway. Then as a supplement, I hoarded a few sugar packets and lots of stirrers from KLIA McCafe when we had our snack break there. Yup, I asked permission from the waiter if it's okay to take "some". I tried to sound nice but compelling so he can't say no. *wink*

5. Water Purification Tablets - Aquatabs

(photo from the Internet) 
This is the most ridiculous. I can't believe we brought this thing! Born and raised in a third world country, we were taught at home not to drink faucet or tap water. In contrast, tap water in Europe is clean and potable. We didn't know this until we're already in Milan. Research says that most of the cleanest drinking waters are found in some EU countries. Going back to the aquatabs. While we used a tiny portion in Amsterdam, we didn't use it ever again because of its harsh chlorine taste. I think it's only best to use if you're trekking in the mountains. But in Europe, nah, you don't need this.

You see, we managed to load our bags with these useful items. Therefore, cramming is not an issue at all. Kidding! If we have managed our time very well, we could have saved a lot of luggage space without worrying about excess baggage fees. We could have confirmed that tap water is safe to drink, and that purification tablets are not needed. We could have asked our hotel in advance if an in-room electric kettle is readily available; and did all other things that could have been done in advance if we paid attention and did not procrastinate.

Truly, travel takes a lot of planning.

Your turn guys, shove it all in! What ridiculous items have you brought during your travels?

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  1. This is hilarious! and an unexpected list! Am considering that scale for my eutrip

    1. Haha! You should especially if you'll be flying with budget airlines :)


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