Plan your activity holiday in Europe – what to pack and travel tips

If you are planning an activity holiday in Europe, make sure you pack carefully and prepare for all types of weather.

Whether you are a planning a ski trip, a golf trip or a cycling, hiking or walking tour, you should always make sure you have the right clothes and equipment to suit your requirements.

Our travel and planning tips include:

  • Make a list of all the clothing and equipment you think you might need before you even go in search of it. Then lay it all out and give focused consideration to whether you need everything.
  • There is always a chance you will have a rainy day or even just a short burst of rain, so make sure you pack a waterproof jacket. A lightweight jacket will be fine for mid-summer trips to generally sunny countries.
  • It’s best to take clothing and equipment that you have worn or used before. That way you will know it’s comfortable. A walking or cycling holiday is not the time to test new kit for the first time.
  • The must-remember list includes an up-to-date passport, visas (if needed), travel tickets and info, travel insurance (make sure it covers you for your destination country and the activity), European health card, driving licence, bankcard, cash in the right currency, mobile phone etc.
  • Don’t forget items such as sun cream, anti-chafing cream for cyclists, insect repellent, midge nets, sun glasses, tyre puncture repair kit, medication, wet wipes, blister plasters, pain killers, clean water bottle and ear-plugs.
  • Make sure you choose a decent location and resort; for example, if you are going skiing make sure your chosen resort has quality slopes, equipment for hire and reputable ski lessons.
  • Always check your kit and equipment before travel to make sure it is still in good condition and still fits etc.
  • If you are going with a group or team, make sure everyone has a valid passport, travel insurance and enough money to pay back the organiser for any pre-paid travel/accommodation costs etc.
  • Sports tours are known for their alcohol consumption, with teams celebrating wins or consoling losses. If you are travelling in a group, always be extremely careful when drinking or partying abroad. Remember that alcohol is usually stronger and the measures are larger abroad, if you overdo it you could face dehydration.

Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a planning a first-time activity holiday always heed the advice of the experts who will guide you throughout your trip. Sporting tours, adventure tours and activity holidays are among the most popular getaways in Europe. Plan your activity trip carefully and all you will have to worry about when you get there is enjoying yourself.