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Packing List for Visitors to GermanyFrom the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, Germany has so much to offer as a tourist destination. It offers both an amazing urban and artistic landscape as well as beautiful natural sights. Tourists cannot exactly categorize the type of place Germany is because it has something for everyone.

So if you were looking for a place to travel to and you decided on Germany, you’ve made a great choice. Once you made this decision and booked your flight and accommodation, you want to know what to bring with you.

We’ve prepared an ultimate travel packing checklist for Germany so that you can have the best travel experience in this amazing country.

Start from the Basics – Transportation, Documents, and Travel Insurance

Booking your flight to Germany is not the only travel task you have to do. You also have to think of your itinerary, where you want to go and what you want to see. In terms of transportation within Germany, consider that you have two options:

  • Renting a car
  • Taking public transportation

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Renting a car means you will not have to worry about getting to bus or train stations or carrying your luggage around. You are responsible for when you leave somewhere and you don’t necessarily have to stick to a specific schedule.

But renting a car is a lot more expensive. You will not only have to pay the daily rate for the rent and gas but the insurance in case of an accident. Plus, you’ll have to deal with traffic and parking problems if you are planning to visit a crowded city.

The alternative is to take public transportation. This will either be a bus or a train. The advantages are that you won’t have to worry about driving and it will be cheaper. However, you’ll have to plan to leave at a specific time and carry your luggage there.

If you plan to rely on public transportation, consider getting tickets from Trainline which offers better deals for travelers of Europe. Whichever option you choose, make sure you have a rental confirmation or tickets for public transportation before you get there.

Besides ensuring you have the right method of transportation within Germany, you must also make sure you have all the necessary documents with you. Consider making a file with all your original documents and one with copies, just in case you lose something. Your file must have:

  • Passport – get a passport cover or put your passport in a zipper bag to prevent damage;
  • Driver’s license – especially if you are planning to drive;
  • Another form of ID – such as a government-issued national ID or similar;
  • Student card – if you are a student you can get many discounts and deals. Try getting the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which is recognized in around 130 countries;
  • Debit and credit cards – make sure you have these with you, but also bring some cash. It is better to use cash because you will save on the international fees that banks will charge you. Convert the cash to Euros as that is the official currency of Germany;
  • Flight tickets and accommodation confirmations – just in case you are asked to show them when you check in.

Finally, even though you hope that the trip will go perfectly, you must also consider that anything can happen on the road. That’s why travel insurance is very important whenever you go anywhere.

You can get a cheaper option which has basic coverage or a more extensive one. We recommend Mawista Reisecare by ALLIANZ WorldWide. Whatever option of insurance you choose, make sure it covers any emergency medical expenses, personal liability issues such as causing damage or injury, and reimbursement for canceled or delayed trips. You can also add insurance for lost items such as bags or luggage.

Safety is Key – Items for a Safer Trip

Germany is a relatively safe country, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any precautions. You can pack a few items that will make you and your belongings safer. This includes:

A neck or belt wallet

This will make your documents safer than if you were to put your wallet in your pocket. A belt wallet might look old-fashioned but it makes it difficult for someone to steal your things. A neck wallet, on the other hand, is more convenient and you can tuck it under your shirt so no one sees it.

Theft-proof backpack

You will most definitely need a backpack to put your things while you are out sightseeing, so why not invest in a bag that will make it more difficult for someone to open and steal from you. Theft-proof backpacks have hidden zippers so they will keep you safer.

Luggage lock

You can get a luggage lock to put on your suitcase of travel backpack and ensure your things are safe. The disadvantage of this is that if airport security needs to check your bag, they will break the lock because they won’t know the code to open it.

Too Much Space or Not Enough – The Right Luggage for the Trip

Speaking of luggage locks, how do you pick the right luggage for your trip to Germany? Is a suitcase better or a travel backpack? If you pick a suitcase, does it have to be a hard or soft shell, two or four-wheeled? If you pick a backpack, how do you carry everything?

Germany is a big country which means that its cities and towns have a different infrastructure. Depending on where you are going, research the roads and their conditions.

If the roads do not have cobblestones and you have access to escalator and elevators, then a suitcase is always a better choice. Aim for a soft shell, two-wheel suitcase as they fit more things inside and they don’t break as easily.

However, if you are traveling somewhere where a suitcase with wheels will be more of a burden to maneuver on the road, then get a light travel backpack that is big enough to fit your clothing and other items.

Whichever type of luggage you choose, try to pack light and for the appropriate weather. Many travelers have the urge to pack a lot of things that they end up not using. This will just make your trip more difficult, so keep the packing to only the necessary things.

Dress to Impress – Clothes to Bring on Your Trip to Germany

Germans are simple but fashionable people. So if you want to blend in, try sticking to a few comfortable but interesting clothing choices.

As general tips, try to avoid clothes that you’re only going to wear once. You want to be able to reuse clothes and combine them to make different outfits. Clothes that you would only wear once will only take space in your luggage and will not add much value.

Also, bring breathable and light clothes. Even if you are visiting during the winter, you will still be walking a lot and you will need to be comfortable.

Plan your outfits beforehand. Don’t just bring a bunch of clothes and then try to figure out your outfits after you arrive in Germany. You will save a lot of time and effort if you already know what you will wear.

Finally, bring layers. Even if it is summer and warm, the weather in Germany changes abruptly and often so it is always best to have layers available so you can avoid rain and wind.

Now that you have a few general tips, we can plan what exactly you need to bring for your trip to Germany.

Tops

As we mentioned, Germans know how to keep it simple, so if you are visiting the country during spring or summer, you must bring t-shirts. Regardless of your gender, t-shirts in white, grey, and black will match with anything. Try to bring around 3-4 t-shirts in different colors.

Besides t-shirts, you can bring 2 to 3 blouses and shirts if you are a woman. They will break the monotony of t-shirts and you can create more fashionable and complex outfits.

For men, you can pack 2 to 3 long-sleeved shirts. They are flexible as you can roll up your sleeves if the weather is too warm or layer up with jackets.

Speaking of layers, bring a cardigan, sweater, and lightweight jacket. The weather is unpredictable and you don’t want to be freezing while you are out sightseeing in beautiful Germany.

Finally, depending on what you are planning, bring a more elegant outfit. You might want to go to a nice restaurant for dinner or the bar and club you were planning to visit has a dress code, so you want to be prepared. Women could bring a nice dress, while men could pack a shirt and tie for these occasions.

Bottoms

To have something for each occasion, you can also bring a mix of bottoms to pair with your tops. We recommend bringing a pair of dark jeans which you can wear during the day or night as well as a pair of more lightweight trousers if you are traveling during warmer months.

Try to avoid shorts as they are not a very fashionable piece of clothing in Germany, but depending on the weather, you can fit a pair too. For men, we recommend avoiding chunky cargo shorts as they are not worn by Germans.

Instead of shorts, women could bring skirts which they can pair with casual t-shirts for nice-looking outfits. You can bring 1 or 2 skirts of different lengths so you can wear them in different occasions.

Finally, if you are traveling during autumn or winter, bring warmer clothing such as wool leggings or long underwear. You can wear these under your trousers so you do not feel cold. Make sure they are breathable and you are comfortable in them.

Loungewear, underwear, and socks

For days when you go back to your hotel or hostel and just want to be comfortable after walking too much, you can also pack loungewear. This could be a simple pair of leggings and t-shirt or sweatshirt with which you can lay down and enjoy a good book at the end of a long day.

Additionally, make sure you bring comfortable and breathable underwear. Since they can be easily washed, you don’t need to bring too many. You can bring around 5 pairs and then wash them in the sink to use the next day once you run out.

Pick your underwear with lightweight material that dries easily. After you wash them, cotton will take around a full day to dry while better materials will dry in a couple of hours. They will be more expensive, but it is worth the investment.

Similar to underwear, invest in good socks to bring for your trip. Bring 5 pairs which you can again wash and use as needed. Purchase socks with good materials so your feet are comfortable and dry in your shoes after a long day of walking.

Shoes

Europeans are known for being stylish, especially in their choices of shoes. So to blend in with the crowded streets of Germany, you will also wonder what kinds of shoes to pack. Since you will be walking a lot and sightseeing, we recommend you to put comfort first.

A good pair of tennis shoes or boots will be perfect for your strolls during the day, while sandals and other types of shoes could be worn during the night. Try not to pack new shoes as they might make your feet hurt until they are broken in. Your trip will be completely ruined if you are constantly in pain. So stick with shoes that you have already worn before and that make your feet comfortable for walking.

Also, don’t forget a pair of cheap flip-flops for those suspicious showers in hostels if you are staying in one. You never know how clean they are so it’s best to take care of your feet.

Accessories and Bags

Even if you are wearing basic and casual clothes, good accessories can make a huge difference. They will improve an outfit and help you stand out from the usual crowd. We recommend packing some of your favorite accessories that match the outfits you have planned. These include:

  • Bags – we recommend a backpack for during the day to put all your things and a small crossbody bag for your nights out;
  • Scarves – a good scarf with an interesting pattern will make your outfit extremely fashionable;
  • Watches – even though most people have a smartphone these days, watches are still a great accessory to make you look stylish;
  • Jewelry – you can mix and match different kinds of jewelry that fits your style and outfits;
  • Sunglasses – especially important during sunny days.

Posting the Pictures – Electronics to Bring on Your Trip

We’ve all become connected through our electronic devices and travelers rush to post their pictures and experiences online. That’s why bringing your devices is important, not only to tell your family and friends that your trip went well but to also capture your Germany trip.

We recommend bringing the following electronics with you to make your experience better.

  • Smartphone – This is everyone’s first electronic device choice for a trip. You can take pictures and connect it to Wi-Fi for communication. If you are looking for a phone number, you can also get one from a German phone shop, just make sure to bring a form of ID. Most shops will accept a passport as a valid document for visitors.
  • Tablet – These devices have also gained widespread use. They take more space but they are easier to use and portable. There are many different kinds now, but most people seem to prefer iPads.
  • Laptop – If you need to do more complex work, you can bring a laptop instead of a tablet. It will take more space and is heavier, but works well for people who are freelancers or who are used to having a laptop around them for all their needs.
  • E-reader – This is great for those days when you want to take it easy and enjoy Germany with a good book. E-Readers such as the Kindle are great because they can store a lot of books so you don’t need to bring heavy physical copies with you. You can also put guidebooks and maps in there to avoid packing them in your already overflowing luggage.
  • Digital camera – The device is a must-have for all those who love photography. Germany has beautiful sites which can be captured by good cameras. You can choose to get a small one or if you are a professional photographer, the more complex cameras can do wonders.
  • Electric plug converters – Germany’s plugs are different and the electricity works in a different voltage. That is why it’s extremely important to bring a converter for all your devices so that they fit when you want to charge them and the difference in electricity doesn’t fry them.

Packing All Else – Toiletries and Organizers

Finally, besides the clothing and the documents, you will probably need some self-care toiletries. It is best if you pack your basics, rather than bring an extensive number of toiletries. You can buy almost anything from a German supermarket or pharmacy so you don’t need to make your luggage very heavy.

A few things we recommend bringing are:

  • Toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste;
  • Hair products if you are sure you won’t find them in German shops;
  • Prescription medicine;
  • A few painkillers just in case you need them and the shops are closed.

In addition, you need to organize all of this to fit into your luggage. Some great products which can help you organize your luggage perfectly include travel cubes. These are bags of different sizes that you can put your clothes and other things in. You can pack your shirts in one and bottoms in another or organize them by outfit. This will make it easier to pack the first time and even easier to repack them when you have to leave.

Also, invest in a hanging toiletry bag. It will be easier to find everything and the bag will fit better in small German bathrooms. Speaking of bags, you can also get a cord organizing bag to put all your electronic devices and their chargers in. Try to get a waterproof one so that even if something spills in your luggage, your electronics are still protected.

Germany Travel Packing List

As a summary, here is our ultimate travel packing list for Germany:

  • Suitcase/travel backpack
  • 3-4 t-shirts
  • 2-3 blouses or shirts
  • 1 dress/elegant shirt
  • 1 cardigan/sweater
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of dark wash jeans
  • 1 pair of trousers/capris
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1-2 skirts
  • 1 pair of long underwear/wool leggings
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 theft-proof backpack
  • 1 crossbody bag
  • Jewelry
  • 1 watch
  • 1-2 scarves
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of leggings and a tank top
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet/laptop
  • Camera
  • 1 e-Reader
  • 1-2 plug converters
  • 1 power strip
  • All chargers
  • Passport and ID
  • Travel tickets
  • Accommodation confirmations (Find cheap hotels in Germany)
  • Germany Travel Health Insurance (Mawista Reisecare by ALLIANZ WorldWide)
  • Debit/credit cards
  • Cash
  • Money bag/wallet
  • Prescription medicine
  • Vitamins
  • Painkillers
  • Toiletries
  • Hanging toiletry bag
  • Sealable bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Laundry detergent
  • Portable clothesline
  • Stain Remover