How to Prepare
There is a lot of planning and preperations that need to be made before a trip to Europe. Nobody wants to forget their sneakers or toothbrush. Thats why we have compiled the essentails to a successful trip below. Trust us, we have become experts at traveling, we once studied abroad too.
We love to prepare so much that we made a Bucket List to make sure that we do everything we want!
Steps to Get a Passport- First Time Applicants
- Fill out Form DS-11: Application for US Passport
- Submit completed DS-11 form to Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency
- Submit Evidence of US Citizenship
- Present Identification
- Submit a copy of the Identification Document (s)
- Pay the Applicable Fee
- Provide one Passport Photo
When traveling throughout Europe it's important to bring your passport with you because you will be passing through country borders in order to arrive at you destination city. In the event that it is necessary to check-in with border control, you will need your travel documents in order to show that you are legally allowed to travel within Europe. If you're flying into a Bus2alps trip, it is imperative to bring your passport and check-in documents to the airport. In addition we recommend that you always carry a copy of any travel documents that you may have.
Bus2alps highly recommends that you purchase your own travel insurance that covers all of your travels. We recommend that you are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy which includes: personal accident, medical expenses, personal baggage, money and public liability. You can purchase two types of travel insurance through Bus2alps.com. To make it even easier for you, there is an option to buy two types of insurance through our partner Eliva.
Pack It Up
Each tour provides trip specific itineraries that include recommended items to pack when traveling in Europe. Your tour leader will send you an e-mail prior to departure with a reminder of necessary items to bring along with a weather forecast of your destination city to help you pack appropriately.
Most people bring a small suitcase along with a backpack to bring around with them during the day for trips 7 days and less. If you are flying into a Bus2alps trip, it is strongly advised that you look at your luggage allowance with the airline you are using.
1 Waterproof jacket/small umbrella
1-2 pairs of jeans
1 Heavy jacket
Scarf, gloves, hat
Comfortable walking shoes
Thongs, flip flops
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
Camera (adapter, charger, memory card)
Towel (you can usually rent them too)
Photo ID (proof of age)
Pillow- for the Bus!
*Passport- carry a copy of your passport or any travel documents that you might have.
*Extra tip- always carry an extra 50€- either in your luggage, travel documents or toiletries. Just in case something happens, you’ll always be covered.
Learn how to pack light from an expert here!