- Make sure to notify your credit cards of the dates that you will be spending abroad. If you do not have a credit card with chip technology ask your bank for one, otherwise you may have difficulty charging certain items in Europe.
- Bring at least $100 Euros (Wells Fargo has good exchange rates) and a debit card so you can have access to cash. It is also a good idea to raise your daily withdrawal limit on your debit card just in case. Many vendors in small shops and at markets do not take credit or debit cards.
- Bring a photocopy of your passport and credit cards (front and back), keep them in a separate place from your originals.
- Check well in advance that your passport is current and bring a second photo ID. If you don’t have a current passport, it’s a good idea to pay the extra $60 for the expedited service because otherwise, it can take 3 to 4 months. Bring a second photo ID, like a driver’s license.
What to Pack
- Smartphone, ask your provider about service in Europe
- Women – One skirt or sundress (optional)
- One or two pairs of shorts or slacks
- One sweater or light jacket
- A few tops
- A good pair of walking shoes
- Sandals or flip-flops for beach and pool area
- Electric adapter, the simple two-prong European adapter is fine for computers and cameras. Most villas have hair dryers, but if bringing your own, you will need a converter adapter.
- If you plan to drive, remember your driver’s license.
- Bring prescriptions and specific medical information with you in your carryon. It’s a good idea to pack an extra pair of eyeglasses, just in case.
- Motion sickness pills if needed, sitting in the back of the bus on winding roads can be a nightmare for some.
For Women’s Art Retreats:
- Yoga Mat
- Art kit
- Journal, optional
- Sketchpad and pencil, optional