Brandon O'Brien

Travel and Adventure Journal

I wanted a place to journal all my travels and adventures around the world. I always enjoy going back and reflecting on my past travels and getting to relive them through my words and photos.

Planning for 6 months traveling through Europe

Country/City Spreadsheet

I wanted to make sure I was at least somewhat prepared for being on the road for 6 months without having every detail planned out. In order to do this I created a spreadsheet in Google Drive where I listed all the cities I wanted to visit on my travel and included an estimated number of days, link to Google Maps with points of interest highlighted and a link to the Wikitravel page. I also used this to track how long I'd be in the Schengen Area and how much time I needed to spend outside of it.

You can check out my spreadsheet here:

Everything I brought

Brandon's 6-month Europe Trip Gear
This is a list of everything I took with me on my 6 month trip:
  • Backpack
  • Flip flops
  • towel
  • Sleep sheet
  • 1x athletic shorts
    • Double as swimsuit
  • 2x long pants
  • 2x shorts
  • 3x t-shirts
  • 2x long sleeve shirt
  • 5x boxers
  • 3x undershirts
  • 7x socks
  • 1x jacket
  • Winter hat
  • Eagle Creek Specter Cube
    • For storing socks and underwear.
  • Eagle Creek Expandable Cube
    • For shirts, shorts and pants.
  • Locks
    • For securing the zippers on my backpack and for securing my backpack at hostels
  • Money belt
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Face mask for sleeping
  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Debit/credit card
  • Computer
  • Digital camera
    • Canon G15
  • Journal
  • Day bag
  • Phone - Galaxy Nexus
  • Plug adapters
  • Small sewing kit
  • Playing cards
  • Bandana
  • Watch
  • Water bottle

Things I'd change

There were several things I didn't use and several things I had to buy along the way. Here are the changes I made along the way...

Things I had to buy while traveling:

  • A hat (baseball style, for hiking and exploring)
  • Rain jacket
  • Extra base layer top
  • Scarf

Things I ended up not using:

  • Sleep sheet - None of the hostels I stayed at seemed sketchy enough that I needed a sleep sack
  • Water bottle drink tube - I just ended up pulling out my water bottle when hiking