Europe School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Europe. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Europe?

A trip abroad to Europe can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

Considering the various destinations of potential trips can seem overwhelming at first. TFirst, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience. For example:

History – Focus on History: WWII battlefields, monuments and historical sites.

Language – Spanish Language: Partake in language workshops and explore cities like Barcelona and immerse them in the language and culture.

Outdoor Adventure – Ancient history & outdoor activities: Tour of Turkey and the Greek Islands!

Mixed focus – Balance educational and outdoor activities with entertainment. Try a multi-country tour through Germany and Poland, France and Switzerland, or Croatia and Hungary!

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Luggage – Any seasoned seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Europe. For the organized packer, it’s very handy to have a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

• Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplock

Clothing Weather in Europe changes greatly from month to location. Make sure you bring the right clothes with you for the season you’re travelling in! Be mindful of any high intensity or outdoor activities you will be doing as well. Remember to bring modest clothing for religious sites you will visit and respect local customs and traditions. Check out our master list for hot and cold packing and regional advice below:

General Packing List
Socks, underwear, bras
1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
3 – 5 t-shirts
1 long sleeve shirt
1 light sweater or sweatshirt
Jacket (optional: check seaons below!)
Hat
Shoes – Bring shoes that are comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
Flip flops / waterproof sandals
Sleepwear

Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania

This is a slightly cooler region of Europe. In peak summer, temperatures average to about 22 degrees in the day and about 10 degrees at night. In the spring and fall, temperatures change quickly, ranging from 17-19 degree highs to 7-9 degree highs within the seasons. Rain also visits Eastern Europe in different countries across the spring, summer and fall so a waterproof jacket is a must have item! In winter, temperatures do drop well below zero. Dress to expect snow and cold days.

Winter:
Warm sweater
Warm Jacket
Toque or warm hat
Long pants
Warm socks
Water/Snow proof shoes or boots

Spring / Autumn:
Long, breathable pants / skirt
Waterproof jacket
Warm sweater
Long sleeve shirts
Waterproof footwear
Small Umbrella

Summer:
Breathable long pants or skirts
Light jacket
Breathable longsleeve
1 pair of shorts
Wide brimmed hat
A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations

Northern Europe: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and Ireland

Northern Europe is also on the cooler side of the weather, even in summer months. Depending on where you are, temperatures range from about 18-25 degrees in the day and about 10-18 degrees at night. In the spring and fall, the weather ranges from 9-15 degrees in the day with slightly cooler nights. Winters don’t hit too far below freezing. Check the climates where your travels will take you to check for snow or just rain from December – March. Rain does hit Northern Europe all year round – in some countries or coastlines more than others. Regardless, a waterproof jacket is a must have item!

Winter:
Warm sweater
Warm, waterproof jacket
Toque or warm hat
Long pants
Warm socks
Water/Snow proof shoes or boots
Small umbrella

Spring / Autumn:
Long, breathable pants / skirt
Waterproof jacket
Warm sweater
Long sleeve shirts
Waterproof footwear
Small umbrella

Summer:
Breathable long pants or skirts
Light waterproof jacket
Breathable longsleeve
1 pair of shorts
A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations

Southern Europe: Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain

Welcome to warm, balmy temperatures. In Southern Europe, you will experience long, warm days and nights, with temperatures ranging from 25-35+ degrees in the summer, 12-25 degree readings in the fall and spring and winter temperatures that rarely dip below 5-15 degrees depending on location. Countries on the coast or closer to the equator stay warmer, where places like Croatia and Slovenia are a little cooler – but certainly not cold – in winter months. Rainfall varies greatly across these countries, but have a rain shell or umbrella handy in fall, winter and spring months.  

Winter:
Warm sweater
Waterproof jacket
Toque or warm hat
Long pants
Warm socks
Waterproof footwear
Small umbrella

Spring / Autumn:
Long, breathable pants / skirt
Warm sweater
Waterproof jacket
Long sleeve shirts
Waterproof footwear
Small umbrella

Summer:
Breathable long pants or skirts
2-3 pairs of shorts
A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations
Bathing suit

Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland:

Temperatures in Western Europe tend to follow clear seasonal changes. Summer brings hot temperatures ranging from 20-35+ degrees in the day and night. Fall and spring welcome temperatures of 10-20 degrees from region to region in the day, and cool nights, with snowy winters that reach below freezing. Check out your itinerary to see what elevations and regions you will be visiting! Higher elevation and northern countries stay cooler all year round and may have more rainfall, whereas cities like Paris boast hot, sunny summers and drier climates. Precipitation does vary greatly across these countries, but having a rain shell or umbrella handy in fall, winter and spring months is always a good idea!

Winter:
Warm sweater
Warm winter jacket
Toque or warm hat
Long pants
Warm socks
Water/snowproof footwear

Spring / Autumn:
Long, breathable pants / skirt
Warm sweater
Waterproof jacket
Long sleeve shirts
Waterproof footwear
Small umbrella

Summer:
Breathable long pants or skirts
2-3 pairs of shorts
A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations
Bathing suit

Accessories and Extras
Sunglasses
Watch
Waterbottle
Headlamp
Padlock / Combination lock
Camera / Phone / Kindle (Most European countries use C or F adapters, but the UK uses G type. Check the guidelines for the countries you will be visiting, or purchase an adapter that is universal)
Book and stationery or diary
Compass
Pocket dictionary

First Aid / Toiletries
Toothbrush / Toothpaste
Sunscreen
Mosquito repellant
Hand Sanitizer
Face / Hand Soap
Shampoo / Conditioner
Medications

What to leave at Home Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
Less practical and/or fancy clothing
More shoes than needed
Many heavy books
BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
Heavy towels