Ok so with summer around the corner, if you are thinking of going out to live and work the party life for 6 months usually in the EU such as Aiya Napa, Magaluf, Ibiza, Marbs etc.. Then here are a few survival tips so that you can enjoy your summer season.

I have always been quite lucky as I have been contracted to go out and work as a hotel entertainer which meant my food, travel and accommodation have been covered as per my contract. But I have made friends with people who have come out to work as PR promoters for clubs, pubs and boat parties, work as bar staff and even entertainers and whilst some have had great experiences other have had terrible experiences. So here is your essential list for what to get before coming out to work.

  1. Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

This is a very handy item to have, it gives you the right to access state-provided health care within the EU or Switzerland at either a reduced cost and sometimes for free. Having an EHIC card is not an alternative to Travel Insurance so make sure you have that as well. This card is #free to obtain and is worth while having to get more information and to apply for your EHIC card click on the link provided http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx


2.   Workers Travel Insurance

As well as an EHIC card this is also very important to have as it will actually cover you whilst you are working abroad as it will cover you for your medical assistance, lost money and passports, activities cover and covers for you work related roles, uninhabited accommodation issues and cancellation of Travel.

3.  Savings

Make sure that you have enough money to cover any rent, groceries and emergency flights. So many people make the mistake of going out to work to live the party life and end up having to call their family to put money in the bank, I’ve seen it so many times. I recommend either having a savings account that you can transfer money as of when you need it, or a second bank account that you only use as an emergency (This is also good in case you lose one bank card). If you are really bad with money, ask your parents to keep hold of it and they can transfer it in as of when you need it.

4. Money

Sounds strange as I have just mentioned savings, but at the start of the season it can be very hard to find a cash machine that works other then at a bank, as they are waiting for the tourists to come so they can make money of the transactions have some local currency on you.

5. Find Out what the working laws are for the country you are working for and the documentation you will need.

Although you are in the EU some countries prefer that you pay tax back into their countries, for instance in Spain you may need a Nia Number. It’s worth contacting the countries embassy before you leave to find out. You should also contact your Tax office to inform them you will be working abroad they can advise you about getting an A1 form.

6. Unlocked Mobile

It’s advisable that you get yourself a second phone, one that is unlocked. This is so that you can get a local sim card to use. Unlike the UK where you can just get a pay as you go sim card without registering your details places like Spain and Greece require you to provide your passport and register your sim card there and then.

plug adapter world travel plug7. Plug Adapter

You can either buy yourself a couple of cheap plug adapters from pound land or pound Stretcher for £1, or you can get a World Travel Adapter that retails for around £18.00 from cotsworld or Argos. I tend to bring a multi socket plug and attach the adapter to that.



8. Contact Book

Just in case your phone gets lost, stolen or broken its important to have a book with family, friends and important numbers such as insurance contacts details.

9. First Aid Kit

Leave the toiletries at home, they only weigh your case down and you can get them whilst your working out there. But having a first aid kit packed with all the essential can be a wise move. I recommend that you bring a first aid kit that way you can fill it with things that you need such as; plasters, bandages, antihistamines, anti-diarrhoea pills, TCP, antiseptic wipes, painkillers and any regular meds you need.

10. Insect Repellent

Unfortunately, these little nasties are apart of certain destinations, so get you self a plug with some refills, repellent spray and if your travelling to some where like Africa a mosquito net (but with the Zika virus juts make sure you are well protected).

11. Condoms/Birth Control

These bad boys are important boys, make sure you get the right size as it’s not one size fits all and girls maybe you should have a choice of condom sizes in your drawers beside your birth control pill you don’t wanna be coming home pregnant after a summer fling or one-night stand or even worse you don’t wanna catch any nasty STDs

12. Torch

When I first started working abroad, we didn’t live in the hotel we had an apartment and a least twice a week we would have a power cut that lasted hours. If you have a torch you’re not falling over things in the middle of the pitch black.

13. Pad lock

Let’s face it if thieves are going to break into your bag all they really need is a sharp knife to get through the material unless you have a hard case. But a lock can also detour potential thief’s.

14. Back Pack

If you’re not hung over or working and you have that magical thing called a day off, you might wanna  explore the island. Backpacks are great as you can put your beach wear in, camera, purse, everything.

15. Laptop or IPad and accessories

As a writer/blogger, I never go anywhere without my MacBook pro lol I would be lost without it. But make sure you have a spare charger, a water proof laptop case, USB port, hard drive.

16. Hard Drive with Movies

You might not be lucky to have a TV or if you do there maybe no English channels and internet probably will be bare minimum so you won’t be able to stream. At least if you have a hard drive full of movies it will keep you occupied on those days you just want to chill out and relax. My first season I didn’t have a TV in my room so to chill out after work having movies on my hard drive was great.

17. Camera

Bring your camera, remember your about to do something that some people will never have the experience to do and that’s to live in another country. Capture those memories and remember every picture tells a story.

18. A Family Photo

It can get very lonely working in another country, at some point you will have one of those days where you just feel a little home sick. Bring a few pictures that remind you of home such as; family picture, friends or even a picture your pet what ever floats your boat.

19. I-pod and Head phones

I know, I know you can play music through your phone but it kills your battery, so if you have an iPod bring it along. But whatever you choose to play your music through you’re gonna need those head phones.

20. Ear Plugs

You might laugh but these are great, if you value your sleep. You maybe sharing with a loud snorer (you don’t wanna end up in prison for smothering them with a pillow), or maybe the neighbours are just too noisy or there are mosquitos buzzing around. Pop these in and silence is golden.

These are my essentials for working abroad in the EU, hope that you find them useful. To be honest some of these you can use for backpacking and normal holidays to.


About The Author

LJ is the founder of Outside the Bubble UK, she will be releasing her first novel this year called ‘The Secret Diary of a Hotel Entertainer’, which is based on some of her experience as a hotel entertainer over the years. LJ has a passion for Travel and this year is preparing for her next big adventure, whilst also training for her first Triathlon

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11 Responses

  1. Holly

    Wow, this is a massively comprehensive list! I have a friend who is interested in working abroad this summer and will be sure to send this post her way. 🙂

    • ljlegend

      Thank you Holly glad you found it useful, these are somethings people don’t realise until they work abroad. I have another post about working abroad coming up soon.

  2. Genie | Gallivanting Bean

    omg a torch really? haha but i can obviously see how that could come in use. or is that the same as a lighter in the us? I didn’t know that your phone had to be unlocked to use another country’s sim card. I’ll probably have to do that then cause im moving to London from LA in August

  3. Nicole Anderson

    Obviously put together by someone who has been in this situation before, this is a fantastic list. Extremely practical, well thought through and explained. You should share this to some of those job-travel sites so other people can also benefit from this information. Well done!

  4. Natasha

    Awesome list. We are actually traveling for 9 months starting this year and will need a lot of these items for the trip. I will save the list for when we are packing!

  5. yukti

    Essential list during travelling. Sometimes we miss some small things which are of great importance in travelling. A World Travel adapter is necessary and first to keep in my suitcase while packing, to charge all our electronic stuff.

  6. Soraya

    Awesome tips! I totally agree that it is so important to have savings before you head off to work abroad. From having to pay deposit for a rental agreement or having to set up a new phone number to just helping you get by until you find a job…it is so important. Ohhh and I totally never go anywhere without my laptop too! But I have an external hard drive because I always get so paranoid that my computer might crash (or eek get stolen). And i’ll always store my computer seperate from my hard drive just in case.

  7. Ha

    I love your list! They are really essential. I currently live and travel around Europe and have almost all of those, except Torch and Insect Repellent.

  8. Judy

    Very practical list! I definitely wouldn’t have thought of a few things like having a torch or a contact book. It’s always the small little details that you take for granted that you end up needing in emergencies the most!

  9. Mimi & Mitch

    Workers travel insurance would be our most important in the list in terms of priority! Health and safety first then money (savings). It’s cute you mentioned the family photo… it’s so true how a real one not on your screen can mean a lot!

  10. Kristina

    An unlocked phone really is the best investment one can make. I really wish I had one, it sucks having a phone that works in one country and not in another. I’ve also never gotten travel insurance, which is seriously stupid of me, goodness haha. Great and informative list!


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