backpacks still the way to go on the train
Luggage and bags: When traveling by train, it’s even more important to travel lightly than ever. Also, though wheeled suitcases have come more and more into vogue, when it comes to train travel, the old reliable backpack is still supreme. You are generally doing a lot of stairs and it’s not early as easy to drag the wheeled ones up and down. Another factor is the aisles of the train, which are too narrow for all but the narrowest wheeled suitcases. We quite a few changes on the trip down to Bolzano so that compounds these factors and when exploring Mittenwald for a few hours, those with backpacks had an easier time than those wheeling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must when exploring old town centers like Bolzano. Dressing in layers is generally a good idea in mountain areas where weather is very unpredictable. That said, it was roasting hot when we were there but I'm sure that's not the norm, even in summer.
Photo Equipment: Telescopic lens are great for capturing not only fine detail on buildings but also for getting a better perspective thus attained by taking shots of buildings in the distance and avoiding the pyramid effect. Of course, that's not always possible and a wide angle is needed.
Miscellaneous: Great travel companions are in the end what makes or breaks a trip and I was happy to have not only my absolute favorite of all time in my wife but also my father and sister in tow.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Waterproofs and walking boots with good non slip soles eg Vibram.
Miscellaneous: We found two books gave good detailed instructions for walks in the area. Both are by Gillian Price and printed by Cicerone press. Walking in the Dolomites and Walking in the Central Italian Alps. About £11 each.
Good maps showing contours and giving a good idea of how steep your walks are likely to be are the Tabacco maps, 1:50,000.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget to pack your ski equipment!!!
Miscellaneous: And before leaving Dolomites I would love to pack some snow and sun... Sigh
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I didn't have no hiking shoes, but I brought a very good pair up there!!!
You need them! Look at what mountains you gonna climb!!!!! so don't be stupid, to go with your dancing shoes... ;-)
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