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Luggage and bags: In general, I advise you pack as light as possible. Try to fit everything into one checked bag (or a single carry-on if you're resourceful). If you're planning to take trains and buses, I recommend you use a backpack. If you must bring a suit or formal attire (say, for a business trip), then take a single hard-sided garment bag to check. You can bring one small carry-on bag to hold what you need for the flight; this can also double as a day bag during your travels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For clothing, less is better. Bring multi-purpose clothes (e.g., a turtle neck for warmth that is nice enough to be worn out to dinner). Bring as few shoes as you can get away with: a pair of black or brown walking shoes nice enough to be worn to dinner can be enough for some trips. I've even gotten away with a pair of plain black sneakers that can pass for shoes to a casual observer. If you plan to hike, do bring hiking boots (you can wear them while traveling to minimize luggage weight). Finally, don't scrimp on rain gear. Bring a good Gore-tex jacket for warmth and comfort. Of course, rain gear is less vital if you're traveling to a hot, dry climate...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toiletries are readily available throughout Europe at pharmacies and grocery stores. You might want to bring your own aspirin, band-aids, etc, as they can be significantly more expensive in many European countries. If you have prescription medication, be sure to bring it in a marked bottle along with a legible copy of your prescription.
Photo Equipment: A camera is a must, of course. Digital cameras are really nice because you can see what you just photographed immediately, rather than having to wait for the film to be developed. Don't scrimp on your XD memory card; I recommend you splurge and get a 1 GB card. Memory cards are available in Europe, but you might have to pay more, and you might have difficulty finding a compatible card for some camera models. Also, be sure your battery charger is multi-voltage, and bring a plug adapter for it.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For me, I advocate bringing a minimal amount of stuff. A bathing suit may not take up too much space, but other items can be bought/rented in Europe if you need them. Of course, if you're a hosteler or backpacker, a waterproof sleeping bag is a good idea to save on those pesky sheet rentals. I generally don't camp (too much like work... ;), but campers don't need me to tell them what they need to bring anyway.
Miscellaneous: I recommend bringing 2 ATM cards and/or Mastercard/Visa credit cards. You can generally get the best exchange rates by simply using a local ATM, though check with your bank to see if they charge foreign transaction fees. I also recommend bringing about US$50 worth of local currency, enough to settle down before hunting for an ATM. Finally, bring an amount of your home currency with you in large bills (US, Canadian, and Japanese currency are the most easily exchanged). Carry these valuables in a money belt or neck pouch for safety.
Updated Feb 17, 2008
Miscellaneous: The absolute best program I had on my Palm was METRO. It's great for those times you find yourself standing in front of a metro station, ready to go back to the hotel, but you don't want to scream, 'I'm a tourist!' by staring at a subway map for 2 hours.
Metro calculates the shortest route between 2 subway stops in seconds. It will tell you what train(s) to take, how many stops and an estimated travel time. Also, it includes some major places of interest, so if you're in Paris, it will tell you how to get from fhe Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower. Subway systems in Europe, Asia and the U.S. are available.
The program is available for Palm, PocketPC, Symbian OSs, as well as WAP. It is updated frequently, and best of all, IT'S FREEWARE!
Get it at http://www.nanika.net/Metro/
Updated Sep 17, 2007
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: be aware of the weather differences in Europe. the North with Countries like Norway or Finnland can be much cooler then the South, Greece, Portugal or Spain.....pack some warmer clothes, good shoes and wet weather gear, Sunhat for the South....and of course: Mosquito Repellent when in Finnland, lotta Suncreme for Greece and Spain
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ask your GP when on Medication, but you shouldn't have any problem getting what you need
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: if you have bagpacking in mind and are a big fan of camping, bring your own gear and make sure you make a reservation, campsites in Europe are crowded
Miscellaneous: actually..Europe has everything covered..
as I always say, travel light, then you have the choice to buy all those nice souveniers, shoes in Italy, wine in France..you get my drift.
and when they're is no space anymore..just send a parcel home...thanks trekki
Updated Nov 4, 2006
Luggage and bags:
Go for very sturdy and not easy to get into luggage and bags, make sure that you keep your eyes on them the whole time too. If you have any very personal and/or expensive items, try and keep them on yourself, preferably via a bumbag of some kind. Carry debit/credit cards rather than a pile of money on your person, just keep enugh money for short journeys, coffeee shops etc...
Depending on where you are going, take various types of clothing and shoewear, you can have hot sunny days, warm evenings followed by cold and/or wet and rainy, so always be prepared, have well fitting comfortable shoes for sightseeing, as well as pretty, dainty high heels for evening wear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Well, toiletries can be obtained anywhere in the world,contrary to what some might think?. But, if you need to carry medical supplies?, make sure that you get a medical note/medical passport from your own Doctor before you leave home, so that if you are stopped at customs etc, you have all the relevent information upon you.
Camera, Video camera, batteries and of course, film if it's not a Digital camera!
Hm, if you are going on a lay on the beach holiday? then obviously swimming gear, sun tan lotion and beach towels.
If walking/hiking? the a good pair of boots and weatherproof gear.
Camping: A Tent might be a good idea? gas bottles and stove, tea, condiments, other food you can buy locally. Sleeping bags, groundsheets, blow up mattresses.
Written May 27, 2006
Luggage and bags: Keep them small and light, especially if you are traveling by train. Women's purses should be zippered and have secure straps, not the kind that clip on and off. If you are only going for two weeks in the summer, you should be able to pack into a small backpack. Also, if you plan on using trains, a light wheeled backpack beats other luggage. You want to be able to carry the bag up stairs from subways.
Photo Equipment: Keep it small and easily concealed.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring only the most essential things with you....sleeping bag and pad. If you need other stuff...towels, pans, etc. you may want to pick them up there. We traveled Europe by rental car and didn't get cooking gear until we reached France and we left the equipment for the hotel housekeepers when we flew home.
Written Dec 29, 2005
Luggage and bags: If you are always on the go, a backpack is easier. Personally, a back-loading backpack is easier than a top-loading one. At least, searching for that important thing is easier for a back-loading one and it also kind of force you to pack it systematically.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the ladies, forget about those lacy and delicate lingerie. Wear your bikinis! Other than wearing them to the beach or swimming pool, they are a good alternative to your usual lingerie. They dry faster and also add a sexy touch to your wardrode. For more support, the halter bikini top or bandeau bikini top are your sure bet.
You need not bring many clothes. Bring the basic top and bottom with colours which can be easily matched. Most importanly is comfortable, wrinkle-free and fast-dry. Oh, do remember to bring washing powder!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For 2 a trip that is about 2 months long, a 150 ml of shampoo and shower foam is more than enough.
Photo Equipment: Not enough memory cards for your digital photo? Consider a portable drive that enables you to download all your photo from the cards to the drive. It runs on normal alkaline batteries and some double up as a battery charger
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are heading to the beach, don't forget to bring along a sarong. They can be your clothing, beach mat, scarf, bedsheet and blanket.
Miscellaneous: An all-in-one utensil set with spoon, fork, knife, can opener and cork screw prove to be handy. Swiss knife is also a good companion. Bring along a good water bottle that can double up as a cup for your daily coffee dose.
Updated Jul 8, 2005
Miscellaneous: The Metro map of paris is the msot important thing in your Packing list, without it you are paralised, it is really much better to have it in your hand in spite of the fact that you can always buy one in paris or see it when you are in the metro!
Updated Aug 16, 2004
Miscellaneous: As the weather in France is really naughty and could play trickes with you, suddenly the sun is gone and it begins to rain in a strong way, don't you forget to take an umbrella with you, that was the first advice I've got from my dearest friend Simone, member sim1
she told me once you go there don't forget your umbrella, and her words were justice!
Updated Aug 16, 2004
Miscellaneous: Don't forget to pack your camera with loads of films, and the digital one with enough memory, there is no other place on Earth like Rome that will automatically force you to take tons of photos, and don't forget your umbrella!
Updated Aug 16, 2004
Luggage and bags: Yes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Yes
Photo Equipment: Yes Yes Yes LOL
Miscellaneous: Well I was most lucky to have such a gorgeous company Sara and Marco, and Marco was a charming guide, Sara and Marco were explaining everything in details, but without Marco and the map that he bought we would be lost 100%
So you'd better buy yourself a map of Venice once you get to the city, it is so important!
Updated Aug 16, 2004
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