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Packing Light: An Index of Therese's "What to Wear/Pack" Posts

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Think you can’t do carry-on? Think you can do carry-on in the States but can’t on budget airlines in Europe? Just wish you could learn how to pack lighter? Well, here are updated links to a series of posts going back to 2003 by a very wise packer, Therese.

For those of you who have never read Therese’s posts, she travels for work and with family around the world. She usually attempts to do carry-on after a careful research of upcoming travel restrictions, although she does often check her bags on the way back home. And she packs slightly differently for each trip. Thus she’s written a series of nine posts entitled “What to Wear/Pack”. The first one was written before liquids restrictions; the last is still being written.

In each of these posts, Therese details packing lists for a variety of situations, but if readers have the time (Therese is the first to say that she and her keyboard are awfully friendly), the most beneficial part of reading her rather lengthy entries is following her thought process for packing for each trip.

More specifically, for those of you who do carry-on or very light packing, you know that the thought process BEFORE the trip is the tedious part so that travel itself becomes the easy part. I think we can agree that all of us, no matter how we pack, need to update our thinking or open ourselves to new ideas because a fact of life is that things change. Therese's posts show an evolving packing pattern.

Adding more of a challenge is that Therese has foot problems and has had to make accomodation for special footwear, etc.

I tip my hat to ScotLib and others who became Therese fans long before I and who have also helped index Therese’s fine work in the past. And I hope Therese feels free to correct any or all of my summaries! I won't be insulted, Therese. Promise.

Happy Reading,
Alessandra

Therese's “What to Wear/Pack” Thread Links with Abstracts
(Note: I often paraphrase Therese's own descriptions)

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpack.cfm
Part 1 / 2003: Pre Liquids Restriction. This is Therese’s intro to packing with some guiding principles and some discussion by other posters. Therese packed in this thread for a week in Venice with her two children. Her stay was in a hotel, so she had no access to laundry facilities, and the early spring weather predicted to be warm ended up being cold, windy, and rainy/snowy.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpackpart-2.cfm
Part 2 / 2005: Pre Liquids Restriction. Therese packed here for a two-week trip. She had a week’s business trip in Athens requiring a business wardrobe in scorching temperatures and a week’s holiday in Italy (half in Florence, half in Venice) with her family. She had no access to laundry facilities at any point.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpackpart-3.cfm
Part 3 / 2006: Pre Liquids Restriction.Therese travels for business to Berlin for a week in spring. She posts BEFORE she leaves, describing her thought process. She will be in a hotel, so she will not have access to laundry facilities. Follow-up posts by other board members are interesting. (Note: I think this trip ended up being cancelled)

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpackpart-4.cfm
Part 4 / 2007: Post Liquids Restriction. Therese describes her packing for a week’s holiday in France, mostly in Paris but also two nights in Normandy in private homes (different homes each night, so no laundry access). Since her Part 3 thread, she has spent a week in Italy (work) and a week in Portugal (holiday).

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpackpart-5.cfm
Part 5 / 2007: Therese does it all with one carry-on (purse that was carried separately was able to be tucked into her carry-on). This is an early September work/holiday trip to Amsterdam/Antwerp and Rotterdam with four train segments, several hotel changes in weather that ranged from hot and humid to cold and windy. No access to laundry facilities.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpackpart-6.cfm
Part 6 / 2008: A week of work in Budapest in May. Therese stayed in an apartment, so she had access to laundry facilities, but doing carry-on on way over meant she could be rerouted easily when her connecting flight was cancelled. She substitutes backpack for purse this time.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpack-part-7.cfm
Part 7 / 2008: Therese describes preparations (with NEW suitcase) for a September work trip that means attending two meetings in two European towns, Bremen and Bordeaux. She discusses in detail the packing restrictions for low-cost European airlines and how she’s going to deal with that.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpack-part-8.cfm
Part 8 / 2008: Therese describes packing for a January three-week trip across the world (a couple of stops in Europe, then Japan, then Mexico before returning home to the U.S.). She thanks fellow Fodorites crckwc1 and Challiman for reviewing http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/New_Travel_Vest_Women.shtml.

*****http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/what-to-wearpack-part-9.cfm
Part 9 / 2010 (to be continued): Therese is packing for 18 days in September 2010. She will have 6 days in Valencia (holiday/work), then on to Uppsala, Sweden via London and Stockholm (meeting) and then on to Houston, TX (meeting). Items, among others, under discussion: packing for budget air travel (again), the agonies of trying to find the perfect bag, reversible down coats, new purse, bringing/finding foam pillow for travel, Shure ear phones.

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