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2 wk trip to Europe, can you do it in carry on?

2 wk trip to Europe, can you do it in carry on?

Apr 6th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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Like Lee, I also traveled for weeks in China with my carry-on (and a small backpack as a purse, where my literature lived). Pack small toiletries or none at all if you'll be staying at hotels that provide them, and bear in mind you can buy a lot of items there and leave them. Hand-wash your dri-fit socks & underwear from the day every night and hang dry. Get more than one (sometimes THREE) wears from a shirt or pants. I only "cheated" when I shipped some souvenirs home - via ground, since it's cheaper.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 03:04 PM
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PepPatti thanks; I found this one on the site; wonder if it's yours: http://www.brylanehome.com/product.a...=1&DeptId=7499

I'd love to find some of those "instant cup of coffee"s that are described in the Born to Shop books--the author says they're everywhere but I've yet to find them in Italy. Looking in wrong places?
For emergencies, of course; as soon as the cafes are open I'm set.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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No, those must have been pictures you had looked at before- that old link to my pictures doesn't work anymore.

Here's a link that works (I hope)
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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:20 PM
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Two carry ons. My 22" has a suiter so I hang my shirts in the lid. It has three pockets on the inside that are connected to the sides of the suitcase. I put my socks and other garments in this. I also use the two sided packing cubes for toiletries. I pack any bulky sweaters or clothes in those air bags (the ones you roll the air out of)and bring one extra pair of shoes. The trick is to wear layers on the plane shirt, sweater, jacket instead of packing it. I then use my carry on duffle/tote bag to put small purse, tickets ect in. I bring a Samsonite nylon fold up type duffle bag. On the trip home, I toss all my clothes in the duffle as a checked bag allowing for me to pack any gifts and things I bought in the suitcase. And yes I take advantage of laundry service once midway through the trip.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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I do it all the time, and do it for all sorts of weather in all sorts of places (hot, cold, city, country, U.S., abroad) and for trips combining casual, business, and even formal dress. My husband does it as well, and so do our two children.

We each have a 22" roller and either a briefcase, duffle, or day pack. The bags are never stuffed full on our outbound leg, generally pretty tight by the time we return.

I don't necessarily carry the larger bag on board, particularly for transatlantic flights, but do appreciate the smaller size once I'm there and dealing with public transportation and trains and no elevators.

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Apr 7th, 2006, 02:50 AM
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I go to Europe for eight weeks at least every second year, and take only a carry-on backpack. It can hold more than enough clothes for four days, and my time in Europe becomes multiples of four days. I launder every item regularly, not being willing to tote around dirty clothes. During my time in Europe, I will attend at least two 3 Star Michelin restaurants, so I don't exactly slum it. In short, I behave much the same way as I do at home: If the clothes are in need of a visit to the laundry, then that's what happens.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 05:36 AM
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I travel with a carry-on and a tote with me. I also bring an empty nylon duffle bag for my souvenirs. I keep a blanket packing list and modify for each trip (http://www.luvtotravel.homestead.com/packing.html) It looks like a huge list but everything fits in my bags.

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