My 12 Day packed suitcase

Jun 8th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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DiG, a bum bag is also known as a fanny pack. "Fanny" is a pretty rude slang word in Australia and New Zealand, hence the different name.

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Jun 8th, 2006, 11:09 PM
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Hi DiG,
Most of your questions have been answered: However:
1* All shirts are polo type, therefore shortsleeved. Also easy to wash and dry.
2* Shoes are leather laceups of the Sioux brand. And they are size US13.
3* A windcheater is a long-sleeved, crew-necked pullover.
4* I'll be in Europe this year from late August for eight weeks, and I am usually there in the warmer months.

Hi Intrepid,
I'm 6'3", and weigh 280lbs. If I can get by with that packing list, then so can most folks!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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Michpeg - I would definitely take something smaller than a 29" suitcase. I just did a domestic trip with a 20-21" roller and a flight bag. Even these got pretty heavy lugging them up ramps, down halls, up steps, etc. It convinced me that I don't want to take any more than that for my upcoming Italy trip.
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Mar 11th, 2007, 04:21 PM
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Mar 12th, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Michpeg, is this a bus tour like Globus where you don't have to handle your own luggage?

If yes, first of all confirm with the tour this size is acceptable - different tours may have different allowances.

And I recommend to take a large suitcase BUT fill it only half-full. You will need room for souvenirs, but only one suitcase per passenger is allowed.

If this is not a bus tour, if you'll have to handle your own luggage, than take the smallest size possible.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 04:36 PM
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Wow! I admire those of you who can pack light--I'm not one of them. I often wear at least 2 outfits w/ accessories per day when traveling through Europe. The best I can do is squeeze it all into a rollaborder and my "personal" item for a short trip (1-5 nights). For 12 days, forget it--I'm bringing the same, plus checking the big 29".

It's not a vacation for me if I have to do laundry, although I have been known to use the dry cleaning services of the hotel once or twice!
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Mar 12th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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BRAVO!!! So glad you did not pack a pair of dress shoes/mules/pumps...BUY in PARIS!!! Have Fun!!!
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Mar 12th, 2007, 05:27 PM
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Great tips!
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Mar 12th, 2007, 05:34 PM
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Don't feel bad: there are more people around like us (I also cannot travel light). I see them all over airports, pushing carts full of large suitcases....
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Mar 12th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Great packing tips. I'm going to Vienna, Geneva, & Paris, two weeks each, on business, in April and May. I'd appreciate advice. I want to pack light but be well-dressed. I'll have some down time to explore and do day trips. I'll be in nice hotels, plus one apartment. Do I need a blow-dryer? I was planning to pack minimal toiletries and buy there. Same with umbrella.

I'm really trying to pare down. Considering the following:

blue pin-stripe suit
blue pumps
black jacket and slacks
black pumps
black walking shoes
2 white blouses (1 plain, 1 lacy)
black lightweight cashmere sweater
white sweater
dressy lace jacket
3 shells (solids)
1 twin set (white or red)
black skirt
2 pair reversable hose (black/blue; black/brown)+ 1 blue and 1 black pair
kimono robe
3 socks
light short raincoat

I was also thinking of brown or khaki pants for casual traveling around days.
Does this sound like I'll need a steamer trunk?
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Mar 12th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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BookishBabe, couldn't you wear the black pumps with the blue pinstripe suit? Then you wouldn't have to bring the blue pumps which you would only be wearing with one outfit anyway.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 08:00 PM
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Mar 12th, 2007, 08:00 PM
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I had thought about that. You don't think black shoes will look tacky with a blue suit? I'll go with the consensus!
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Mar 12th, 2007, 08:11 PM
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*I* don't think so, as long as you don't wear blue hose. Black hose or even nude hose would be fine.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 08:14 PM
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I packed light for the first time in my life last summer, using the carry=on RS bag. (Usually I overpack). It was great, liberating actually, to travel so lightly. (Europe, 2 weeks)
I had 2 pr slacks and 1 skirt - and next time I may leave the skirt behind (although I enjoyed having it).
2 pr slacks
1 skirt (optional)
2 sleeveless tops
1 short-sleeve top (cardigan style for layering)
1 long-sleeve top (cardigan style for layering)

I found terrific travel clothes (Babette) non-wrinkle microfiber, comfortable, sink wash cold, dry in 30 minutes. Each piece folded into a med. ziplock bag.
Tilley's socks and underwear also easy wash/fast dry.

My only regret was not packing an extra foldup zip bag to bring home souvenirs. We tried to buy an extra bag in Paris but too expensive.

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