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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:49 AM
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>>take jeans because they are heavy and take up room in the bag <<

I read that alot and I'm puzzled...how big are people's jeans that they take so much room in the luggage? My jeans are not that heavy and don't take any more room than a regular pair of pants would..... What kind of jeans are thos that take soooo much room?
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Yes, they are acceptable!!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:52 AM
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I've always wondered about this too. Jeans that are "too big" and "too heavy" and "not versatile". Mine aren't big, heavy and are the most versatile article of clothing I can think of.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:55 AM
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A pair of 501's does take up more room than a rolled up pair of light khakis. Plus, the jeans wont completely dry overnight after a hotel room hand wash.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:57 AM
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I have never hand washed any article of clothing in a hotel room - nor have any plans to do so. The amount of time it takes an article of clothing to hang dry in a hotel room has ABSOLUTELY NO MERIT in my decision on whether to pack it or not.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:59 AM
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I am amaxed at the amount of replies...thank you all so much! Now, please tell me what the weather is going to be like. Is 60's really the avg temp mid to late October?
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:03 AM
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It's those bib overalls that take up so much room!!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:10 AM
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But, SeaUrchin, the bibs are so handy. There's a pocket for almost everything and you can wear something warm underneath - or virtually nothing underneath if it is hot. Those front bib pockets are just the right size for passports and have a snap to secure valuables. So far, nary a one pickpocket has gotten into one of those pockets without my knowing it!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Starrsville,

LOL...plus no one on this board has ever said that they weren't acceptable in Paris,London,Rome,etc.... I know I wear mine all over.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:16 AM
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Another question I have ..... Why would you need to wash your jeans overnight? Unless you spill something like chocolate syrup all over them? Otherwise, if you do spill something, just wash that area...I would never wash something, especially jeans, in a hotel sink, you could never wring it enough, so it would take a long time to dry. And khakis would show the dirt much more, so that you would need to bring an extra pair of pants...or have to wash them...jeans don't show dirt and therefore, don't have to wash them in the middle of a trip.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:17 AM
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I can see it now - bib overalls will become the chic new traveling uniform for Fodorites everywhere. No worry about what bag/purse/pocketbook to carry, no more money belts or fanny packs/bum bags. The ever versatile overalls (or over-halls as the grandparents used to say! )
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:27 AM
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An easy way to identify fellow Fodorites!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 09:51 AM
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LOL
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Aug 21st, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Topping for the OP. Looks like the bibs have hijacked her thread.

I'm thinking 60's during the day and cooler at night. Just check on some national website to check out monthly averages, but you can never predict the weather. Bring some rain gear.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 11:12 AM
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oh, I always take jeans when traveling, except when I know it will really be too hot for them. I think they are very versatile, durable, comfortable, and don't show wrinkles.

I don't know why people are always talking about jeans taking forever to dry when somebody asks about this. Why people would be handwashing jeans in a hotel room sink is something I can't comprehend, or why anyone would need to do that. I would never wash any pair of long pants in a hotel room sink, regardless of what they are made of. I don't even see how you'd do that, they wouldn't get washed very well, and many sinks would be too small. Jeans shouldn't get that dirty on a short vacation that you'd need to wash them -- well, I never do. I would never want to wear a pair of "light khakis" out to dinner (well, I wouldn't wear them ever, I think they are too masculine) but I would wear a pair of stylish black jeans with a cute top and night shoes out to dinner.

Same for the heavy, big issue. I often wear them on the plane, anyway, but they aren't any bigger or heavier than any comparable pair of pants. I think that's the issue -- sure, they are heavier (and thus warmer) than some very lightweight pair of rayon or cotton pants, but that's one of their advantages. I take them as an alternate that I might want when the weather is cooler, or in the evening.

Some people are just anti-jeans, I don't get any of those reasons for not taking them in October.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 12:06 PM
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I've worn jeans and sneakers in Europe since 1983. No problems then and certainly none now. As far as washing and drying them, if I can't find a self service laundry, then I wash them in the sink. Last May while in Santa Margherita I had stretch jeans and they dryed overnight hanging in the shower. I was amazed.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
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Heels for night...I love wearing them with jeans, skirts and pants at nights. Are they really impossible on the streets? I cannot imagine dressing up without them...
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Aug 21st, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Am I the only person willing to admit that it is no big deal to wear damp jeans the next morning after washing them? They dry very quickly from your body heat.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 01:31 PM
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CAAA - I always wear heels, especially at night - Italy, Germany, England - doesn't matter. The worst that happens is sometimes the heels get chewed up by the cobblestones. When I get home - I get them repaired. Although - I admit, it's getting harder and harder to find cobblers in the small town area I live in.

When we were in Italy in April - my husband wore shorts and sneakers during the day and jeans with doc martins at night. He didn't bring a sportsjacket and never missed it. We didn't eat high-end, but we ate well.
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Aug 21st, 2006, 05:00 PM
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I am also a jeans wearer and always take a nice-looking pair that fit well...unless I'm heading to a super tropical place.

But I have traveling friends who never take jeans (the 'too bulky' argument) so it completely depends on you. If you are self conscious, bring them only if you look good in them!

A cute jean jacket has been a favorite item of mine on the last two trips to Europe (but not with the jeans; jeans plus jeans looks like a prison uniform to me).

I never bring tennis shoes to Europe but only because I don't find them that versatile or comfortable. I like the cute Pumas and other more fashionable-looking ones (which are all over Europe, of course) but they just don't fit me that well...
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