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What to bring when traveling?


Hi Everyone!

I am going to be traveling to Europe in about 2.5 weeks. I'm taking a summer course in Rome for a full month and then backpacking through Europe!

I was wondering if anyone has any advice about backpacking through Europe? I know I need to pack light... but can anyone suggest some important things to pack?

I have never been to Europe before :P
May 14, 2008 @ 10:06 am

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lots to say

I was going to respond here, but I had so much "wisdom" ;) to share that I ended up writing a blog post about it. Check it out!

May 14, 2008 @ 02:31 pm

check out her blog

Hi artist, a good friend of mine traveled through Europe from April-June in 2006. She kept a blog of her travels while she was out and about. Its probably loaded w/ all kinds of helpful information for you. I suggest you peruse through it!

May 14, 2008 @ 03:33 pm
Ali de Bold

so jealous

I'm reading these posts and am so jealous I can hardly speak. Have such an amazing time!!!! And please think of us when you're strolling the cobbled streets, sitting at a french cafe or blowing the last of your budget at a fabulous boutique. Can't. Speak!
May 14, 2008 @ 03:36 pm

Oh wow!

LOL... you ladies are too funny :P

And thank you for all of the really awesome advice!


Mamaluv, I didn't expect you to write an entry! That is super-helpful! Spotty thanks for the link! It's awesome!

And I really need all this advice too... ahaha it's going to be completely a new experience for me!

lol Ali, I don't even want to think about how broke I will be when I get back...

Thanks again ladies... YOU ARE ALL SO AMAZING!

May 14, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

more stuff to pack

Don't forget sunscreen!
And I can't think of what it's called, but it's like a travel pillow for your neck. I brought one for my trip last summer - about a 13 hour flight - and it saved my life. Plus it's great for long train/bus rides as well. I got a blow up one from Walmart, which I'd recommend because it takes up next to no space.

Since we're on the subject and all - in September I'm moving out of the country for five months (possibly longer). Aside from being completely freaked out/excited, I'm such a pack rat and have no idea what to bring and what to leave behind.
I'll be living in a youth hostel for the first three weeks. For the rest of the time I'll be sharing an apartment (furnished) with three or four other people on the same program as me. So basically there won't be a lot of space and I need to pack as efficiently as possible BUT make sure I have everything I need.
Oh, and we'll also be going on day/weekend trips - camping, hiking, etc.
I'm also thinking of staying behind once the program is over and then (like Artist!) traveling through Europe.
May 15, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

break your habit

We moved to and from Europe twice: the first time we dragged everything along, the second time we garage-saled some stuff and stored the rest with relatives. We took only the bare necessities and planned to buy stuff when we got there. You really don't know what you'll need until you get there, so I'd suggest you stuff your packrat habit and just bring your necessary favorite things and figure the rest out later. Student life is great that way; you'll always find people relocating and they'll be glad to unload stuff for cheap. Then you turn around and do the same when it's time for you to go. It really doesn't make sense to pay for the shipping costs of your stuff from home unless you are sure you'll need it.
May 15, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

Ciao Tutti!

I am in Rome now.

It is beautiful here...

And the ShopCrawl Part 3 was also amazing!

I hope that everyone back in North America is enjoying the summer.

Jun 04, 2008 @ 06:19 pm
Ali de Bold


I hope you are having excessive amounts of fun. Kiss an Italian ;)

Can't wait to hear about the trip when you're back!
Jun 04, 2008 @ 08:41 pm

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