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Study Abroad + Backpacking Questions

In a few weeks I’m starting a study abroad program in Central Europe that lasts a month, then I’m stay five weeks afterward to backpack around the region. I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out what to pack and how much!
I’m flying in and out of the same city I’m studying in, so was hoping there would be a way to size down and store some of my things until I come back for my departure flight. Does anyone know if this is possible?
Either way, what’s a reasonable amount to pack? How much will they allow me to bring onto trains, etc?

Why Pack Light

So I’ve been reading all these threads about packing light, light, light, light. Under 25lbs so on and so forth. I’ve hiked up some of the biggest mountains and hills I can think of 10 miles plus and done it with 50 to 60 lbs and been perfectly happy and fine. I don’t understand what the issue is.

Cheaper in Italy?

So, I’m going to be studying abroad in Rome, Italy this fall for college, and I’m already thinking about what to pack. Does anyone know if there is anything I can get cheaper in Rome than I can in the U.S.? If I know I can get something like cheaper toiletries, makeup, or basic cooking supplies or something I can leave them out of my luggage to pick up in Rome— and I’m hoping to squeeze everything I’ll need for 5 months into 2 suitcases and a carry-on, so every item counts!

I hope someone has some insight on this. Thanks for your help!

One week and counting...
Travelogue Entry in Seattle, WA, United States

Stressed about packing!!

So I am leaving on my trip in a little over 2 weeks (YAY!) but I am freaking out over what to pack. I am only taking my (carry-on-sized) backpack and a cross-body purse. I am going to the UK in September. It will be much cooler there than my home is/will be. It is still 90+ degrees Fahrenheit here every day and looks to stay that way for a while, whereas in England and Scotland the average highs are around 58-68 F and lows in the 45-55 F range. Especially considering where I am coming from, that is COLD. So I am torn about what to take with me.

Is this the right backpack?

I am taking a 3 week backpacking adventure through Western Europe from Sept 21-Oct 13.
I need a backpack that I can check in as a carry on on a couple EasyJet and RyanAir flights. I am packing pretty light (2 shirts, 2 jeans, shoes, 3 underwear, 3 socks, 1 lightweight fleece jacket, 1 pair of under armour for the cold weather and toiletries), but I obviously do plan on buying some items over there.
I am more concerned about how comfortably the bag will carry about a 30 pound load.

Short-term Storage for Luggage

My friends and I are studying abroad next spring and are hoping to travel around Europe before we settle in to our respective countries. We’ll fly over to Europe with all of our luggage for the whole semester. But we obviously don’t want to be carrying our stuff around for the whole trip. Do you know of any places where we could rent some cheap, safe storage space or lockers for a week or so? Does this thing even exist?