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Has anyone ever bought hair dye in Europe? Is it basically the same as the stuff you get in the drug store here? I’ll be travelling for 2 months and will need to touch up my hair. Should I just pack some dye or buy it there?

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I went more blonde when I was in Ireland and was very annoyed they don’t sell the brand over here. Don’t pack hair dye, the stuff over there is the same or better and it would most likely leak in your pack anyway.

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It’s most likely that whatever brand of cosmetics you’re using at home is either from France, or else the stuff in France is better than what you’re using. European drugstores can be a lot of fun to browse.

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Cheap clothes suggestion: TARGET. (I pronounce it "Tar-shey", but that’s just me.) I just left there, and I got a cute slightly-longer than knee-lenth black skirt & matching boat-neck top (put ‘em together and it passes for a little black dress), stretch capri pants, various shirts in nylon/polyester blends… and ALL SO CHEAP. When my order from LL Bean comes in later this week I think I’ll be returning a fair bit of it!

Also, they have tons of sample size shampoos, etc there, but not many brands. Good for people like me who aren’t too picky.

Now — more shoe tips! I STILL don’t know what I’m going to wear during the day when I do all my walking — I wear Reefs 100% of the time now, but will I be able to handle walking in them all the time? I hate athletic-type shoes…

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On the underwear topic…I also do not wear underwear when wearing pants (with skirts/dresses I’ll be wearing thongs) and don’t see that you need to on the trip…unless your pants are extremely tight around the crotch area, you are not going to be getting them any dirtier than usual (mind you, I am judging this on my own body and I’ve never had ‘staining’/‘smell’ problems)…

Also, I am planning on doing the consecutive bc pills to avoid my period…I recently switched to Yasmin…does anyone else continiously take this kind of pill?

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I’m amazed at how long this thread is. Smile It has survived for so many years!

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Has anyone ever bought hair dye in Europe? Is it basically the same as the stuff you get in the drug store here? I’ll be travelling for 2 months and will need to touch up my hair. Should I just pack some dye or buy it there?

My experience may be outdated now, but about 6 years ago on one of my trips, I needed a touchup too. I just used the regular Clairol type stuff at home and when I priced it there, it was about $20 a bottle – way too expensive for my budget. It may have gone down since then, and also it may depend on what country you’re in when you buy it I think. The $20 was in Switzerland at a local drug store. My advice would be if you bring from home, make sure it is in a packet that won’t explode while you’re traveling.

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Hey girls. I’ve done a bit of traveling in Europe and I lived in Liverpool and went to university there. I made a lot of mistakes on my first trip to Europe and I would like to impart a few things to you to make your life easier.

so here are some things i’ve learned:

to keep things smelling fresh in your old stinky backpack…use bounty dryer sheets. they last forever and even if your clothes are dirty they can at least still smell good.

hefty makes 2 gallon zippered plastic bags. they can pack down like vaccum packs and keep the old smelly stuff off the not so smelly stuff.

for the body and face i use neutrogena fragerence-free soap. one bar lasts for a month of regular use. and that brand is sold all over europe.

shoes are a pain in the ass. i can’t ever make up my mind on what to bring with me, but i always have flip-flops. they aren’t really sold as cheap or as often in europe so remember them before you leave the states.

i’ve travelled in the winter and i discovered that a good polyester long sleeved shirt under everything keeps me warm. i also had a scarf. they are a cute accessory and keep you warm.

when i was in the south of france i went swimming in my underwear and didn’t feel awkard, but a swimsuit would have been nice.

i know that people say jeans are bulky and take forever to dry when you wash them, but they are my favourite thing to wear and i didn’t wash mine for 3 weeks at a time. it might not sound too clean but they weren’t ‘dirty’ and nobody knew but me that it had been that long.

and throw-away clothes are great. t-shirts, underwear, socks. they can all be found at any market in europe for dirt cheap. plus you can take a little bit of europe home with you.

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http://jcrew.com/cat…

What a cute dress- I’m so tempted to buy it!

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Hi snyderbugg
I use the Yasmin pill. Iv been on it about a year and a half now. Iv never had any problems with itSmile
Could anyone recommend what clothes I should bring on my 2 week holiday in Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland? I will be there for the first 2 weeks in October!
Thank you!

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I’m going to Vienna this fall for study abroad and then plan on travelling around during January. Last time I backpacked was during the summer where clothing is smaller and lighter. Does anyone have suggestions for winter packing given the same sort of space restrictions? Thanks

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this thread is amazing! thanks to everyone for the info. I am going to be travelling alone in the UK and Ireland in August and have really appreciated all of the tips. I hope I can contribute when I come back.

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I have questions about toiletry hanger. How can a short person hang it on the shower head? What if there is no shower head?

How do you hang your clothes when you go into the shower in the hostels?

Oily acne prone skin: how do you take care of that on the road? What kind of make up, sunblock work for you?

For the people who use roller bag (what size?) instead of backpack, do they really work better?

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re: cleanser on the road

i would highly recommend the new facial wipe thingys-i use oil of olay’s for sensitive skin, and they are fantastic. for those of you who haven’t seen them, they are disposable washcloths that you wet and then lather, and then rinse the washcloth again and use it to wipe off the lather. they are perfect, b/c all you need is water. you can even do it on a train or bus by wetting the wipe with water from a waterbottle, it won’t make a mess. i take them with me all the time, they are really small, i fold them up into a ziploc, and SO MUCH better than worrying about a bulky bottle leaking.

they are kind of pricey for drugstore cleanser, the best price i’ve seen is 4.99 for 30. BUT they are big, so i cut them in half, it gives me 2 months worth of cleanser, which isn’t that expensive.

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I just wanted to tell you my mother made me leave my nail enamel at home… I missed it and just had to buy some in Ljubjanna! So yeah you can bring something if you really want it, even if it is a bit foolish!

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I was in europe last feb. and i decided to dye my hair. It cost about $13 cdn for the cheapest bottle i could find and that was at Manor. This was in switzerland though and things tend to be more expensive. A friend of mine dyed her hair too and hers turned out great. So did mine….for 2 days until all the colour washed out except for some "interesting" looking blotches! I think it depends on what kind of hair and what colour your going. I tried to go darker and my friend went lighter, but if you just touching up it should work good. I think the brand name was called Schwartzkopf??
As for what to pack for lux/belgium in october, i was there near the end of october last year and the weather was beautiful. I say bring a couple of paoirs of pants for the mornings and evenings when its cold, something for rain and wind(elastics if you have long hair!), and one or so sweaters in case you get cold. Have an awsome trip!

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I colored my hair in Paris with a box color from the cosmetic store. The color wasn’t exactly the same as the one I was used to, but the maker was the same (Garnier) and it turned out great. Make sure you check the manufacturer as they are usually the same as they are in the states (Loreal, etc).

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Starfruit, you are a lifesaver! The darling JCrew dress you linked to was sold out, but I found a cute wrap one for $9.95! And, I was able to get a petite size…which is great, because JCrew tends toward longer dresses that just don’t work at 5’5’‘. With shipping, my order was only $15! Great advice.

I need some advice—In late Feb/early March, I’ll be traveling to Rome from the US…my first international experience, and I’m going alone. I’ve read that the common temps for Rome at that time are around 50F…but is it rainy? Cold wind? I’m concerned about packing a jacket that is too warm…or not warm enough. I’m thinking about sticking with a medium-weight jacket, and bringing clothes that can be layered underneath if it is cold or worn alone if it is warm.

I can’t say how much this post has helped! I’ve been reading posts for a while, and I always felt kind of ridiculous wondering about hair dryers when others are talking about taking only two pairs of pants. Smile I’m only in Rome for 8 days, and I might take a couple of days to see a more rural part of Italy…so I’m going for slightly backpacker-y (as I’ll be walking a lot) while trying to look un-touristy (as much as possible). Basically, I want to look fairly good when I’m wandering around Rome. Smile

Keep posting to this thread—it’s great. It could well be its own section!

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Talk about the "Mother of All Threads"!!!!!!!!!!

The Herr has been to Europe 8 times since this thread was first created and it’s still going on!!!!!

DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Leave it up to ya’ll women who talk about how to stay pretty as if ya’ll were traveling to Mars!!!!!!! Ya’ll would think all the topics would be covered by now!!!!!!

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Paris, Nice, Arles, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Madrid
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It seems like so many questions could be answered by this thread so I decided to bump it up…Smile

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Sunscreen:
I have very fair,acne prone skin so my dermatologist recommended using Shade 30 Gel or Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Gel. She said that gets are much better for acne prone skin than lotions. I found the Shade Gel at Ulta 3 Cosmetic stores in the USA. Hope that helps others with sensitive skin.

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Any ideas for comfy, yet fashionable shoes that aren’t sandals? I’ll be going April 17-30 this year and my chacos will leave my feet a bit cold I fear!

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Has anyone used those travel wallets that you wear on your leg? I’m thinking of using one for my trip next year. It seems like a good alternative to the other types of travel pouches out there if you don’t like the thought of a neck wallet showing through your tops.

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Hey Girls,
I have spent the time to look through each message posted here regarding what to and not to pack. However, i still have questions. I am traveling to several varied regions of Europe this summer (July 6-Aug 26)and know i have a tendency to pack wrong. I either over do it or under do it.
I will be visiting the Scandinavian region for about 2 weeks and plan on doing alot of hiking, rafting, horseback riding, etc. In addittion, throughout my travels i plan on running/jogging a few miles or so in the morning to keep in shape. So here is wherein the show issue arises——

I am looking into trail-running sneakers. Does anyone know if they are equally as good for running as they are for hiking through forests and mountain regions? Can i get away with getting these for the assorted activities?

Another shoe issue—
I am not a club-going sort of gal, but i enjoy livley bars with dancing. I also like being comfortable and dont wear dressy shoes. So, my question is—
is it tacky, inappropriate, weird, etc. if i wear a simple pair of black flip flops? I also have a pair of black platform sandals (i am short and need height) that may be better. Any ideas? Comments?

Other clothing issues/concerns/questions:

ABout this black dress thing, i hear that a black dress is a staple item in a woman’s wardrobe. OK, so i finally got one, so my question is— is there any other staple item that is pertinent to my packing?

What about a light fleece— is it really necessary in the summer?

THANK YOU!
Take care and be safe on your travels,
Melissa

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I’m new to Europe, but I used to work and travel on boats, which meant only brining the nec with still trying to look good when you wanted to explore! I have the same problems you do when it comes to packing! One thing that helps me is to pack items that can be multi-used. For example, I plan on packing a nice light pair of pants and a skirt that go with every thing and then the tops I chose can be worn with either. The difficult part about packing is that there are always going to be somethings that you love but only go with one thing! I hate that… but I try to leave those things at home to be practicle.

Also, I love jeans but they take up so much room! I am packing lighter more compfortable cloths for when I have the pack on and travelling to new destinations. Skirts and compfotable dresses take up little room and are great when you want to explore the area, or chill with a nice glass of wine!

Also, bring the nec. cloths and leave room to buy a couple of things on your way! My girl friend went with one pair of shoes and baught two pair (cutest shoes) in Europe! Put a couple of hundred asside to buy there… I have heard that it is worth it!
I’m not sure if this helps at all… GOOD LUCK

Leanne

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Hello. To the question about the flip flops in clubs/music bars…I see a lot of women wearing the flip flops or flip flops with the little heel on them in the clubs…I tried it one night, however, unfortunately, it seemed my feet got pretty dirty and stepped on a couple times…a bit painfulSmile

Also, if anyone has any ideas on the comfy,fashionable, yet functional black shoes I’d still really appreciate itSmile

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Thanks everyone for your responses

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Hey Snyderbug… here are a few suggestions for fashionable black shoes. A lot of people wear those chunky leather sandals with a back strap, but I hate them. So I’ve ordered these shoes:

http://www.zappos.co…

I plan on wearing skirts most of the time and figure these will go well for every day. Simple shoes are amazingly comfortable. Zappos is a good website to use because it lets customers write reviews about the shoes. If you don’t like these in particular look around the web for other Simple shoes, they make tons of cute and comfy ones. I find that these are really helpful in deciding if a shoe is actually comfortable before I order.

As for going out shoes… I think they are a must. I would suggest buying a pair of fun shoes while you are over there. Prices are comprable or even cheaper. That way you can possibly go a few days without lugging an extra pair around. And you have a nice momento from your trip.

When I’m packing clothing I only pack things in three colors: black, red, and tan. I usually do a skirt in black and red, a tank in all three colors, etc. If you keep everything in that color scheme, everything goes with everything else. Also you will look more European if you stick with black, red, and neutral. Lastly, instead of a fleece, I pack a black cable knit sweater. It goes with all the outfits, but is warm and functional.

Lastly, I would reccommend taking a few accessories. I’m an accessory queen and you can dress up every outfit you have with just a few good accessories. If you are going out to a club or a nicer dinner after sight seeing all day, you will want to feel and look a little nicer believe me. A few pieces of jewelry (like dangly earings), a colorful scarf to tie around your waist, or some bangle bracelets will do wonders for your mood. Accessories are light and take up no room. Just make sure you don’t take anything that you would be really upset about if it was lost or stolen. Also look to buy jewelry there. Another good momento. And for those who say makeup is a waste of space – don’t listen. A little bit of mascara, eye liner, and a glossy lip color will also go a long way to making you feel nice. Just don’t go overboard. Take just the baisics, but take something.

Hope that helps everyone!

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hey ladies,

Thanks for all your helpful advice.
Now I have a fashion question:
Since i know nothing about fashion and fashion no-nos, i am wondering—-
can black sandals be worn with anything?
meaning—
can i wear them with colors such as sky blue, tan, and even brown?
I have this cute pair of comfy platform sandals that i have in several colors to wear with assorted skirts and such during the summer. But since i have to limit what i pack, and i love to wear lots of color, can i get away with wearing simple black shoes?
I hear black goes with everything, is that true?

I think i am putting way to much thought into packing and planning what to wear. Why am i making this so complicated?

thanks for your help!

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Regarding the trail runners:
That’s all I bring for closed-toe walking shoes whenever I backpack, and now that’s all I use for working out at home. They’re really comfortable, good for streets and hiking, and tend to be pretty durable. They also tend to be better looking than most sneakers—I hate sneakers, but I can wear these with a long skirt or most pants and not look like an idiot.

As for the flip flops: last trip I brought a pair of fancy beaded flip flops instead of small heels, and it wasn’t the best idea. I got blisters between my toes, wore them out halfway through it was almost like not wearing shoes at all, and my feet got stepped on a lot. Flip flops also just don’t make you feel sexy in a club.

I wouldn’t bring platforms either, funkyj, only because they take up so much room. I’d go with small or thin heels. But, as with everything here, all IMHO.

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Thursday,

Thank you so much for your input regarding the trail runners and flip-flops vs. platforms.

I hear ya about the flip flops in clubs/bars etc. And yeah, platforms take up way too much room, but mabye i won’t bring that extra something.

As for wearing sneakers with skirts, i always wondered about that, i see people pull it off and look cute, i just cant seem to. I am way too short and stumpy for that!!!

Any trail runners you recommend?
Asics has a pair i was looking at.

THANKS!!!

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My big shoe discovery!!! COLE HAAN
I have been planning for my trip for a couple of months. I knew finding a great pair of walking shoes needed to be a priority. I had images of sore, blistered feet ruining my wonderful trip! I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair. In fact, I actually bought a pair that felt fine/looked cute in the store, took them home and made a point to wear them around the house as I did chores. After 30 min my feet killed. Return to store! A few weeks later I found another pair. Did the same test and didn’t like them after 10 or 15 min b/c I felt them rub on my heel weird. Return to store! Maybe I am just super picky? Or have weird feet?? Don’t know but whatever the case I found my dream shoe! Cole Haan is a division of Nike. Some of their shoes are made with the famous Nike "Air" technology in the sole. I got a super cute pair of black slides and in the sole you can see that little window of air like you see in running shoes. So comfortable. Great for walking. And the shoe itself is a stylish, black leather flat slide. I was hooked. I went back and bought another pair of shoes too. This time a semi-chunky, dark brown leather sandal. Same "air" technology in the sole.
I think this is a perfect combo….cute shoes that are made to be comfortable for spending a lot of time on your feet.
Those of you in the US (in certain states) that have Nordstrom or Nordsrtom Rack, you can find this brand there. I got both my shoes at Nordstrom Rack….each were regularly in the $150 range but they were marked down to approx $50 eaach. I think you could check Nordstrom’s online or maybe Cole Haan online.
Good luck looking for good shoes!!

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My big shoe discovery!!! COLE HAAN
I have been planning for my trip for a couple of months. I knew finding a great pair of walking shoes needed to be a priority. I had images of sore, blistered feet ruining my wonderful trip! I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair. In fact, I actually bought a pair that felt fine/looked cute in the store, took them home and made a point to wear them around the house as I did chores. After 30 min my feet killed. Return to store! A few weeks later I found another pair. Did the same test and didn’t like them after 10 or 15 min b/c I felt them rub on my heel weird. Return to store! Maybe I am just super picky? Or have weird feet?? Don’t know but whatever the case I found my dream shoe! Cole Haan is a division of Nike. Some of their shoes are made with the famous Nike "Air" technology in the sole. I got a super cute pair of black slides and in the sole you can see that little window of air like you see in running shoes. So comfortable. Great for walking. And the shoe itself is a stylish, black leather flat slide. I was hooked. I went back and bought another pair of shoes too. This time a semi-chunky, dark brown leather sandal. Same "air" technology in the sole.
I think this is a perfect combo….cute shoes that are made to be comfortable for spending a lot of time on your feet.
Those of you in the US (in certain states) that have Nordstrom or Nordsrtom Rack, you can find this brand there. I got both my shoes at Nordstrom Rack….each were regularly in the $150 range but they were marked down to approx $50 eaach. I think you could check Nordstrom’s online or maybe Cole Haan online.
Good luck looking for good shoes!!

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I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this brand, but the most comfortable flip flops are by Reef. After some wear, they seem to mould to your feet. But you have to buy the thin cushiony kind.. not the thick platform ones, which I’ve never tried but they don’t look as comfy!

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RE: fall backpacking.

i made this weird 10 day trip from sevilla to vienna this fall. (my mom works for the airlines, so i fly for free). in any case, i had one teeny backpack for those 10 days and two very different climates. here’s what i packed:
1 pr. jeans (wore them)
1 pr. black pants, wrinkle free.
3 long sleeve shirts
my puffy black jacket.
underwear, socks, two bras.
i brought one pair of shoes-here’s what i think will be most helpful for people. i brought the PERFECT pair of shoes for when sandels are not appropriate, a pair of black hush puppies. they are fine under jeans, really really comfortable, and believe it or not they looked great under black pants for going out. you can also use merrills or the italian brand geox for similiar type of shoe. they look like clunky, almost boot like, but they really look good under pants. and they were good for both the warm weather of sevilla and the frigid cold of vienna.

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I second the comment by rumladada. Reefs are way comfortable and they are much more durable than the $5 flip flops you can buy at Walmart or Old Navy. You can wear them in the shower, to the beach, and around town. I wore mine almost everyday for 2 years.

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hey girls,

regarding Reefs:

I love them and wear them all summer as well. They are totally comfortable and there are many colors to choose from so they can go with everything, and they are thin and light to carry so you can pack like 5 pairs. BUT—-
i do not know how they are when walking on the cobblestone of europe, plus, i dont think it would be good to wear tem in clubs or higher end bars.

I will be packing them for sure

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Has anyone gone to the pubs, clubs in Ireland and Scotland previously? Two places I have never been but am leaving in April for…wondering how fancy or how casual they are…I seemed to get away with black pants, cute top, and black shoes in all of the other places I’ve been and figure it will be the same there, but wondered if anyone had any first-hand experience. Thanks, Danielle

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Is cobblestone everywhere? I’ve heard a number of people mention it. If it is more common that not, wouldn’t a pair of dressy heels be a bad idea? I was going to bring one pair of tennis shoes, one pair Reefs and one pair black slides with 2" heel. Should I rethink?

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Iam not sure if this has been answered…I will be traveling through England, France and Italy for about 3 weeks. Since the majority of the trip is walking, walking, walking, what is a very very good walking shoe that doesnt look so sporty-ish(for example, Nike’s.) Also, how many shoes have you all taken with you? Thanks.

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Ooh…another question…As far as birth control pills, how have some of you dealt with taking them, with the time differnence and all? Especially when traveling through different countries and time zones. Thanks.

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Hey Ladies,

I am sorry to post yet another message about shoes, but
it seems that packing and choosing shoes are really an issue for us, and it proves the old cliche to be true (at least for most of us). Despite all of your helpful advice, i still am unsure as to what shoes to bring. I know i will want: comfortable walking shoes, cute dressy out-at-night shoes, hiking type shoes, open and airy flip-flops, and probally everything in between.

The reality is, they take up tons of precious space and are heavy. In addition, some shoes will only be needed in certain regions (i.e. hiking shoes in Scandinavia, won’t need them in Prague)
This is what i have resolved myself to—-

I will just buy whatever i need along the way if i have chosen the wrong pairs of shoes and mail home what i no longer need.

Oh,
I have a color question—-
i wear alot of color (sometimes i look like rainbow brite), espically blues (mostly sky blue) and i am wondering—
are beige/tan shoes better, or basic black?

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Hi everyone,
A message regarding cobblestone and heels—-

I think it depends where you are, like if you are in a major city or some remote village. I think generally you will find cobblestone everywhere, (i could be wrong because i have not been everywhere).

I don’t suggest wearing spiked heels, or any heels for that matter. Yes i know, flats don’t always look the best with that cute skirt, and if you are short like me, you want height. What i would do is bring a pair of platform type shoes. Something like espidrilles, they have a flat wide bottom, but give you height and elongate your figure but raising your heel.

Last year i got these cute sandals from jcrew that have a wide cork bottom and like a 2 1/2 -3 inch heel. They are (suprisingly) very comfortable (i wore them all day walking around the zoo)and can be worn to dress up or casual.

plus, if you live in the US—
check out the store Bakers, they are in almost every mall (at least in NY). Bakers has a variety of shoes like this. They also have a website— i think it’s just bakers.com, or bakersshoes.com

Hope i helped you

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Hi. On the birth control pills (and pills in general, including my vitamins)…I just pop my first the moment I get settled into my hostel/hotel when I arrive. Then, I take them the next morning and so on…I’ve been traveling for the past 6 years or so and this has never caused a problem…a few hours here or there won’t impact anything…

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Has anyone gone to the pubs, clubs in Ireland and Scotland previously? Two places I have never been but am leaving in April for…wondering how fancy or how casual they are…I seemed to get away with black pants, cute top, and black shoes in all of the other places I’ve been and figure it will be the same there, but wondered if anyone had any first-hand experience. Thanks, Danielle

Hi Danielle. I was wondering how long you will be in Ireland and Scotland. I will be flying into Dublin on May 17th and would be willing to meet up. This will be my first backpacking trip by myself and I am really looking forward to it. Please let me in on any tips you’ve received regarding these areas.

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Ali, Hi. Unfortunately I am past the college days and can only allocate 2 weeks to Europe per year…staying there April 17 – 30…I’ll be sure to post any observations on Ireland and Scotland back here when I return that might be helpful for you! Have a good trip!

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im having the shoe delema as well..and i have a great tip for you all
OLD NAVY FLIP FLOPS!
they are selling them right now for 2 pairs for 5$! they come in almost every color in the rainbow..i have pink, black, and army green..they can be used as shower shoes (which are great in a hostel,) and match with almost anything in the summer..and are totally trashable for 3.50 each

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Wow, you guys seem to put too much thought and worry into what you will take with you. I lived in Europe for more than 13 years and visited nearly all the Western European countries and a few of the Eastern ones as well. I’ve traveled by trains, planes, automobiles and busses, and spent and awful lot of time walking around London, Rome, Paris, Glasgow, Cologne, and too many other places to mention, mostly with everything I brought carried on my back. First of all, you should plan on carrying everything with you all the time and then pack light enough to do it. If you have never done it before then try doing a pre trip weekend before leaving home with everything you thought about taking along on the trip, packed as if you were really hitting the road. Even though it sounds crazy put your pack on and spend about 10 hours Saturday, walking around with it and then do it again for 8 hours on Sunday. It doesn’t matter where you walk, or what you do, but take the pack with you everywhere, so you can figure out what to do with it before you are stuck overseas and having to live with your decision. I know this sounds extreme but it will really make you aware of what you are getting yourself into.

No matter how awesome your clothes, make up and shoes may be if you are totally beat from carrying too much with you, you will look bad, and not enjoy the trip. Plan what to pack and delete half of it once you get it all picked out. You really only need to take a few simple things and then accessorize to dress them up or down as the need arises. In my experience a trip to Europe is a once or twice in a lifetime experience for many people, so you should try to have fun and enjoy yourself rather than worrying what to wear. I would also suggest trying to see a few places more in depth rather than trying to pack in 15 countries in 20 days. The whirlwind trips seem to be more about the travel and less about the places you are trying to see, which in hind site, seems a waste of time and money. I’ve been there, done that and got the tee shirt. Also remember that film is very cheap compared to returning to Europe to try to get the shots you missed.

So, for a two to three week trip I would recommend one comfortable durable pair of shoes to walk everywhere in, and one pair a little dressier, for the times you feel the need. It’s not a bad idea to have flip flops or beach/sauna shoes, to wear if your main shoes get wet along the way. It seems like a good idea to take enough undies for the whole trip without having to wash any. Microfiber stuff packs very small, as do thongs. 3 tee shirts, one light, one dark and one in between should be enough, and you can take a couple of tank tops and one long sleeve top as well. A sweater or light jacket should take care of the cooler times. Take along that basic black dress, one or two skirts, and not more than two pairs of pants or slacks, plus a pair of shorts, and you should be good to go. This is already too much to take along, but it will do.
European countries usually have all the amenities we do here in the USA, so unless you really need certain beauty/hygiene products due to allergies, or medical needs, everything you need should be available in country.

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I would say that in many towns you can find cobblestone streets, but don’t worry about them being everywhere, since they are not. Taking along adapter plugs like the ones sold at radio shack is not a bad idea, but neither is buying your curling iron or hair dryer in the country you visit. The UK has 240 volts and plugs similar to dryer plugs over here, most of the rest of Western Europe uses 220 volts and the standard round European plugs, Italy has 220 volts and a mixture of the European plugs and an in-line plug, and then some Eastern European countries and parts of France hav220 volts and use a variation of the standard European plugs with the ground sticking straight out.

Many cities have Pedestrian Zones, which are usually a downtown area closed off to traffic with hundreds of stores lining the streets. Think of it as an open-air mall. They have many of the same fast food joints over there as we do here but please try out the local cuisine. Why go all the way to Europe and act and eat like you are in America. Of course if the local stuff kills you, you can usually fall back on the fast food you know and love, and be pretty sure the quality and taste will be familiar. I would recommend drinking bottled water on your whole trip if you can, to help protect your digestive system from all the differences in local water quality. If you go to Rome, the little water faucets on the streets have very drinkable water, and you can get by with buying one bottle of water, and refilling it for free. Once you get there, you will see many other people travelling, and you can chat with them to find out local hot spots and traveler friendly places to eat, socialize and clubs to hit. Although I have not seen it mentioned, it may be a reasonable idea to take a small bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen, some Tums, Zantac, Immodium and perhaps Phasyme, Sudafed, and Benadryl. The blister packs of many of these, pack, and travel well, and should be kept in a ziplock to ease transit through customs. I usually take a single bottle of White Rain shampoo, to use on my hair and body, and it lasts for a month quite easily. You really don’t need all the make up you use here, and will look overdone in many places if you do. Basic Eye liner, perhaps a foundation and one or two lip sticks are probably going to be enough unless you plan to hit all the ritzy places, in which case why are you going on a back pack trip? Ok, so some of the upscale clubs in Paris won’t let you in unless you are dressed to kill, but do you really want to spend a fortune for a night in a club. It cost 5 of us nearly 400 bucks for one night in one of those clubs, but it was for a birthday, and seemed worth it at the time.

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As for carrying money, credit cards and the like, you should consider taking some local currency with you but you can usually get better rates in country. Take some travelers checks, and cash them as needed at the bank, plus they can be replaced if lost or stolen. You should split your money with the majority of it hidden away but make sure to carry enough in your main wallet or purse to be believable should you get robbed. It will keep them from looking for and finding the rest. I always carried money in a pendant wallet, an ankle wallet, some tucked in my shoe, and of course my main wallet for my normal purchases. Never transfer money from one wallet to the other in public view, and be sure to keep up with your spending since it’s easy to over spend. If you plan to spend an extended time in one country, you can notify the consulate that you are there, and they should be able to help you if you run into problems. This State department web site, http://travel.state…. can give you current warnings and is worth looking at before you go. This CDC web site, http://www.cdc.gov/t… can give you health warnings and concerns before you go. Look at it too, and perhaps ask your health insurance company if you have coverage while travelling outside the USA. Nothing bad will happen to you while you are traveling, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared and educated to help keep it that way. Above all, please have fun while you are on the road, and it should be memorable.