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Answering snyderbugg’s question on dress in pubs and clubs in Scotland and Ireland. I’ve done loads of pubbing and clubbing over here, both while travelling and living, and you’ll be fine with the kind of outfit you described. You’ll see women dress on the more casual end (black pants or jeans, cute top) to freezing their butts off in slinky dresses and little skirts with strappy heels. When I was travelling I got in and out of pubs and clubs wearing jeans, a top and my black walking boots no problem, and felt pretty comfortable. Enjoy your trip!

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Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread. It’s been extremely helpful to hear that many of you have the same problems (ie. what shoes to pack!) as I do!

My question for some of you more experienced travellers is what kind of wallet did you use to hide your passport, money, etc? I’ve seen many of the money belts that go around your waist, but since I’m going to Europe in July, I worry that I will sweat right through it (gross, I know) or that I’ll develop a rash around where the belt goes. How can I avoid this? What are some alternatives?

Also, I love reading the lists of things that everyone has packed. I’d appreciate hearing more people share about what they’ve packed to Europe (the more details the better!)

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I have a money belt that is like a necklace, but you wear it underneath your shirt. Basically, the money belt part hangs near your stomach, while it is attached to a rope necklace. I got mine at my airport. Its hard to describe, but its very easy and comfortable. I found the money belts are so bulky.

And yes, the topic has been very helpful for me too!

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another great travel item:

black pashmina wrap. it’s an investment (between $50 and $100) but so worth it. blanket, scarf, hair covering,evening wrap. I wore mine with both jeans and that little black dress. get them at Nordstroms. or ask your mom for one for your birthday.

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I’m going to Spain in July and August, so it will be hot. I was planning on bringing a bunch of tank tops since they’re cool and pack light, but am worried that a money belt and/or neck wallet will be too obvious. Any other alternatives?

BTW, are tank tops appropriate? I’ve heard that you have to have your shoulders and legs covered to visit some religious sites, but don’t know about other places.

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I wear my money belt low tucked into my pants ( below my belly button)- it will be harder to hide it in shorts but when it is impossible like when you are at the beach you take a bag of some sort and only take what you need to leave the rest locked up atthe hostel.

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Susanseu, The solution I found to the tank top problem is to bring a scarf, and put it over your shoulders (like a shawl) when entering a church. This is what Italian women do…so I just copied them! I bought a scarf at the street market in Florence and just tied the scarf to my purse. No more worrying about whether or not I would be allowed to enter a church. All I did was put the scarf on my shoulders if I decided to visit a church. By the way, the only place that I encountered a dress code was at the Vatican…they turned away people who were wearing shorts, even though it was over 80 degrees outside. In Spain, I don’t recall a dress code being enforced at any churches; but it helps to be prepared in the off-chance that they decide to enforce it at the moment you want to go in. I hope this helps. Have a fun trip!

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Hi,
I know no one has responded to this forum in a while, but i believe some of us still have unanswered questions.

What i have been struggling with is what to pack for 2 months in Europe (summer). I will be in very different areas, as far north as Norway where it can be cold and rainy, and as far south as Portugal where it is hot and dry. I have most of my packing down, but one specific item i am struggling with is what to bring to waer to the theatre, opera, and symphony. I plan on attending at least one of these and i have no idea about what to wear.
I am assuming no jeans, or mabye not even pants for women? I could be wrong. Plus, what type of shoes/sandals to wear? I am thinking flip flops are not at all appropriate? Should i wear a simple black cotton 3/4 length dress? or can i get away with a summer flowery dress? I need HELP!

does anyone know anything about dressing for the theatre? has anyone had any experience?

thank you in advance

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hi again,

I am wondering what size pack you ladies carry for a 2 month trip.
Also, i need to pack for northern Europe and southern Europe (colder,wet & hotter,dry)so i am trying to figure out what will be absolutley essential.
I recently puchased a huge travel pack (5200 cu), only to realize how rediculous of a size it was. So i am sending it back, and i also just purchased a 4000 cu pack, which i am keeping because it is a woman’s fit, and it is smaller so it forces me to pack less.

what did you girls bring? How large was your bag? Did you bring a pack and a smaller bookbag to wear on front?

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hi funkyj… well im going away for only 3 weeks and im brining 4600 cubic inches backpack and one totebag which has a strap that will act as a messenger bag too (this will be for my wallet, ipod, camera, etc.). Im bringing a large bag bc i am a shopaholic and plan to buy loads of clothes and shoes! But I’m bringing as little as I can from home… so you should just figure out how much you will realistically wear/use in 2 mos and put it all in a garbage bag then bring it to a camping store and see which bag fits all that stuff the best! Hope I was some help!

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Bumping this thread up with a question about sunscreen.

Did you guys use waterproof or regular sunscreen while traveling around Europe? And if you used waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen, can you recommend a good brand that is a physical sunblock only (containing only titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as their active ingredients)? I get a rash from chemical sunscreens, and the only waterproof physical sunblock that I’ve been able to find is from Clinique, and it feels too thick and goopy.

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I’m a redhead and really fair skinned, so I’ve tested out tons of sunscreen. One brand of sunblock I highly recommend is Coppertone Oil Free. It comes w/ an SPF of 15, 30 or 45. I’m not sure about the chemical content, but it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. It’s also waterproof, but since it is oil free, it doesn’t feel as heavy and greasy as some of the others. Best thing – it’s non-comedogenic, so you can use it on your face w/out breaking out!

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Haven’t been on this post for a while, so sorry, funkyj, for never responding to your earlier post. Adidas used to make the best trail runners, but they’ve discontinued the ones I liked and now I go with New Balance or Saucony. Saucony’s a little more geared for running, New Balance for stability (if you tend to wobble—on really rocky cliffs, or maybe if you’re drunk…).

As far as theater, etc., Gap used to sell some great dresses that were washable and don’t wrinkle ever, which is just bizarre but awesome, but of course now they don’t have them, so I don’t know where you can get a substitute, but I find that if I bring one or two non-wrinkle dresses, a long skirt, plain black pants, and a pair of khakis or the equivalent, along with a few basic tank tops and t-shirts, I’m completely set no matter how long my trip is. For the theater, just dress up one of the plain dresses or the long skirt with a good scarf. On my last trip, I brought a sarong, too, and that worked out really nicely—I tied it high for sexy clubbing, kept it long for more elegant outings, and used it as a shawl to dress up for theater.

Phew! A lot of spouting, but I hope it helps…

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Well, actually, the trick for being fancy not necesarily means buying a fancy dress. That’s why black dresses are a must in ANY woman’s wardrobe, a plain simple black dress can become much more with a pair of earrings and a nice necklace.

Buying a few cheapo accesories that one wouldn’t mind loosing like a scarf like Thursday mentioned or some cheap jewelery can make a difference, and it doesn’t take up much space. I’m going for the accesorizing on the theatre part.

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About the period/horrible cramps thing. There are various solutions avaliable now which stop your period alltogether. Depo Provera for instance is a birth control shot that you can get every three months. At first you don’t get your period for three months at a time and after the second or third shot it’s common to stop getting your period at all. (no cramps ever again!)

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Really?? Such a product exists?? Then WTF do I spend 6 of every 28 days whinning?????

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Be careful with Depo!!! I have tried it twice, and both times the side effects were horrible. My period was totally erratic and sometimes I spotted for weeks on end. It is certainly the most effective birth control I’ve ever tried – I lost my sex drive completely!

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Yes, always remember that you only have one body, so be careful what you put in it. I also went through something like that, although it was not Depo, but what works for some won’t work for anothers. Don’t take your friends word on things like this, consult your doctor and try it (under supervision) before you embarc on your journey.

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About the period thing. A few years ago when I was 15 i went on the contraceptive pill for my skin (puberty blues) because nothing else woud work or was too abrasive. I’m not sexually active so still use my pill to skip my period when im going away or have a party coming up. but definitely take heed of jester’s advice: dont stuff around with your body even if your doc says its OK. mine said theres no prob skipping your period half the year, but i wanna have kids some day and kinda find that a bit gross so i only do it maybe 2-3 times a year.

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I’m going to Europe and my concern has less to do with fashion tips and packing advice, and more to do with me being short!! I’m JUST under 5’4’‘ and I’m afraid I’ll be considered a MIDGET in Europe where people tend to be even taller on average than they are in the U.S. Will I feel out of place??

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Eurorules, welcome to the club… I’m 5’4 on a good day! Have you ever met a true-blooded Italian … they’re short. I am Italian and that’s why I’m so short (and proud of itSmile
Maybe if you are going to Eastern europe you might notice it a bit more… but it’s not like Europe is a country of giants… you’ll be fine!

On the Birth control topic… I just had the Depo shot 6 weeks ago and yes, it is a change for your body! I’ve had spotting for 2-3 weeks, which seems to be stopping now and Susanseu, I hear ya about the sex drive… WTF, where’d it go. Are you still on Depo and did you find your drive came back?
The only reason I’m on it is because a doctor asked if I get migraines with visual effects (which I do) and told me it is extremely dangerous to be on anything with estrogen. Scary! So, she switched me to Depo, because that seems to be the best thing with no Estrogen. She warned that the first shot can be rough, but the 2nd is much better (I will get this 1 month before I leave) and by the 3rd the ups and downs have evened out (I will get the 3rd while I’m away, so hopefully everything is good!)
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Thanks for the reassurance on the height matter – I hate feeling like people won’t take me seriously because I look small!

As for the period issue, I know this will sound naiive, but for me, NOT THINKING ABOUT IT helps somewhat. If I have bad cramps, I sometimes pop a Midol pill (I’m sure there are European equivalents for period cramps) but other than that, there’s not much you can do but let it pass – read, relax, organize photographs, even write in your journal for those of you who are carrying one. Smile For those of you who CAN take estrogen, I’ve found Orthotricyclin Lo very effective. The "Lo" stands for lower dosage, which is just as effective: It has shortened the length and heaviness of my period, and protects me against pregnancy without affecting my sex drive. The only problem when travelling to foreign countries: the time difference – must adjust for that – count hours – not dates.

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Eurorules and Eurogirl… Don’t ever be paranoid about being short

I am 5’11" (i am of Italian heritage – but Northern Italians are taller) AND I HATE IT… Women are so much more feminine when they are short. Do you know how beautiful it is when you look up to people (this has happened once when I went out with a basketball player who was 7&quotWink… you feel so girly and protected… I have lost out on good jobs, cause the boss was a male, and came up to my boobs… It sucks

– In reply to contraception issues, I am scared cause every time I have taken the pill, I have been depressed, and gotten chubby… Do you think its safe enough just to take condomns?

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Do you think its safe enough just to take condomns?

It might be SAFER than the pill. Most people don’t realize that the pill was originally invented to be a fertility drug; only later did they realize if you stayed on it continuously was it preventative. If you go off the pill, it boosts your fertility. With time changes and the crazy schedule that sometimes results with backpacking, I’d definitely keep condoms around whether you’re pill-ing or no. And I hear you, Natashia, on the depressed and chubby. I got suicidally depressed on the pill and gained thirty pounds—and I had been effortlessly skinny all my life before. No fake hormones injected into my system ever again!

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Natashia,

I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. I would KILL to be as tall as you, but whenever I feel low about my height, I tell myself that it isn’t how tall I am, but how healthy and active I feel thats important, and what I do with my life… I’m sorry to hear about the job losses, but most research shows that taller people do better and earn MORE in the workplace (another concern for me)…

As for condoms: a definite YES, b/c BC pills don’t protect against STD’s. I wonder if both you and Thursday have tried the "Lo" pills I was talking about, but I have experienced neither weight gain nor depression as a result of it (Though I’m not a very sunny person to begin with, so mood changes for me would be harder to detect than weight fluctuations).

‘Qapla!

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Eurorules, I don’t think we get "Lo" pills here in Australia

I know that condomns are the only form of contraception that can prevent STD’s however… you know when you are drunk, or he is drunk… Gee, I sound like I am going to root my way through Europe..

When are you in Europe?

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Natashia,

If you’re interested I could send you a link to Ortho Tri-Cyclen’s website, where I’m pretty sure you can buy pills online.

I am finishing up school in America this May, and hope to be in Europe soon after graduation.

Back to studying, Frown

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A New Birth Control Pill:
I can relate to all you ladies with awful periods and bad reactions to Depo. I used to take Ortho Tri Cyclin but found that it turned me into a bit of a psycho. Unfortnately after about 6 months of stopping the pill I began getting chronic pains in my right ovary. So after the gyno searched and found nothing she decided to put me on a new pill called Seasonale. It is like Depo in the way that you take it for 3 months at a time and only menstruate 4 times a year. The difference is they are individual pills that come in a thick book-like packet, so the good thing is if you start getting bad side effects you can stop taking the pill. It doesn’t remain in your system for months like Depo. Now I never tried Depo due to the fact that I have many docs in the family and they advised me against it. I have had many friends who had really bad side effects from Depo and one friend who has always been tiny packed on 30lbs in 1 month (which took her a year to lose). So far I have had no bad side effects from Seasonale and I have lost 8 lbs (but I never gained weight on the other pills ). Plus, since it is a newer pill a lot of gynos should have samples…mine gave me 6 months worth to try. That saved a lot of money for me to spend on my trip. So any of you ladies looking to curb the long, painful periods should at least talk to your docs about it or run a search for it on the net because there is a website with info.

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Eurorules and Eurogirl… Don’t ever be paranoid about being short

I am 5’11" (i am of Italian heritage – but Northern Italians are taller) AND I HATE IT… Women are so much more feminine when they are short. Do you know how beautiful it is when you look up to people (this has happened once when I went out with a basketball player who was 7&quotWink… you feel so girly and protected… I have lost out on good jobs, cause the boss was a male, and came up to my boobs… It sucks

– In reply to contraception issues, I am scared cause every time I have taken the pill, I have been depressed, and gotten chubby… Do you think its safe enough just to take condomns?

I hear you on the height deal. I’m around 5’10", and in Mexico, there’s plenty of shorties. I just had to deal with dating guys shorter than me (and after dealing with the thing myself, then help THEM cope with it). Being tall is not a good thing when some of the public transportation is too short (sometimes I wasn’t able to stand straight in the bus, plus leg room, etc.), or when buying trousers (I buy them in the men’s department).

As for the birth control thing, please, ladies, pill or no pill, ALWAYS take some condoms, pregnancy is the least of our worries. I know we hear it at least 10 times a day, but we can never be too cautious with STD’s. I know things happen, and going to buy condoms in the heat of the moment is a turn off, so carry some. Don’t leave it all to the guys, and don’t leave it to fate either. Better safe than sorry.

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In response to the question a while ago about what to wear for PJs – check out the men’s undergarmet section of Target or Walmart. I love men’s "A-shirt" (also known as "wifebeaters&quotWink in size small – they are cheap ($5.99 for a pack of three), come in various colors (white shows stains and is boring in my opinion), and cover more than skimpy tank tops. Also, I am 6’ tall so for my fellow tall women, they run much longer than women’s tanks so you don’t have to worry about your belly hanging out when you don’t want it to. Men’s boxers are also cheap and comfy as well.

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Similar question – If I buy a curling iron in London will I need adapters or converters to use it in Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, or Italy?

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Where can you find cute, wrinkle-resistant travel clothes? I have had NO luck searching the internet. Everything I’ve come across is definitely NOT my style.

I just got a great "little black dress" at Target for $19.99. It has a built-in-bra and adjustable straps and is some sort of poly-rayon blend that is pretty wrinkle resistant. What wrinkles it does get, I’ll use the hang-it-in-the steamy bathroom trick or lay-your-damp-towel-over-it. Wrinkle releaser works great on this type of fabric too. Target also has those tanks with the built-in-bra (I hate wearing a bra!) and everything is so much cheaper than expensive travel stores or even the mall!

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OK, I HAD to respond on the height thing. I’m over 6’ tall and I LOVE it – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t love being 5’4" as much! The only thing I don’t like about my height is the difficulty I have finding clothes to fit, other than that, it’s great. I can’t imagine losing out on a job or anything else because of my height. If you are self-confident and happy with yourself, people will naturally be comfortable around you no matter your height, weight, etc. My best friend is only 5’2" and weighs over 200 pounds, but neither she nor I have any hangups about our size so we get along fabulously! I plan on having the same attitude when I’m in Europe and you should too!

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On the Birth control topic… I just had the Depo shot 6 weeks ago and yes, it is a change for your body! I’ve had spotting for 2-3 weeks, which seems to be stopping now and Susanseu, I hear ya about the sex drive… WTF, where’d it go. Are you still on Depo and did you find your drive came back?

She warned that the first shot can be rough, but the 2nd is much better (I will get this 1 month before I leave) and by the 3rd the ups and downs have evened out (I will get the 3rd while I’m away, so hopefully everything is good!)
Ciao!

I was on Depo for almost 4 years. I only had spotting when it was time for my shot (at 11 weeks). But the doctor started giving me the shot a week early and I never had any bleeding. I did gain a lot of weight. 30 lbs the first month.. then an additional 30 gradually after that. I didn’t go back for another shot as of last Nov. because the clinic at my university would no longer accept me since I hadn’t taken classes for a semester, and I didn’t have health insurance (or a lot of money to pay for it). I didn’t realize until recently that when i was on it I just didn’t feel like myself. My X says I’m a completely different person now. When I stopped I had really bad cramps, but no bleeding for about 3 months. Then it didn’t stop. It was so heavy that I felt week and had to keep drinking fluids. Then eventually I got to the point where I have my period every other week… and was extremely moody… one day I’m be on top the world, the next thinking about finding the nearest cliff. (please note that prior to the depo I really didn’t have PSM or mood swings). Everything is getting mostly back to normal. I’ve lost 1/2 of the weight I had put on and couldn’t manage to loose before, and I feel better… but I have read that people who have been on it a while will continue to experience these symptoms for a year after the last shot.

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This should be at the top
Keep ‘em coming!

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Great thread!

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I am going to Europe for a month in June and I need some shaving advice. I really like to use shaving cream, but I am worried that the container is two big. Does anyone know of any good products that are smaller to pack other then a can of shaving cream? thanks Smile

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Jamisie—

There are a couple of options I know of:

1. You could wax your legs and avoid shaving your legs in Europe. Waxing them generally leaves them smooth for the first two weeks, prickly by the third and thinner, lighter hair but definite hair growth by the fourth. This doesn’t take care of the underarm area problem, but I bet you could wax that too…just never have before.

2. In most Walmart, Eckerd type stores they have an area where things are a buck and under and are travel size. I have picked up a small can/travel size of shaving cream for shaving my underarm area (since I wax my legs) and it worked out well. Just keep it in something plastic (like a ziplock bag or a bag that holds toiletries) and away from your clothes just in case.

3. Schick Intuition shaver. It is bigger than most shavers but it has a pad around the razor part that secretes a shaving cream so it lathers and then shaves and eliminates shaving cream cans. I am thinking about picking this up for my trip to Europe this summer to avoid even the travel size shaving cream can and razor—2-in-1 deal sounds like it might save space in the end. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t tell you if it works well but I think it is only like $7 or $8 so you could try it and not be out too much if it wasn’t really what you were looking for.

4. In a pinch, lots of soap.

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2 more shaving options: Kiehl’s makes a great, though very expensive, shaving cream called Absolutely Maah-velous that’s meant to be used without water. It’s essentially a lotion, but it works amazingly well. You can get it in little travel/trial packets that are about the size of a ketchup pack and take a bunch of those.

Option #2 that works well: just use lotion and shave outside of the shower. Best with disposable blades, as they do get gunky, but works nicely, particularly in skanky hostels where you don’t want to spend too long in the moldy shower stall.

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I used the new Razor with shaving cream around it and it works well for 2-3 times . The shaving application is uneven it left rajor burns after that. I still think Venus is the best! Only good thing with this one is that its compact.

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Similar question – If I buy a curling iron in London will I need adapters or converters to use it in Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, or Italy?

Yes

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What a great thread!
I did my first backpacking trip with my husband for 3 weeks to morocco/spain and realized i missed the glamour once we hit spain!

I’m preparing this time for at least a simple/light weight options..and got a great tank with knee length skirt that does not wrinkle and looks great!.
Thanks for all your suggestions!
one question .I’ve checked out target, walmart, old navy, sears, etc for cheap poly/cotton mixes that would travel well without any luck this year!! ugh..so had to resort to travel tshirts from REI and a pair of capris from them…

Anyone have any other luck?

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I leave in just over two weeks, and am very pumped. I haven’t ever gone before, so I’m a little worried about my packing, so I got started early. But I want some advice from fellow girls. I am going for 7 weeks all around (Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Greece, and maybe a few others), and would love some input!
My packing list thus far:

lightweight zip off pants
light cotton shorts
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blue corduroy pants
knee lenghth lightweight peasant skirt
a sarong (very versatile and usefull, so I hear)
long sleeve shirt (meant for hiking base layer)
3/4 sleeve button up shirt
lots of socks and undies
2 or 3 built in bra tanks (love these!)
2 or 3 tee shirts (?? don’t have a clue how many shirts I need)
rain jacket
walking shoes
flip flops
MAYBE my Birkenstocks
assorted toliettries/meds/ect
disposable cameras
sunglasses
sketchbook/journal/pens/pencils
guide book
international cell phone
super absorbent towel
hostel sheet

So, I have a few questions….
#1. I very rarely wear makeup. Most often just on special occaisions, should I bother bringing it with me?

#2. If I don’t get an mp3 player for graduation, my only option for bringing music would be my dsicman and cds. Seems like an awful lot of weight, but I LOVE my tunes and think I would miss them. Worth it?

#3. Shoes, argh. All my semi-dressy ones are heavy and I can’t see myself wearing them much. I know there is already a flip flop thread, but would they really be innapropriate for me to wear around particularly with my skirt? And if not, would my Birks be any better?

#4. buying toliettries in Europe… do they have words in them in English? I would sure prefer to know what I was buying instead of making random guesses.

Thanks muchos!

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#4. buying toliettries in Europe… do they have words in them in English? I would sure prefer to know what I was buying instead of making random guesses.

I don’t think that will be a problem at all; most products I’ve come a cross has text in english and you could always ask.

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Tertia—about the makeup question. I usually don’t wear makeup day to day either, but I feel if you have room for three pairs of shoes you should be able to throw in a few items to help glam up your look when you go out. Cover up is a must—hides imperfections that may pop up or bags under your eyes from sleepless nights. (On the same subject, throw in some Clear Eyes for redness). I would also add a little blush, an eyelash curler, and lipgloss. Skip things like foundation, powder, eye make up, and anything else in your cosmetic bag. If you’re in need of foundation or something to even out your skin tone, they make these great tinted moisturizers that provide the face lotion while covering lightly.

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There are a few clothing necessities that a girl HAS to have:
1. The Mini T – These are great! Small, light, and comfotable and not to mention roll to the size of socks. Bring several colors. (I am bringing about 5)
2. Cropped Pants – These are very acceptable and are lighter and smaller in size then jeans. Not to mention a little cooler on hot days. Khaki is such a great color too (versatile) and they can be dressed up or down. Black ones are a great choice too. Try Target for inexpensive ones.
3. Velor/Track Pants/Lounge Pants – These are great for train traveling days but also take up little room in your suitcase. Try Old Navy for a cheap pair!
4. Mini-Skirt – Versatile, though possibly not appropriate for everywhere. They are so small though why not pack one? Also great for beach areas.
5. A sweatshirt – Nothing too bulky, but definitely something to keep you warm.
6. Tank Tops – Old Navy has 2 for $10 tanks right now that fit great and pack great. I would advise bringing lots of colors in these.
7. Scarves – Scarves are really in right now and a cheap way to dress up your outfit for a night on the town or cover your head on a bad hair day.
8. Strappy Heels – These can dress up an outfit and are so small now, why not pack a pair. (I would suggest black)
9. A Great Little Dress – Dresses are a great way to feel sexy when most of the time traveling you are not so sexy. They pack well too.
10. "Go-Out" Shirts – These are usually cute, sexy, and usually really tiny so they pack to nothing. Bring a few (you love) along.
11. The Camisole – A white cami is a girls best friend. Make sure it is lined with a "bra shelf" and pack about 2.

These are my suggestiongs for some glamour wear while traveling. Don’t forget a swimsuit and remember the golden rule. Only bring what you love! Don’t bother bringing clothes that you can’t definitely say you are going to wear, or that you don’t really wear at home! Also, try laying all your clothes out before you leave and mix and match outfits to see how many possible outfit choices you have. Try to avoid shirts that only go with one pair of pants etc. you get the idea! Smile Also remember that you can do a load or two of laundry while there! Happy Packing!

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Will I really be doing enough dressing up while traveling for 7 weeks to need things like skirts and heels? I mean, I do wear them around on a fairly regular basis at home, but I’m not sure if they would be that worthwhile to carry. Most of the time I will be walking and carrying stuff right?
So in general, to those girls that have gone, how often did you use your dressy going out clothes?
I only have 1 skirt packed (lightweight knee length), and several basic shirts that can be dressed up or down, but I just planned on wearing my skirt with flip flops should I decide to dress up and go out.

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Here is some advice on the shaving issue. I recently bought a razor that is great. It has built in shaving cream. The razor is sitting in a little square that soaps up in water. The razor is called Intuition. It will get rid of the having to bring shaving creams and gels

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So in general, to those girls that have gone, how often did you use your dressy going out clothes?

I wore my skirts all the time. Took two and wished I’d had three or four. Lightweight summer skirts can be worn during the day – they’re cool and comfy and more versatile than shorts and you blend in a little better. Then you can put them with a nicer top and a little pair of strappy sandals to go out at night. The basic little black skirt or dress is a must-pack. You might be surprised at how often you’ll wear it.

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re shaving cream

When travelling I use sunblock (banana boat in the big tube) that doubles as shaving cream. I use it on my legs and my husband uses it on his face. It’s creamy, cheap and has two uses.

Seconding the bring a skirt advice. I wore my military-ish knee length olive green H&M skirt every day on my recent trip to croatia. I wore it hiking and for sauntering around in town depending on the shoes. Cute and I got a tan on my legs. I hate shorts and this worked out nicely. Also: so-called tankinis (two piece bathing suits but the top is longer) that can double as a camisole-type shirt and for swimming.