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Stinkeye,

sunscreen! excellent bit of advice Smile

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OOOOh! I still can’t decide – do I take my heavy hair straightener with me and buy an adaptor for my 3 week trip? Do I buy a new smaller slim one here that weighs less? Do I just forget it altogether and go out at night with weird half-curly wavy hair? Ahhh! Being a girl sucks! (I’m going on a Contiki trip, so I already know il be at clubs and dinners and dances and stuff)

Anyways, I’m sure I’ll end up being a total girl in the end and choosing option 1 and lugging my straightener around….oh dear…

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Katty, do you have wavy hair or curly hair? I have wavy hair and use a round brush with a metal that heats up with the hairdryer to manage my wavy hair and to straighten it. I bring that on trips and use the hotel hairdryer which you might do if you don’t want to bring extra equipment. If you have curly hair, wouldn’t have to drag around a diffuser in order to keep the curls manageable and not going frizzy? Sounds like you might have to bring something no matter what then, so bring the thing you love and use everyday instead of being over there and hating your hair the entire trip. Do consider a smaller version though to save space though and you can use it on other trips so it won’t be a waste of money really.

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Anyone know of a great walking shoe/sandal (that doesn’t cause blisters with weeks of walking in them everyday) that goes great with skirts? And gets you into places with strict dress codes (St. Peters, places to dine or dance).

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One more question—does anyone know of a good sunscreen for your hair/scalp? I have seen on the internet that they make a spray sunscreen for babies scalps but I don’t know of where to buy anything like this for adults. I don’t want to have to wear hats but I don’t want my scalp to burn though.

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On June 13, Iam leaving for Europe for 3 weeks. I will be in England, Italy and France. Iam looking at the clothes that I have and I realize i have lots of striped shirts and tank tops (Its the Florida cracker in me) . Its been awhile since I have been in Europe, so does anyone know if stripes would make me "stand out" as an American? Are stripes popular in Europe?

Also, I have picked out 5 blouses/t shirts and 3 tank tops. How many shirts have you taken with you? I am not sure if i will have too many or what. They are also very light and thin, so they dont take up as much room.

Ahh..i totally forgot about how crazy it is stressing over all these little things!!!

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OOOOh! I still can’t decide – do I take my heavy hair straightener with me and buy an adaptor for my 3 week trip? Do I buy a new smaller slim one here that weighs less? Do I just forget it altogether and go out at night with weird half-curly wavy hair? Ahhh! Being a girl sucks! (I’m going on a Contiki trip, so I already know il be at clubs and dinners and dances and stuff)

Anyways, I’m sure I’ll end up being a total girl in the end and choosing option 1 and lugging my straightener around….oh dear…


Katty, I too went on Contiki and I lugged around a hairdryer for the 2 months (cause I always use one at home otherwise my hair dries funny and frizzy, so I assumed I couldn’t live without it in Europe). Big mistake. After the first couple of days, I just started to let my hair dry naturally. Maybe it was the water, or the humidity, or something, but it actually didn’t look too horrible most of the time.

And I found that, while there were a lot of dinners and going out and whatnot on tour, most everyone did "low-maintenance glam". In other words, basic skirts and tops, only the essential makeup, no-fuss hair. We all looked a little road-ragged after a while, and to be sure, we’d seen each other in every item of clothing a zillion times, but it didn’t matter one bit. Nobody cared.

My advice? Forget the straightener. I found it was so hot and humid everywhere that straightening my hair would have been useless. And like I said, everyone went with the natural hair look after the first week or so.

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Im really worried that im gonna put on weight, im a fitness nut as well but im also worried that ill take sandshoes with me and then never use them and be stuck with them ni my pack….what does everyone think?? alchol will make me put on weight and all the good food….

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Annaspanna—there used to be a thread about the weight gain or loss on your trip to Europe. I don’t know if this link will work, but hopefully it will and will help answer your question.
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On the thread people mentioned their body type and exercise level and how they did with their weight on their trip.

Remember that muscle burns calories and makes your metabolism higher, so as a fitness nut this will be in your favor. Also, you will "lose" weight as you lose muscle mass from not working out while there (muscle weighs more than fat). But most of the weight gain or loss will come from how you are spending your trip. Are you back packing? Walking to most places/sites? How big is your eating and drinking budget? How long is your trip?

I work out every day and realize that because I won’t be working out while on my trip (even though I will be doing a ton of walking) and that the food and wine will be too good to resist that I will end up gaining a few pounds. But I also know that once back, they will easily come off because it is above my body’s set point and I will be back in my normal routine. Yeah make smart choices (say no to the third gelato) but enjoy your trip and not worry about your weight.

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Re: the fitness nuts…

I’m a fitness nut, too, was even a personal trainer for a while, and was freaked out about going to the land of croissants and cheese…but with all the walking and the backpack adding an extra thirty pounds, it’s not too bad. One of the best things to do is just roll out of bed and do a few situps and push ups. It makes such a difference to just do a minimal amount, both mentally and physically. Occasionally, I would get a dorm room in a hostel that was empty except for me, and in those places I always made sure to do some more stuff—lunges, squats, stretches, etc. It worked out to a pretty solid basic routine that got me through my trips without many weight issues, even with all the butter-eating. It also made a difference for the few long hikes and horseback rides that I did—I hadn’t totally atrophied…=)

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great thread!

I know I am going to overpack when it come to heels( Ineed at least three), (then walking shoes, and tennis shoes, so five pairs)….I live in them for clubs and dancing. I mean 4inch or higher..and I’m used going to clubs and showing skin(miami style) so my question is,will I stick out in cities like, paris, barcelona,milan,and athens where I plan I doing most of my partying. It’s hard for me to believe that the women don’t glam up/skin out to go clubbing, but I don’t what to be perceived as a prostitute!

Also I like color. I hate tan, black, white…really will I stick out(by just being me?)with vibrant colors like pink, love pink, greens, golds?

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OOOOh! I still can’t decide – do I take my heavy hair straightener with me and buy an adaptor for my 3 week trip? Do I buy a new smaller slim one here that weighs less? Do I just forget it altogether and go out at night with weird half-curly wavy hair? Ahhh! Being a girl sucks! (I’m going on a Contiki trip, so I already know il be at clubs and dinners and dances and stuff)

Anyways, I’m sure I’ll end up being a total girl in the end and choosing option 1 and lugging my straightener around….oh dear…



lol i’m going to be in the exact same situation. i have long thick hair that knots easily when it’s not straighten. you have no idea how long i have looked for a battery operated hair straightener (do they make those?)

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quote:you have no idea how long i have looked for a battery operated hair straightener (do they make those?)

Check a beauty supply store that serves professional hair/makeup people. They make butane curling irons that don’t need to be plugged in, I know, but I’m not sure about straighteners…I have hair that refuses to curl myself. =)

You’d have to buy butane once you got there, though. They don’t let you take flammable liquids on planes. Probably a good thing…

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My friend and I just got back from Spain – she took her Chi Straightener. LOVE it. Slim small, easy to pack. With a small converter it’s like carrying around nothing. Go for it.

As for the girl who has to take three pairs of heels… are you high? Have fun crossing the cobblestoned plazas and going downhill. I took one pair of platform heels – actually I didn’t take them. I bought them there and then attached them in a bag to the outside of my pack. Worked like a charm. If you take all those shoes, please come back and tell us logistically how you managed.

People are wearing short skirts and little tops – just classy versions thereof. Please don’t shop at Wet Seal or Bui Ya Kah and parade it around in Europe.

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Hey, great advice in this thread!

Just wanted to mention a few things since most of my jobs have been health- and AIDS-related:
About the birth-control pill, i put myself on a 7-week cycle – i just take two packs continuously and then break a week. It’s recommended to have a period at least every three months if doing that, but i’ve heard from doctors and studies that it’s safe. As for the time-change question: apparently the most important week is the first week of taking hormone pills, so try to be no more than a few hours out if you’re just starting your cycle. But as someone else said, this trick can’t be used for tri-cyclic pills. And it also doesn’t work for everyone, so make sure it works for you before you plan a trip around it.
Doctors have free samples of most major brands of birth control, not just the new ones. Having a dad who’s a doctor with a well-stocked sample cabinet, i know this for a fact (yeah, it was an awkward conversation to have, but hey, free birth control till he retires!).

And girls, please bring condoms!! Birth control/period regulation and safer sex are two separate issues! I suggest hitting your local Pride celebration (if you’re in a big city) for all the free condoms you can stuff into your pockets.

Anyways, on to things i know way less about. This is my first backpacking trip and i have a few questions.

- Tank tops and exposed bra straps. It’s become a pretty standard sight around here, and i must admit that i’m guilty of it. So forgive me for even asking, but is this a no-go in Western Europe (Amsterdam, Paris, London, Bruges/Belgium)?

- Has anyone brought an electric battery-operated razor? Or is this too extravagant? I figure it’ll take up as much space as a normal razor and shaving gel or conditioner.

- I’m travelling alone, and I’m using a money belt and plan to have my passport and cards on me at all times. What do i do if i want to go swimming?!

- I have a pair of those cheap and lightweight foam black platform sandals (very simple with a black band over the foot. hopefully someone will know what i mean!)… i figured they could double as shower shoes (extra height and they’ll dry quickly). But will these pass as dressier shoes if i go out to a club or something? I’m also packing my comfy Nike sandals for warm days. I’d like to bring running shoes for cooler days, but should i just bring socks for the Nikes? Is this really acceptable? (it’s pretty frowned upon in these parts).

Thanks so much!

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I’ve seen plenty of skin at European night clubs. Showing your braStraps is tack no matter where you are (IMHO).Yes you may be mistaken for a prostitute (I was Smile ), don’t take it personal, there are obnoxious hornballs in every country. As for shoes, they don’t seem to be too picky (at least twards girls) I’ve breezed in places in sandals and Dr. Martens boots while they were rejecting ppl in nikes and even loafers. Smile to the bouncer and you’ll be fine.

AS for shorts, YES ppl DO wear them in Europe, it IS ok to wear shorts, you won’t be called a freak (not talkin’ Daisey Dukes of course. Capris/highwaters are less normal than shorts (plus UGLY), opinion again, of course Smile )

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for washing on the fly I have found that the DOVE face towels (not sure exact name) are very usefull. They actually have enough soap on them to lather up my whole body if I don’t run them under the water much. Make a great substitute for a shower, just need one of those and a towel or washcloth for rinseoff and dry. Or in the shower in place of washcloth and bar soap.

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I agree with Lex on the washing on the fly. I use the Oil of Olay face wash sqaure cloth thingys (techincal term I believe!) and it removes make up and dirt so would make a good substitute for what Lex was talking about. Walmart brand (Equate) makes them too I’ve seen and less expensive but I’ve stuck with the Oil of Olay ones.

I know a guy who brought is electric razor to Europe because that is all he’ll use and it was fine for him but others say it’s too much. I think you should stick with what works best for you. I get my legs and bikini area waxed but I use the Intuition razor for under the arms because it has the shaving cream and razor in one.

Not sure about the money belt and the beach. I remember reading old posts on it you could search for that or hopefully someone will respond regarding that specific concern.

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I have on a few occasions burried my money belt in the sand at the beach. It sounds risky but if your sneaky about it so know one knows what you did and still keep an eye out etc. it’s the best soloution I’ve found, at least when a safe or great locker aren’t an option. Just remember to mark the area so you don’t forget where it is.

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This may sound silly, but has anyone brought a curling iron with them while travelling? My hair is at a really wierd state right now, and it looks awful if I don’t curl it. Also, I figure it would be convenient for going out.

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Great advice, Kid. About the tank top thing, yes, it is tacky, and yes, it is whory looking, but we all use them, LOL. Regardless of what they make us look like, I haven’t seen many locals dress that way, but the place is packed with tourists that use tank tops and exposed bra straps. You won’t be burnt alive for it.

Now, some places may frown upon the sandals, but it depends on where you want to go. I was frowned upon my sandals only once in Madrid, but I haven’t had any troubles at all in other cities, and I’ve seen loads of girls using the cheapest ugliest and most common kind of sandals. Maybe the places I don’t go to arent really fancy, but welcome comfort. I’ve even managed to get into pubs wearing the shower sandals, tank top with exposed bra and folding the bottom of my trousers as if they were capri. I look like a bum, but they don’t seem to care. And if they do, there’s plenty of pubs.

As for the money belt, call me stupid if you will, but I think the money belt will be safer in a locker back in the hostel than buried in the sand for some looser with a dog to find, or washed away by the sea, or forgotten by a drunken me.

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Yeah you always have to be smart about not losing you important stuff & money. Thats a good way to mess up a trip. If you can’t have the important stuff ON YOU have an eye ON IT, Or locked up someplace reliable. Another trick I use is keeping emergency money hidden elsewhere. This is most often a $50 hidden in a maxipad or tampon. I also stashed my cash before in a wonderbra and was glad I did because everyones bags in the room got ransacked and looted and my money was the only valuable left by the MF because it was inside the bra (they have pockets meant for padding). And if I’m going to be getting drunk I safty pin my money belt to my clothes as many times as I can tolerate (lost it once on a cruise, lickily got it back fineSmile )

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Yeah you always have to be smart about not losing you important stuff & money. Thats a good way to mess up a trip. If you can’t have the important stuff ON YOU have an eye ON IT, Or locked up someplace reliable. Another trick I use is keeping emergency money hidden elsewhere. This is most often a $50 hidden in a maxipad or tampon. I also stashed my cash before in a wonderbra and was glad I did because everyones bags in the room got ransacked and looted and my money was the only valuable left by the MF because it was inside the bra (they have pockets meant for padding). And if I’m going to be getting drunk I safty pin my money belt to my clothes as many times as I can tolerate (lost it once on a cruise, lickily got it back fineSmile )

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I practically live in jeans, tshirts or polos, & flip flops-would I be allowed into a club in Europe with a pair of jeans, a tshirt/polo, and flip flops? I’m not a big fan of little clothes that fit extremely tightly =\

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Tank tops with bra straps didn’t seem to be a problem anywhere. I don’t dress extremely modestly, and I had no problems anywhere. I was mostly in big cities so that might have something to do with it. But have noticed that young people everywhere dress about the same. It’s not like European teenagers don’t have fashion that drives their parents crazy. It was very similar to home. Older people might frown upon somethings, but I sure didn’t have the problem of being mistaken for a prostitute, lol.

Oh, and sidenote to tank top and shorts wearers…. many cathedral and churches WILL NOT let you in dressed like that! Wear at least a knee length skirt or pants when you know you will be visiting one, and at least have a sleeved shirt in your daypack to put on when you go in.

As far as money belts go… if you are not wearing it, have it in a safe or hidden and locked in your own private room. The desk people at hostels invariably have a safe or something to store moneybelts in.

And sandals seemed to be fine everywhere, I wore flip flops with my skirts into clubs and had no problems. The only shoes I brought were my walking shoes, and a pair of flip flops.

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i will be going to france in january for about 4 months (study abroad) and after reading a few posts about packing, i was wondering a few things:

-should i just pack basics (turtlenecks, sweaters, scarves, hats since i’ll be there in winter) and pick up trendy things in paris? i’m afraid if i bring trendy things from the states they will be out of fashion by several months. and i absolutely cannot live without my jeans but my study abroad advisors says not to bring them. are there any jeans that i can wear in europe?
-should i bring my own feminine hygeine products? the last time i went to paris (haha 6 years ago), this wasn’t an issues so i’m wondering if maybe things are different over there

any other suggestions for a long term trip would be helpful! thanks!

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I know that you can’t have bare shoulders in some churches. Does this prohibit sleeveless shirts? Not tank tops or spaghetti straps, but just your everyday sleeveless?

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It was kind of hit or miss depending on who was working the entrance and how old (I noticed that the younger kids—-pre-teen—didn’t have as strict of a rule). As a general rule your everyday sleeveless tops wouldn’t get you in. Wear a short sleeve shirt or take a wrap to cover your arms when you go in and once your in you can go around in your sleeveless top. It would suck to get there with your sleeveless shirt and no wrap and get turned away. As an FYI if you are traveling with your husband/boyfriend/guy, no shorts for men.

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Better to be prepared. Just take a lightweight silk scarf to drape over your shoulders rather than trying to buck the system… It’s no weight at all and folds to fit in your pocket if you want. I think its more of a respect thing anyway…

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wow, this thread is great! I haven’t gotten that many new tips from it, however I do like the idea of it, to at least make us girls who like the idea of clothes and makeup feel ok about being who they are. I’ve found in the past talking to other travellers, that I get laughed at for wanting to take my travel hairdryer…..which in turn basically makes me feel bad for even using one in my everyday life! The fact is, my hair is unruly and if I blow dry it good one day, it looks great for three, and if I am confident with my outer appearance, it will shine through in everything I do. There is nothing wrong with taking the small steps to make you feel comfortable, even if it is a hairdryer, or 4 lipsticks, or an extra pair of shoes. Although I’d stop at taking allllllllllll the extras I use at home. I’d limit to the few I can’t live without, and then even rethink that.

My only disappointment is that all these great suggestions for clothes and shoes etc, none are suitable for winter travellers. Yeah if I travelled in summer, a pair of black sandals would be great for night wear, however I think my toes will freeze off in the middle of a European winter! And no, I can’t travel in summer, my work only allows me to take my time off over the Christmas/January period, so that is the only time I can travel.

hmmmmm the complex decision…..if I was a summer traveller I’d have no problems at all!

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I actually think it’s easier to pack for winter travel—you don’t have that "should I wear shorts?" problem. A couple pairs of great black pants and you can go anywhere. I like to take a black leather jacket that hits about midthigh. It looks great with anything you are wearing, and dresses up the most basic outfit. I take my most comfy hiking boots for hard walking days, and a pair of short black boots for dress up—all with the black pants or jeans. I take lots of different scarves—silk, wool, knitted, etc. and a couple of fun hats.

I’ve never been to Europe in the summer, and I really don’t have any desire to go with the hoards. I travel in shoulder season—October or late March, early April. Cheaper, no crowds if you avoid Easter week, and you can pretty much get away with half the wardrobe you’d normally need because you have it hidden under a coat for most of the day.

I’m not a twentysomething anymore—actually started checking this site out for my 17 yo daughter who may be taking a eurotrip after graduation next summer, but she and my 15 yo daughter travel with me and pack the same way….and we always try to look nice because we’ll all feel better and have more fun if we’re not the grunge family. We travel light, but we still look good!

Can’t help on winter club attire, though….the last time I was in a club in the winter…..I think Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was playing on a big screen in the middle of the dance floor ;-}

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ahhh the shorts thing wouldn’t be an issue for me- I don’t wear them at all anyways! Not ever. I wear light trousers and jeans all through summer. (yes even the 40C days!)

I guess my issue with trying to find some stylish stuff is that I don’t want to buy things for a trip I’d never wear at home, or won’t wear again. (which is why I don’t buy "Travel" clothing). As far as the dressing up thing, I am doing the same, taking a couple of pair of jeans and a pair of trousers that can be dressed up or down by the tops…..except I’m only taking one jacket (my ski jacket, I hate that I only use it for one weekend a year, thus this trip i get to wear it more!), but I figure once I’m inisde a place it warm enough to remove my jacket anyway and see the nicer clothing there!

My shoes wouldn’t be an issue right now if my favourite black boots hand’t just snapped a heel off, and need resoling. The bootmaker is sick of seeing them, told me he doesn’t think he will let me pay to get them redone again, since I’m now spending money on repairs when I could have bought another two pair of boots!

I personally find it easier to pack for summer I must say! And besides, in summer I don’t end up with "beanie-hair" from wearing my beanies all day long Wink

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Bring a bit for emergencies and just go to a good supermarket and check out the selection. They might not have the same brand(names) but I’m sure there’ll be something similar to what you use at home.

(except if you’re very attached to the perfumed stuff they apparently sell in your neck of the woods – I don’t believe we get that over here. Thankfully. I don’t believe in making women insecure about their perfectely natural bodily functions.)

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My only disappointment is that all these great suggestions for clothes and shoes etc, none are suitable for winter travellers.

With regard to shopping for warm clothing, I keep getting feedback regarding fabric that wisks away moisture. I do not really sweat nor do I need athletic wear for sightseeing in cold climates.

Can any of you in the cooler areas recommend regular clothing that is warm enough for walking outdoors?

Also, I once had a pair of wool/silk blend thermals that I lost and cannot seem to find anywhere. Any leads?

As has been said so many times here, this topic is great!

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this thread is AWESOME! So many helpful things that I was embarassed to ask about before — ie, is my money necklace is going to look dumb under my shirt, that kind of thing. Thanks!

After reading through this (and I know it’s a few years old, so some info may not be accurate) I noticed that apparently capris aren’t fashionable in Europe..? Is this still true? I was really excited about getting a couple pairs of these: http://www.urbanoutf…
or maybe these: http://www.urbanoutf…
….they are dress up/dress down, fashionable and comfortable — but if they will make me look out of place, I’ll get skirts instead. Anyone have input?

Thanks!

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i posted a whole new thread with this question but didn’t get great response (well, good response but just didn’t really answer my exact question!) so i thought i would try here.
i will be in florence and want to buy a leather jacket. i am a larger size girl (probably about size 16 or size 18 in US size) and I wonder if i will be able to find a nice women’s leather jacket in a &quotlus" size such as this. anyone have any experience????

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I have an awesome pair of tweezers and I like to keep myself well-groomed. Am I going to be able to bring this onto an airplane?

Another thing is I have the Chi (hair straightener). It was really expensive and I love it! If I get a converter for it, is it going to die on me? It cost too much money for me to have to buy a new one.

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hieeme2 – From the post on this section, it looks like the converters may cause your iron to overheat. I wouldn’t take my favorite to use with a converter in that case. Best bet seems to be buy one there or take one that you do not mind dying off at some time.

Same thing with regard to tweezers. Take a cheap pair just in the case security does not allow you to take them, no big deal to toss them. I personally do not take things that I really like or need on vactions. Too many chances to loose your favorites.

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Hi Ladies! i have loved this post and this site. I just wanted to share some of the products and or clothing items i have bought for the trip (which I am leaving on in 2 weeks YEAH!!!!) Avon has a new line of makeup called Mark (I sold this stuff awhile ago but realized I liked to buy makeup not sell it anyway.) The stuff is packaged small, reasonably priced and fully refundable if you don’t like it. They have tiny eyeshadows, cheekstain, and lipstain all of which I am taking. You can find it all at www.meetmark.com
Also the Gaucho pants mentioned in a past post found at urbanoutfiiters.com are awesome and can be dressed up or down and are really comfortable the pack to the size of a sock and do not wrinkle. Target also has some really cute nylon tiered skirts I paid 12.99 for mine. they are listed under prairie skirts on the web site.
Last but not least shoes I am taking Pumas for exploring a pair of reefs and some crochet ballet flats for dressing up.
Also for airdrying hair if you have a lttle wave to your hair and you add some leave in conditioner and just let it air dry you get that sexy tousled look. Try I figured out my low maitenance hair was actually better looking than when I was doing all that crap to it. Hope someone gets something from this. thanks again…

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Target also has some really cute nylon tiered skirts I paid 12.99 for mine. they are listed under prairie skirts on the web site.
……Last but not least shoes I am taking Pumas for exploring a pair of reefs and some crochet ballet flats for dressing up.
……Hope someone gets something from this. thanks again…

gabrielann143, I just wanted to thank you for your post. I haven’t read this entire thread, but when I read your post I knew that my girlfriend should read it. I just sent her an email with your post in it and a link to this website. We just bought her a pair of pink reefs (accented with green), and she really wants the similar colored Pumas! Do you think the Pumas will be cushioned enough for substantial walking/exploring? We were leaning more towards some nike shox cross trainers or running shoes.

I found a few different prarie skirts on the website you mentioned, heres a link to one of them: http://www.target.co…

and there also was a cheap crinkle skirt that was synthetic too:
http://www.target.co…

Thx again.

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The style that I got of Pumas were the california’s they are super comfortable I personally don’t like a whole lot of padding. I have worn themm all day at festivals and stuff before but if you are looking for something with a lot of padding you may want to try running shoes or cross trainers what you all had originally panned. Glad you found the post helpful.

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Hey girls…

I’m going on my first backpacking trip through europe and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on backpacks made for women, which ones have you used? which are the most comfortable? I am a very petite female, and I am preety sure I don’t need a pack bigger than 3500 cubic in. any suggestions?

Also what’s better acamping/hiking backpack or a travel pack…I know there is a forum for backpacks but i wanted a womans opinion..thanks for all the help

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Just bringing this FANTASTIC-NESS back to life.

DEODERANT question:
I’m not sure what kind to bring. I remember reading a while back about some Crystal brand…can’t find it in stores. I usually use Dove invisible solid, but in the past, I’ve left a bottle in my car or somewhere hot and it melts to cottage cheese consistency. Frown

Have any of you had this trouble while packing this type of deo for your trips? What other type is best to use while backpacking? Roll on? Any ideas would be great.

Thanks! T-minus 12 days. ~e

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hell yeah this is back!!oh yeah with deoderant, the only brand that ever worked on me was walmart’s simply basic brand but they stopped carrying it!!

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ERINJ

The crystal deodorant you are referring to can be found in health-food/ Natural food stores.

http://www.drugstore…

Happy travels

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Thanks! I’ll pick it up.

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Word of warning…my friend used her US hair straightener in Paris with a converter and the darn thing got so hot it melted her hair. Be careful!

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Omi! Do you know what brand/kind it was.
I am taking a Conair straightener/curling iron duo. In the pamphlet of instructions that came with the appliance, it said it had 110/240V capabilities and would convert automatically apparently.

In other posts, this voltage was said to be fine with outlets in Europe with a simple adapter. Correct? I guess I’ll just make sure my straightener/iron is not sparking when I decide to use it!!?

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FORGET IT! I decided not to take the appliance, waste of time to see sights or catch up on some sleep. You can definately manage WITHOUT it. Hair ties, bandanas, hats, and head wraps do wonders, along with a little jewelry.