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My friend thinks she is going to take a suitcase
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my friend thinks she is going to take a suitcase rather than a backpack when we BACKPACK around Europe. How can i get her to come to her senses? She is being ridiculous

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Suitcase or backpack is pretty much a matter of personal preference and a suitcase works fine for some people. The big issue is that you have be able haul whatever you take over several of blocks of rough sidewalks, curbs, cobblestones, etc.; carry it up a couple of flights of steep stairs; climb onto a train/bus/subway car with it (often needing a free hand to grab the handhold and hoist yourself up) and hoist it up to the overhead storage rack on the train. Have your friend load up her suitcase, take it around the block twice (someplace where there aren’t curb cuts) and then carry it up 2 flights of stairs. A wheeled suitcase is wonderful in the airport; it is not necessarily wonderful once you leave the airport.

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Okay, so a duffel bag should work fine for her? I just want to make sure because i don’t want to have to stop somewhere to buy her a backpack because the duffel bag didn’t suffice.

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If she can fit all of her stuff in a duffel bag that has a shoulder strap and easily carry it, it will work. I’d definitely want a duffel with a shoulder strap as well as grab handles because carrying it by either the handles or the shoulder strap all the time will be very tiring. Comfort is very important for negotiating the train plus subway plus bus plus walking a few blocks to get to your hostel where the reception area may be 2 floors above street level and your room 2 floors above that. The trial run I mentioned before is essential…

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alright thanks very much, you’ve been tremendously helpful for many of my first timer questions Smile

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Years ago most Euro backpackers wore backpacks. They have improved drastically over the years and are more comfortable. They are great since your hands are free to get on and off trains, look at a map or to eat while walking. Over the past few years, I have seen more travellers purchase suitcases on wheels (using the good rollerblade wheels) not the cheap plastic ones. They would also bring a daypack like you use at school for your books. Many travelers say they did not want to spend a bunch of money on a new trendy backpack when they can use a suitcase on wheels that is already in their house or buy a brandname item on clearance at ROSS or TJ-MAX type stores for $39.99 Many people don’t want the weight on their backs and many women have bought packs that were designed for men, which made them uncomfortable and painful. They do make backpack for smaller torsos & waste, but they can get expensive. Save money on luggage and buying items you will never use and spend that money in Europe visiting museums, walking tours, adventure sports, bike rides, etc. Your maximum size backpack or suitcase should be 22” to 24” tall, 16” wide and 8-9” deep. Trust me on this! The train isles are narrow and luggage racks above your seats are small. If you need more room in a bag listed above for your short trip – you have packed too much. Travel light and your trip will be more enjoyable. I do not suggest duffel bags since people tend to overstuff them. If you have one, try the test listed on the other post, your hands and shoulder will be hurting in no time. Do buy the plastic packing bags sold at all drug stores. Stuff your clothes inside and roll up the bag and all excess air is forced out. Gives you plenty of room. Always place valuables/most important items in your daypack in a pocket closet to your back/hard for thieves to get at and always wear the daypack on your chest when in crowded areas at train and bus stops or while sleeping on the train. Never leave it alone for any reason. Petty theft is on the increase everywhere due to the slowing economy.

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Have her pack a load of stuff in a suitcase and walk around the block. Then have her pack the same load of stuff in your backpack and walk around the block. If she actually does it, it will be clear for her…

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this is all really good advice. i personally prefer a backpack to any other type of carrying device. however, it is easier to ‘live’ out of a suitcase than a backpack because the organization is simpler (unless you buy a really sweet backpack). even with this, i still like traveling with a backpack because my hands are free, i can walk easier with all my stuff and get around in crowds better. i just feel more in one piece with a backpack…

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Backpack definitely. Europe was NOT made for those little wheels on suitcases. A lot of people are worried that they aren’t strong enough to carry all their belongings on their backs…which is probably true, which is why you need to pack sparingly (i’m assuming you’re not camping cuz there’s no way you’re fitting a sleeping bag into a suitcase). Travel; light and buy the odd pice of clothing along the way if you real need it.

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I think if she packs very light, and carries one of those small suitcases on wheels, she should be fine. I like oldlady’s suggestion: to walk around the block a couple times with the suitcase/backpack/duffel bag she plans to carry…fully packed, of course. I would also add: have her walk up a couple flights of stairs too. Because she will come across stairs. It’s gotta be something that she can walk with several city blocks, up and down the stairs, and lift easily.


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okay thanks. she is now deciding instead of a book bag she wants to take an army bag. like the ones that someone gets when they go overseas. the only thing i am worried about is that hostility towards americans and war. do you think she will be okay with this bag?

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oops backpack not bookbag. too many years in school

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Most Backpacks now are designed to distribute weight across your body, Duffel bags aren’t. Duffel bag may be okay if you’re going on a bus tour where you don’t have to carry your own stuff, but if you’re going to be using trains, I would strongly caution against a duffel bag. I would suggest you both go to a good store that specializes in camping gear and try on a few backpacks…you’d be amazed how light and comfortable they are now.

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okay thanks. she is now deciding instead of a book bag she wants to take an army bag. like the ones that someone gets when they go overseas. the only thing i am worried about is that hostility towards americans and war. do you think she will be okay with this bag?

It’s rare, but I’ve noticed in Europe some people take offense to the army camouflage colour scheme when worn as casual clothing, whereas in the US it’s become a bit of a fad. I think this is due to the fact that the military is a highly regarded and trusted institution in the US; not that the military is disliked in Europe, but army camouflage colours to them could be seen as a symbol of war and/or glorifying war. However, I’ve seen army bags at military surplus stores, and they are just a uniform green color (not camouflage scheme), so this will be perfectly fine. As long as there’s no huge blatant writing on the bag that says “USA kicks ass” or something stupid like that, she’ll be fine with an army bag (provided that it’ll be comfortable for her to carry around). The State Department does advise, however, to be discreet when traveling abroad. Of course you can tell people you’re Americans (when it comes up in conversation), but the State Dept suggests not wearing anything on your clothing or luggage that indicates your nationality. So, if the army bag has any US military insignia, decal, or patch, then have your friend remove it,

As for hostility to Americans: no you will not find any hostility to Americans. There is a wide distrust for American foreign policy and the Iraq war is highly unpopular, but this never translates to hostility for ordinary Americans. A few years ago, you may have gotten curious questions on whether you support Bush and actually believed him, and whether or not you agree with the war. The recent election of Barack Obama – widely popular in Europe – may have changed that. But keep in mind that global distrust of Washington and American foreign policy goes back long before Bush; most Americans were sheltered from this until 9/11. There is also a resistance to a perceived Americanization of the European and global economies, and there is general fear in Western Europe that proposed economic reforms will change education and labor practices to resemble those in the US. The Germans have a term for this: “Amerikanische Verhältnisse” (“American Conditions”); the term embodies everything about the US economic and social system that Germans and Europeans dread and wish not to replicate in Europe. On the other hand, certain American-influenced aspects, like shopping malls, have been embraced. That said, you will hear a lot of criticism for European politicians as well, so no one will hold ordinary Americans accountable for what US politicians do. American pop culture is actually quite popular, although it does not overshadow home-grown pop cultures; the two kind of co-exist.


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I’m a Canadian, but sometimes even I feel sorry for Americans traveling abroad. They love their country so much, that sometimes their pride can be mistaken for arrogance. Also, people appreciate if you learn a bit about their country before you travel there.

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Sometimes it is arrogance, to be brutally honest. Most Americans don’t fit this stereotype, but there’s those who do. Additionally, a lot of people – Americans and non-Americans alike – tend to get very stand off-ish and ethnocentric when traveling abroad, especially if they’ve never travelled abroad before (not counting Cancun, or places of that nature where there is no interaction with or observation of locals).


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French, Germans. etc. have the same stereotypes of Americans (or Canadians) as we have of them. Part of the reason for traveling is to see the world for yourself and break down those stereotypes. Having said that, the Danes are the biggest drunks in Europe

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i love my country, but i want to get out and explore and have an adventure, i’m sure everyone can understand that. but back to the bag, the bag she is planning on taking is literally a bag someone gets when they go to the army, she doesn’t want to spend the money on a bag, so she is going to take this. should i just let her take it and deal with it? or should i try to persuade her into buying a real bag?

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At this point, I think the answer is to let your friend deal with it. I think she’d be happier with a backpack and I think she’d be happier with something not identified as US Army, but it’s her decision and it won’t be the end of the earth. She will live through the experience without any visible scars.

You should encourage her to take the “round the block and up the stairs” test with her fully loaded gear. That’s twice around the block and, immediately up two flights of stairs.

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My adage is that bring as much as you can comfortable carry without expecting anyone to help you. My opinion though is that duffel bags are awkard to carry

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okay thanks. another question is, what to do w/ passport, atm card etc while at the beach? everywhere i’ve read it says DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT, but what in the world do i do with it? bury it in the sand? haha

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Just don’t leave these things anywhere where they can get stolen. Most hostels have the dorm/bunk-bed format, where it’s easy for strangers to walk into your room and commit theft, or where strangers staying in the same room may do the same. Some hostels have a closet, or will hold things for you at the front desk; I don’t trust either of these. Although there are a few hostels that are practically hotels, and provide private rooms (but even in hotels, I either lock up valuables in the provided safe, or just take them with me). You may not be staying at hostels the entire time anyways; I haven’t come across many hostels in Mediterranean beach towns, where most young people stay at family-run places where you will most likely get a private room. If you don’t have a private room, then I recommend bringing your stuff with you to the beach, and take turns swimming. This is the only option, I’m afraid. Although some beaches might have lockers, but don’t depend on this. Just use common sense and always make sure that money / ATM and credit cards / passport / other valuables are in a safe place. (And yes, there is a black market for stolen passports, which can be used for a variety of crimes from identity theft to human trafficking).


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I always carry a fake passport (availbe in most Head Shops). It doesn’t look anything nothing like the real one but thieves don’t know that. Also make sure you carry a copy of your real passport…if it’s lost or stolen you can go to the nearest consulate with the photocopy and get one quickly. With respect to swimming I have a zippered pocket in my bathing suit and a special “ziplock” waterproof map bag (available at most camping stores) that I can put my passport in. So yes I have gone swimming with my passport, but the better option is to take turns swimming

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well do you know anything about the beaches in nice having lockers anywhere? I wanted to go to the beach where they had the pier that is pretty much abandoned and people jump off of it? (saw it in the eurotrip videos)

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If you are traveling alone, what would you recommend to do at the beach? I really want to soak up some rays AND be able to get in that lovely blue sea along the Mediterranean when I go (Nice, Cinque Terre, etc). The only thing I can think of is to put your passport in a waterproof bag and stuff it down your one piece swimsuit… which seems really awkward… and what if you only had a two-piece?

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Most hotels require that you give them your passport while staying with them so go swim while you’re still checked in. Alternatively, use the hotels safe or safety deposit box (they usually charge a few dollars a day….make sure to get a reciept listing the items you’ve given them. Never bury it in the sand under your towel…thieves know that hiding place. I have in the past put mine in a ziplock bag and hidden it in the hotel toom toilet tank or p]pinned the bag to the the top of the curtains (i.e. side facing outside).

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okay thanks for the advice. its so annoying that we have to take so many precautions throughout a trip. i found a hotel & hostel combined place in nice. should i contact them and ask if they have any tips?

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There may be a safe at the front desk where you can leave your passport, etc. Some hotels (even some of the low cost ones) have safes in the rooms that you can use for free or a small fee.

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There are lockers at the Train station (Gare de Ville Nice). The station is a bout a 15 minute walk to the beach. Bring your water shoes to Nice cuz this is what it looks like (beaches in this area including Cannes are more like a rock quarries than a beaches).

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Kayling,

Although I don’t recommend this, I’ve made some friends when backpacking alone, and we traveled together for a bit and trusted each other with our things. They turned out to be honest people, as nothing was ever stolen from me. But that was a long time ago, and all 3 of us did some stupid things. These guys became my best friends that summer, so I was lucky. But keep in mind that crime by tourists is not as uncommon as you might think.

See if you can find maybe – and I have no idea if such a thing exists – a water-proof “beach purse” or “beack backpack” ??


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oldlady wrote:
There may be a safe at the front desk where you can leave your passport, etc. Some hotels (even some of the low cost ones) have safes in the rooms that you can use for free or a small fee.

I actually found allot of hostel’s have a safe especially any HI one’s. Apart from that as some of the other’s suggested its up to you and the risk your willing to take.

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One main thing is what you put in the bag –

the good thing is that no of your friends will know how you dressend in Europe.
So take the absolute minimum and plan to wash every week.

5 t-shirts, 2 shirts (protects for sun), 2 trousers, 1 shorts, 8 underwere, 8 socks, colligeshirt, worm sweter, thin rainproof jacket, gym shoes, swimmingdress, towel+soap.
And this INCLUDES what you dress in on the plane. You probably have some stuff you plan to throw away, use it last time in europe and get rid of it when you find a nice t-shirt from London. And dont bring any beauty products, you cant spend a hour in the bath in this bloody expencive tripp. (a good advice for the rest of your life)

Most men know that they look nice in t-shirt and jeans so why not girls.
(Everyone knows that girls in general looks much bether than men)

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lol when you see me in the morning without any makeup or a shower, you might think differently thomasw.
i do agree that you should take the bare min. though… they do sell beauty products in europe! (in fact, the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used is from france)
i would suggest you do bring shampoo, soap and possibly a razor (esp if you are a girl in the summer… you probably don’t want to be walking around in a tank top and shorts if you’re all hairy… or at least i wouldn’t!)

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Just ask your boyfriend.
Suppose he thinks you look lovelywithout makeup.
Suppose he hates to wait for you in the bathroom.
Suppose he hates the taste of makeup and parfume.

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well most girls just feel more comfortable about themselves with just a little bit of makeup. so i’m sure kayling and i both agree makeup is a necessity for the trip. you don’t want to look at pictures of yourself when you don’t look too attractive hehe

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Kayling05 wrote:
i do agree that you should take the bare min. though… they do sell beauty products in europe! (in fact, the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used is from france)

Leaving something that’s essential to you at home, only to buy it once you arrive in Europe…you’ll still be carrying it around once you get there, so it kind of defeats the purpose. No point in leaving it home in the first place.


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I’m not exactly a person to pile on the makeup but a bit of mascara and concealer does wonders, esp. for pictures.

luv_the_beach, I was just saying that if you wanted to go without, but then found you needed or wanted some sort of beauty product while you were there, they DO sell makeup/beauty products in Europe.

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Old Swedish hit – Your so beautiful without spackling paste

The pictures you fix later with a photo editor

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Kayling: that makes sense! Smile


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