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Stressed about packing!!
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So I am leaving on my trip in a little over 2 weeks (YAY!) but I am freaking out over what to pack. I am only taking my (carry-on-sized) backpack and a cross-body purse. I am going to the UK in September. It will be much cooler there than my home is/will be. It is still 90+ degrees Fahrenheit here every day and looks to stay that way for a while, whereas in England and Scotland the average highs are around 58-68 F and lows in the 45-55 F range. Especially considering where I am coming from, that is COLD. So I am torn about what to take with me. Also, there is a consideration that I have a friend in London I am meeting up with (she is moving there this week). I am staying in a hostel, not with her, but I know she will want us to go out at least one night together as I will be in London over a weekend. (Thurs-Sun) So that makes me think I should perhaps take some party clothes? Or maybe I can buy some in London. I would very much like to go shopping while I’m there. So then I shouldn’t take very much from home then, I guess…..? What do y’all think Right now here is my basic idea for a clothing list, but give me some suggestions on if it’s good or not.

Clothes
3 pr pants (1 jeans, 2 cargo khakis in navy blue and brown)
1 cardigan? (not sure about this, may leave it out)
1 pullover sweater (navy blue argyle)
1 light wrap sweater (gray, prob wear this on plane)
1 tank top (beige, to go under the sweaters)
2-3 short sleeve t-shirts (pink, light blue, purple?? not sure about colors)
1 long sleeve t-shirt (either gray or turquoise)
1 party top??
1 set sleep clothes (leggings and big t-shirt)
1 rain jacket
6 pr socks
7 pr undies
3 bras (2 regular, 1 sports; plus the tank top has a built in bra)
1 pr sneakers for walking around (black and gray)
1 pr flip flops for hostel shower
1 pr ballet flats?? (to wear out with my friend; I have large-ish feet so I’d rather bring some shoes from home than not find anything cute in my size while shopping, which was a problem I had in France) The ones I had in mind pack nearly flat.

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I would take the ballet flats and party top. Ditch the extra cardigan if you need extra room. Maybe taking a skirt or a pair of less casual pants to mix and match with various tees, tank, party top would help cover the party clothes issue. I always take what I assume is the old lady’s equivalent of a party top — filmy, lacy black blouse I can wear over a black tank (or on 1 memorable occasion a black tank swim suit) with black skirt or slacks.

For the temperatures you mentioned, I probably wouldn’t throw in the silk (weighs next to nothing and takes up virtually no room) long underwear, but if I was anticipating it being colder, that would be in the pack.

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Well, my pants are pretty warm, and I’m bringing tights/leggings to sleep in which I can also put under the pants if I get too cold. I’m not anticipating that to happen either, I mean it gets colder than those temperatures mentioned where I live, just not in September. I just feel it’s gonna be a bit of a shock to my system considering the temperature here has not gone below 65 degrees probably since April. Also, my rain jacket, while not too stylish, is quite warm in addition to being waterproof so I can always put that on top.

My jeans are fairly stylish (slim leg dark wash) so I would probably just wear them with the party top. I wear them out a lot here. I’m not really a skirt person lol. I think I may invest in a new pair of ballet flats, as the ones I have now are a couple years old and a bit worn out; I got them at Target and saw the exact same pair there the other day so I think I will buy them sometime this week, as they’re only about $10 (they were comfy from the first day I bought them, so no worries about breaking them in either).

Thanks for the advice!

I am leaving from Atlanta, GA with $1200 for 14 days
London, Salisbury, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Inverness, Edinburgh, London
Requesting help with Nightlife, Food, Sights
I am leaving from Rouen with $1500 for 15 days
Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Sights
I am leaving from busan, SK with $1000 for 13 days
Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok

2008—Language study abroad in Paris, France
2009—Archaeological field school/dig in Lau, Fiji
2010— Birthday UK trip!
2011— Teaching English in South Korea
2012— ????

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dont bring too much clothes. not a good idea