So round two of being on the road. I know what to pack for travel in South America. To pack for Europe I wanted to go lighter and I now have a snazzy new 48L backpack from Mountain Equipment Co-op that weighs 20 lbs when packed.
When I originally packed for Latin America I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find anything, only to discover most of the same brands are there. Now backpacking Europe I am fearful of paying for things in Euro prices but I eventually just run out of room.
New clothing strategy
This time I took a page from My Beautiful Adventures and bought dresses. They are practical for Europe as one dress is an entire outfit and means I’ll be dressed appropriately wherever I go.
The snag in my bag
After reading Beers and Beans posts I decided to go WWOOFing in Italy for 10 days and needed clothes just for that. I did buy second-hand clothes so that I could toss them when I’m done. I’ve left this clothing out of my travel list.
So here is what I finally decided to pack for Europe
HP Mini 311 + power cord + neoprene case
Canon 40D DSLR + battery + charger + 2 cards + 3 lenses (18-135, 10-22 wide angle, 50mm for food)
Sony Cybershot + 8GB memory card
USB card reader
Cheap unlocked cell phone from Chile
Toothbrush + toothpaste + floss
Travel size shampoo + conditioner
Mach 3 razor
Sunscreen + Moisturizer with sunscreen
Nail clippers + eyebrow tweezers
A bit of make-up + perfume in a very small bag
This time I learned that you don’t need to bring an entire year’s worth of pills and fortunately I have lots left from South America.
Canesten (not taking the chance it’s different in another country)
Moo business cards
The frivolous things which warrant your scolding comments
Oil of Olay self-tanner: Compared to my travel sized cream it takes up a lot but I love this stuff and it keeps me from tanning so it’s really a practical way to avoid cancer.
Travel size hair dryer:I know! I know! But I spent 14 months in Latin America without one and I really missed it. I swear it is tiny, look it’s the size of my passport!
Travel size flat iron:Now you’ve lost all respect for me haven’t you? But I made room by getting rid of my I heart Buenos Aires t-shirt.
All right let me have it, do you agree with what I decided to pack for Europe? Did I miss anything?