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1. Posted by symaxwell (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hello All,

My fiancé and I are embarking on a year long trip to Europe. We are both finally done with our schooling and are looking forward to a nice break. A year for growth and inspiration. We have been reading book after book, checking out Travel DVD's etc. but in my opinion you can?t match personal advice and experience. So please all chime in. Let me know where I should go. Tricks of the seasoned backpacker are welcome. I am hoping to keep my spending down by camping as i can. Here is a list of my gear. Let me know what you recommend.

  • *** Sorry if the links dont work *****

My Gear:

Gregory Palisade Backpack
http://www.gregorypacks.com/prod.php?ID=7

The North Face Tadpole 23 Tent
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=1702

The North Face Cats Meow Sleeping Bag
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=2063

The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex® XCR
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=1987

Keen Newport H2 Sandals
http://www.keenfootwear.com/mens/newport_h2.html

Highgear Summit Watch
http://www.highgearusa.com/20017.shtml

Her Gear:

Gregory Arcadia Backpack
http://www.gregorypacks.com/prod.php?ID=12

The North Face Cats Meow Sleeping Bag
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=2063

Keen Newport H2 Sandals
http://www.keenfootwear.com/mens/newport_h2.html

Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Pro...vcat=REI_SEARCH

We have more stuff but that?s all I thought I would list. Let me know what you think. And if you plan on being in some part of Europe at some time from August 2005 to August 2006 drop me a note. Maybe we can meet up and hang out. Well I'll check back later.

2. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Quoting symaxwell

Hello All,

My fiancé and I are embarking on a year long trip to Europe. We are both finally done with our schooling and are looking forward to a nice break. A year for growth and inspiration. We have been reading book after book, checking out Travel DVD's etc. but in my opinion you can?t match personal advice and experience. So please all chime in. Let me know where I should go. Tricks of the seasoned backpacker are welcome. I am hoping to keep my spending down by camping as i can. Here is a list of my gear. Let me know what you recommend.

  • *** Sorry if the links dont work *****

My Gear:

Gregory Palisade Backpack
http://www.gregorypacks.com/prod.php?ID=7

The North Face Tadpole 23 Tent
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=1702

The North Face Cats Meow Sleeping Bag
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=2063

The North Face Ultra Gore-Tex® XCR
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=1987

Keen Newport H2 Sandals
http://www.keenfootwear.com/mens/newport_h2.html

Highgear Summit Watch
http://www.highgearusa.com/20017.shtml

Her Gear:

Gregory Arcadia Backpack
http://www.gregorypacks.com/prod.php?ID=12

The North Face Cats Meow Sleeping Bag
http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms...?productId=2063

Keen Newport H2 Sandals
http://www.keenfootwear.com/mens/newport_h2.html

Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Pro...vcat=REI_SEARCH

We have more stuff but that?s all I thought I would list. Let me know what you think. And if you plan on being in some part of Europe at some time from August 2005 to August 2006 drop me a note. Maybe we can meet up and hang out. Well I'll check back later.

Is this spam? Why all the links? Why all the brands?
Is that why no-one has replied?

3. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

GOSH that's a lot of fancy stuff. My daughter and I are only going for 3 weeks....and we aren't camping, but the idea of lugging all that stuff around is mind boggling. We have one back pack each, a basic watch, comfy sandles and sneakers...a good outfit for theatre in London, shorts, t-shirts, sweats, and throw away undies... For us less is best. Have a fun trip...sounds like you'll be camping out.....

4. Posted by symaxwell (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Quoting Quercus

Is this spam? Why all the links? Why all the brands?
Is that why no-one has replied?

Not SPAM. I wanted some advice on the gear I bought. I linked it so people could see what I was talking about. If this offends some people I apologize. Next time I guess I wont post any links. If you do have any advice post it please. Any info from experienced travelers is welcome.

-Seth

5. Posted by arielB (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

During the warmer months a good option for camping would be the Scandinavian countries. My girlfriend and I have been studying here in Sweden since January and I love the idea of Allemansrätten or "every man's right". You can basically legally pitch your tent anywhere (within reason), even on private land as long as you aren't two close/disturb nature/are gone in a day or two. I know this is the case in Sweden but am not 100% sure about neighboring countries. I would plan on being somewhere other than Sweden in the winter though. So dark, cold and bleak. Although a trip way up north above the arctic circle to see the Northern lights and visit the "Ice Hotel" might be worth it 8) Good luck to you both!

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Hey Seth,

Sounds like an exciting trip :) Taking your own tent / sleeping bags with you is indeed a lot to lug around. I guess if you're going to be camping a lot though, you can make it worth the bother. You may want to cut down on extra things to pack though.

You may be able to hire or buy a second hand bicycle once you get there and get around that way - it can be a great way to see some out of the way places and really good for hopping between campings. I used to do this with my dad and brother when we lived in Holland; we would take a week or so and bike through countries like Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

Oh, and welcome to TP!