i know this seems a little no-brainer, but i've never been travelling for more than 2 weeks before so i think i need a little help.
i plan to visit france and spain in the month of July after my exchange program in Italy ends and i am planning on only using a 65 litre backpack. what should i bring, other than the VERY basic?
should i bring more than one bath towel? thanks!
Sun cream! The south of France and all of Spain can get VERY hot and sunny in July.
You only need one towel, get a small microfibre one if you can as they pack small and dry really quickly. You don't need 65 litres to be honest - I went around South East Asia with a 45 litre pack for 3 weeks and it was great as it only took 2 minutes to pack. The only thing I had to do every couple of days was wash my clothes but that's hardly an issue given the benefit of not having to carry much around with you.
General tip - Before you leave to go away, pack, then unpack and remove half, then pack again, then unpack again and remove half, and what you're left with is what you should take.
ooh thanks! i'm borrowing my backpack because i can't afford my own right now i'll just take the 65 litre one that my friend is offering!
seeing as it's summer, i suppose i can survive on flipflops? i'll bring sneakers too of course.
You going to a warm (actually hot) region so think about what you don't need to take. Last I remember, I was walking in a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops the last time I was in Cote d-Azur. I forgot to bring a wide-brim hat!
It will be hot, so pack lots of t-shirts!
But if you are planning to travel to the north of spain (pais vasco, asturias, galicia...) be prepared for wet weather and chilly nights. Also in most southern cities high in the mountains you might need a cardigan if coming home late at night! (Is not that I know for personal experience, CAUSE I NEVER GO OUT AT NIGHT. EVER. )
x Miromar x
I would forgo the flip-flops and leave the sneakers at home too. It should be possible for you to survive on sturdy sandals, something like Teva Cross Terra Fi or Teva Dozer.
The downside of flip-flops is that you might have trouble do long periods of walking or going over rough terrain. With sandals you combine the sureness of footing of the sneakers with the light weight and breezy feeling of flip-flops.
bring a french translation book!!!
the more south you go in france the less likely that they will speak english to you.
when asking a local to look for something, tackle the younger people, most of the older people dont know any english at all were as most of the younger french pick it up in school.
south of france = shorts and tshirts!!! and factor 50 sun cream!!!
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 4:56 PM by oslaue ]
Take many t-shirts, shorts, a swimsuit and a towel.
And remember some elegant clothes if you go to the disco at night.
Don't forget sun cream, specially if you come from north countries.
South France: sun cream factor 20
North Spain: sun cream factor 200
South Spain: sun cream factor 2000