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1. Posted by Chantelli (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I've read all the travel books I can get my hands on, and yet I still don't know what I'll need for my trip! Can anyone help?

Some particulars:
-I leave for London the beginning of May and return from Rome the end of July
-I'll be using ryanair and eurail
-I'll be backpacking for 12 weeks, and participating in a archaeological dig in Southern Italy for 2 more weeks
-I travel through various climates (spring in London/Berlin, Summer in Istanbul/Prague/Porto/Italy) in hostels, and a few weeks outside Montecassino sleeping on the floor of a school gym and spending hours digging.

What should I bring, and more importantly, what should I leave out? What travel gadgets are essential and what else will drag me down?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Chanteilli:)

In your situation, I would bring layered type outfits, so I could peel off some when it gets warm and put back on, when it gets cold. Bring 2 outfits. U can hand wash the one u are not wearing.
Bring a Swiss army knife, if u have one. Or else, a knife, for peeling fruit, and making sandwichs is often useful.
But, u can buy just about everything, as u need it. Things like suncream etc.

Mel

3. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

Get a lightweight jacket, that is easy to pack while you're not wearing it. Being able to quickly stow away clothes that you take off guarantees you don't get tedious breaks all the time, since you have to rearrange your backpack.

And, to quote Aragorn from Lord of the Rings: "Travel light." ;)

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Just to drive home what "travel light" means: When you have everything packed, weigh yourself naked. Then get dressed and put everything on you that you intend to take. If you "gained" more than 20 kgs (44 lbs), you should unpack. Actually, unpack if you got more than 15 kgs, because that is a weight most people are half-way comfortable carrying for longer periods of time.

For Spring, a rain jacket, a sweater, jeans and trainers will cover the cooler wheather. 3-4 t-shirts will do too. A zip-off pant is always a good idea. I like to take old clothes, that I can throw them away on my trip. Lightens the load and allows me to buy souvenir clothes.

5. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

You say you are staying in hostels, so bring some earplugs.

6. Posted by Chantelli (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

ust to drive home what "travel light" means: When you have everything packed, weigh yourself naked. Then get dressed and put everything on you that you intend to take. If you "gained" more than 20 kgs (44 lbs), you should unpack. Actually, unpack if you got more than 15 kgs, because that is a weight most people are half-way comfortable carrying for longer periods of time.

But the backpack itself adds to the wieght. Should I add that in?

7. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Quoting Chantelli

But the backpack itself adds to the wieght. Should I add that in?

Definately!!! We all travel differently, but I'd go one step further... personally I try not to leave home with more than 10kgs (including the pack and my shoes)... it usually means the pack is half full, but trust me - you'll manage to fill it up with things as you go! Plus, you'll be so glad when it comes to lugging the thing around.

Check out the TP packing list, but I also tend to pack everything I'll need then take everything back out of my bag and halve it. You really won't miss half the things you think you can't live without.

8. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

And you said you are travelling with ryanair, so remember they are VERY strict with the weight of your lugagge, and they will charge you a fortune if you exceed the allowance. So if i was you, I would leave heavy things like shampoo or suncreams to be purchased when you get to the place... trust me, they will get on your nerves at check in!

Have fun!

x x Miromar x x

9. Posted by waterlily (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

I agree with miromar, just bring necessary stuff with u. Do not exceed 15kg (check-in luggage) or u'll get charged a fortune by Ryanair. The weather in UK is lovely, around 20 degrees C in day time, i even wear short sleeves when i go out.
Summer in Italy, esp South Italy would be very warm, i suggest u should bring more t-shirts & shorts.
Enjoy ur trip!