My beau and I are traveling Europe March - April 2009. We will be trainhopping and hosteling.
I have looked at a few products and am curious as to if anyone on the board knows if these brands are good/have tried them out.
As for my pack, I really like the Osprey female travel packs and the Eagle Creek female travel packs. I've heard that if you buy a pack designed for women, they are more comfy. I am 5'7" and about 130 pounds, so I'm not too terribly worried about it.
I also was wondering if anyone had used the Ex Officio Give-N-Go undies. Apparently, they are quick dry and designed to where you only have to take a few pairs as opposed to tons...
Any gear that you know of (especially clothing) that is quick-dry would be helpful, as we will be gone for two months and washing our clothes in sinks often!
Where in Europe are you travelling?
I have used Ex Officio underpants for men and found that they wash easily in the shower and dry very quickly. They are also very comfortable. I just spent a fortnight travelling Brisbane to Cairns and can recommend them. I assume the female equivalent is similar.
I think for a short Euro travel like this the fast dry stuff is good.
For longer trips, or long distance underwear is a different story.
Nylon boxers dry super fast, but in my experience when using fast dry trousers as well, they can get uncomfortable and hot. Especially on a long bus journey in the heat.
Cotton people keep telling me is best, but they take too long to dry.
I would always carry a cotton pair for long seat journey's, I think its the breathability thing! But they are more comfortable in that case.
On a recent trip to SE Asia, I took 1 pair Ex-Officio and several pairs of lace panties. I much preferred the lace. They cost a fraction of the cost of Ex-Officio and they dry faster! I buy them at discount stores (Ross or Marshalls in the US) for about $2.00 compared to $15.00. They pack better and fit better. I find them to be very comfortable. They also look better hanging on tent strings! Lace may not stand up to washing as well as the armor-all version, but after a long trip with a backpack, I don't want to see any of the same clothes again!
Not sure if this will help the guys but they're great for girls!
I forgot to mention about clothing...Mountain Hard Wear is a great brand. I took a white blouse that I wore for shopping, hiking, dinner in town. It washed easily and dried quickly, without wrinkles. Now I use it for hiking and sailing at home. I also purchased a pair of Kavu pants. They were cute, versatile, packable and quick drying, but they did wrinkle easily. These brands are sold in Sporting Goods or adventure sport specialty stores and are not cheap. Look for sales and invest in a few basic pieces. I did not get rid of them when I came home!
I discovered a great way to economize and save space too! While I love Ex Officio products, why not take old underwear in your pack, and simply toss it when it's time to change? If you're not too picky about pattern and style, Ex Officio sale items are a true bargain (I bought their $40. tropical shirts for $15. online).
I tried to buy some of those lace ones, but I got arrested.