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    Critique my travel packing

    Hey guys,


    I've mostly been a lurker here anyways I was hoping you could critique my packing for an 11 day (post bar exam) trip to southern Europe this august. My stats:

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    • Height: 5' 8"
    • Weight: 195 (and dieting hoping to hit 180 before the trip I've dropped 10 pounds so far)
    • Most of my stuff is from Uniqlo so I'm just referencing their website


    My Concerns
    • I want to pack light and I don't want to look like a tourist. I have some experience in the country I'm travelling to and I am close to fluent in the language (Italian) Ideally I want to fit everything into one carry on bag.
    • I am going to 4 different cities during the trip all in northern Italy
    • It's probably going to be hot...
    • I know we will do a lot of walking and I get absolutely terrible blisters so I'm trying to find shoes that will work for the trip.


    Here's what I have planned to pack:

    Miscellaneous Add ons
    • Orient [Bambino]
    • Costco Wayfarer
    • Sperry [Topsiders]
    • Toothbrush


    Please feel free to critique and help me improve my choices. I own almost everything in here already except the seersucker shirt/cotton shirt and the chinos.

    Thank you,


    MGNero3

    #2
    Personally, I'd cut the underwear and socks in half and just wash them when dirty. If you have the right underwear (ExOfficio, Duluth, etc.) they will wash just fine in a sink.

    I recently went to China for 2 weeks and only carried enough stuff for 5-ish days; I just had my clothes laundered once (some items twice) while I was there. It was a bit expensive, but worth it for the reduced weight and extra room to carry extra stuff back from the trip.

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      #3
      Originally posted by papaholmz View Post
      Personally, I'd cut the underwear and socks in half and just wash them when dirty. If you have the right underwear (ExOfficio, Duluth, etc.) they will wash just fine in a sink.

      I recently went to China for 2 weeks and only carried enough stuff for 5-ish days; I just had my clothes laundered once (some items twice) while I was there. It was a bit expensive, but worth it for the reduced weight and extra room to carry extra stuff back from the trip.
      Thanks for the reply. I hadn't thought of using a laundry service. As long as I found a same day service I would probably be fine. The reason I'm packing so light (it must be a carry on) is I plan on bringing a checked bag that's essentially empty to fill with things to bring back.

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        #4
        Agree with [MENTION=8057]papholmz[/MENTION] -- cut the underwear/socks in half. I'd also recommend the socks be merino wool. Seems contradictory in Aug, but they wick moisture better and will save your feet. There is a reason soldiers wear wool socks.

        Are you traveling city to city or just based in one place making day trips? If it is the former, I would make sure the carry on is a backpack, not a roller. Eagle Creek and many others make good carry on size travel packs that have a small zip off day pack. I would also recommend bringing a rolled up duffel inside or strapped to your carry on for the trip there. Saves you the headache of checking an empty bag one way.

        Are you going to be doing tourist type activities or just visiting friends? If you are out sight seeing, many of the churches and museums will not let you inside in shorts. I always carry a light pair of pants in my day pack that I can throw on over my shorts to go inside. Something like this: http://www.prana.com/sutra-pant.html?color=khaki

        Shorts are not as commonly worn in Italy, particularly at night. I would almost consider ditching a pair of shorts and bringing 2-pairs of chinos depending on what your activities will be. Definitely khaki for 1-color. Those Uniqlos are pretty heavy. Both in thickness and in weight. I'd recommend a summer weight chino instead. Something like the JCF Sutton: https://factory.jcrew.com/mens-cloth...or_name=canvas You also need to consider wrinkling when traveling (roll your clothes--don't fold them). So something non-wrinkle like a Bonobos Weekday Warrior or these cheaper Lands End chinos are something to consider: http://www.landsend.com/products/men...ants/id_205102

        Personally, I'm not a fan of that seersucker shirt. I'm just not a fan of short sleeve button downs in general. Or seersucker fabric. The fabric will wrinkle easily when packing. Tucked in short sleeve button downs scream "Hi, my name is Carlton" and untucked short sleeve button downs scream frat boy. If it was me, I'd bring another long sleeve OCBD. You can roll the sleeves up, untuck it with shorts, or keep the sleeves down and tuck it in for more formal dinners or chilly nights. Just more versatile when traveling.

        Speaking of chilly nights, what cities will you be visiting? The bigger inland cities stay pretty humid at night in Aug, but on the coast you can get a cooling breeze. Also, if you are train traveling at night, your body temp drops while you sleep. May want to consider a light warming layer. Something like a light pullover merino wool: http://www.icebreaker.com/en/web-spe...01&cts=001|401

        I would also add a light stuffable rain coat--something basic that packs into its own pocket.

        I'm assuming the topsiders are for lounging around, and you are still searching for walking shoes, correct? Nothing will destroy your feet more than a lot of walking in boat shoes. Brings back horrible memories as a child. Boots are best, but they look awful with shorts. I'd recommend an all white sneaker or running shoe. Some ideas to think about (I'm sure you can find them cheaper than buying from J.Crew):
        https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...ame=pure-white
        https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...3051/C3051.jsp
        https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...lor_name=white
        http://www.zappos.com/p/adidas-samba...191/color/7968
        Last edited by connersw; June 9, 2015, 01:11 PM.

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          #5
          Originally posted by MGNero View Post
          Thanks for the reply. I hadn't thought of using a laundry service. As long as I found a same day service I would probably be fine. The reason I'm packing so light (it must be a carry on) is I plan on bringing a checked bag that's essentially empty to fill with things to bring back.
          If you're staying at any hotels, the usually have overnight laundry service. Of course, if you're mainly staying at hostels, they won't have a laundry service.

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