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27 Mar 2009 NicoleF said

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Hey girls,

I'm planning a summer trip to Europe for about a month and I'm dying to hear anything I can about what clothes you brought, shoes, how many, make-up (daily or just for going out?), toilet/showers/bathroom conditions (not on the camping tour) etc.

Also, did you girls find you spent a lot on shoes/clothing in Europe?

cheers!
  • 27 Mar 2009 Lynsey722 said

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    Nicole,

    I did a winter tour so I know the weather will be a lot different, but if you go to my travel blog below you will see a ton of information on what I took (how many of each type of clothing I took) and what I spent my money on in Europe. I think it will be helpful to you. There are also some pictures of what we were all wearing.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    www.lynseystravels.blogspot.com

  • 29 Mar 2009 Danni said

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    Hi girls,
    I did the budget/concept tour in june-july last year – not sure if u r doung a budget or hotel tour, but i took lots of bastics mix and match and some where good, but i found a lot of people thought they were on a catwalk some days and got very dressed up. I only took 2 night dresses and 1 day dress, and it wasnt enough, take lots of dresses!!! especially easy throw on shift dresses for longgggggg bus rides, or hot days travelling cities.

    another suggestion a skirt longer than ur knees, for the churchs (in florence and vatican), its soooo hot there but u cant were short shorts on those days and its a pain to carry a change of cloths.

    in london, switzerland, austria, germany, and amsterdam, it is colder than i thought it would be, so i mainly packed for hot weatrher, i would strongly suggest, some longer tops/jeans and also a pair of casual ballet flats or flat boots, to walk around at night or to breakfast/lunch etc in. – i think u will find them very useful

    with beauty products this may be diff for hotel but on budget, u get verrryyyyyyy basic facilities, usually just a very small mirror in ur cabin (most of the showering facilities are communial/uni-sex), for during the day in hot areas it sweats off easily, so something basic in a compact form if u wanna take it with u to touch up for photos throughout the day. at night sometimes u had more time to get ready, so u can bring my eye stuff to get glammed up!

    keep in mind generally u have really early starts anywhere from 6.30am breakfast to depart at 7am to 8am breakfast depart at 8.30, and wen youve been partying all night til like 5am, etc. u tend to not be very fussed about how u look during the day (some ppl did, some didnt, the ppl that didnt, went to bed earlier), on bus days (and there is a lot of them) no need to go OTT.

    showering is digusting on budget tours, some are a little better but most of the time at camp sits, u need to walk half away across a campsite and see ppl before u even wash ur face. I would suggest seperating ur “wet things” i.e soap, shampoo, etc into a bag, so when u go the shower block, u only have a towel, fresh undies, and ur wet bag – otherwise ul find all of ur tolietries will get wet.

    Im trying to think if there is anything else I have missed…..

    If u have any specific questions about countries, or nights out (i.e monte carlo casino), then feel free to ask or send me a personal msg, ill be happy to help.

    if i had known half the things i know now, i would have packed a little differently.

    hope this help. dan

  • 29 Mar 2009 Neet said

    Neet

    thanks dani that was really helpful!
    Im goin to europe for may/june..and i wasnt really gona take any dresses.cept for goin out..but i mite reconsider now. and the showering sounds crap but oh well lol. wat tour did u do.im doin the contrasts. just wondering for where it is required that u cover up..im guessing anyday u go to a church or cathedral hey?
    thanks
    anita

  • 30 Mar 2009 Danni said

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    i did the escapade (25 days).

    you need to cover ur knees and shoulders in the church yes. bascially the main one is in rome, when you go to the vatican, and also there is the church in florence (but ur not in florence for very long so u might not get time), most ppl dont bother going into the church in florence, bcoz the only reason u go in is to see the “Duomo” and there is a replica in the sqaure.

    another thing about the shower is to take a microfibre, quick dry towel. there isnt a whole lot of time to dry things, especially in the colder cities, so it will be a life saver!

  • 30 Mar 2009 Erika said

    Erika

    Best advice I can give you, if you use a hair straightener. Go to a store in Europe ex: if in Germany there is a store called Saturn. Go buy a straightener there. It will work all over Europe and they are cheap!!! and work very very well. A 30$ straightener there is equivalent to a 150$ one in Canada.

  • 31 Mar 2009 cdm115 said

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    I’m not a shorts person so if I was doing a tour in the middle of summer I would bring a pair of jeans, 1 pair of shorts, 2 pairs of capris. Then just a couple shirts. For shirts maybe consider 1 or 2 workout/athleticy types of shirts since you can wash them and they will dry fast. I had the microfiber quick dry towel, didn’t love it, it didn’t absorb the water so I didn’t think it dried me that well. Some people love them, some people don’t. Shoes: 1 pair sneakers, 1 pair sandals, 1 pair for going out at night. 2 going out outfits.

    As for makeup, I wear at least a little everyday, even if it’s just some mascara and eyeliner. At night I would wear more. If you wear it regularly at home then you’ll probably want to wear at least some when you’re traveling.

  • 1 Apr 2009 Maggie said

    Maggie

    Thanks for the info, I’m going on the Contrasts from May 11 and was wondering about what I should pack! Did anyone have any problems with bag snatchers or anything?

  • 6 Apr 2009 Sophh Bee said

    Sophh Bee
    quote:
    Originally posted by Danni:
    Hi girls,
    I did the budget/concept tour in june-july last year – not sure if u r doung a budget or hotel tour, but i took lots of bastics mix and match and some where good, but i found a lot of people thought they were on a catwalk some days and got very dressed up. I only took 2 night dresses and 1 day dress, and it wasnt enough, take lots of dresses!!! especially easy throw on shift dresses for longgggggg bus rides, or hot days travelling cities.

    another suggestion a skirt longer than ur knees, for the churchs (in florence and vatican), its soooo hot there but u cant were short shorts on those days and its a pain to carry a change of cloths.

    in london, switzerland, austria, germany, and amsterdam, it is colder than i thought it would be, so i mainly packed for hot weatrher, i would strongly suggest, some longer tops/jeans and also a pair of casual ballet flats or flat boots, to walk around at night or to breakfast/lunch etc in. – i think u will find them very useful

    with beauty products this may be diff for hotel but on budget, u get verrryyyyyyy basic facilities, usually just a very small mirror in ur cabin (most of the showering facilities are communial/uni-sex), for during the day in hot areas it sweats off easily, so something basic in a compact form if u wanna take it with u to touch up for photos throughout the day. at night sometimes u had more time to get ready, so u can bring my eye stuff to get glammed up!

    keep in mind generally u have really early starts anywhere from 6.30am breakfast to depart at 7am to 8am breakfast depart at 8.30, and wen youve been partying all night til like 5am, etc. u tend to not be very fussed about how u look during the day (some ppl did, some didnt, the ppl that didnt, went to bed earlier), on bus days (and there is a lot of them) no need to go OTT.

    showering is digusting on budget tours, some are a little better but most of the time at camp sits, u need to walk half away across a campsite and see ppl before u even wash ur face. I would suggest seperating ur “wet things” i.e soap, shampoo, etc into a bag, so when u go the shower block, u only have a towel, fresh undies, and ur wet bag – otherwise ul find all of ur tolietries will get wet.

    Im trying to think if there is anything else I have missed…..

    If u have any specific questions about countries, or nights out (i.e monte carlo casino), then feel free to ask or send me a personal msg, ill be happy to help.

    if i had known half the things i know now, i would have packed a little differently.

    hope this help. dan



    thanks danni this sure is helpful. i dont go on my trip till september but ever since i booked (last year) the trip i’ve been wondering what i would need what i wont how many of what to bring etc Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 7 Apr 2009 Kristy89xx said

    Kristy89xx

    thanks this is great info as im going in july!!! is it worth packing a hair straightner??

  • 7 Apr 2009 Kristy89xx said

    Kristy89xx

    thanks this is so helpful as im going in july. is it worth packing my hair straightner, i like it straight plus im there fofr a month dont know if i can go without it??

  • 8 Apr 2009 ChrisSoll48 said

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    Any ideas on dress for Greece in May? colors? are sun dresses in?

  • 8 Apr 2009 ChestyLaRue said

    ChestyLaRue

    Do you think it will be a huge problem if I skip a dress altogether in favour of nice pants and a nice top?

    I don’t wear dresses, basically, unless a wedding or something is involved and I really didn’t want to bother with one on the trip. I know some find them comfy but never have.

  • 9 Apr 2009 Danni said

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    Kristy – Almost all the girls on tour had a hair straightner (and those that didnt tryed to borrow from the girls that did). If you would normally use one, i suggest taking it, I used it probably every second day, especially if we were going out that night, even if it was only for my fringe.

    ChrisSoll – didnt go to Greece…from the weather reports its similar to Rome and Rome was veryyy hot! not sure on the fashion in Greece as they are ahead of Australia.

    Chesty – ultimately its upto you… but there was one girl on my tour that was very sporty, didnt get dressed up at all really and about a week into tour, bought a nice skirt and a pair of low wedges, coz she found she really needed it (she didnt where it all that often) and we were all shocked when we were saw her in something other than pants, lol.

    BTW MAKE-UP WIPES WILL BE YOUR SAVOUR, TAKE THEM!! VERY USEFUL AFTER A BIG NIGHT, YOU DONT WANT PANDA EYES OR LEAVE YOUR MAKE UP ON (you can also buy them in most major cities, they have Nivea, Dove, etc over there)

  • 10 Apr 2009 Explorer1131025 said

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  • 12 Apr 2009 Neet said

    Neet

    Hi girls, this may be a silly question but on the nights out, instead of dresses/dress pants is it ok to where jeans with a dressy top?? thanks

  • 12 Apr 2009 Kayleigh L Degraw said

    Kayleigh L Degraw

    what about the UK in summer

  • 12 Apr 2009 ChestyLaRue said

    ChestyLaRue

    I usually only wear a skirt at Christmas and I can hardly wait to get it off…

    But who knows what will happen on the trip… Big Grin<!--graemlin::D-->

  • 17 Apr 2009 Cathleen said

    Cathleen

    This is for girls asking about a hair straightener – I’m doing London to Athens on June 10, 2009, and this is what I’m taking. It’s the Conair Mini Pro 1/2" Ceramic Straightener. I bought it just for this trip, so I haven’t actually used it yet. It’s listed on Wal-Mart and Target’s sites, but I bought it at my local ULTA. It’s less than 20 bucks (US) and has gotten decent reviews. I believe it can be found on Amazon also. Here is a link.

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog…#ShortReviewTitleBar

    Hope this helps someone!

  • 22 Apr 2009 Natty VS said

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    I’m glad a lot of girls here are talking about taking a hair straightner. I was feeling guilty of taking mine, but not anymore. Maybe I’ll take onde dress, just in case I need it. But other than that, I’ll wear mostly pants.

  • 25 Apr 2009 JanszGirl said

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    I have several questions I hope that girls who have gone on a Contiki tour can help answer:

    1) Hair – I’m planning on bringing a hair straightener as well. I’m also considering bringing a travel hair dryer. Has anyone brought one on their trip? Is there a need? I’m doing the “Superior” European Discovery staying in hotels so would European hotels happen to have hair dryers? I have really thick hair that takes a long time to air dry.

    2) Shoes – I’ve read the magic number of footwear to bring is 3: walking shoes, flip flops/thongs, and dressier shoes like sandals. What kind of dressy shoes would you recommend? Open toed sandals with a heel? Wedge sandals? Stiletto pointy toed heels?

    3) Laundry – How often did you do laundry? How did you do your laundry? Would you wash your underwear, socks, shirts, etc in the bathroom sink and let it dry overnight?

    Thanks! Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

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