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Hello :) Saw that you did The Expedition. Was wondering if you could please answer a few questions as I seem to want to know exactly the same stuff you did. - do people bring hairdryers along and is it a good idea to bring a small one with? - we are going in Jun/July so would I need a coat, boots, jeans etc. Or will leggings be enough? - is 1 towel enough or would u advice a person to take 2 towels? - are the extra activities worth while, especially the white water rafting? - I don't have a huge backpack for all my stuff, should I get one or is a big bag on wheels alright? - Will a laptop be safe because I want to load my photos on it daily... - should i get a really warm sleeping bag or is a normal alright? Sorry for all the questions :) Thanks for your time, Lara

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    Hey there =) 1) I did bring a small hair dryer. Most of the camp grounds you go to will have bathrooms outfitted with power outlets and mirrors, and for nights out to the discos and clubs you will of course want to look your best! Make sure to bring a travel converter for the outlets as well so you can actually use it. 2) I went in July and it was HOT HOT HOT everywhere we went - ESPECIALLY in Italy. For the most part I wore a lot of sun dresses and shorts/tanks. I did make sure to pack a warm sweater/hoody and pair of pants. These came in handy when we hit some rainy weather in Germany and Czec Republic. It is rainy season there and it was quite wet - I welcomed having a hood and warm pants to wear on those days! **Worth noting: You will go out to some nice places, so pack one or two dressier outfits. When we went to the Casino in Monte Carlo we all dressed to the nines and our tour guides awarded prizes to best dressed guy and girl (I happened to win best dressed girl with a sleek black tube dress). You don't have to dress up, but if you like to do that sort of thing you will certainly have the opportunity too!! Even though you are camping, there will be a bit of time to do your hair and makeup before some outings - not a lot of time but some!! (Honestly, by the end of the night you might not even care you'll be having too much fun) 3) I made due with just one towel. The only time this was an issue was when it rained in Germany and I had no where to hang it to dry - In that case I wished I had two. But I really did just fine with one. ***Worth noting: It is a good idea to pack some plastic bags - like grocery bags - to put your damp or wet clothes in if ever you get rained on or don't have time to air dry your towel/clothes. Like I said most places are going to be REALLY hot and at the peak of summer so laying things to dry during the day should be easy but if it does rained... your in tents! No where for the dampness to escape! 4) The extra activities are ABSOLUTELY worth every penny!!!!!!! I did every single one EXCEPT for the bike tour in Amsterdam, the visit to the clog makers in Amsterdam and the trip to the top of Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland. The only reason I opted out of the bike tour in Amsterdam and the clog makes was because I wanted to take the day with some friends I made on tour to do some exploring of Amsterdam on our own ;) And I didn't make the trip to Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland because I am from Northern Canada and can do plenty of snowboarding, sledding, and ice skating here. That is what they offer at the mountain, as well as a visit to an ice palace and there is a restaurant up there. Instead I took the Gondoloa up to a smaller town and visited the waterfalls -- your tour guides will give you all of this information. I will say though, the Aussies and the South Africans who never see snow went up the mountain and they had a blast. As for white water rafting: DO IT. It was SO FUN. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. honestly, all of the extra excursions are pretty well worth it. EXCEPT: there is a dinner night in Italy - the Tuscan Meal. I went and wasn't very impressed. The other half of our group went to a restaurant that locals recommended and they really enjoyed their meal and spent less... so there is that to consider. The cabaret in Paris is totally worth it. All the disco/club nights out are VERY worth it. Florence at the Red Garter is a MUST DO. So is the superclub in Prague (I missed it because I was sick -- Contiki Cough!! I'll elaborate later -- but everyone else who went said it was one of the best nights out and there are plenty of best nights out, try not to miss a single one if you can!!) 5) I used a regular suitcase with wheels. In fact this is desirable because it will fit better on the coach when you load it up --- It will be up to you guys to load the coach, and it is a learning process. The square suitcases are easier to fit like puzzle pieces, whereas backpacks are trickier to fit. You aren't necessarily backpacking and there won't be a lot of times when you have to carry or haul your bag long distances so don't worry about that. Make sure you don't go over the weight restriction though - this is important, they weigh you when you first arrive. 6) As for your laptop.. there are people who brought them, and for the most part we were allowed to keep ours on the coach, which is locked any time you are not in it. However the bus driver/tour guides will not take responsibility for anything you leave on the coach, you do this at your own risk. The coach is fairly secure, but you are always taking a gamble when you leave your belongings in someone elses care. Remember: You're in tents. I brought a small luggage lock with a combination to lock my tent during the day. It gave me peace of mind and most of us did this - not to protect against others on your tour, but strangers at the campground. You will be gone for long portions of the day -- It is nice to know that your luggage, sleeping bag and whatever else is locked up tight in your tent while you are away. I also used small combination luggage locks on my bags themselves - extra peace of mind. Of course always keep your passport with you, never leave it in the coach or your tent. Not worth the risk of misplacing it or having it taken. We didn't have any issues with theft, but in foreign countries it is always best to be safe than sorry. Small luggage locks - three or four of them. They are worth the investment. Lock your luggage, lock your carry on's and lock up your tent every day before your leave. **CONTIKI COUGH: This is a real thing. Before I left I saw warnings for it and didn't take them too seriously. I don't know if it is the combination of too much partying, not enough sleep, sharing with 40 other people, air conditioned air on the coach, or what but I'm not exaggerating when I say that ALL 40 OF US had an AWFUL cough by week 2 or 3... It is a brutal cough. Very sore throat, and its incessant. PACK AT LEAST ONE BOTTLE IF NOT TWO OF STRONG COUGH SYRUP. I'm not kidding. I didn't - none of us did - and we spent lots of money in Pharmacies on Strepcils (so soothing for a sore throat but don't help all that much) and other cures and nothing was strong enough. Especially in Itally or Prague - The language barrier makes it hard to ask for a particular kind of medicine and I found nothing was strong enough to relieve the cough. By the time we all got home we needed to get anitibiotics from the docs to get rid of our contiki coughs. It isn't going to kill you by any means, it is just a nuissance and it is clearly contagious. Once one person on tour gets it, you can rest assured you will all have it. Don't mean to scare you - its really not that scary, just a cough. But it can be a buzzkill. I missed the superclub in Prague because I felt too sick --- I regret it to this day. Anyway, hope this helps!! Let me know if you have any other questions. I will leave you with this: I went on the Expedition last July and I had THE TIME OF MY LIFE. Everyone on tour became awesome friends and it was so sad to leave everyone. The trip was incredible and I can't say much bad about it - other than contiki cough. In fact, I made such good friends with some of the Australians on my tour that I am going to visit them for a month this November =) =) You will have a blast. And don't over pack - There will be plenty of opportunity to do laundry. I did laundry in Switzerland, Rome, and Germany. In Rome they do the laundry for you, for a good price. And it is by far one of the nicest campsites you will go to. In Switzerland we had the opportunity to upgrade to cabins - it is worth the little bit of extra go in with 3 other people and do this -- a warm bed will be a luxury after that many days camping. Paris is the worst campsite ever. Don't let it turn you off, they all get better from there. In Berlin you will stay in a hostel with a great little bar -- we didn't even bother venturing out we enjoyed the bar so much. Let me know if you need anything else. HAVE FUN!!!!!

Default_avatarLaradv7 posted on tina.marie's (tina.marie) profile

Hello :) Saw that you did The Expedition. Was wondering if you could please answer a few questions as I seem to want to know exactly the same stuff you did. - do people bring hairdryers along and is it a good idea to bring a small one with? - we are going in Jun/July so would I need a coat, boots, jeans etc. Or will leggings be enough? - is 1 towel enough or would u advice a person to take 2 towels? - are the extra activities worth while, especially the white water rafting? - I don't have a huge backpack for all my stuff, should I get one or is a big bag on wheels alright? - Will a laptop be safe because I want to load my photos on it daily... - should i get a really warm sleeping bag or is a normal alright? Sorry for all the questions :) Thanks for your time, Lara

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