Someone should remind me to bring along more sweaters and fewer pairs of pants. I have live out of a suitcase for more than ten years now and have learned (or at least I had thought that I had learned) what to take for the region and the season. Of course, Canada is never predictable so larger suitcases may be required when traveling there. I did, however, have it in my mind that though Norway might be some chilly from the mid of October, I did not expect so much ”frost on the pumpkin” here in London. Perhaps I am just up and out too early but my breath is clearly visible and this little sweater and light jacket I am wearing failed to keep me warm as I walked up the hill to High Street this morning. I will report one good thing, I have not once had to open my umbrella in the more than a month I have been over here. Opps… I spoke too soon… at the moment it’s raining cats and dogs outside. By times, I have been days under the umbrella in saturating downpours with not even so much as a sunny break. Okay, all clear. Just wait a minute and English weather will change.
It is an often repeated statement, “No one ever goes to Europe and says, “Gee, I think that I will take more stuff next time.” I have this down to miniature or portable everything. I can put six weeks into one small bag and a back pack. Admittedly, I will be returning home with almost nothing that doesn’t need to be washed. Though expensive, you may have to employ a professional laundry to do shirts and underwear. On occasion I have used the facilities in the homes where I stay.
Here’s my list…
1 regular t with sleeves.
7 of each, underwear, t-shirts and socks.
6 shirts (5 sport and one dress).
3 blue jeans (they’re great for every day and travel).
1 dress slack.
1 sleeveless pullover.
2 Ties (weddings happen).
Rain wear ( a combination jacket works best).
A fleecy or hoodie (takes up a lot of room but a real life saver)
Camera and/or Flip video.
Portable computer (the small 2.2 pound one).
Skype phone is very handy.
Plug Adapters (Mainland Europe and the UK)
Inflatable neck support.
A good travel document portfolio.
Portable speakers if not too large.
Small reading light.
Comfortable shoes. (One pair is usually enough if it’s the right pair). I like Timberland shoes… soft leather, good soles and reasonably stylish.