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    3 Weeks, 4 countries, and 3 Seasons in Europe with an A30 and LCB

    Warning (long detailed post!)!

    I am headed to Europe (UK, France, Switzerland, and Iceland) with my husband and 7 year old son for 3 weeks today! I am very excited and have packed up my bags. Although everything fits, I am a bit embarrassed that it is by no means my lightest packing job (any last minute suggestions to trim a bit to make room for the inevitable shopping that will happen?) I am taking my Original Halcyon A30 and the new to me LCB (thanks to KmK for the trade!). I do have a few things I will use up and/or can leave along the way and have one of those Cargo Mini Nets on the outside of my bag, so my coat etc could come out if necessary on the way home. I also have a large shop bag in a #1 TSS and a more compact bag for groceries and shopping. Thanks to everyone on these forums as many of my ideas came from you! At some point when I have more time, I’ll go back and add my inspiration posts as links.

    To put it all in context here are our major activities: We are mostly staying in apartments (some with laundry facilities) and our stays range from 1 night in a spot to 6 nights in Lauterbrunnen. We'll be traveling by train between the different places. We’ll be doing a lot of walking in towns and cities and the major museums in London and Paris, nice restaurants but probably not super fancy ones as we have our 7 year old son with us. There will be lots of day hiking (some all day adventures) in Switzerland in the mountains and in Iceland (we are renting a car there as well). I also want to do some running (likely in the mornings before the rest of the family gets moving) as I am training for a half marathon at the end of July and have to keep up my fitness levels. Picnicking is something that we are also planning to a do a lot of, so we’ve packed the appropriate things for that as well.

    One of the things that I am struggling with is the balance of different clothing types. Looking out as far as the forecasts go, it looks to be 50s to low 70s in England and France. Right now Switzerland (in the valley) is anywhere from the 40s to 70s (colder in the mountains) and Iceland is in the 40s rising into the low 50s as the weather warms up near the solstice. I struggled a lot to find the right balance of sweaters, t-shirts, tanks, and blouses (I tend to be a layerer) and I am still not sure I have the right mix. I have a lot of extra stuff I have to schlep along for my allergies and I’ve packed a tennis ball as a compact way of doing some massage for recurring injuries that are likely to cause me issues. Missing from my carry on (but on my list) is my Second Aid Kit with first aid and hiking essentials which my husband is carrying. Any thoughts? Things I can eliminate (particularly clothes)? Anything I am missing (hopefully not!)? I'll ultimately try to report back on what worked and what didn't work.


    A30 (Note Original Halcyon—I don’t think all this would fit if it didn’t squish a bit!):

    Outerwear:
    Ibex Pez long sweater (wearing)
    REI rain jacket in EC Compression cube

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    Clothing (all but what I am wearing above and two skorts packed into 3 med sized EC)

    Tribal grey skinny pants
    Eddie Bauer Travelex capris (navy)
    Arc’teryx light beige skort
    Athleta navy skort (for running and casual)
    Printed blue wrap around shorts/skirt
    Olive Ex Officio convertible skirt (can be worn short or long for cathedrals if I need to be covered!)

    Black tank dress (flared) (wearing)
    Short gray tank dress (straight and can be worn as a top too)

    Black long sleeved T-shirt
    Navy merino t-shirt
    Gray merino t-shirt

    Salmon tank
    Printed button up navy/white tank that can be worn as a vest
    White reversible tank (V-neck and U-neck)
    Purple metallic performance tank

    Printed navy long sleeved blouse
    Blue synthetic button up for layering
    Light purple silk long sleeve

    Navy Rohan merino cardigan
    Light blue tissue weight merino open cardigan
    Gray cashmere crewneck sweater (wearing)

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    PCSB:
    2 skorts from above
    Mini OP:
    Jewelry (2 necklaces, 1 earring)
    Sewing kit
    Safety pins
    Hair bands
    Bracelet
    Extra zip lock bags
    Dizolve unscented laundry sheets
    Unscented drier sheets
    Collar stay things
    Drain plug
    Clothesline
    Inflatable hanger
    Headlamp
    Linen towel
    Matador Droplet Wet Bag
    Spray bottle (for clothes in the shower to get wrinkles out)
    Lint/pill remover sponge thing

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    In 2 small EC packing cubes:
    Black pashmina (wearing)
    Navy dragonfly scarf
    Red felted scarf
    Bikini (top is supportive enough to use a sports bra)
    4 pairs of underwear (wearing 1)
    2 bralettes (black and beige, wearing 1)
    Buff
    Small hat
    Glove liners
    Pajama bottoms (also for funky shorts for running!)
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    Shoes and socks (partially in Aether End Pocket packing cube) (in end pockets):
    Vivobarefoot Gobi Hi-Tops (wearing)
    Cute sandals (added at the last minute and take up almost no space)
    Vivobarefoot Primus sneakers
    Soft Star Sport Ballerines (silver)
    1 pair Injinji merino toe socks
    2 pair of merino socks (wearing one over tights for cozy airplane flight)
    2 pair merino tights (navy and charcoal) using merino tights instead of long underwear in case it gets cold in Iceland or the mountains) (wearing 1)
    Black tights
    Pantyhose
    Peds

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    Loose stuff (in end pockets):
    Tennis ball (for massaging bad hip)
    Plastic wine glass (for picnicking)
    Empty bottle to mix saline
    Small wooden hair brush
    Insect repellent wipes
    Flashlight
    Kleen Kanteen water bottle with two lids
    Large plastic bag for washing laundry
    Locking caribiner

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    In backpack strap pocket:
    DLBP (Nordic Halcyon!)
    Small cutting board
    Hydration bladder
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    Dry toiletries-in 3DOC:
    Make up
    Powered sunscreen
    Wipes
    Nail clippers
    File
    Tweezers
    Q-tips with make up remover in them
    Bobby pins
    Crystal deoderant
    Toothbrush
    Floss
    Saline packets
    Nasal irrigation device
    Razor
    Krazy glue
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    Picnic kit for 3 in 3DOC (need to pick up a real knife once we get to Europe!):
    TSA friendly corkscrew/bottle opener!
    Kids Konserve plastic sandwich wraps
    Little plates x 3
    Light my Fire Spork/Knife combination x 3
    Matador picnic blanket
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    In LCB

    iPad Mini with keyboard case
    Stylus
    Wallet stuff in Double organizer pouch
    Small cross body purse
    RFID pouch with passport

    In Small OP:
    Olio clip lenses for phone

    iPhone 6

    In 311 bag:
    2 small tubes of toothpaste
    2 bottles of Alkalol Nasal rinse
    Conditioner
    Shampoo
    Body Wash
    2 kinds of allergy nasal spray
    Hair styling spray
    Allergy eye drops
    Wetting eye drops
    Contact case with sunscreen and Aquaphor

    Moleskine notebooks for notes and journaling
    2 pens
    Snack
    Pill container

    Mini OP with
    Eye mask and earplugs

    In TSS #1:
    Large shop bag

    Foldable bag
    Wet wipe
    Tissues

    In 3DOC:
    GPS Watch and charger
    Fitbit charger cable
    iPod nano, earbuds, and charger
    UK and Europe plug adapters
    Anker external battery charger
    USB drive
    2”Bluetooth speaker (for listening to movies or music together)
    Cable that will charge speaker, battery pack, and
    Duct tape

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    2nd aid kit (not on me and not in the pictures!)
    Tailwind
    Lighter
    Firestarter
    Benadryl
    Bug spray wipes
    Antiseptic wipes
    "Stand up and pee"
    Chia seeds
    Plastic gloves
    Handwarmer
    Nuun
    Flashlight
    Ginger tea
    Band aids and blister band aids
    Last edited by trailrunner; 05-29-2016, 09:44 AM. Reason: added some additional formatting to make it easier to read
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    #2
    A couple of suggestions for the picnic kit (and general travel).

    Haley’s Corker | World’s Only 5 in 1 Wine Accessory

    Plastic wine closer with filter- for when your beverage isn't finished when you are. Also keeps out bugs when eating in the park.

    plastic bag clips and/or rubber bands

    quart and /or gallon size plastic bags
    for food, small item management (I collect so many pieces of paper- maps, ticket stubs, postcards, handouts from sites, etc.)

    Buying a Swiss Army knife in Switzerland is a fun souvenir but a better picnic knife is Kuhn-Rikon. Plastic handle, coated blade, blade cover- costs $5-10 , pack in checked luggage to bring home or leave behind for other travelers.

    Cutlery | Kuhn Rikon Chef & Cooking Knives | Kuhn Rikon

    (Just noticed they are a Swiss company when I looked at the link )

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      #3
      Great ideas Tiviander, particularly for the picnic knife, bag clips, rubber bands and the wine closer--not sure I have time to get the one you linked, but I just popped a simple one in the bag at least (something to look for in Europe)! I did have some small ziplocks packed, but will add a gallon one as well.
      A30 Black Dyneema/Wasabi, PCSB Iberian, S19 Black Dyneema/Wasabi, SE Forest/UV, SCB Orange 152/Navy , A30 End Pocket PC Steel Dyneema, TSS in various sizes: Solar, Iberian, Wasabi, Steel, and Zest. 3D COC Orange 152, COP Cayenne, Small OP Solar, COW Wasabi, LSB Wasabi, SSB Zest, PCBP Steel, TT Zest,

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        #4
        Wow! What an extensive post. Am I counting correctly in that you're bringing 8 bottoms (pants, skorts, skirts, capris)? Plus, three dresses? Your bottom half seems really covered when you factor in your tights. Think you could part with at least one skort?
        You also have three cardigans, plus several LS tops, and a synthetic layer. Maybe ditch one cardigans or one LS top?
        Have a fantastic trip!!!


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          #5
          3 Weeks, 4 countries, and 3 Seasons in Europe with an A30 and LCB

          Originally posted by Pokilani View Post
          Wow! What an extensive post. Am I counting correctly in that you're bringing 8 bottoms (pants, skorts, skirts, capris)? Plus, three dresses? Your bottom half seems really covered when you factor in your tights. Think you could part with at least one skort?
          You also have three cardigans, plus several LS tops, and a synthetic layer. Maybe ditch one cardigans or one LS top?
          Have a fantastic trip!!!


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          Probably a bit confusing because the stuff I am wearing is double posted effectively: 6 bottoms + 2 dresses. I guess I do sort of have 3 cardigans if you count the Pez, but I was counting that as outerwear. I could still probably eliminate though! Thanks for the advice.

          Edited: I changed the list above to make it less confusing by listing everything and then indicating what I am wearing.

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          Last edited by trailrunner; 05-29-2016, 10:53 AM.
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            #6
            Sounds like you are well prepared for your trip and right to be wondering if you have the right stuff.

            I always overpack because I focus on items rather than needs. Eg. I'm definitely taking this Bluetooth speaker as it will be great to listen to music at the hotel. Rather than, will I need to listen to music at the hotel? probably not as I can use my headphones or phone speaker or live without music for the short time I'm away.

            If I think about need rather than item I tend to pack less.

            Now I'm sure you've though through this but some ideas I had was:
            - Do you need a hydration bladder as well as the bottle? Could you manage with just the bottle this trip?
            - Do you need the inflatable hanger as most places should have them.
            - Do you need the iPod nano or could you use your iPad for music (if you need it for running, could you manage without running music on this trip?)
            - The spray bottle for wrinkles, will you need completely crease free clothes?
            - Headlamp or perhaps a small torch instead for emergencies?
            - Now I know what you mean about picnics (we had one today, very relaxing) but there are quite a few items you have related to it including the chopping board. Could you go a bit wild and do picnics only using items on your travels such as plates made from the paper bags you buy you food in, or wine from paper cups sourced locally?

            You know yourself and your needs best and I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip. All the best.



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              #7
              Annoyingly, I have NO ADVICE about how to cut down your list, since I am notoriously stricken with the over packing disease and always fear that the moment I want to go "minimal" I will forget something invaluable, like, say, one of my children or something like that!

              But I am posting instead to thank you for your lists, your photos, your whole post. It is inspiring and helpful to see the real thing. Thanks, @trailrunner, and I hope you and your fam have an awesome advebture! Please report back! I can't wait to take a trip like that someday....

              Also, @Perseffect, your comment about focusing on items rather than needs as the source for over packing is SPOT-ON. You explained something I have never been able to put my finger on! I will keep this in mind for my family's Alaska trip this summer. Thanks.

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                #8
                @Perseffect, I also like your comment regarding focusing on needs, not items. That is a very good way to put it.

                @trailrunner I really do not have anything specific to add regarding your packing list. However, as you go through it and try to eliminate items, rest assured that if there is an item you really absolutely need and that you did not bring, you will most likely be able to purchase it in Europe as well. Just having in the back of your head that you are not headed for the "middle of nowhere" might make it a little bit easier to take a chance and leave items at home that you will likely not need. At least that helped me in the past.

                Have a great trip!
                Today is a good day for a good day!

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                  #9
                  Great advice everyone has posted here!! I especially love Perseffect's guideline of "needs not items".

                  Off the top of my head - I would ask if you can get by with one of each kind of thing. For instance, you have pants AND capris; four skort/shorts/skirt bottoms; two pairs of merino tights AND a pair of black tights. 2 dresses. 4 tees. 4 tanks. Can some of these things sub for others? For instance, where you need that item for multiple days, or multiple situations:

                  - could you bring one pair merino tights, and one pair black tights? And leave the capris at home? If it gets super-cold, maybe wear your tights under the pants.

                  - Can you bring one skort and one pair of shorts? Or just one skort that also works as athletic wear? Especially since you say you will be in apartments with laundry some of the time.

                  - Could you bring just one tee, and one tank? (Or 2 tees, 2 tanks, assuming that one of each is for your workouts.) Those items would be super-easy to buy if you find you absolutely miss them, re: Artdime's suggestion.

                  - For dressier occasions (e.g. eating out), maybe have one pair of pants to mix and match with the tee/tank, and one dress outfit, and bring a couple of scarves to change up the look. Or buy accessories while you are on vacation.

                  Just my thoughts, your mileage may vary! You have a relatively small load right now anyway (and I am not the most minimalist of travelers myself when I have my kids with me ;p). Sounds like a great trip - have a great time and take pics of your TB gear while you're out and about!
                  Last edited by haraya; 05-29-2016, 06:38 PM.

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                    #10
                    Thanks everyone for lots of great advice. Perhaps I asked a bit late as we are currently on the train from London to Bath! Bags are definitely hefty but manageable.

                    I am a recovering overpacker (perhaps still am based on this list!)--with a child in tow it is comforting to have essentials for emergencies without having to search them out (we've already had the first jet lagged meltdown in Paddington Station this morning). The speaker and iPad are mainly for him --we're away from his cello for three weeks so listening to music and practicing with a pencil and on his arm to the music is way to keep from getting too rusty. As much as I'd like to experience as much as possible, I also suspect he'll need a few down nights to regroup after all our daytime activities.

                    As for the clothes I really have no excuse except trying to make sure I'd have things that would deal with all weather conditions and still get to wear my favorites. I'll report out on what I did and didn't wear for sure. My goal is to wear everything at least twice. And I'll definitely post pictures! Thanks again for the advice and good wishes!

                    The adventure begins.



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                      #11
                      Welcome to the UK. Have a wonderful time.


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                        #12
                        I have no constructive feedback - I just want to say THANK YOU for your amazing post and your seriously badass packing!

                        I am impressed and inspired - hope you have a fantastic trip!

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                          #13
                          I love Bath! Please keep us updated with pictures!


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