Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Packing List. Belgium & France.

Photo from stanford.edu.
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e'll be leaving soon on this trip and so I decided it was time to work on the packing list.  I'm anticipating that after he arrives, Z will be missing a thing or two and that we'll have to hit the stores to pick up a few items so this will just be a starting list for us.

I did tell Z that we are traveling light which means we carry our luggage on board the plane so if he arrives with any bigger suitcase than that, I'll be downsizing him.  More importantly, Our trip will have us traveling by train between cities and I want to make sure we're not lugging heavy suitcases everywhere.  Not to mention that we're staying in apartments and none of the places have elevators so we need to keep things very light.  Of course, the nice thing about traveling with a strapping 20-something is that he can help carry things for me :-)

Weather wise, I'm hoping that we'll be lucky on this trip and that perhaps all the *cold* weather clothing we'll need is perhaps a long sleeved shirt.  Given that we'll be in Europe, whatever we don't have when we leave the US, we can always buy on the other end.   Besides, I want to have space in my suitcase to bring back all the food items that I am certain I will be buying :-)

The List
  • Detailed trip itinerary which has all the information for our transportation and accommodation
  • Passport, airline etickets and travel documents (all with photocopies)
  • Hotel and apartment rental vouchers
  • Euros as well as $US, credit and debit card
  • 2 rain ponchos (one for Z and one for me)
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 6 short sleeve, light cotton shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirt
  • 1 long coverup
  • 1 pair of capri pants
  • 3 pair of long pants
  • Underwear and two pairs of socks
  • Sunhat
  • 1 pair walking shoes
  • 1 pair sandals
  • 1 pair rubber slippers 
  • Toiletries and first aid kit (including Tylenol, Band Aids, Neosporin, lip balm, Immodium AD, Pepto Bismol, Zithromax, Cipro, eye drops)
  • Anti-itch cream for Z who is very sensitive to mosquito bites.
  • Sunblock and lotion
  • Handiwipes
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic cutlery, silicon bowls, and can opener 
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses and spare pair of reading glasses
  • Nikon dSLR camera, filters, spare batteries, chargers and outlet adapters, SD cards, external battery, mini USB to USB cables.
  • iPad with SD card reader 
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Pen and notebook
  • iPod
  • Drain plug and plastic hangers for drying clothes
And as always......

I bring along a collapsible tote to bring back all those things that I buy along the way.  This trip, I will bring along 2 totes as I am foreseeing that Z and I will be doing a lot of food shopping and we'll need the bags to carry everything around in!

As always the list is long but somehow, it all fits in.