Packing for 2.5 months in Europe

There are plenty of blogs and posts about what to pack when backpacking in Europe. I know because I have looked at many of them in creating my own list. Here are a few that I recommend:

As we traveled during the year, I took notes on what was important to me. Here is the criteria I came up with for packing:

  1. Must be able to put everything in one load of laundry so I don’t waste hours at laundromats, but not restricted to 50 shades of gray in terms of color.
  2. Must not make me look distinctly American. (American flag shirt = yes?)
  3. Must not look completely ridiculous in pictures either.
  4. Must have comfortable shoes that can conquer cobblestone streets by day and nice restaurants by night.
  5. Must have shower shoes.
  6. Must have hiking shoes.
  7. Must have shoes that work well in the rain.
  8. Must have shoes that can be worn with jeans and skirts.
  9. Must not have a suitcase with only shoes.
  10. Must have clothes that can be worn in Scotland and Spain (in hot climates and colder, rainy climates).
  11. Must cover knees and shoulders when entering churches.
  12. Must not have awkward tan lines because I will be wearing a strapless dress for a September wedding.
  13. Must be comfortable.

When I get a chance, I will add a picture of what I have packed to show you what decided. For now, you’ll just have to enjoy seeing what pops up in my pictures.

Speaking of pictures…let’s make a deal. If I do, in fact, look ridiculous, pretend with me for now that I look awesome and then we can laugh at the pictures together later. Capiche?

Bon Voyage

Thursday marked the final day of my contract with TAPIF. Over the past few weeks it has been truly sad to say goodbye to these students, teachers and assistants that I have gotten to know over the past few months.

As bittersweet as these goodbyes have been, I am incredibly excited for what I have planned for the next 2 1/2 months. I will be traveling all throughout Europe from the Glasgow to Istanbul with friends, family and at times, on my own. On this blog, I have included a page with a map of my travels. I will update the map with my locations as I travel.

During this time, I will have limited access to the internet which will restrict my ability to text/iMessage and write in this blog. I have brainstormed and planned a number of ways to keep friends and family posted about my adventures, but there are no guarantees as to what will work. My Instagram and Twitter feeds are both visible on this blog – they will likely be updated the most, so keep an eye on those. I will also try to post pictures to this blog as I am able. I’m bringing only a carry-on sized suitcase and a purse with me, so I will likely be doing laundry about every 1-2 weeks. Although the updates may be brief, I am hoping to provide an update from the laundromat during that time.

À tout à l’heure, mes amis!