HOW 2 PACK LIGHT, by Liz

Really important stuff

your Eurail pass must be carried in

a bum bag
money belt or
round-your-neck passport pouch

ie attached to your body in something that you don’t take off.  We recommend that you also keep your passport in the same spot. Loss of these items is a major inconvenience, not only for you, but for everyone in the group.

NB Do not carry large amounts of cash or important documents in a wallet, pocket or handbag.  These items must be secured on your person.

Money:  Just take two of the following:  Cirrus/Maestro card for eftpos, credit card, travel money card.  Expect to buy your lunch and drinks most days, and when we are staying in a hostel or hotel, also your dinner.  Take a lunch box and drink bottle for packed lunches and $1,000 should cover this.

your music in a light bag – very, very carefully checked before you leave

your mobile phone, even if you only use it as an alarm clock. Be sure to unlock it if you plan to use it as a phone.

phone recharge plug

Aussie to European power plug converter

your concert gear

1 black shoes (or sandals for women) that can also be worn for concerts

Medicines:  Get any scripts made up before you go.  If you tend to suffer from a recurring medical problem eg throat infections, then get your doctor to prescribe a suitable anti-biotic that you can take with you just in case.  Any over-the-counter medications that you might need are also best bought in Australia.  Some of these require a script overseas.

10 CDs we will give you these to pack

 

Clothes:  Here’s a list of what I pack

NB a suitcase with good wheels and a long handle is better than a backpack in the warm weather.

You need to be able to lift and carry it easily up and down stairs etc., Some days we’re on and off 4 or 5 trains, so keep it small and light! Big suitcases are out. If your suitcase doesn’t lock, then fix it up with a padlock.

 

6 underpants6 socks

2 bras (not recommended for men)

1 pair trousers

1 skirt

4 T shirts or tops

3 long-sleaved tops2 jumpers

1 Pyjamas

1 other comfy shoes if you need them in addition to concert ones

Bathers/goggles/sunnies

 

A bag or small backpack for day excursions (in addition to your music bag)

Lunch box and drink bottle or thermos.  This will save you a lot of $$

Umbrella or very light plastic raincoat

 

Toiletries:  I take Sting-goes, Mosquito-repellent (foreign mosies bite harder), Sun screen

1 novel (then you can swap with others) or tablet

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