PACKING LIST FOR WOMEN FOR CLASSICAL STUDY TOUR
The following clothing lists are those which I have developed over a period of years. One principle which I use is: "You are either wearing it, or carrying it." Now I travel with only a carry-on and a flight bag. I never check anything. That way my luggage and I always arrive together. If you check your luggage, be sure it is securely locked. Carry all valuables with you on the plane, e.g., camera and film, jewelry, medications, traveller's checks, etc.
What to take: (Note: Everything must fit in ONE medium suitcase.)
( ) 2 or 3 short-sleeved or sleeveless blouses or tops (preferably cotton, as synthetics are uncomfortable in hot weather), which may be worn in a variety of combinations with 2 or 3 of the following:
( ) skirts (because they fit loosely, skirts are the most comfortable apparel in the Mediterranean. They also help you "fit in" the culture.)
( ) slacks or shorts (DO NOT take short shorts.) A casual dress or sundress may be substituted for one of the combinations above. You must have at least one skirt or dress for churches and monasteries.
( ) sandals or comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or tennis shoes -- 2 well-broken-in pairs
( ) stockings or socks.
( ) A light wrap or jacket for cool evenings, ships, mountains, etc.
( ) 4 or 5 days supply of underwear. Plan to launder when necessary.
( ) nightgown or pajamas
( ) swim wear and towel (one- or two-piece suits are acceptable)
( ) SUN HAT or HEAD SCARF. A head cover is mandatory in the Mediterranean sun.
Bring small quantities, just what you need while travelling.( ) toothbrush and toothpaste
( ) deodorant
( ) shampoo/conditioner
( ) wash cloth and hand soap (Non-antiperspirant brands are best in the hot climate.)
( ) feminine hygiene products
( ) sun block or tanning oil. Caution: take a product which you have used before. In particular, many people are allergic to sun screens, and nothing is more miserable than a sunburn combined with a rash.
( ) Moisturizing cream or after-sun lotion
( ) head and/or pain remedy
( ) any medications you use regularly. Optional: you may wish to bring anti-diarrhea medication and/or motion sickness preventatives.
( ) Kleenex
( ) Baby powder -- a welcome cooler
( ) comb and/or brush
( ) liquid detergent (small bottle, 2 to 4 ozs.)
( ) a short clothesline and a few snap clothes pins
( ) universal drain plug
( ) razor (Non-electric unless you have an electrical adaptor)
( ) plastic bags for shoes, dirty clothes, damp laundry, etc.
( ) camera and enough film to last
( ) address booklet or list
( ) travel clock
( ) cigarettes and matches/lighter to last (optional, of course)
( ) safety pins and perhaps a small travel sewing kit
( ) SUNGLASSES, A MUST. Glasses, if needed, and a copy of prescription
( ) PASSPORT
( ) AIRLINE TICKETS
( ) International Student ID
( ) Enough money to last. Many shops do not accept credit cards. Visa and Master Charge are the best to have. Travellers checks are the most convenient and safest form of money.
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME
Anything not wash and wear. UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES. Hot clothing, non-essential make-up, hair-curlers (esp. electric ones, as they usually do not work and take up valuable space), jewelry or anything too valuable to risk losing. ILLEGAL DRUGS -- penalty for possession can be life.
RULE OF THUMB: Enough for a long weekend is enough for the trip.
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