What to Pack
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WHAT TO PACK
"When facing the question, "how do I fit everything!?", keep in mind that Europeans also use hairdryers and tooth brushes. In fact, they have hair dryers with European double prong plugs! You definitely won't need to pack everything you own, and will likely be able to replace lost or forgotten items. Plus, remember that both semesters (Spring and Fall) start during some of Europe's BEST sale sasons (post-Christmas and end-of-summer events). Consider packing half of you think you'll need."
Andy Steves, WSA Chief Backpacker
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Packing for weekend trips
When prepping for a weekend trip, be sure to make your outfit selections before you get on the plane. Remember how long you'll actually be in the city. One pair of almost everything works.
- If you plan on hitting some swanky nightlife, be sure to bring a change of outfits to set you up for success at the door (for guys, that means bring those dress shoes, a button up and a dark pair of jeans!)
- Layering is always a good idea, with a light jacket for rain.
- I sound like my dear mother when I say this, but wool socks in October through March keep those feet dry and warm.
Travel Brands We Like
Muji is a great travel accesories store with many locations across Europe, especially in London and NYC. Muji translates directly to "No name" in Japanese. In other words, there will be no brand marking on their products. Instead, it's a nice break from this over-commercialized world. They have everything from coin purses to office supplies to shampoo bottles and funnels.
REI is another one of our favorites- it's the mothership of adventure travel for a reason, and a convenient stop for accessories or backpacking gear.
When picking out a big bag for your semester abroad, you're probably looking at needing something between 50 liters (for the very spartan) to something closer to 70 or 80 liters (more room for all the necessities and a few extras).
Osprey is a solid brand, and I'm using a 60 liter pack for my travels over in Europe.
Deuter packs are manufactured in Germany and have a reputation for quality and durability.
Gregory is another brand that's well known for its quality and popularity among the backpacking population
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I've been in Europe since the beginning of January and have traveled every weekend. This Easter Weekend was by far the best one. The hostel was perfect and super convenient, I made a ton of new friends, and our guides (Andy, Rhianne, and Elena) made sure we saw absolutely everything in the city. The meals included were all absolutely delicious, and Andy even brought snacks every once in a while to hold us over in between meals. We were given our Easter Mass tickets the night before and strategically planned to be in the front for mass. We followed Andy's suggestions and got to sit in the very front for Mass. The wait was worth it and so was every cent of the trip's cost. I barely spent any of my own money, just on transportation to and from the airport, gelato, and food on my last day there. I would 100% recommend this company to all of my friends!Crystal Cascante, University of Florida ~ AIFS London, Spring 2016
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