The majority of my stay will be in Verona, Italy. That's right - the setting of Romeo and Juliet. Since all the chivalrous Georgia men (including mine) and their coats will be left behind in Athens, checking the weather is the first order of business.
Temperatures will be formatted as average hi/low in Fahrenheit.
Destination: Verona, Italy
In January 44/31 ... in February 51/31 ... in March 58/36
Destination: Munich, Germany
In January 37/26 ... in February 42/25 ... in March 51/30
Destination: Interlaken, Switzerland
In January 35/22 ... in February 40/23 ... in March 48/26
Destination: Prague, Czech Republic
In January 37/27 ... in February 42/27 ... in March 52/32
The average low at most of my destinations is in the 30s, with the exception of the Swiss Alps which hits the low-mid 20s. The average high is about 50 degrees. What should I pack?!
Packing light + staying warm
Bags + Luggage
While gawking at the beautiful sights of Europe, pickpocketers will often strike. With this in mind, I purchased some bags from Pacsafe, a travel equipment brand with anti-theft features such as locking zippers and RFID blocking, cut-resistant fabric. Something to keep in mind with luggage is the many staircases and cobblestone streets that line European cities, as well as international travel size restrictions.
The international size limit on carry-ons is 22 x 14 x 9 inches. One checked bag (included in the ticket price) is allowed on most major airlines, like Delta. One carry-on item is the limit, but from my experience women can usually get away with a carry-on and a purse.
With these restrictions in mind, here are the bags I'm bringing from smallest to largest:
For the sake of packing light and warm, I'm going to keep my wardrobe very simple. Most of it will consist of wool/cashmere sweaters and jeans, and just a couple coats. I will have a washer and dryer available which is an advantage some European travelers staying in hotels might not have. In which case, you should bring more "under" garments like t-shirts and underwear. Here we go:
Tech and Miscellaneous:
A girl from my school, University of Georgia, shared the story of her narrow escape from sex traffickers in Barcelona, Spain - one of the world's largest centers for sex trafficking. While my personal strategy will be to avoid more dangerous locations altogether, if I find myself in a situation like she described I'd certainly want to have these easy-to-carry devices:
This post may be updated with additional items as I think of them. Safe travels!
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