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A packing question....

I can't believe I'm having such a problem with making a couple decisions. 14 day trip is to northern Germany, temperatures to be lows of 50, highs of around 70, mix of city and small town/beach/biking, possible rain (max of 40% probability). I can't decide whether to take a pair of jeans, possibly wearing them on travel days, along with 3 other pairs of pants-- tan and dark tan Capris (but they're pretty long, almost like cropped length), and a black pair of Chicos pants that are long but can be rolled up and snapped. They're all comfortable and all go with the 5-6 tops and cardigan I'm taking, and all pretty casual. So, what do you think? Jeans, yes or no? If yes, leave one of the Capris home? Any other thoughts? Thanks bunches!

As I said, I don't know why I am having such a problem with this. (I've never taken jeans before, but they're so comfortable.....)

Posted by
2475 posts

I think jeans could be problematic because they are heavier and bulkier than other types of pants, and if they get laundered or rained on, they take really long to dry.

Posted by
703 posts

what we have noticed is a lot of locals where jeans. not meaning to offend, but my wife takes nearly half the clothes you mentioned when we go for over 2 months. ( no we don't backpack etc- just medium size suitcase)
do you really need to be so worried? as we often say 'no one will notice you" wear what is comfortable, the days are long and often busy.
the more suitcase space you have the more things you can buy and bring home- LOL.

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In May I took a pair of regular jeans, a pair of gray & a pair of black jeans. Wore a pair of cotton knit pants on the plane only. I loved having my blue jeans & kind of wish I'd taken 2 pair. But I also liked having the gray & black to dress up a tad. Everything is so casual over there now, you should be fine. Don't worry, I started thinking about what I was packing 5 months before we went!

^^Ditto what glenn said. LOTS of jeans are worn there. Save suticase space for goodies!

Posted by
1211 posts

Sounds like you really like your jeans. Don't know why you need 4 pairs of pants for 14 days. Why not take/wear the jeans that you love and skip taking one of those tan capris? (I am usually a minimalist packer, if that matters re my opinion. I'm known to wash even my LL Bean pants in the hotel room sink, but only after at least 4 wearings...)

Posted by
559 posts

Thank you for all your replies! Thinking maybe I'll wear the jeans and take only the black pants. I'm usually a really light packer; bag normally weighs no more than 15 lbs. I'll check journal from last trip....see what I wore the most. Different time of year, though. :)

Posted by
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It is nice to wear the jeans on the plane - I generally find the planes a little cooler.

Last year we were travelling early Oct to south of France and I packed 2 pr capris and 2 pr jeans (well, wore a pair on the plane). The year before we travelled early Sept in Italy, so much hotter and I packed 3 pr capris and wore one pair jeans. The capris I take are a thinner cotton/some kind of blend and they really don't weigh very much so I didn't worry about taking 3 pair. These were longer trips tho - 18-21 days.

For 14 days, I'd only take 3 bottoms. I'd tend more to the jeans (for on the plane), one pr of capris and the Chicos - since they can be worn either down or up. If you pack 2 pr capris and the temps are on the cooler side the whole time, you may wear your long pants a lot more and feel like they are getting dirty - at least with the roll-up-able pants, you have the option. I would also tend to the darker tan capris - because they would likely hide dirt better - I have an olive green and a navy pair, so they camouflage well.

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No offense, but, Glenn, your wife only takes 3 tops for 2 months?? :)

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I pack for five days, no matter how long the trip. Here is my packing list from my recent two-week trip to Spain:
Worn on the plane: short sleeved blouse, black yoga pants (I always fly in yoga pants and they can double as dress pants), black cardigan, athletic shoes.
Packed: 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of denim capris, 1 pair of khaki capris
1 long sleeved shirt, 1 3/4-sleeve shirt, 3 short sleeves (one was a t-shirt)
1 windbreaker w/hood, swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts "pjs" (which doubled as swim coverups)
5 underwear, 1 bra, 3 no-show white socks, 2 black crew socks, sandals
I wore everything, washed underwear, shirts, and yoga pants in the sink. I was very happy with my assortment of clothing - it worked for everything from drizzly, cool, windy days to sunny, hot ones.

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My packing list is very similar to yours, Nancy, although I take only 3 undies, an extra bra, one pr of socks, sarong for swimsuit cover up, Jockey undershirt for pjs, wind breaker, plus Marmot Precip rain jacket.

I think taking the darker Capris makes sense, and I'll wear the jeans on the plane. I wear Birkenstocks every day; always take a pair of Merrell shoes along just in case, although last trip only wore them an hour or so. aarrgghh.

Thanks, all! ;)

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One pair of socks doesn't work for me if I wear shoes every day. I don't go without socks, particularly if we are hiking (which we were on some days).

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559 posts

I try to remember to stick a pair of socks into my purse/bag so I can put them on when on the plane. My feet get cold! ;)

Posted by
14248 posts

Am I too late to vote? I vote to go with your last combo of jeans, dark tan capris (although if the high is 70 you may not need them) and the black pants. Yes, take the Merrills too in case it rains.

Posted by
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I just returned from some time in Germany - temps were were similar to those you mentioned, but it actually felt much warmer even in the rain (and I'm a Pacific NW girl, used to cool/cloudy). I ended up ditching my rain jacket most of the time and just used umbrella.

I also have never packed jeans on a trip, but this time I took two pairs - both made of 80% cotton, 20% poly/spandex (JAG and NYDJ brands, purchased at thrift stores). I tested before I left and they sink washed and dried overnight. I'm really glad I took them - they were super comfortable. I have travel fabric pants, but find them too noisy/swishy to wear, especially with a rain jacket.

Of the items you listed, I'd take jeans, one pair capris, and the black pants. Also Birkenstocks are ubiquitous footwear in Germany, you'll fit right in.

Posted by
559 posts

Thx, CL and Pam. I'm going with those 3 "bottoms". And I'm considering ditching the rain jacket. :) Forecasts are looking better every day (I'm leaving Wednesday). Yay!

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14248 posts

Oh gosh...I am an advocate of a waterproof layer anytime, anywhere!

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559 posts

Yep, I hear you, Pam. I think I could squish it flat in a zip loc in the bottom of my bag. :)

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Hi, I agree with the comments to pack 4-5 days of clothes max and wash clothes every 2 days or whatever works for you. I do have to mention (smiling) that I always bring 4 bras. The underwire broke on one at work last month, and I immediately thought of posts I've read on this forum, thinking what a crazy story that could cause! Ha! Enjoy your trip!

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Take whatever you feel comfortable in. I just spent 16 days in Germany last month and took 3 pairs of jeans plus a pair of capris..as I prefer jeans (skinny and bootcut) and a few light longsleeve and short sleeve shirts to interchange, pair of walking boots, sketchers walking shoes and flat sandals.. temp was about the same and wore my boots and skinny jeans mostly.. and I did ALOT of walking. Plus the places we stayed at offered free laundry service so always had clean clothes.. enjoy your trip

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Remember that the low temps happen in the middle of the night, when you're not outdoors. The historical average for June in Berlin is 71 but the high forecast for next week is closer to 80 most days.