I've started culling! I will have to add one or two things back in but I have removed
2 scarves - will just put a 1 light warm scarf back in
light sweater pullover
both big shirts
1 short sleeve
1 ankle socks
1 jean capris
1 pacsafe 400
added in 1 foldable Laurel Burch tote in place of packsafe 400. Smaller than 400 and can be used for our groceries in Amsterdam, day trips, etc. and on bus as well as packing clothes just for Venice. Zips closed but not secured like pacsafe, but may have the means to make it so. I love my mini crossbody and have been using it for several months but it will not hold a raincoat. It would be great to have for when I don't need to carry my raincoat. My pacsafe purse (not the 400 but large purse) is great to use for daybag while touring - will hold raincoat, water bottles, etc. but don't know if it would also hold the 2nd day clothes for Venice. Will test. I am trying to avoid carrying the backpack into Venice. I could easily get my and husbands clothes into LB tote. I used to carry the LB tote every day as my purse. That's still four bags with the 2 purses going into the LB tote as 2nd carry on on the way over there....
Been watching weather reports and right now it is anywhere from 20-50 degrees colder than Fl- avg being about 25 degrees colder for most places. For me that is fall - long sleeve. I think I will throw out all short sleeves except 2 and add in more long sleeves tees. All of these shirts are very lightweight.
Sweater is open front and about same weight as pullover fleece. I'd sorta be stuck with the pullover - on or off depending on if I get hot so may take sweater. I guess in Switzerland I could just put on the cami and a couple of the lightweight long sleeves, the sweater, and my marmot precip. I also have light gloves and a knit headband to cover my ears. Could take a knit cap instead of headband- advice on that?
Ricks guidebook is huge and it is sitting on the coffee table waiting to be cut down. Take one phrase book for pair of us instead of both?
On fence about shoes still. Sitting here sipping coffee in my low boots. Weight is going to restrict me to two pairs - third is out. So it is either
waterproof low boots and rust colored presidios
low boots and black presidios
rust and black presidios
I have two very nice looking pair of alegrias, but after walking several miles in them a few times I don't think they would work for all day touring. That would restrict them to being an evening only shoe and that seems foolish to me. Whatever I take has to be able to be worn all day for touring. Wearing my boots all day today to see if they make the cut.
Oh, and when I say leggings, although snug, they are not the skin tight panty hose looking things.
Leaving the ecigs behind is not an option. I have quit a 40 year tobacco habit but am not over the hand to mouth habit (that's a "b" to break) and am too afraid I would get over there and smoke real cigarettes. I never want to do that again - ever. With a +99% harm reduction (yes, I do my research and trust pure science, not hype), I am very happy vaping instead of smoking. No stink, no coughing, no fire. At worst, you might smell a light scent of cinnamon were you to walk by me on the street while I am vaping.
Thanks for all of your suggestions - I really am reading them and paying attention.