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Packing.....leggings

Hi Just finishing up packing. For tour next week. Do woman wear legging on tours? . I just love them and you can dress them up or down. They are so easy to pack and even better for washing and wearing over and over. If I pack leggings , black pants and a light weight pair of jeans is that enough? 14 day tour?
Thanks so much.

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I can't comment on what women wear on RS tours, but women everywhere in Europe wear leggings.

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14288 posts

Yes. A number of women on my recent 21 day tour wore them. One gal tore hers and was forced to pick up a new pair in Rome, lol! On the days it was chilly they used them as a base layer.

Have a wonderful time!

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I have been on 20+ RS tours and wear leggings, both for the long flight(s) and walking around. As you mentioned you can dress them up or down. They are very comfortable.

Your plans for packing sound great. If you havent already purchased your light weight jeans LLBean as cotton stretch jeans, and lightweight stretch pants you might want to check out.

Happy travels.

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You may want to pick some up as a souvenir. I found that the tights at Monoprix were superior to anything I could find in the US. The cut was less binding and the material was stronger and less prone to snags.

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Cindy, thank you for the suggestion. I will look for Monoprix. Is that a brand or a store? I know sounds like a stupid question but I am not familiar with it. How would sizing be compared to US?

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Leggings are great on tour. I went over recently and packed a black pair. They work great to layer if I get cold. I also like to wear them on the days when we are on the bus a lot. You can slip them on under a skirt if I need to have my knees covered in a church. They also take up hardly any room.

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Yes, if you pack leggings, black pants and a light weight pair of jeans that is enough. You will be wearing an additional pair of pants on the plane over there. That gives you four bottoms to mix and match with tops, which is plenty.

Yes, I always take leggings with me, and I always see women wearing them around London, with a long sweater or tunic top. Some even wear them under a mini-dress. Leggings are very comfortable for wearing during a long plane flight or long bus trip. Good to have on a 14-day tour!

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Yes, wear your leggings. I took two pair on our recent tour. They take up almost no space in luggage and they are easily washed and dried. I am planning to take them when I go to Italy next September.

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To quote Richard Armour (back when women started wearing pants in public. )
"Sure, deck your lower limbs in pants -- yours are the limbs, my sweeting.
You look divine as you advance. Have you seen yourself retreating? "
And yes, I'm packing leggings as a base layer for winter travel -- but having just turned 70 mine are either under other pants/dress or a very LOONG top. For others, whatever feels right.

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I don't wear leggings "in public", but carry a pair to use as pajama bottoms under a sleep T-shirt and as long underwear under other pants (especially my slinkier lighter material pants) if it gets cold. Having lived 50+ years in Los Angeles cold is anything below 60 degrees!

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@Sue -
Monoprix is a French department store like Target. I believe I spent $20 for a pair of patterned tights (I bought 2 pair in different patterns). I have worn them for several years and they still look great! They're nicer than the US ones that cost $60.
If I remember they go by weight and height, just like US sizes. Figure out your height in cm and your weight in kg and you should find the right pair.

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For 14 days, two pairs of pants or jeans (plus leggings) are plenty -- you don't need a third pair of pants to wear on the plane.

But I would recommend bringing 2 pair of walking shoes. I'm in Germany right now and got caught in a downpour last week. I was thankful to have brought an extra pair of shoes (which I normally don't do) as the ones I was wearing didn't dry overnight.

I was also glad to be wearing my Eddie Bauer travel pants (Travelex fabric). The rain beaded up on them but didn't soak through. They were dry very quickly. And the fabric is very comfortable -- slim-fitting with a bit of stretch. Has a matching jacket. Cute & practical.

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Thanks everyone for your tips. I am wearing one pair of leggings, bringing light weight jeans and quick dry black pants. Also bringing one other pair of leggings. That makes a total of four bottoms. Suitcase is of the 21 inch size still seems so full. But only weighs 25 pounds. We too brought two pairs of walking shoes in case of rain or snow.

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which tour are you doing next week that gives you expectations of Snow, Sue?

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Yes, leggings are great! Just be sure that your top/tunic comes down to mid-thigh and generously covers your behind.

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So, Sue - were you happy with your choices? And how was the weather?

I hope you had a great trip!

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Sue, let us know how your trip and the packing went.

For the last 2 or 3 trips to Europe, I have worn 1 pair of black sort of stretchy pant, brought another similar pair and 1 black legging. I wear leggings at home a lot. Actually, the pants I brought are the same ones I often wear to work.