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packing question for the ladies

laying things out, checking the list, etc. Opinions on pyjamas needed. I do not see from our hotel list that we would have to share bathrooms with anybody, so sneaking around the hallway in jammies isn't an issue. However, is it necessary to bring a small housecoat along with a nightie? I am of course thinking of a very lightweight set, but just wondering if needed. ALSO - regarding dress for the dinner hour.As we are continuing on to Austria for a week, when our tour is over, I want to have something nice to wear when going out for dinner. Does anybody "dress up" slightly for the RS group dinners?
Thanks ladies.

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  • Pajamas - I go with 2 options depending on the temperature. In summer I like to use a sleeping tee from Gilligan and O'Malley (Target). This is made from fine cotton and looks like a dress. So I have a "spare" dress if needed. In the winter I use leggings and a t-zip long underwear shirt. Both of these work for under layers if it gets really cold out. Double duty on these items.
  • House coat - I just use my packable rain trench coat If I have to run into the hallway (and I've never had to do that). I'll use a cardigan for lounging in my room.
  • A simple jersey dress in a dark color is a workhorse in a lady traveler's wardrobe. I like to use sleeveless ones. Then I can layer shirts under/over it for more looks. If you keep the hem knee length it will not only look more European, but will also look good with flats. If I'm going for a casual look I'll wear leggings with the dress.
  • If you don't want to wear a dress then bring black pants and a black top. Use a beautiful scarf or jewelry to glam it up.

I like to dress nicely but can still keep the weight of my bag under 15 pounds if I double duty things. Weight comes from extras like housecoats etc.

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Cindy H - any particular brand on the jersey dress? Thanks.

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Judy - No, you won't need a housecoat. On the five RS tours I've done, most people do not dress up for group dinners. There are a few exceptions, women who do change into a nicer top or add jewelry or a nice scarf, but most do not.

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Are you sharing a room or have your own room? If sharing, with strangers or family or just a spouse? What you wear to bed, if anything depends on a few factors. Personally, I would just wear a modest long (mid-thigh) type night shirt. Try to pack as little as possible. Any time you can eliminate an item, you are better off.

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Ok, gotcha! No need for anything other than simply something to sleep in. Hubby doesn't care and less is more in this case. Thanks for the tips, case closed :) (suitcase)

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@Mary - I have different knit dresses in different colors. The best dress is one that doesn't wrinkle. One of my favorites is a rayon/modal/cotton blend from Lands End. The colors are limited right now as it is end of season. I also have some I like from Dress Barn.
Be careful with knit dresses. Some are heavy. Some are a little too thin and revealing. I shopped around until I found one "just right".

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Cindy - thanks. Will check out Lands End, forgot about them.

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Another Mary here - you might also want to check out LLBean. I bought their dress that was labeled Summer Knit, but it works year round.

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sounds like you got good advice. I have been on a lot of RS tours and I never worry about having to leave my room to go out into the hall at night. If I did I would just grab my coat or a wrap/cardigan. One other good item to pack are a simple pair of black leggings. You could sleep in them if it gets cold. Layer them under loose pants or even I wear them under a skirt or dress. They also work for covering knees if necessary to enter a church. At night most people at group dinners change into a clean shirt, add a scarf, jewelry or a sweater/wrap. The only night people typically dress up is the last night dinner. That night I always wear a dress. Enjoy your tour.