I wasn't sure whether to post this in this section, or under packing.
We're off this morning to join our Village Italy tour. And.... I just weighed my Appenzell backpack: 12 pounds! And my shoulder bag (a freebie that comes with Sierra Club membership): 5 1/4 pounds.
Before anyone asks - the backpack has 2 pairs of long pants, 5 tops (4 ss, 1 ls,) one pair of shoes, socks, undies, a T-shirt for sleeping, and an extra pair of "comfy pants" that could be worn in public, if I need another pair. A heavy cardigan, the supplements I take, the cross-body day bag I'll be using, and a tiny but lovely fabric purse (for when I don't need more than a few euro, a fold-up tote bag, and a tissue.)
Now it's time to wake up my DH and go water the garden.
BTW, DH's pack only weighs 10 pounds, but his "personal item," a larger laptop bag (sans laptop) is a hefty 13.5.
Thanks to all of you who have encouraged us to take this tour, and to those of you who have shared your experiences and advice with us.
Lo and broekerd, see you Monday in Padua!