I returned recently from an 11-night trip to Switzerland (May 24-June 5). I'm in the habit of noting in my journal what worked logistically and what did not on each trip. This helps me refine things a bit for the next trip - assuming I remember to consult my notes.
What I would do differently:
Pack more ibuprofen.
I never noticed this before, but ibuprofen, aspirin, etc. are not sold OTC in Switzerland. I never needed it in Europe before but this time I was nursing a sore shoulder. Are these types of pain relievers not generally available OTC in Europe?
Pack a wash cloth.
Two of the 3 places I stayed did not provide one, only a hand towel and a full-size towel. It would be simple to pack one of my own and put it in a zip-lock baggie when packing it away.
Fly non-stop from the USA.
I wanted to start my trip on Lake Geneva, so I flew ATL-AMS-GVA rather than ATL-ZRH. That was a mistake in retrospect because the ATL-AMS leg had to land in JFK unexpectedly and delayed us 5 hours. This could happen to any flight, but the more connections you have the more times you are rolling the dice. It would have been better to fly ATL-ZRH and take a train to Vevey.
New Things I Tried that Worked Well:
I used to pack a regular brush to save a little on weight and bulk, but nothing does the job like an electric brush. Totally worth it packing it.
I'd rather read real books, including guidebooks, but their bulk and weight are at odds with packing light. I reluctantly tried e-books and they worked great. I can bookmark, highlight, and make notes with the ebook version of the RS guidebooks. And I can bring along a much greater variety of fiction and non-fiction when they are in ebook form.
I no longer fear the screaming baby or the coughing adult on a long flight. I can now make them disappear.
Not Broken, So Not Fixing It:
- Packing Light and Backpacking
Totally in love with hands-free mobility of packing a light backpack.
- Swiss Rail Pass
It's super-convenient to get on any train/boat/gondola I want without having to buy a ticket. Spend money to save time.