Post # 1
I’m having the hardest time trying to decide what to pack for Europe. The husband and I will be there for 2.5 weeks and leave on May 17th. We are doing a 12 night cruise also visiting Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. So, we will be doing a ton of walking especially in Barcelona, Rome and Pompeii. Our cruise ship is not having any formal nights and you can wear casual clothes for the buffet/restaurants. My husband is just bringing tennis shoes and flip flops for the pool. He is big on packing light and is just bringing light cargo type pants and polos. He is super casual and doesn’t like dressing up. We figure we’ll use the laundry service on board so he wants me to pack light, too. Any help would be appreciated! I always want to pack too much!!!
Post # 3
I would wear dresses–like sundresses, maxi dresses, LBD. Never been to Europe or a cruise though.
Post # 4
I would bring jeans, shorts, and whatever tops you will be comfortable in. If you like to wear tank tops, bring a sweater or something to cover your shoulders when you go into churchs. Also bring comfortable walking shoes, you don’t want to be wearing high heel sandals to walk around the city being touristy.
This might be obvious but try not to wear things with the US flag or school stuff. Those things can really pick you out as a tourist and make you a target for a pick pocket.
Post # 5
I will probably only bring 1 dress and just for the ship. I wouldn’t have any shoes to go with for walking around. No flats/flip flops for me if we’re off the ship. It kills my knees. At this point I have some tennis shoes (nicer looking ones) and some walking shoes that are the not so attractive mary jane looking ones for walking.
Post # 6
Whilst I haven’t been to Spain (shocking as my dad lives there) or Greece, I’ve spent a few holidays in Italy and one in Turkey.
For Italy and Turkey, and I’d assume Spain and Greece would be similar, if you can dress as little like a tourist as humanly possible you will be treated with a lot more respect than if it’s really obvious that you’re a foreigner. Smart-ish skirts and tops, capri pants or fitted slacks and smarter sandals (or even the dressier FitFlops) rather than trainers, jeans and a backpack.
It also makes you far less likely to be the victim of bag snatching or pick-pocketing if you look like a local as much as possible (at least that’s my experience).
Post # 7
Unfortunately, my husband and his friend that we’re going with are into comfort and don’t care if they stand out. So, khakis and trainers for them, it is! I know we will look like total tourists. I can’t sway him. So, I just have to figure out for myself. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m going to be in Europe then too! Yay for Euro trips!
When I go to Europe in spring I just bring skirts and one pair of skinny jeans, a LBD, some blouses, and one summer dress. I pack lightly because I usually end up buying a new wardrobe while I’m there. 😉
In terms of sneakers, I’d avoid any that look touristy. Like @SpecialSundae said, the less you look like a tourist, the safer your wallet will be. Especially in Italy. That’s the only place someone has tried to pickpocket me (and failed, because my fam caught him). Also baseball caps…not really the best for blending in.
Hope you have a blast! 🙂
EDIT: Just saw your previous post. My dad is like that–he won’t bend even though he stands out like a sore thumb. Tee-shirts and sneakers and baseball caps all the way for him!…
Post # 9
Take a cardigan or sweater for the evening! (it can get cool after dark) if you were coming to london I would say rain mac but I think you’ll be ok in the nice warm bits 😉
Post # 10
Echoing what PPs have said, try to look as little like a tourist as possible. Pickpocketing is rife in Barcelona, as lovely a city as it is. When I was in Barcelona (in mid-summer) I wore vest tops, light loose t-shirts, light trousers (like linen or cotton) and summer dresses. I preferred ballet-style pumps to sandals, but sandals would work, too. In Barcelona the locals have a very distinctive dress sense – lots of earthy tones, harem pants, vests, all very bohemian. I’ve only been to Florence in Italy (in October) and everyone wore jeans and t-shirts. I’ve never been to Greece or Turkey.
Have a lovely time!
Post # 11
When I’m in Europe, I can pick out the American men by their shoes. European men tend to wear very stylish, nice shoes. Americans not so much, and I am including my own FH in that bunch. I was also surprised by how many European women wear skirts and dresses, it was HOT in France when I went and I was shocked how little air conditioning they have. Women mostly wear skirts and dresses, the women were not as stylish as I thought they would be, you always hear about the impeccably dressed, size 0 Parisian women but I didn’t see it. Then again, who can be stylish in 95 degree heat with little air conditioning. The other times I have been to Europe – Vienna, Milan, Slovenia during other times of the year I would characterize their dress as smart casual, functional but more stylish than us. I didn’t see anyone in sweatpants ever and they tend to own less quantity but nicer quality. I hope that helps you and have a blast on your trip! Safe travels!
Post # 12
Here is a good source of information on Europe travelling and what to wear, eat, and do.
It is an e-book and costs only $2.99 and it’s chock full of necessary information on the treaveller. Some things on what NOT to wear are essential to know for certain countries!
Post # 14
i’m a euro-bee 🙂 agree with flutterbee, i’ve been to most of the places you’re headed to and this time of year, the weather is quite unpredictable sometimes. make sure you have warmer layers, and really comfortable shoes (cobblestones!). have lots of fun!