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I’ve been looking for tips on how to pack for a two week tour of Europe. It’s a business trip so, other than England, I’ll be in five other countries for only one day each, including France.

I checked the weather and all that, but I wanted someone to tell me what I’d need to bring with me, and/or generally how many times you can wear a pair of pants or a dress. Or how to wash them in your hotel or, better yet, how to make your clothes seem clean even when they’re filthy.

The only thing I could find was people trying to tell me how to fit in to the style of the place where I might be going. Especially in France. People seem REALLY worried about looking like a tourist there.

I don’t care. I don’t want that.

I’m not going to try to look like I’m from any foreign place I visit. If I look like I belong there then they’ll think I know where I’m going or have any idea what I’m doing. And if I make any cultural blunders, people will think I’m being an asshole rather than just the clueless visitor I am.

Worst of all they’ll think I don’t need their help and I sure as heck will!

I’m not going to try to hide that I’m a tourist. I think one should be proud of venturing to new places and experiencing new cultures. And anyone who feels the same way will be able to easily identify me, with my camera around my neck and my Bermuda shorts.

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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  • Justizin

    You can wear a pair of pants several times. I have diligently tested this in my travels between Oakland and San Francisco. 😉

  • Justizin

    You can wear a pair of pants several times. I have diligently tested this in my travels between Oakland and San Francisco. 😉

  • mriggen

    I frequently enjoy “channeling my inner Scanlon” when shopping. I will certainly keep this in mind when preparing for any international travels!

  • mriggen

    I frequently enjoy “channeling my inner Scanlon” when shopping. I will certainly keep this in mind when preparing for any international travels!

  • disqus_zkXJBaVOQA

    I managed an entire month out of a suitcase last summer. We did laundry once a weekish but I just made sure that everything was mix and matchable enough that I could re-wear everything.

  • disqus_zkXJBaVOQA

    I managed an entire month out of a suitcase last summer. We did laundry once a weekish but I just made sure that everything was mix and matchable enough that I could re-wear everything.

  • Jeanette Kramer

    Keep in mind if you’re on business you are not a TOURIST, so I would advise strongly against bermuda shorts and a camera if you are looking for success.

  • Jeanette Kramer

    Keep in mind if you’re on business you are not a TOURIST, so I would advise strongly against bermuda shorts and a camera if you are looking for success.

  • Liz Rood

    Just saw this. Black clothing is my friend when I travel. For business, one suit that you change out of the minute you are done with meetings or whatever. Leggings, and low-wrinkling shirts, dresses, and skirts. For 2 weeks, you need just a couple of outfits if only spending a day or two in each town. Say one work-type outfit, one dress for either fancy dinner or work, then a few items that mix & match and are comfortable. Don’t be shy about packing light. You can always indulge in shopping for any item of clothing you might need. Pick outfits that work with the 2 pairs of shoes you are bringing. Assume the weather will be glorious, and buy umbrellas, raincoats, etc only if needed. And if you are going to Italy, just buy some clothes. Too good an opportunity to miss.

  • Liz Rood

    Just saw this. Black clothing is my friend when I travel. For business, one suit that you change out of the minute you are done with meetings or whatever. Leggings, and low-wrinkling shirts, dresses, and skirts. For 2 weeks, you need just a couple of outfits if only spending a day or two in each town. Say one work-type outfit, one dress for either fancy dinner or work, then a few items that mix & match and are comfortable. Don’t be shy about packing light. You can always indulge in shopping for any item of clothing you might need. Pick outfits that work with the 2 pairs of shoes you are bringing. Assume the weather will be glorious, and buy umbrellas, raincoats, etc only if needed. And if you are going to Italy, just buy some clothes. Too good an opportunity to miss.

  • Liz Rood

    Oh yeah, and any decent hotel can do overnight turnaround on dry cleaning/laundry. Drop it off the minute you get there, and it will be ready that night or the next morning.

  • Liz Rood

    Oh yeah, and any decent hotel can do overnight turnaround on dry cleaning/laundry. Drop it off the minute you get there, and it will be ready that night or the next morning.