In mid-April (no, thanks to EF, we still don't know the exact dates ) I and five other teachers will be chaperoning forty kiddies and some of their parents (mostly, from what I've been told, the parents) across the Atlantic and schlepping about Europe. We will be gone at least nine--but maybe eleven--days. Our trip goes something like: three days in Berlin, two in Prague, two in Lausanne, and two in Munich (this may--or may not--include travel time in between. Like the Lord, EF works in mysterious ways). I'm REALLY excited about it. I mean, REALLY, REALLY excited. The only problem is deciding what to pack. I have gone to Europe twice before, but I went there for study abroad programs and was there long term. I essentially lived there, so I'm really struggling with what to bring on a short trip I don't have to wash my hair or my jeans every day. I'm OK with being a little crunchy (I think. I can hear my friends laughing at that from here). This is a vacation, but it's also work, so I'm really not dressing to impress but I don't want to look TOO much like the stereotypical American yokel. We have a floor bathroom, not a private bathroom. I've looked at the weather for April in the past, and it looks like it could be anything. There is an option for a trek up the mountains in Switzerland, but I am so not doing that. I'm the stay-behind chaperone for that excursion so I don't need any hiking shoes/specialty equipment. I also need advice on adapters and things like that. So far, this is what I'm planning: Plane: My nice gray coat, that I will wear on the plane as I get unnaturally cold on planes. My onesie from Francesca, which I will wear on the plane (I have no shame and have been told most wear their pajamas anyway). My pnurple Timberlands My kindle with the case that has a place for ID and money My giant camel purse which will hold my mostly useless phone and adapter , face wash (properly sealed and within guidelines), small towel, dry shampoo, travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash, UNO cards, outdated German phrase book, gum as I am susceptible to ear popping and possibly Xanax to deal with the take off and screaming children (and by children, I mean parents of students). Carry-on: Three pairs of jeans Sketchers that feel like tennis shoes but don't look like them Two pairs of pajamas Enough underwear that I don't have to worry about washing it Five pairs of tights/leggings (I figure layering is the way to go) Three sweaters Four long sleeved shirts One nice dress One pair of black heels (we aren't scheduled to go anywhere fancy, BUT, we all get two nights and days off of chaperoning duty, and I figure I might want to do something nice once.) Two pairs of silver earrings (only jewelry but I must wear earrings. I MUST. Taking earrings is non-negotiable) Small black purse Black skirt Gray skirt Shampoo Conditioner (yes, I know I could buy these in Germany, but hair is really important to me. I spend a lot of money on my hair and I want my products). Flat iron (see above) Flip flops for walking to the bathroom I would also appreciate advice on when/where I should exchange money. When I went before, I hate to admit this, but the program really took care of exchanging money for us. I have no idea how that works. I am also not planning on buying souvenirs except for a clock for myself and chocolates for my mom. I do want to spend A LOT of money on experiences. And cheese. Glorious, glorious Swiss cheese. Also, I've been told on average, we walk seven miles a day--the day typically begins at 7am and ends at 10pm. I'm in OK shape, but not great. I like things like yoga and Zumba and swimming (which for me means thrashing up and down a lane in the pool for fifteen minutes and hanging out in the hot tub and sauna for 20). If someone could recommend a good program for building walking stamina, that would be great. If I lose weight, that's great too, but the main goal is to be able to keep up. My brother's gf who is a runner gave me some great tips, but I think they're more intermediate than beginner. I need to work up to her suggestions of inclines and run-walk three miles in one go I also plan on buying new luggage, so advice on that would be appreciated too.