Power down

We are a family of many electronics. We love our phones, computers, iPads and Kindles. Mom uses her devices mostly to make travel plans, read and (if you’re lucky) text you back. I’m the social media junkie, and John likes to have his phone so he can strut with his Beats by Dre (with or without music actually playing).

CD JD on plane beats

So of course, we needed to find a way to use the European outlets…which was more confusing than I thought. Did we need an adapter, converter, both?! I’ve heard horror stories about frying appliances from my friends that traveled and studied abroad. And sure, fireworks look nice in the sky, but no one wants to see this in their hotel room:



So for all you future travelers: I consulted Google for the answer to this predicament, and this electricity guide was the most helpful.

Learning that the Euro-outlets are twice as powerful and can barbecue your electronics is a real motivator to not pack more than you need. And hearing that one of my friends fried and ruined an expensive flat iron in Spain made the decision not to bring mine a done deal.

I said before that the Brettster is staying back in Houston, and I wish he was coming with us on the trip. But I would really worry that despite the fact that American plugs look like this:

And European plugs look like this:

He would still do this:

chevy chase


(And Mom wouldn’t smile about it.) Four days til we say toodaloo to the states! Any suggestions? We want to hear them!

Peace up, Downers out.



Pack it up

I mentioned in our first post that we were only taking one carry-on each. For chronic over-packers like myself, figuring out how to do this was a feat in itself. But I took the goal head-on.



Because we’ll be in mountains, on lakesides, walking through cities and constantly riding (and sleeping!) on trains, I needed numerous multi-purpose pieces that I could easily roll up, wash and wear again in different combinations. So I will be outfit-repeating a few times, but I’ll also be in Europe. I’ll live.

John and I are using the same bags our parents took last time they visited Italy and France, and Mom got a new bag for herself (because she’s the boss).

All of our bags have hidden backpack straps, wheels and an extending handle, so we can either rock the rolling backpacks or tote them on our shoulders.



Either way, we’ll definitely look like straight-up tourists.

Packing for guys is always and forever WAY easier. It only took about 15 minutes to figure out John’s packing situation, and most of that time was devoted to deciding on which pairs of Nike Elite socks to bring.

John's bagCD's suitcase


But hey, we got it all to fit!

We’ll keep you updated on how well we outfit-planned: what was essential, useful and useless. Only five days away! Any suggestions? We want to hear them!



Peace up, Downers out.