le monde de travel gear

who knew that travel gear could be so… challenging?!? maybe it’s my lack of ability to make a decision. i always seem to find items that are partially what i’m looking for. if i could mix and match pieces from each then i could make something perfect. i spent hours at REI today (there are your capital letters resa!) picking out a backpack, which naturally turned into browsing through the women’s clothing and shoes – i mean outdoor clothing is sexy! i’d like to make note here of a little shopping faux pas in france – do not touch the clothes unless you ask permission to do so. also, make sure you greet and say goodbye to the salesperson before leaving. it is their belief that they are actually doing you a favor by allowing you to shop in their store. interesting huh? i got this little bit of information from mon ami rick steves… well, i wish we were friends at least! he’s pretty much my hero and if i ever met him i would beg/offer him money to let me work for his company! i also got a rain coat, something necessary for this time of year en france, and other items on the little shopping list included an adapter, money belt, alarm clock, and an ultra-light, highly absorbant, quick-drying towel… just what i always wanted!! thanks mom! :)

9 thoughts on “le monde de travel gear

  1. Amber says:

    don’t let the lack of comments on this one discourage you from posting. packing is just so stressful, it’s also stressful to read about someone doing it.


  2. mommy dearest says:

    i totally agree about the packing challenge – especially when you are packing for a month!!! and taking only one towel……who even uses just one towel for a whole month???? please throw it away before you climb aboard the plane to come home….please!!!


  3. Resalin Rago says:

    I totally agree with your opinion that outdoor clothing is sexy especially when you have a hot hiker as an accessory.Bisses!PS. Acronyms and store names don’t count. PPS. I’m still mad at Amber and your mother.


  4. lanie says:

    haha thanks ambs… packing is stressful! i just haven’t written more though because i’ve been busy with last minute planning. mom the towel is anti-microbial and i will wash it every few days with the 5 shirts i’m bringing!res i’m looking for a hot vineyard owner as an accessory and then believe me i won’t be wearing outdoor clothing! now why are you mad at them?? i forget…


  5. gloria says:

    i don’t think it’s you are indecisive… i think you just know better than some of those travel gear designers out there. i’m having the same problem in looking for a new computer bag… i like the pockets in one, the look of another… why is there never a perfect solution? i feel for you.have a great flight today! (though you’re possibly already on your way to the airport and therefore not reading this until after you’ve flown)


  6. mads says:

    ah the joy of packing…i wish i could have been there to see it all shoved neatly into your bag. i’m happy we got to have lunch before you left, and i hope you are safely in france. i can’t wait for your first post and all the excitement that will come for you in the next month. i’ll keep you updated with emails, and i will miss you like crazy!!!xoxo


  7. keely says:

    oh my lanie…i can’t believe that you called in the 20 minutes that i left the house all day. call me again, call me again! j’aime les appels téléphoniques obtenant de paris! i’m sure that’s not right but whatever, you’re a bright girl you can decipher it :) tomorrow is our big day….sooooo excited, can’t wait for you to come when you get back. oh and your mom’s kinda right…one towel….icky :) hope old paris is magical. love you.


  8. Borgie says:

    Hey i tried calling you the other day just to see what you thought about the eiffel tower…and the other sights that you have seen throughout france!anyways—I will call you soon!salu!


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