Preparations have begun for my two month stint in Europe. I will be traveling with only the clothes on my back and a fanny pack. I'm coining this type of travel as Fanny Trekking. I've traveled like this before during a visit to the southern U.S. There wasn't a single problem that wasn't easily overcome, and the advantages outweighed the disadvantages 10 to 1. Why even bother with extra pants, extra shirts, extra socks. I rarely change my clothes; once a week or less anyway. When things get too funky you can easily purchase a new pair of cheap cotton socks, (I know many backpack travelers who do this). And unless your planning on attending a wedding, a banquet, an opera, or a royal wedding, you can get by without dress clothes.
The main essentials include a phone/camera/WIFI device (plus charger), a tooth brush, and some books – although my new Galaxy Tab will act as my e-reader. You need space to store tickets, passport, and any postcards you might pick-up on your way to the Post Office. A pen is good, and a small pair of cotton gloves. Women often require some additional feminine products, but I'm going to ignore that for the sake of this blog. You need a place to store some cigarettes and a lighter, a flask, and while in Europe hopefully some snuff. What else does one need, and can't all these things fit in a fanny pack?
I'll be updating regularly while on the train, and my itinerary is extremely loose, consisting of a clockwise circle of Europe starting in London.