Swimming on the road requires little by way of gear. This is a big advantage. Even if you aren't sure you will find a pool, you can pack the basics into your day bag, just in case.Swimsuits: The best ones are the nylon racing models. They dry fast and take up practically no space in a suitcase. Goggles: The European pools seem to contain fewer chemicals than city pools in America. But take goggles, especially if you swim laps. Caps: Most pools don't require them. But take one anyway. Towel: Bring your own, along with comb, shampoo, and so on. Lock: Most pools provide one, but it's another item to have just in case. I did not encounter any problem with security, even when I checked an expensive camera with my clothes in Paris. But if you can leave your money and other valuables at the hotel, so much the better.

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