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Travel Tips

Basic Packing List

This is a general list. If your destination is a winter ski trip, you can cross off bathing suit. Use it to help jog your memory of important items for a specific journey.

Clothing
Undergarments. Swimsuit with cover up. Shorts and pants. Shirts. Dresses and skirts. Sweaters and jacket. Exercise clothing (for work-outs in hotel gyms or for jogging on streets all over the world). Well-worn sandals and/or Tivas. Well-worn walking shoes. Well-worn tennis shoes. Socks and nylons. Airplane slippers (for weary feet).

NOTE -- In humid climates, bring loose-fitting and layered clothing of natural fibers. In colder climates, wear layered clothing so that you can add or subtract as the day warms up or night cools down. Be advised that your shoulders and knees MUST be covered to enter most religious temples and cathedrals all over the world.

Accessories
Jewelry (bring nothing valuable). Wristwatch. Sunglasses. Hat or visor. Rain poncho (if you are short on space, the inexpensive plastic capes will work in a pinch). Clips or barrettes (especially if you have long hair to keep it off of your neck in hot and humid weather).

Grooming & Hygiene
Toothbrush and paste and floss. Deodorant. Shampoo and conditioner. Brush and comb. Blow dryer (Most hotels have them, but if you bring yours, make sure to bring an adapter for out-of-country destinations). Face moisturizer. Make-up and remover. Kleenex. Razor and blades (must be packed in checked luggage). Shave cream. Q-tips. Manicure kit (packed luggage). Panty liners (for women... to “extend “ the life of underwear). Feminine products (most likely your "brand" will not be found in foreign countries). Toilet paper (especially when traveling in developing countries, or you can borrow a roll from your hotel room after arrival). Anti-bacterial gel (rinse-free type for hand washing, especially when traveling in developing countries). Moist towelettes.

Sun & Sun Products
Sun block. After-sun Aloe Vera gel. Body lotion. Chap stick (with SPF). Bug repellant (with DEET). Mosquito coils. Beach towel.

Prescriptions
Medications (in carry-on). Extra pair of glasses (in carry on). Condoms.

Money
VISA and Mastercards (Use at hotels and some restaurants. Most places outside of this country do not accept American Express or Discover). Cash and Traveler’s Checks (to exchange with local currency for incidentals, market shopping and places where they don’t take credit). Keep in mind that many small shops, outside markers, boutique hotels or restaurants are not equipped to handle traveler's checks.

NOTE - You might want to exchange some money in the International airport prior to boarding the plane. It may not be the best exchange rate, but you will have some cash for incidentals immediately upon entering the country until you find a location to exchange money.

Travel Documents
Airlines tickets. Documents, vouchers or confirmation numbers. Itinerary. Contact phone numbers, addresses (for post cards) and e-mail addresses. Passport (with at least 6 months before expiration). Driver’s License. AAA card. Frequent Flyer Cards. Medical Insurance Cards (if they are valid outside of your country). Business Cards (to exchange with foreign friends met along the way).

Miscellaneous Stuff
Ear Plugs, blow-up pillow and eye shield (for long flights - most airplane pillows and blankets are NOT sterilized in between flights, providing an excellent way of passing germs from passenger to passenger). Sleeping pills (for very long flights). Camera and film and batteries. Video camera (with the correct foreign electrical adapter to recharge batteries). Alarm clock. Transistor Radio (in case of emergency, most countries pick up the BBC - this saved us when we were caught in a hurricane in Belize as it was our only source of communication). Electric adapter (if bringing shaver, blow dryer or any electrical appliance). Language and/or currency translator. Binoculars. Sewing kit (needles must be packed in checked luggage). Swiss Army Knife (must be packed in checked luggage). First Aid Kit. Flashlight with extra batteries. Pen, pencil and note pad. Reading material. Cards, dice and dominos. Travel guide books. Beach towel. Mask, fins and snorkel (rentals NEVER fit like your own, if you have them). Scuba PADI Card and dive schedule. Plastic trash bags (for wet clothes). Ziplock bags (to separate items). Travel candle. A jar of peanut butter, crackers, trail mix, snickers, energy bars, or some of your favorite snacks (to carry you over in a bind or if you find that the local food fare is not to your liking). Flask to carry an evening beverage.

Trade-ables or Thank-Yous
You might want to bring some USA trinkets to trade with market merchants or to “thank” guides, hosts or international friends that you have met along the way. Suggestions include USA T-shirts or anything indicative of your hometown. For developing countries, over-the counter medications like aspirin, needles and thread to repair cloths, candles and torch lights, books, pens and color pencils, or small toys such as balloons for children. With regard to an appropriate gratuities for porters and guides, you’ll have to reach into your heart. Every country has different guidelines - consult your travel guides if you still have questions.

Travel Clothing, Supplies & Accessories

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