When is the best
time to travel?
Spring is wonderful with flowers blooming and green landscapes. Fall has fewer crowds. I do not
recommend January, the rainy season, and the summer months
of July and August can be quite warm.
What should I
take layers of clothing instead of heavy coats. Don't take too many clothes. Choose items that will match several other items -- like a sweater that has a color or pattern to match most of your other
Will I have time
to shop if I take a tour?
Yes. But it is usually best to come back on your free time at the end
of the day or do some shopping
time at lunch. You may want to add an extra
free day at the end
of your tour to shop or rest before you return
MISC. TRAVEL HINTS
Bring hair shampoo to wash your hair and to
launder washable clothes.
Many foreign hotels and B&B's don't have
washcloths, so toss several into your luggage.
Pack several clothespins to keep curtains closed or hang clothes washed.
Make photocopies of all prescription medication information, airline tickets,
travelers checks, passport and credit cards. Both you and your traveling
companion carry copies! Take a photocopy of your marriage license if you are
married -- just in case something happens of your spouse and you need to prove
your are the legal spouse.
If you use a digital camera,
take plenty of memory cards, or a laptop computer (or portable image storage device like Flash Trax) to download the images from a full memory card so you can clear the card for more photos.
If you use a film camera, take more film than you think you will use, it can be
very expensive out of the U.S. About 1 or 2 rolls per day should be enough.
Label your rolls of film with a magic marker.
Learn the most important words in the local language -- please, thank you and
good day, and where is the toilet (WC).
Take lots of Kleenex packs in case you run into a bathroom without any T.P.
Carry individual wet wipes for when there is no
soap in the bathroom.
Take some snacks to munch on, such as
trail mix or dried fruit, in mini zip-lock pouches.
Take an eye mask and ear plugs (I like the
silicon kind) so you can sleep on the airplane. Also Tylenol PM can help you to
sleep if it's noisy.
Take an plug adapter for appliances like a razor
and battery chargers.
Take an empty duffel bag for gifts.
Take a hat and sunglasses. (A
"packing hat" can get rolled up and come back to life!)
Take a first-aid kit with all of the medications
you could ever need.
A neck pouch is a must to carry money, passport
and credit cards safely. Don't use a money-belt -- you have to almost undress to
take it off for airport security.
Some hotels have a safe in the room so you don't
have to take all of your money with you every day.
Save things for a scrapbook or book of
Take a water bottle holder with a shoulder strap
-- it's easier to carry.
A mini calculator is useful for money conversions.
Pepto Bismal works as a stomach ache preventative
(take some tabs ...don't leave home without them!).
Put bottles of wet stuff in zip-lock
bags...things sometimes open in the airplane!
Take extra zip-lock bags for this and that (like
a sweet roll from breakfast for a snack later on).
Sip water constantly to avoid dehydration (it
hits you quickly, and feels like the flu -- as soon as you get re-hydrated again,
you feel great. Orange Juice is also great for that).
Tie a bright ribbon on each piece of your luggage
(if the airline looses your luggage - it helps them find it. Also, it will help you spot
them on the luggage carousels).
Take a phone card.
Don't drink the water (or ice) or raw fruits and
veggies in third world countries. (no lemon in your soda etc.) Ask for bottled water, don't open
your mouth in the shower. If you forget, and drink the water, antibiotics
will help you get over "Pharaoh's Revenge" faster. Ask your doctor
before your trip. (Bringing an antibiotic is like insurance...if you have it,
you won't need it!)
Buy postcards of all the areas you
visit in case you can't remember how to label your pictures. That will help fill in all
of you memory lapses
Some of the smaller (cheaper) vendors will
not take credit cards, so carry plenty of cash (local currency).