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What to Take?
Something that is often overlooked before going on a trip is
packing. Wouldn't you hate being in a situation where you forgot
toilet paper. How about not having a suit for a business meeting,
or having to go swimming. The following is some information that
will help you pack for your next trip. From what to take to how
you should take it, this information might help save some
embarrassment or grief.
lens equipment and spare glasses
might also wish to consider disposable contact lenses,
especially if you are going to be going somewhere with
poor water supplies (e.g. camping).
(for business trips)
equipment (brushes, comb, blow dryer)
might wish to consider growing a beard, letting your leg
hair grow out, and/or getting a crewcut (yes, women too!)
if you are going on a long, low-budget trip.
be unavailable or difficult to obtain where you are going, especially
in Catholic countries.
you are traveling on business, the utility of business
cards should be obvious. Small cards with your name and
address can be very handy for tourists as well, to give
to the people you make friends with along the way.
If you are
doing a low-budget trip, you should also bring cleansing products:
a plastic bag)
(or shave your head and use bar soap)
If you will
be looking at ceilings (like on a castle or church crawl), bring
a small mirror so that you won't strain your neck.
My rule of
thumb is to take enough underwear for one week, or for the length
of the trip plus two days, whichever is shorter. If you are traveling
on business, you can probably take two suits and rotate between
them. Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and
matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes
than you did.
If you are
going on an extended trip, pick one color and stick with it. If
you are part of Generation X, rejoice, as black travels very well.
You can get horse slobber all over your black jeans, and as long
as nobody stands too close, you'll look fine.
Plan on inclement
weather. It will happen, and everybody there will say, "Oh, it
almost never rains/snows/hails/blows/floods like this! This is
very unusual weather." In particular, be prepared for it being
colder than you expect. A polypropelene shirt is a wonderful thing
to take traveling with you: it is light, very warm (even when
wet), and dries quickly. Packing a Gore-Tex shell is another good
way to save a vacation; Gore-Tex rain pants wouldn't hurt.
and other desert denizens, take note: what will dry out overnight
in California might take two days to dry out in wetter climes!)
I also recommend
bringing a pair of flip-flops (also called thongs or shower slippers).
Not only can they come between you and the strange things that
are growing in the bathroom of the scummy dive you ended up in,
but if your shoes get wet, this gives you something that
you can wear while they dry.
are doing any sort of sight-seeing, take some sort of small
backpack or fanny pack. You will want to carry maps and perhaps
phrase books, guidebooks, water bottles, sunglasses, and so
or money belt
especially important on the hostel/train circuit. Keep most
of your money hidden away underneath your clothes. If you
are as paranoid as I am, you might even want to go to a two-
or three-level system: keep passport, airline tickets, and
the bulk of your money in a money belt, about US$50-100 in
a neck wallet, and about US$5-10 in your jeans pockets.
optional, but you can get really tiny flashlights, and they
can come in very handy.
- Tape and
is very useful if you are shipping a bicycle or anything else
in a box.
waterbottle (with water!), chewing gum, food
can make your plane trip much more enjoyable. Aside from being
noisy and prone to pressure changes, airplane cabins are very
dry, and you will tend to dehydrate if left in one long enough.
The gum helps with depressurization, and airline food is,
well, about as good as airline food.
that you got rerouted to Omaha, Nebraska because of the weather,
and then got all the runways were iced over. You really want
to have the number of Aunt Martha, who lives in Omaha. You
won't care that you haven't seen Aunt Martha for seventeen
years - anyplace with a bed is better than the airport floor.
you are inside the country, it is a good idea to take your
passport with you. It is light and you never know when your
company is going to want to send you to China, the Feds (or
Mafia) are going to catch up with you, you're going to fall
in love with a sexy Italian, or your rich great-uncle in Ghana
is going to die. At a trade show in Dallas, I bumped into
some former colleagues who asked if I'd like a quick contract
that would involve leaving for Paris the next day. Had I had
my passport with me, I would have gone. Passports can also
act as identification if your wallet gets lost or stolen.
- Watch with
digital watch with an alarm is small, light, and very useful.
have an answering machine or voicemail to check while abroad,
you will probably need a small electrical device to generate
the appropriate phone tones for your country. (In the US,
you can get these devices cheaply at Radio Shack.)
in the world have different plugs and different power supplies.
If you want to use your computer/modem/electric razor/alarm
clock abroad, you will need to get equipment to translate
from "your power" to "their power".
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