Your travel trips!

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Saigon, Apr 18, 2013.

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    Given a few good travel tips have come up on the China thread, I thought maybe the topic deserved its own thead.

    What advice do you have for people setting off on a journey - particularly to the Developing World?

    I'll throw ideas in every so often, but just to get things started -

    1. Cameras are often stolen by brand name. i.e. kids are told to steal Nikons, Canons etc. An old journalist trick is to paint over any visible brand names, change the camera strap to something like an old guitar strap, and wrap some surgical tape around the lens barrel - make your camera look like a piece of crap, in other words. This trick absolutely works - I have also been known to tell people it was broken.

    2. Buy a head torch. The first time I saw someone wearing one I laughed...but a couple of years on it is the first thing in my pack. It's great for hotels when the electricity goes off, and or for reading in bed even if the lights are dull. It's also great if you need to find a bathroom, key or use a mobile on a dark street!
     
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    The "minors light" is a must have, I use mine for riding the bike at dusk or in the early AM and always have it bedside at home and away.

    My tip is to pack less clothes than you think you need and think in terms of layers. I've been caught in downpours so I always carry a light weight hooded poncho; I carry a small 'purse' which hangs around my neck and is hidden under my shirt for my passport and medical card as well as paper money. I keep around $20 (or whatever currency) in a money clip and a small GPS, just in case (my kids put on my car a license plate frame which reads: "Don't follow me, I'm lost"), in my cargo pants pocket.
     
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    Wry Catcher -

    Those are great tips.

    I am also a fan of the purse (ok, I'm to call it a pouch!) under the shirt as an alternative to the more predictable money belt. The pouch is more comfortable for me in hotter climates as well.

    The light-weight rain coat or poncho is certainly a must have in monsoon climates - without one it's terrible when you leave the hotel in bright sunlight, and a half hour later it is pouring to flood the streets!!
     
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    hehe. I did not know about the camera.

    I never travel without:
    1. raincoat
    2. cell phone
    3. emergency medicines
    4. lighter/torch
    5. comfortable footwear
    6. local maps/GPS
    7. camera
     
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    Great suggestions.The head torch sounds good.
    I too use the "purse" around my neck, a water proof parka, fleece jacket, one pair of shoes that work for everything, medicines and small umbrella. I can travel for three weeks with only a carry-on bag.
     
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    Get your shots...and carry Imodium.
     
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    Don't look like a tourist: i.e, camera around your neck, geeky sun hat, labels on your bags and clothes that proclaim you're from America, an American flag on your clothes or bag, acting like a stranger....blend in, essentially. Learn some of the language.
     
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    I can travel for 2+ weeks with only a day pack. I did that in Spain during the spring about 3 years ago. This is like the one I use, except mine is 30 years old, from LL Bean and still working. It's about 18" x 13" x 6" with a couple of outer pockets that add space. I always take it with me when I travel. If it isn't my one and only pack, as it is on some trips, it is the one I use as a day pack while I'm touring around. It's been used a lot and is still in good shape.

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    I find, if I keep it light enough, I can move around all day with it if needed. In Spain, I moved from place to place about every 2 days, taking buses and trains, and a small pack makes it so much easier and comfortable! Have done that in other countries too. I use a small shoulder bag with inner pockets for valuables and keep my hand on the bag at all times. One pair of trainers. Layers. And a water proof windbreaker with a hood in case it rains or gets cold. A small first aid kit, travel size for everything else, travel umbrella, etc.
     
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    Don't forget your tickets.
     
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    Avoid standing in the middle of the street with a huge map of the city, scratching your head and looking confused. Came around the neck goes without saying. At times it's unavoidable of course, but I try to at least have a smaller map haha
     

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