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    Proper shoes.

    by TheLongTone Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Much of the surounding landscape is fairly rough and stony. Sure they were on the way out, but a relatively short walk into the surrounding country reduced my shoes to about 5% health, holes in the soles. They had the first shine of their life (black suede) in Sfax and, carefully walked in, just made it home.

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    Fighting the Heat - Part I

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 9, 2004

    Miscellaneous: Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:

    - Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.

    - "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!

    - Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Tunisia, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ‘gets used’ to it), and there’s not guarantee you’ll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!

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