take your own coffee
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: always wear a hat in the hot sun, i forgot and payed for it with a few bad headaches.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: always keep a copy of any prescriptions you may need in case you lose your meds ect or in case of an emergency. names are often changed from country to country and it could save a lot of confusion.
mosquito repellant and sun cream is a must.
Miscellaneous: take a jar of your own coffee, tunisian coffee is not like you get at home.Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Another virtual tourist recommended very sturdy, tough shoes (such as hiking boots) for exploring the un-renovated ksars in the south. A very good recommendation.
Ladies will feel more comfortable with knees and shoulders covered.
Miscellaneous: A compass if you will be driving yourself.
Recommend two road maps for driving
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When in Tunisia you may find yourself visiting a mosque so it is advised you take some clothes that cover the legs, torso & arms for a simple matter of respect for others that may be at the Mosque
Luggage and bags: if you're planning on travelling to go to tunisia always make sure you have decent camera, as there's so many things to see and do. certain things like mosques or sahara desert you cant see any time you want, so i suggest you bring a camera to capture all the surroundings
WATCH OUT FOR THE SUN.
Miscellaneous: Tunisia gets very hot in peak season,we buy a product called p20.Its a factor 20 and waterproof,its been tested in the Sahara,you only put it on once a day,it takes an hour and half to bined with your skin and its exellent,my son who is very fair used it and he didn't burn once.Its expensive but worth every penny,it can be bought at the airports duty free shops.Related to:
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Sun tan lotion by the gallon
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is more than likely to be hot, so you need plenty to keep you cool. Gentleman must however wear trousers on an evening in most hotels, and a t-shirt during the day in hotels. I also would make sure you have something to cover up as a lady if you were to want to go out and about ( so you dont attract un wanted attention)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should make sure you have plenty of sun tan lotion with you, as tunisia can get extremly hot especially in the summer months, bring plenty of after sun and things to cool you down. Some people get troubled by mosquitos in tunisia, however I havent had any problem but it might be worthwhile taking some just in case. Some imodeon may also be useful as the large amount of dairy food in the tunisian diet can take some peoples stomaches a little to get used to.
Photo Equipment: Tunisia can be very beautiful at night and during the day , so bring film to take some snaps of those memories. Also a camera with a good flash can be usefull as even in hotel grounds it is extremly dark on a night and there is very little else.
Miscellaneous: Plenty of water, it is always useful to take some water with you, you cannot drink tunisian water and if you have a long transfer from the airport , the water can be a life saver due to the heat.Related to:
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Bring your own sun-cream
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Buying sun-cream in Tunisia proved to be more difficult than I would have guessed. At the Monoprix in Tunis it wasn't stocked at all, while at the airport in Tunis, the cheapest one they sold was a small bottle of Factor 50, for 23 Dinar! This is extremely expensive though as I was burning up I went ahead and bought it. Most restaurants and even some hotels in Tunisia were cheaper than this!
Tunisia Guide Books
Miscellaneous: We used two guide books for our trip: Lonely Planet's Guide to Tunisia and Rough Guide's Tunisia. I am a big fan of both these publishers and normally there is little to choose between them but on this occasion the Rough Guide was a clear winner. It covered far more of the smaller, off-the-beaten path places, while it's coverage of the bigger cities (Tunis, Kairouan, etc) was so much better.
Prepare for the desert
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go to the desert wear light clothes, use sunblock and don't forget sunglasses. Expect to have sand under your clothes and shoes for at least three more days :)
Photo Equipment: Take good care of your (digital) cameras, so the sand doesn't get inside. It might ruin the pics and the camera itself.
Miscellaneous: Bring lots of water.Related to:
Sunhats a Must.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight clothing that breathes is a must. It can be very very hot. A straw hat is also a must against the sun as is sunscreen. Women will also need to cover their heads to enter certain buildings and should not wear shorts,or short skirts. Also the arms must be covered.
Miscellaneous: Sometimes there is a lot of blowing sand coming in from the desert, so a silk scarf of some kind can be tied over the mouth and nose if you need it.
a good guide is priceless!
Luggage and bags: if you're traveling around by car like we did, not too much luggage it's a pain to drag in and out of the hotels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: conservative clothing to cover up those shoulders and legs.
Sunglasses, some good sneakers or hiking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you could possibly think that you will need! It's not easy finding things in the smaller towns
Photo Equipment: you will find a polarizing filter will be very helpful!
Miscellaneous: We brought the Lonely Planet-Tunisia guide book with us, we couldn't have survived without it! It was very helpful when deciding which town we would visit as well as which hotels we would stay at. This book came complete with a ton of maps, which are very important, especially in the cities! You can also get maps from the car rental or in the airport.
Fighting the Heat - Part I
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!
Luggage and bags: Bring shoulder bags. Carry your purse across your chest. have a backpack? Lock the zippers. (Trust me if you go in a souk. We were lucky, some other hotel guests were not.)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear sturdy shoes if going out to ruins, or the Desert. Women should remember that this is a Muslim country. (Heck, Men should remember this as well...)
I saw local women swimming in the sea..FULLY dressed. Not a Bikini in sight.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring anti-Diarrhea medicine. Or drink lots of Coca-Cola. I did the latter and was just fine. My Fiance did not, and wishes she had brought the former. Enough said.
Photo Equipment: The voltage in use was 220V/50hz. There was no APS film to be found.(This was 1998, maybe they have a better supply now?)
Miscellaneous: A camcorder. Just sit and record a street scene, maybe a food market, or a tourist souk. You may find it nice to watch and remember later when you return home. I have a video of a taxi ride from our hotel to a town to the north. The driver took us to get his license renewed, and various other side activities before getting us to our final destination. All the while this Arabic music is blaring out of his radio as we are driving, his horn blaring at everyone and everything. That ride is one of my fondest memories of Tunisia
Lots of great sun
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are, as always, a must. Bring a hat and suncreen if you sunburn easily. There were all types of dress in Tunisia, not at all the conservative dress (especially for women) that I had expected of a country in this region. Men tended to be well shaven.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring toilet paper, (which wasn't to be found everywhere,) sunscreen, and medicine for an upset stomach.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your swim gear!Related to:
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Hot in summer, cold in winter
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Adapt your clothes to the season. In summer you should be careful with the sun, after all you are in Africa. In winter it is sometimes rather cold, so think to take at least a warm pullover along. We were there in spring, and as you can see on the photos, we were wearing pullovers in the morning, even in the Sahara
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As a lady, you should think to take your necessary toiletries along, you might have problems to get this stuff.
Medical supplies should include an antibiotic against stomac problems, and a goog medicament to help you against Montezunas Revenge. Very hard guys use the local CousCous to prevent Tourista.
Photo Equipment: In Tunis no problem, in the small villages in south, you should have your own things along.Related to:
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