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PACKING LIST for TRAVELERS to MEXICO CITY
Luggage and bags: An important aspect of good travel planning is deciding what items to take with you on your vacation.
What you take will, of course, depend on such factors as the climate of your destination, the types of activities you propose to engage in while there and the duration of your trip.
Sometimes short trips are the hardest to pack for because you have to bring almost as much for a two-day trip as for one that lasts seven days.
The general rule to keep in mind is to bring all of the basic or essential items you might need but resisting the temptation to pack non-essential items. In other words, do not over-pack!
The following list is just a suggested packing list for travel to Mexico City and should be used only as a general guide to help you in planning a trip.
You may find that certain items listed below may not be relevant to you or your planned activities.
Luggage and bags: You are wrong if you think you don't need them. Take a variety of sizes. If you are afraid of pickpockets, use a SAFETY PIN to fasten whatever you use for carrying money and documents to your pants, shirt or underwear. Note that the big pins are easy to open. Women can also use them as a small weapon to poke at a pickpocket, or if they are physically assaulted.
Luggage and bags: For suit-case security use the plastic ties that have notches one and an eye on the other, instead of a lock. Put one throgh the loops where a padlock would go. The versatile plastic ties can be used anywhere you want to hold things securely together. Like bunches of cords. Or to secure hardwood strips onto wrought iron banisters in order to hang gates. Ties "lock" into place.
Luggage and bags: Necessary when using the steel cable above, but also works in cheap hotels where you don't trust the default padlocks provided by the hotel. Some backpacks are lockable by allowing you to lock the zippers. Keep an extra key somewhere separate so that you don't end up with a locked room if you somehow lose the first one, or, preferrable, buy a combination padlock and make sure you remember the combination! There are also locks that doubles as motion alarm.
Flexible Steel Cable/Chain
Luggage and bags: Get a 1.5 metre long plastic coated STEEL CABLE of proper dimensions with loops at both ends. With it and the padlock, it make sure your backpack doesn't disappear on city trnsport at night. It cannot prevent anyone from opening the backpack to steal some of its contents, but the cable prevents the whole backpack from disappearing.
Luggage and bags: Pack this luggage cart INSIDE your carry-on bag. A sturdy little cart folds to a compact 16-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 3-1/2" to fit inside just about any carry-on bag. At your destination, pull up its telescoping aluminum tubes to 39", drop its hard-molded plastic tray, and tote up to 80 lb of luggage. Has quiet 3" wheels, safety-lock elastic cord to eliminate "snap-back," and button on handle for one-hand locking (up or down). Weighs 2-1/2 lb.
Pet Cage Cooling Fan
Luggage and bags: Over 100 hours of use with 2 alkaline D-cell batteries. Can be used with a 3 volt adapter. Hangs easily onto any pet cage or carrier. Retractable hooks allow for easy storage. Ultra quiet operation. Can also be used at home or in the office as a desk fan.
Luggage and bags: Constructed of sleek, easy-care microfiber with a trim, compact design, it has a handy pocket on the front and back for boarding pass, passport, itinerary and other documents. The zippered main compartment holds the necessities-cell phone, eyeglasses, keys and pens, and a zippered organizer panel keeps ID, credit cards, currency, coins and receipts safe and secure. Has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, and belt loop for hands-free convenience.
Luggage and bags: Neck pouches are pretty horrible to wear when it's boiling hot, and they make it very obvious you are a tourist. With women the problem is that these pouches are designed to hang on a flat chest. You can, however, wear them horizontally below your breasts and above your waist. Some travellers have found out that the ink used on airline ticket smears greatly after a couple of months in the pouch. Putting them in a small plastic bag inside the pouch keeps out the moisture.
Small Daypack/Travel Tote
Luggage and bags: A small nylon daypack is great for carrying your sweater, camera, literature, and picnic goodies while you leave your large bag at the hotel. FANNY PACK (small bag with thief-friendly zipper on a belt) are a popular alternative but should not be used as money belts.
Small Backpack/Knap Sack
Luggage and bags: It gives you a chance to carry more things when walking around in the city. When carrying the big backpack, attach the small one by a carabiner (with a safety lock so that it will not disconnect) to the shoulder strap of the big one. This way you have easy access to tickets and other important things in the small backpack. The carabiner makes it impossible for thieves to just grab the small backpack and run.
Luggage and bags: Consider storing your supplies and clothing in these containers. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Once the lid is snapped in place you can seal around the top with duct tape to keep sensitive things dust/moiture free.
Luggage and bags: Excellent to put stuff in. Visit your local hobby store, and ask if they sell SMALL ZIPLOCK BAGS. They are inexpensive, and handy for a multitude of uses. Plastic bags for car and house keys plus duplicate sets kept in different bags. ZIPPERED PLASTIC BAG is useful for wet items.
Luggage and bags: They're great for packing out a little lunch containing wetness, and bagging potential leaks before they happen. Plastic bags are useful for snacks (crackers, mini rice cakes, dry cereal, dried fruit or nuts and the like) - LARGE PLASTIC BAG for wet clothes (can also be used as a CHANGING PAD in a pinch) The 2-gallon JUMBO SIZE is handy for packing clothing. Simply place your bulky items in the special triple-laminated plastic bag, and then roll the air out through its one-way valve, flattening the bag and creating up to 80% more packing space. It's perfect for dirty clothes (more room for souvenirs!); not good for clothes that wrinkle easily. Jumbo bag measures 27 1/2 x 38 1/2".
Luggage and bags: Whether you bring food from home or buy a sandwich at the airport, the handy LUNCH SAC is the perfect way to carry food on board with you. Constructed of durable, water-resistant 200-denier nylon lined with waterproof vinyl, this sleek little bag is highly insulated to keep food and beverages warm for several hours, and cold for 6 to 8 hours with its included freezer gel pack! Lightweight and machine washable, it tucks compactly into any carry-on bag, and has a comfortable shoulder strap. Folds flat. No food service on your flight? No problem. Pack your own lunch in the insulated lunch sac.
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