Since I know the city reasonably well I needed a quick-reference guide with helpful neighborhood by neighborhood advice. I really was impressed by the "Knopf Mapguides".
Just enough helpful info in a compact guide.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You buy water in USA as it is generally not drinkable - to get around this buy a Brita water bottle at Kmart Australia, that has a filter in the bottle. When travelling around, just put any water, add ice where u can and off you go. Saves you heaps of money and hassle trying to find water!
The weather can be fickle during the spring--so make sure you pack for cool in the morning to hot in the afternoon. Crazy.
Absolutely bring sandles, although there are lots of cheap shoe stores everywhere you look.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Allergy medicine!!! We got hit hard with new pollens. Sunscreen, after the fog burns off you could be in trouble.
I bought some plug converters before flying out, but found that they didn't work that well in the hotel - they were the right type, but the hotel plugs were in a cramped area and there wasn't room to plug my appliances in. I had this problem in coffee shops too.
In the end I caved and bought a universal laptop charger for $80 - it was well worth it.
On my last two trips, in March and October, I didn't wear shorts at all, only could wear sandals a couple of days and was glad to have packed long sleeve shirts and a couple of fleece pullovers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries and medical supplies are readily available at local pharmacies
Photo Equipment: Nothing special
Miscellaneous: This may sound strange but I really wish I had packed some CDs for those long traffic jams I had to endure. I couldn't find a decent radio station and finally had to settle for an easy listening station or a classic rock station depending on who was traveling with me.
Buy a good roap map of Los Angeles if you are driving, you know the foldable kind from Rand McNally. And if you are going beyond Los Angeles, make sure it includes the places you are going. I have one of Central Los Angeles California that has served me well.
A basic guidebook is also helpful, I used a Fodors or Frommers guide on my last trip that I had checked out of the library which would be perfectly adequate for a 1st visit to Los Angeles.
The day and night temperature vary greatly in LA regardless of the time of the year. So I try to tell people to dress in layers, then you can adjust accordingly. Always bring a sweater or a jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen if you are particularly sensitive to the sun
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Sunscreen is very helpful to have especially in the summer but also in the winter, the sun can be a killer too here.
Miscellaneous: Sun shades are good to have in many destinations but especially here in L.A. which has several days of sunshine throughout the year. If you're going to drive on the roads, there are especially helpful to block out the interfering rays of light.
Luggage and bags: Make sure you know the address where you are going to stay in the U.S. You have to tell the custom that ... It's almost like an interview to come into the U.S ... Just use comman sense and you will be fine.
Don't leave home without your VT Biz cards. Never know when you'll use them.
Now just how did GioGlobal's card end up there?
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