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.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This is LA. No need to pack too formal outfits with you. Everyone is dressed sooooo casually here. So, if you want to blend in... dress like them too. Cool but not dorky! ;-)
The following is a rough guide on what I'd pack along with me for a SUMMER vacation:
1 pair of jeans
1 short skirt OR skorts (a mini skirt with a pair of shorts sewn in... Very hip right now).
1 pair of shorts/ bermudas
2 summer dresses.
3 or 4 cotton t-shirts/ tank tops
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of evening shoes
1 little black dress (which can double up for day and evening events).
2 nightgowns/ pyjamas
1 bathing suit
P.S. I didn't mention the more personal under-garment items because I think you should have no problem deciding on this yourself. :-)
A rule of thumb: DO plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits and it should bring you from day to night. So in this instance, that little black dress WILL come in handy for the night events AND in the day time too! :-))
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DON'T forget to transfer all your toner, cleanser, night cream et al into small plastic containers - to save luggage space.
Photo Equipment: I usually bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
So, the cameras that I'd bring are:
the Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens) which comes in silver metallic color (cool!). I usually use this camera for day photography.
the Pentax 150 Zoom which I use for places that does not allow flash photography.
These days, I also bring along the ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size of my palm (and it comes in a cool metallic silver shade). You can even hang this camera around your neck; frankly, it looks pretty cool this way too! This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used. And when it comes to having the photos developed, most photo processing centers take at least ONE WEEK to have my photos developed! So, that's my only gripe i.e. I can't expect to have my photos developed within 24 hours. Sigh.
Miscellaneous: Photo Below: That's me on my very first visit to Disneyland! ...
Miscellaneous: DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into American dollars before your trip.
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Maestro' etc on it?
If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
If you use this method, you'd also save alot on the interbank exchange rates. Why? Because you're using your OWN money.
DO NOT withdraw from your Visa/ Mastercard account(s) because that would be considered as a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a hefty fee!!
And if you change your local currency into American dollars via a money changer, you will also be charged much, much more (by them) compared to a bank. Really.
I've used this method THOUSANDS of times before (just trying to drive my point across...) and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... yes, even at the remotest village in Africa! :-)) I promise.
'A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours!' - J.B. Priestley (British Writer): 1894-1984
Luggage and bags: Okey it may sound stupied of course you need to bring the passport to even come into the country but you also need it as an ID. They do not accept Drivense lisence or other ID when you for example want to buy a drink.
Laptop Chargers / Plug converters
Miscellaneous: 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.Related to:
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Water bottle for travel in USA
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!Related to:
- Family Travel
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Miscellaneous: 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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