Before you leave on a trip (no matter how long you'll be away), do list the complete contents in your luggage (that's EVERYTHING... including make-up, books and medications). Carry a photo of your suitcase as well as a description of it (i.e. make, type, etc.). Should your bag be lost or stolen, you'll have everything you need with you in order to expedite a claim.
Here's one important tip I've learnt from my well-traveled and well-heeled buddies/ colleagues over the
years to ALWAYS roll your clothes when packing.... and you'd never have to worry about ironing again
when you reach your destination.
How do the clothes stay rolled up?
Here's another trick I've picked up: Just cut off the legs of old panty hose. Put your hand inside one of the
cut-off legs, grab that rolled up t-shirt and pull it through. And, Voila! My things stay rolled up like assorted
Basically, this is my important rule of thumb:
DO also try and plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits daily and it should be able to see you through from day to night.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are the absolute necessities. So DON'T ever forget to pack them along!
Contact lens equipment and spare glasses. You might also wish to consider bringing along
disposable contact lenses especially if you are going to be at a place with poor water supplies...
Makeup (I never leave home without it!)
Hair care products (brushes, comb, blow dryer, hair gel, hair spray... Get the picture?)
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down.
When when they have to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! :-))
Miscellaneous: You will get the BEST INTERBANK EXCHANGE RATE for foreign currency from a local ATM machine.
And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees.
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' 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 the United States, no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have
failed me.... yet. Yes, even in the remotest village of Africa!
'For the born traveller, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim's time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.' - Aldous Huxley - 'Along the Road'
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring sneakers! There is a lot of walking. Traffic is horrenndous in the late afternoon and onward so driving isn't recommended. We went in November and it was pretty chilly. So wear layers just in case it starts to get warm. I wore t-shirts under a sweater and was comfortable. In the evenings, it's even colder so bring a light jacket. This is the place to go if you like to get dressed up!
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: See below
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: See below
Photo Equipment: DON'T take pictures of anybody if they have not given you their permission or you
might have to visit the proctologist to get your camera back. No kiddin'...some of my
Gigsville friends are very anti-camera/anti-media and if you ask first you might save
yourself a nasty scene...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: See below
Miscellaneous: I ripped this off the BM web page...read and heed!
What You Must Bring:
Two gallons of water per person per day (for drinking, washing, food preparation). Keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
Enough food/beverages and ice for your entire party
Warm clothing for evenings
Bedding and shelter of some type; the winds can exceed 75 mph, and the mid-day temperature can exceed 100 degrees.
A good camp tent is recommended along with warm sleeping bags
Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or whatever else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services
Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Sunscreen/sunblock lotion and sunglasses
Fire extinguishers, if you plan to burn your art
Common sense, an open mind, and a positive attitude
We Strongly Suggest You Bring:
Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the cruel mid-day sun
A wide brim hat
A cooking stove if you expect to heat food or liquid
Bicycles (mountain bikes or 'cruisers' with balloon tires are best)
Portable shower (Sun Shower)
Earplugs! (not everyone is going to want to sleep when you do)
Watertight protective bags (e.g. heavy ziplocs) for cameras or electronic gear you may bring
Lotion/lip balm to treat cracked skin
Smokers: portable ashtrays (e.g. an empty candy tin)
Costumes, musical instruments, props, banners, signs, and anything else you can think of that might make the experience more fun for you and your playa neighbors
Camp marker (flag, flasher, distinctive marking)
Helpful Things To Bring:
Tire repair kit for bikes
Rope and/or string
Handi wipes (Wet Ones don't smell)
Spray bottle (for misting)
Gifts to give to new friends
If you plan to take in the wide variety of scenery in Nevada, be sure to take short-sleeved comfortable shirts for the lower altitudes and depending on time of year, light or heavy jackets for high altitudes. Take comfortable hiking boots if you plan to visit the area around Lake Tahoe (and if you are in Nevada, you have to go there!).
Photo Equipment: Be sure to have plenty of film. There are places to buy film, but it might be a little bit more expensive at the resort areas.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at one of the many villages located around Lake Tahoe. While there, we took a canoe out on the lake. It was September, and the weather was beautiful. Sunny and just cool enough to be comfortable in shorts and t-shirts.
Luggage and bags:
anything you want
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: its hot in Vegas, especially from May to October. It is also very dry, so bring lots of moisturizer for the skin and lips. Suntan Lotion a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Skin Care
Sun Tan Lotion
Photo Equipment: Bring whatever you wish, but remember while in the casino you can not take pictures.
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