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    Aussies - take Berocca and your own vegemite

    by llauraa Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Dont take too big, make it on wheels and make it tough. Those luggage handlers in LA really throw it around. Also take a spare or prepare to buy one over there to bring back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dont take too much and nothing too fancy. Even in NY the people are more laid back and casual than anything. Well this is in Summer anyway. Also if you have the money clothes are great to snap up over there

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: aspirin and hangover cures. Americans make the strongest drinks I have ever seen. They dont measure anything...prepare for the inevitable....they also dont have berocca over there. (that I could find anyway!!)

    Photo Equipment: Go digital all the way. The scenery is so spectucular a normal camera wont do it justice

    Miscellaneous: There is very little here that you cant get over there, so dont stress if you forget anything. Also leave room for the chocolate you are going to want to bring home with you. They have a million varieties! Dont forget to declare it !

    Soho NY - handpainted Levis sign

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  • Essential listening 2: Dig the new breed

    by sambarnett Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: No, good music did not die when the Beatles broke up.

    Miscellaneous: The Ramones saved rock'n'roll.
       Behind all the booze and drugs, The Replacements show the brilliance of Paul Westerberg's song writing skills. Husker Du flat out rocks. There must be something in the Twin Cities water.
       Wilco and The Roots set the standards for musical art while Steve Earle sets the standards for protest, honesty and compassion. Rave on, Stevie Ray Vaughan, glad I got to see you once.
       A Tribe Called Quest and Public Enemy took street suss and made it appeal to the brain, just like their revolutionary brothers, The Last Poets and the MC5 did over thirty years ago. Kick out the jams!

    other music for uplifting gormandizers

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    Road Trip Needs

    by dln6874 Written May 7, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - I kept a pillow and blanket in the car in case I had to sleep in the car. Didn't have to though.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Travel size hand sanitizer: When your hungry on the road and you can't be bothered to stop and wash your hands, it might come handy.
    - Armor-all wipes: Your car will get dirty and dusty after a while. The floor isn't so much an issue, but it gets annoying to stare at a layer of dust on your dashboard after a long while in the car.
    - Spare napkins: I keep extras I get from fast food joints in the glove compartment in case I forget them next time or if I get food from grocery store or mini marts. Also useful in case you spill something.
    -Air freshner: Spend a long time in your car with all of your dirty clothes, beach stuff, etc., and your car is bound start smelling.

    Miscellaneous: - Spare tire & tools: See tip on spare tire
    - Jumper cables: Even if you have a new battery, you never know when others might need it, or when you might accidentally leave the lights on all night.
    - Road atlas: It's always good to have a way to figure out where you are going. I often head out assuming I can follow signs, but I end up pulling the atlas out while I am driving to find the best route and reassure myself that I'm going the right way.
    - Proper documents: Insurance cards, registration, license, user's manual, roadside assistance info, etc.
    -ALL of your CD's: You will get tired of searching for a radio station sometime, and some places you might only get country, if any music at all. Take the CDs out of its case and put it in a multi-CD holder to save space.
    - Earphone for Cells: You might end up talking on the phone a lot more on the road to keep your mind off of the long drive. It is certainly a lot more comfortable to talk through an earphone than through the hand piece. Plus, it's much safer.

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    Standard Travel Packing

    by dln6874 Updated May 7, 2003

    Luggage and bags: I had 1 suitcase and 2 bags full of stuff. I think I didn't even touch 70% of the stuff I packed. Evaluate and re-evaluate what you are bringing and think really hard whether you need it. I found it a pain that my car was so packed. I'm sure it adds to gas costs and when I wanted to give people rides, I had to rearrange everything.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Assuming you are bumming:
    - For warm weather: 3-4 shirts, 3-4 pairs of shorts, a light outerwear, flip flops or beachwear. For colder weather: 1 jeans, 1 slacks, 2 long sleeves, 1 sweatshirt, and 1 overcoat (if in really cold weather), sneakers
    - Some undies to last you at least a week
    - something to sleep in each night

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I took couple rolls of TP but found that I didn't nead it. But they double for napkins, tissues, etc. I got small travel bottles for shampoo and such so that I can throw it in a day bag for short stays. I filled up the travel bottles from bigger bottles that I stashed in the car.

    You can take basic medication - antihistamines, etc. - with you, but they are pretty easy to get on the road too.

    Photo Equipment: Carry at least a 128mb CF card for your digital camera, and some blank writeable CD's if you get a chance to download your pix somewhere. Take the software that came with your digicam.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun tan lotion, after sun lotion (aloe), moisturizer, beach towel, beach bag, and ofcourse, swimwear. That was all I needed for the beach.

    I had couple of pillows and a sleeping bag, but that only came handy when I ended up staying at a friend's house who also had 20 other people staying with him that week for a Batizado.

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    Good Road Atlas is a must

    by TropicGirl77 Updated Mar 14, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Always travel light but don't forget that road atlas

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always bring good walking shoes and season or region appropriate attire.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic items, plus a restocked first aid kit

    Photo Equipment: A good camera with sufficient film and batteries for the duration of your trip. Don't go overboard though, I'm sure you can pick up items at the local stores if you run short.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping ... be sure to bring ALL your waterproof tent gear, flashlights and bug repellent.

    Miscellaneous: Do your homework before you take off to the wilds of America and learn a little about the area you're travelling to ... you'll appreciate knowing whether you need that umbrella and raincoat or not!

    Road Atlas
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  • Essential listening

    by sambarnett Updated Jan 6, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: When I travel around the USA I take half the clothes, twice the money and just about every CD I own.

    Miscellaneous: 'The West End Blues' by Louis Armstrong signify the Roaring Twenties so well you can almost smell the bootleg hootch. We've all felt loneliness, through Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith we can HEAR it.
       Duke Ellington was the REAL king of swing. Billie Holiday and her voice were beautiful and distinctive. Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf took the Delta Blues sound, brought it to Chicago and amplified it, setting the ground work for rock'n'roll.
       The field recordings made by Alan Lomax are essential to understanding America, where we came from and the traditions and beliefs that pass through the generations.
       Those cliches you hear in country music? Hank Williams came up with all of 'em! Johnny Cash walked the line between the spiritual and the profane while Woody Guthrie road the rails, bound for glory with a quest to document the life of Everyman. "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen continues their legacy. Simon and Garfunkel found America in themselves.

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad

    Miscellaneous: Suburbia, where the many anonymous live. The numerous average in almost all ways. So peaceful their neighborhoods, so easy their lives. No extremes, no fanatics ... the example for the world.

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    by WILDEFLOWER Written Sep 7, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Anything your can think of from hot to freezing!


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    by Skylink Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Large discount department stores in the suburbs are common. These include Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart. There are a few regional chains such as Fred Meyer in Seattle and the Northwest and Venture in the Midwest. In recent years, they have made life difficult for older stores downtown. The discount stores are good places to buy things like film, pens,
    paper, shampoo, etc.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Gas (not called “petrol”) costs somewhere between $1.30-$1.80 per gallon for regular unleaded (87 octane). This is about 35-50 euro cents per litre. Gas is sold in 87, 89, and 93 octane and also diesel. Unlike in Europe, 98 octane is not available. In Oregon and New Jersey, you are not allowed to fill your own tank (no self-serve gas).

    Miscellaneous: States and cities impose sales tax. This is not included in the price of the item but is added
    when you pay for things. These range from 0% (Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire) to 10% (certain towns in Alabama). This tax is not refunded for foreign visitors except in Louisiana (as far as I know).

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    by JEverall18 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Take a 100 litre or more Back Pack and also take a small 15 - 20 litre Daysack. Another good item is maybe a Bum Bag or ' Fanny Pack '

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends where you travel up in New England and New York Areas you will need sweaters , Jogging Pants along with shorts and T shirts. In the South and Florida u may need more sunwear than winter wear ( but be warned take a rain jacket and rain proof pants for the storms which appear from nowhere )
    In the Great Plains General clothing this also applys to the Rocky Mountains but a good pair of Hiking Boots will be needed for much of the Terrain ( pretty obvious really haha ) California, Well you can get away with just about anything ( as long as your decent) Sanfransico is alot colder than San diego or LA ( YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Heres a tip for you ! Keep the small toiletry bag you recieve from the airline on the trip it is small compact but filled with essential goodies like a razor , small mirro , a tooth brush , paste , shower gel and a comb .

    Photo Equipment: Try and take a battery operated Camera or video recoreder with more batteries than you think you'll need .

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach - Definatly use Oil as opposed to cream ( trust me we europeans arent as tanned as we think )
    Camping - pretty simply really compact sleeping bag and if you are planning on camping renting a tent is far easier than bringing one.Basic utensils such as cup , bowl , knife , spoon for light breakfast are all u need . DONT get sucked into buying any of the ZILLION other travel aids such as inflatable coat hangers or electric currency converters YOU WANT NEED ANY OF THEM.

    Miscellaneous: Bring some photos of your town , your family along with small gifts to exchange with new found friends. Coins , stamps or anything that represents your country will be intriging to the locals.

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    by la_beba Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring lots of dinero.... yes sir, lots of $$$$$ greens to have a great time in good ol' U.S.A.!!!!!
    And be careful though..... they all look the same! not pretty all different color bills..... :-( sorry! LOL

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    by feline01 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing and shoes can be had in prices ranging from relatively inexpensive to astronomically expensive. It all depends on where you shop and how much you want to spend. For visitors coming from most countries in the world, it is probably best to travel light and buy everything you need here. Much cheaper and more convenient.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Same as above, prices range from cheap to expensive and many international brands can be found here.

    Miscellaneous: I have made a commitment to try to support small businesses. The huge conglomerates like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot etc.. are killing the small business owners. Downtown areas are becoming vacant and derelict because everyone wants to shop at the malls. Please think about the future of your local dowtown and support small businesses!

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    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring what you can carry but you carry it :-). Rucksacks are the best idea if you are adventure hilidaying, or moving from city to city.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: depends on where you are going. Look at members pages for better tips for particular places.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get everything you need in the USA.

    Photo Equipment: You can get everything you need in the USA.

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    by belfastlass Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I always suggest trainers (tennis shoes), with all the walking one can do, they are a must. The rest of packing is up to you and the time of year you're here!

    Photo Equipment: I suggest you bring whatever photo equipment you would normally use. All your photo needs can be met at many of the shops in the area.

    Miscellaneous: I would bring anything that makes you comfortable. This is not a mountain climbing area, so I really can't think of any special items you may need.

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    by b1bob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: That depends on your purpose of travel, your destination, and the time of year. If you're coming here for pleasure, leave your evening gowns and tuxedos at home (they're a pain to lug through the airports anyhow), roll your clothes into tight wads and maybe you can get a week's worth of clothing in your carry-on.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Unless you're going to the desert areas, maybe it would be a good idea at all points of the year to carry an umbrella.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definitely carry sunblock if you visit during the summer.

    Photo Equipment: A 35mm camera will probably do the job.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Your basic camping equipment. Bring the bug repellent if you come during the summer.

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