What to pack for Washington D.C.

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    Take a tripod for you camera!

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Pack nice clothes as well as comfy clothes if you want to eat out. People dress-up in this town!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring old worn in shoes. You will walk a lot if you want to see anything.

    Photo Equipment: Bring the full arsenal.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring rain gear, especially in spring. April showers bring May flowers...

    The trophy shot with tripod
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    Packing is Important, so Pack Smart!

    by deecat Updated May 29, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." Margaret Lee RunbeckI

    I always suggest to "travel light" because who needs to be dragging luggage or paying to have someone else do it?

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Washington DC is a walker's town so, of course, walking shoes are essential. It's always wise to have a small umbrella packed.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pack all of your medicines with the prescriptions on them in your carry-on luggage on planes. Have them with you until you arrive at the hotel.

    Photo Equipment: With all the magnificent monuments and memorials, you'll need plenty of film or disks for your camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Summer: DC is quite hot and humid

    Winter: DC gets snow and cold temperatures

    Spring: DC has plenty of rain

    Fall: DC has cool evenings.

    Miscellaneous: Make sure you have a credit card (USA is a credit card society). Most monuments, memorials, and museums are free. Have some cash on hand for incidentials.
    There are ATMs everywhere. Traveler's checks are not necessary.

    You must have a photo ID since September 11, 2001.

    Hope you remembered your discount cards such as AAA or AARP.

    Did you remember to make copies of your pass port, credit card, & photo ID, and are you keeping it separate from your wallet/money belt?

    If you wear glasses or contacts, did you bring extras?

    Do you have your Credit Card Pin #?

    Do you have your Driver's license? You need it to rent a car.

    Put personal items in clear plastic bags.

    Pack shoes on top.

    Include a label with name, address, and phone inside each piece of luggage.

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    Packing List

    by slaybelle Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Bye Bill - I will definitely miss you.

    His Farewell

    For Bill Clinton, it was a long, slow goodbye. He stayed up all night packing, worked until the last minute, lingered in the Oval Office and, as he walked out of the White House, sat down at a piano and swayed along as a musician played 'Our love is here to stay.' 'You gave me the ride of my life, and I've tried to give as good as I got,' Clinton told about 2,000 members of his administration and supporters at a departure ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Saturday. Clinton then flew to New York City and headed to the family's home in the suburb of Chappaqua, which will be his base for the next few months as he decides what to do with the rest of his life. 'Thank you for being here today in this cold weather with this cutting wind to welcome citizen Clinton home,' he told another crowd of well wishers at John F. Kennedy airport. 'I am grateful to be here.' Aides said Clinton was in a good mood as he and several dozen friends and staffers left Washington on one of the Air Force's two presidential 747s, but they acknowledged some melancholy was inevitable. 'He loved being president. He absolutely loved the job,' Clinton’s friend Terry McAuliffe told reporters on the plane, saying Clinton had stayed up all night packing and soaking in the White House. 'He'll miss it greatly.' Aides wandered the plane taking snapshots and reminiscing as they made their last flight, which the Air Force designated Special Air Mission 28000 rather than Air Force One, which belongs only to the airplane carrying the sitting president. 'Don't be sad' In his final half hour in the Oval Office, Clinton wrote a note to his successor, President George W. Bush, and consoled some of his aides who were crying after eight years at the White House. 'Don't be sad. This is a good day,' Clinton told the aides, according to his chief of staff John Podesta. 'We're leaving with our heads up.' As he left the Oval Office, Clinton turned around to gaze out its windows at the manicured White House lawn a last time before joining his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, to greet Bush and his wife, Laura. In an old ritual, the outgoing president and his successor sipped coffee together in the White House Blue Room and then rode to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony that formally ended the Clinton presidency and began the Bush era. As the two men stood in the White House Grand Foyer, waiting to stroll to their bulletproof limousine, Clinton could not resist sitting down at the piano to listen to a rendition of 'Our love is here to stay.' For many Clinton supporters, the song's refrain rings true. Most of Clinton's Cabinet came out to Andrews Air Force Base to send him off to New York, joining several thousand people in a cavernous aircraft hangar, some carrying signs that read 'Please Don't Go.' Gesturing at the signs, Clinton suggested he would continue to play a role in public life, although he has promised to stay out of the spotlight for a while to leave the stage to Bush. 'I left the White House, but I'm still here. We're not going anywhere,' he said. 'If you really believe in what we did these last eight years, you do not have to be in the position of power in government to advance those causes.' He also appeared to hand the mantle of leadership to his wife, saying, 'We've got a senator here who will be a voice for you.' 'We did a lot of good' He recalled the words of Podesta as the two left the Oval Office for the last time. 'He was tearing up a little bit, and he said, 'We did a lot of good. We did a lot of good. We did a lot of good.'' Making good on his vow to keep working to the last hour of his presidency, Clinton announced pardons and sentence commutations for 176 people, declared a national monument on Governors Island in New York, and announced funding to add 1,400 police officers nationwide. Clinton left office with an approval rating of about 65 percent, but is held in low regard personally because of scandals such as his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He reached a deal with independent prosecutor Robert Ray on Friday to avoid being indicted on perjury charges in the Lewinsky case. In a related deal to avoid losing his Arkansas law license, Clinton accepted a five-year suspension of the license and paid a $25,000 fine. Clinton, at 54, is the youngest ex-president since Theodore Roosevelt, who was 50 when he left office in 1909. He has not announced any plans for what he will do next. Aides said he planned to spend the next week hanging around the house in Chappaqua, playing golf and relaxing. Despite an icy rain and a biting wind, Clinton lingered to shake dozens of hands at the airport and then retreated to a black Ford van, where he signed autographs for another 15 minutes. Finally, as the crowd began to disappear, Clinton's long motorcade pulled away with the president, his wife and their daughter Chelsea ensconced in the van rather than the long black limousine he has enjoyed for the past eight years. Within minutes, the Secret Service agents had disappeared, the Air Force 747 had headed back to Washington and the hangar was all but empty.

    Ofcourse there's BUDDY the First Dog who shall be missed too!

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    When you go touristing

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    Miscellaneous: When you are out and about to check out the sights of Washington you might want to pack a bottle of water (or whatever your drink of choice is.) Getting a drink and a snack from one of the vendors at/near any of the main tourist sights will be frightfully expensive, particularly if you are traveling as a family. Especially during the summer months, when its very hot and humid outside, this will save you some money so you can enjoy Washington even more.

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    Everything we need for our weekend escapes!

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: A small roller board big enough for both our things, I also take a large day bag to put our toiletries in.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We travel to DC at all times of the year and usually for just a night or two. We take along with us very comfy casual clothing. I usually take a few pair of jeans, skirt and comfy tops as well as a pair of comfy boots or sandals. `

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual stuff like my hair products including my choice of shampoo and conditioner, hair brush, deodarant, contact lense solution, toothpaste and brushes, colonge for Ferni, and perfume for me, motrine, my asthma meds, spare contact lenses and my glasses.

    Photo Equipment: My camera goes with me everywhere, as well as our digital recorder, spare chargeable batteries with charger, extra memory cards.

    Miscellaneous: We take our cell phones with chargers as well as a cork screw opener for my wine, maps and directions to places we want to visit, a bottle of wine (or champange), some rum or something else Ferni may want to have in the room.

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    Dress appropriate!

    by wjstallings Written Jun 22, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I went in May! I wore shorts, short sleeves, and Birkenstock flip flops. It was very warm.

    Make sure your shoes are comfortable.

    Pack a light backpack of supplies.

    Photo Equipment: Take a Digital Camera with lots of free memory cards.

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    Take a Map!!!

    by wjstallings Written Jun 22, 2004

    Miscellaneous: A map of the toruist attractions is a must. I bought a great map at FDR memorial. Also, make sure you have a city map...I got one from my rental car company.

    People will approach you on the street to give you a "free" map...for a Donation!!! I recommend carrying your own and look the other way when these people approach...some can be rude.

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