Some Unique Tips for Packing
Luggage and bags: Instead of a backpack, try a messenger bag which is more accessible. It's great for keeping your camera, reading material such as guidebooks, as well as your phone and your travel documents. It has interior and exterior pockets so your cellphone is easy to get to and your passport is contained. One of the best ones is Railroad Messenger from Yak Pak.
Also, most people love music, so don't forget your iPod. Even if you don't want to listen to music, you can use it for its alarm clock, digital photo storage, address book, and downloaded audio books.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's a good idea to have Ziploc bags for wet simwear, toothbrush, shampoo bottles that might leak, or dirty underwear. Of course, all of these go in different zip lock bags!
Last time I traveled, I used one of the new 24-inch bags for my dirty clothes to keep the dirty and clean clothes seperated.
I take a black, tan, navy pair of slacks with v-neck light-weight sweaters to match and a few blouses as well as one dress or skirt for dress up. I always take more than one pair of shoes in case my feet get wet [I learned the hard way].
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Laundry supplies helps you take less clothes. I also always take a sewing kit. I get them when I stay at nice hotels and keep them for foreign travel. Or, if you must, buy one from someone like Walkabout Travel Gear for about $3.00.
Don't forget a plug adapter
I also always bring a COMPASS because I'm not a "natural" with directions in strange places. I have a mini-compass that I clip into my messenger bag.
Miscellaneous: I always have a Nalgene water bottle because this polycarbonate bottle does not pick up flavors, so if you want to carry cola, tea, lemonade, or water, the flavors never remain.
Since if love to play games, I manage to slip in a deck of cards, mainly to play solitare.Related to:
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"Variety is the Spice" of the U.S.A.
Luggage and bags: When packing your luggage, remember to use Ziploc bags to keep your suitcase ORGANIZED, dry, and accessible. I put items such as duct tape [for repairs], Super Glue [for what tape can't repair], containers of detergent for washing undergarments, and a sink plu [just in case] into these bags.
I always put one set of clothing and undergarments, medicine, cosmetics, jewelry, important papers, & anything I just could not lose into my "carry-on-luggage".
Make sure you have a list of phone #'s of your credit card companies, insurances, airlines, doctors, & your country's embassy. In this day and age, I have a card with e-mail addresses of family & friends.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When you visit the USA, you must research the particular area to know the high and low temperatures for the time of year you will arrive.
If the area is hot and dry, then bring cotton items of light color and that fit loosely, sandals, bathing suit, sun hate, sun glasses, & sun lotion.
If it is cold and/or snowy, have a heavy coat, hat, gloves, boots and use "layers" of clothing for insulation.
Regardless, always bring a plastic poncho that folds into a tiny pouch in case of rain.
DON'T BRING BRAND NEW SHOES. YOU ARE ASKING FOR TROUBLE!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Try Liquid bandage to be prepared for minor accidents and blisters. Carry in your money belt and also in your luggage Imodium pills just in case of a gastrointestinal situation. Speaking of medicine, keep a list of inoculations, medication prescriptions, & telephone #'s of doctors. If you wear glasses and/or contacts, make sure to bring an extra pair.
Photo Equipment: If you have a digital camera, set up an online photo account so you will be able to upload digital photographs as you go along, freeing up the memory card.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan to camp or do lots of outdoor hikes, brink boots, camping gear, and swimming wear...even if you don't do outdoor activities, bring a bathing suit for the motel/hotels.
Miscellaneous: Inform your credit-card company of your travel plans, especially if you are visiting from out of this country. The credit-card company may put a block on your account because of the foreign purchases unless they are aware of your travels.
Leave one copy of all your important documents such as PASSPORT, VISA, ETC. with a family member or friend back home as well as a copy of each with you [not in the same location as the original!]Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take lots of everything when it comes to clothing. We went through every climate possible it seemed. The 1st part of our road trip was cold, then got very hot, then windy, then rainy and finally sleet and snow. This definitely applies if you're traveling in the spring or fall...you could encounter any sort of weather condition
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: LOTION. It was so dry most of the places we went. Sunblock is also important:)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The rain guard and stakes are definitely necessaryRelated to:
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Absolutely necessary for any road trip:)
Miscellaneous: The Fodor's Guide to the National Parks has been a sort of bible of mine. I always take it with me while traveling...even if I'm not planning on going to a Park, there might be some crazy national historical site I could visit on my way. Point in case: In NY we stopped at Women's Rights NHS. It was really a lot of fun! The road atlas is an easy one. Without that, we might have stayed on the interstate the whole time and missed everything.Related to:
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Aussies - take Berocca and your own vegemite
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 !Add to your Trip Planner
bring it all, use it all, you'll need it all
Luggage and bags: Though a backpack loses a bit of luster when traveling by car rather than train, they do come in handy if you are planning on going into the interior of any of the great National Parks. A day pack is essential for tackling even the shorter hiking trails and comes in handy for walking around town too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dressing in layers is imperative when planning an extended extensive USA trip. Many terrains means many weathers. Synthetics are easiest to care for and provide warmth even when wet. Rain gear is one thing not to forget. Good sturdy hiking boots are necessary for the varied trails the National Park system provides.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is particularly needed in not only the desert but any high altitude area where the sun is stronger.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens lets you bring the foreground into your landscape photos, making them more interesting. They are great for shots of buildings too. A good zoom is essential for taking shots of animals in the National Parks too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A tent is a great investment. It will pay for itself in a few weeks and also provide you with some amazing places to lay your head. Camping in the NPs is one of the country's great joys. You'll also need good sleeping bags and mats to make it a comfy experience. Cooking gear rounds out your equipment, saving you lots on eating out too.
Miscellaneous: Traveling solo has rewards but I've done it both ways and it's best to have a special someone to share all this incredible beauty with.Related to:
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Good Road Atlas is a must
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!Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I went in late september eraly october and its so brisky at dawn and coldish at dusk and during the night so take with u some warm jacket and a light one for treekings, water bottle is so needed cos its so warm and hot during the day, a good mountain shoes if u want to hike is also specially suggestable. Waterpoof plastic is a good idea to bring with u .. the weather changes swiftly in rocky mountains.
I usually bring with me nuts, bread, ham, banana, cheese that i bought first in the visitor center market as a lunch. Also a knife and some other tools should be nice to take with u
as a last item energy powerbars were so useful during my hikes in US.. affordable in every visitor center market or gas stations on the way to the national parks !!
I suggest to carry with u a sleeping bag and a tent if u are on the mood to visit the Colorado river trail from North Rim.. its such a long and weary way to afford in just one day as i tried..
Photo Equipment: My pictures were taken with a Lumix optical FX8 digital zoom Panasonic FX8Add to your Trip Planner
Souvenir keychains from Las Vegas
Miscellaneous: A bundle of ten beautiful souvenir keychains can be purchased from a souvenir shop inside New York New York Hotel and Casino at the southern Las Vegas Boulevard at a selling price of only $9.99 per bundle before tax. This souvenir shop is located to the right of the entrance from the walkway from Excalibur Hotel and Casino. These souvenir keychains are certainly ideal gifts to friends and relatives back home. We have already distributed four of the keychains to our relatives in Sweden.Related to:
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2017 calendars from Las Vegas
Miscellaneous: The first four photographs depict the souvenir 2017 calendar bought from a souvenir shop near MGM Grand at southern Las Vegas Boulevard. These calendars were surprisingly cheap at unbelievable price of 5 calendars for just $6.00 before tax.i.e. $1.20 each calendar. We bought two 2017 souvenir Las Vegas calendars earlier from Walgreens (depicted on our last photograph) at a selling price of $1.99 each. We thought this was already very cheap until we found the above calendars selling at $6.00 for five.
Calendars from Walgreens have fewer pages than the above calendars as depicted on our main photograph. Nevertheless these souvenir Las Vegas calendars contain lots of beautiful and colourful photographs of attractions in the city of Las Vegas. They are certainly ideal as souvenirs too. Please hurry up if you wish to purchase some of these beautiful calendars before stocks run out!Related to:
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Sports hats from United States of America
Miscellaneous: Our first four photographs depict the New Era sports hats that we bought from a shop at Excalibur Hotel and Casino at the southern Las Vegas Boulevard. When shops are having realisation sales, you are able to purchase these New Era sports hats at half the selling price. The normal price is approximately $30.00 per hat. We paid for $37.50 for the above two hats on the last day of our holiday in Las Vegas.
It seems that the design on these hats that we bought is only available in the United States of America in contrast with those that we bought in Europe (depicted on our last photograph). They are more comfortable to wear too compared to those that we bought from Sweden!Related to:
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For 'grounded' plugs, flat blades (see previous tip), but with round grounding pin plug and receptable with side grounding contacts is used (see picture)
An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical travel adapter kit usually contains about five adapters which are capable of dealing with most of the outlets shown here. Adapters often manage this versatility by bypassing the ground/earth wire.
Beware : an adapter by itself will not change the electrical voltage. You must be sure that your appliance can handle different voltages (either automatically or through a voltage switch). If it can't, you will need a voltage converter.Add to your Trip Planner
Be prepared for all types of weather
Okay, I admit it, I love the snow, LOL. I was supposed to be on a summer vacation, and it looked like summer in the morning... so I can't help it that I am wearing a miniskirt and sandels, now can I? hahaha, but the sight of snow I just couldn't stand the temptation and I had to throw a snowball. Yes.... it was cold on my feet, all the snow creeping in my shoes, but it was fun!!!
Hahaha, this picture does show though how unexpected the weather can be when you are on a roundtrip like this. One day you can be in a super hot place like Death Valley, and the next you can drive through the snow in the mountains. The best thing to do is dress in layers, so you can easily adjust to the weather you encounter.Related to:
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SPRING TRIP TO USA/CANADA
Luggage and bags: If you're travelling by public transport like trains, you need small to medium sized luggages. Check the train/bus companies in the area/city you're going.
(We were scared to drive in LA and luckily my relatives drove us around.)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You don't need a lot of thick jackets so one or two (if staying longer) would be enough. I made the mistake of bringing lots of wooly scarves, socks, jackets, etc. and I didn't use them at all, probably just one coat for Niagara Falls.
If you think you need something like an article of clothing- socks, singlets, etc..you can buy them cheaply at outlet shops if you researched before hand where they are. I did and I ended up with two extra luggages as I shopped at the Aurora outlet shopping mall outside Chicago just a few days before we went back to Sydney. ( I was lucky to be given extra luggage by my relatives too!)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget your puffer/allergy medication as spring is tricky for asthma and other allergy sufferers.
Photo Equipment: Take small photo /video equipment if you plan to to do a lot of walking too at theme parks.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No need for these unless you plan to stay till summer,LOL! Or if using the hotel swimming pool your swimwear is needed of course!
Miscellaneous: Make sure what you booked (re accommodation) is what is given to you. Sometimes if we have a late arrival at a hotel we don't bother, we just want to crash on our beds. Take time to ensure you are getting your money's worth. If you paid for a two bedroom or suite, etc..make sure that's what you get!
Request for pillows if you are not very comfy with your bed. This should be free in most hotels. If there is no microwave in teh room ,ask if there is a way to hire it, in case you got kids who need warm drink at night.
Research for shopping outlets so you get reasonable prices for quality goods like th e one outside Chicago- Aurora shopping mall where I got heaps of bargains for name brand and quality goods.Related to:
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Excellent Vegas 2 go guidebook
Miscellaneous: The Vegas 2 go is an excellent guidebook to the city of Las Vegas. It is free and you can obtain the free guidebook from the taxi driver at the international airport, your shuttle bus driver or from the registration at your hotel. The Vegas 2 go is affiliated with the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Magazine. It contains free maps of the city as well as lots of discount vouchers where you can really save quite a lot of money when you shop, dine or to see a show. This is a half monthly guidebook to the city. Of course there are lots of advertisement promoting the popular shows in the city. Get a copy on the first day when you arrive in the city of Las Vegas on your vacation.Related to:
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