questionsdo you have any unique travel tips to share?


Well, I was going to suggest packing a couple of those little cardboard things that make life easier for women hiking out in the boonies who can't find a restroom, but I'm totally out-classed by your initial tips.


Just a few ideas:
1. T-Mobile. They did the international thing right. Still has per-minute voice, but even if you blow the data cap, it goes to 64 KBps -- good enough for maps. (Plus, I was able to geotag places to see later in Hamburg)...
--It worked in France (CDG), Germany, and the Netherlands (Schiphol) with no sim changes -- just had to find a network.

2. After losing my wallet, I now have one with a chain...

3. Before you go, Xerox the front/back of all the cards your taking with you and put in a safe place. Trying to remember the "call this #" is futile.

4. I always find myself gravitating towards pictures, so... make sure your charger works under 220V lines and may the muse be with you.

5. I had much better luck/exchange rate at ATM machines (in .DE, Geldautomat) than I would have with the airport exchanges.

6. If you have to pay a speeding ticket in Germany... the wire fees are very annoying.

7. It's cheaper to have 2 underweight bags than 1 overweight bag :/


WOW great tips! We are go on a 30 day Viking cruise and I love the disposable clothes deal. We leave NY in Aug. and all the places we will travel to will be in the 30-60 range.


An alternative to disposable clothes is to plan to do laundry. You can either stop at a laundry mat (which can be an adventure in a foreign country but also can provide some downtime) or do them in your hotel sink/bathtub. Dishwashing detergent works well to wash clothes (I prefer Dawn brand). After washing and rinsing, squeeze (don't wring) as much water out as you can. Then lay flat on a towel, roll the towel and step on it a couple of times. That will help get more water out. I have a multi-strand bungee cord clothesline that doesn't require clothespins. You just stretch the line out and then squinch a bit of the material between the strands and it holds well. It will even hold a pair of wet jeans. Most things will dry when hung overnight.


Travel/photographer vests are great to wear on the plane and trip. they have lots of pockets. Put a few extra things in there that won't fit in your carry on. While sight-seeing, it saves you from carrying things. They come in khaki and go w/ everything .


@gt0163c: We tried that in China, as we were sweating through our clothes (not just tops, but shorts and bras) before lunch and having to change mid-day. Going through clothing much faster than we'd planned, we decided to wash some in the sink. Even hanging in the sun they never got dry, even in the sun, the humidity was so high. We ended up tossing them and raiding a Walmart in Nanjing for some additional stuff to wear. I threw out most of those but I kept a Tshirt that says "Braveness: A Person of Brave Heart Being".

Here's an important tip: keep a photocopy of your passport and other ID in each piece of luggage, and a piece of paper with your name, address, and phone number on it. That way if your luggage tag is lost it can help your luggage find it's way home, and if your passport and other ID are lost it can help you find your way home. My passport and ID was stolen in Rome years ago and it would have made my life so much easier if I'd had a copy of it.


@thormj: I am way behind the curve on the phone revolution, I only recently got my first smart phone, and I'm still not using a mainstream carrier. Would T Mobile's pay-as-you-go phones work in Europe?


To keep liquids from spilling all over everything else, put them in ziploc bags. For further security put some plastic wrap UNDER the bottle cap. This is especially helpful if you will are radically changing altitudes. And, in that case, don't travel with a full tube of toothpaste (they tend to pop at the seams when going from ~sea level to ~8,000+ ft).

When traveling by air, TSA considers peanut butter (in a jar or other container) a "cream" and subjects it to the 3-1-1 carry-on policy. However, if the peanut butter is spread between crackers or bread it's not required to comply with that policy.

Some energy bars (original Powerbars especially), when stacked together, may look like a block of something that looks oddly like plastic explosive on an x-ray machine. Best to not check them (or at least spread them out) or take them out of your carry-on bag to go through security.

Don't forget your towel!