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16 TIPS EVERY TRAVELLER SHOULD KNOW
Before You Go1. Make copies of your passport, credit cards, travelerís cheques and other important documents. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member. Carry the others with you in a separate place from the actual documents. If you take prescription medicine, carry it in its proper container and make sure that you have copies of your prescriptions.
2. Ask your bank about ATM availability and access codes in the countries you will be visiting. Use your ATM card for obtaining cash to avoid the service fees incurred when cashing travelerís cheques. However, bring sufficient travelerís cheques to tide you over if you have trouble locating or using machines.
3. Pack half as many clothes as you anticipate needing. Bring co-ordinating pieces that can be hand washed (and pack detergent).
4. Enclose toiletry items and undergarments in (separate) plastic zip-lock bags. The bags will keep things organized and will come in handy to pack damp or dirty clothes as the trip progresses. Items like shampoo and perfume sometimes leak due to the altitude of flights. Plastic bags protect your clothes and other items from spillage.
5. Buy and USE an under the clothes money belt to hold your passport, travelerís cheques and other documentation.
The Flight6. Bring a container of bottled water to sip during the flight when beverage service isnít available.
7. Pack travel sized toiletries in your carry on bag for freshening up before arrival.
8. Avoid alcohol and heavy meals on flights. Eat light, drink lots of water and move around during your flight to arrive in good condition.
Airport Arrival9. Stop at the tourist information desk in the airport for a map and other travel brochures.
Traveling by Train10. Have your rail pass or ticket validated before boarding the train.
11. If traveling with a multiday pass, write your date of travel where required before the conductor checks tickets.
12. Place your bags in the overhead rack across from your seat so that youíll be able to keep an eye on them at all times.
13. Be prepared to show your ticket and passport to the conductor, as well as border guards, on overnight trains.
At your Destination14. Before leaving the hotel on your first day in a city, pick up one of the hotelís cards or matchbooks so youíll have its address and phone number in case of an emergency. Also, ask a member of the staff to mark the hotelís location on your map.
15. If you lose your passport or other important documents, check with the cityís lost and found office.
16. In cities where taxi fares are not regulated, agree on the price of the ride and have the driver write it down before getting in the taxi.