Shellie’s Ten Tips for Travel – June 2013

  1.  Always pack a hat. In the winter, a knit hat will keep you warm and take up little room. In the summer, a brimmed hat will keep the sun off your face. In either case, it will save you when your hair-straightening iron doesn’t work in the trapezoidal electrical socket you found in your hotel room.
  2. Bring a travel first aid kit with the following: ibuprofen (or other pain killer), decongestant, NyQuil, bandages, hydrocortizone cream. You will not believe how often it will come in handy. (I can vouch for the hydrocortisone. I didn’t have any on my last trip and I got bit by something and I itched like crazy and thank goodness a passenger had some. I will never travel without it again!)
  3. Don’t forget your camera charger. You will go through that battery in a second, esp. when your friends insist on flipping through all of the photos that you just took in order to relive something that happened five minutes ago.
  4. Don’t pack clothes that require ironing. Heck, don’t buy clothes that require ironing.
  5. Do not go into a McDonald’s. I don’t care if you are scared and starving – McNuggets are NEVER a viable option. If you need fast food, at least hit up a regional chain.
  6. Buy that delightfully grotesque souvenir, even if you don’t know whom to give it to. Odds are, you will think of someone for whom it would be perfect. Worst-case scenario, you’ll keep it for yourself. Which is a really great worst-case scenario.
  7. Never carry your wallet in your back pocket, and never carry your purse on just your shoulder.
  8. Take notes. As much as you believe the contrary, once you get home you will not remember your tour guide’s name, or the artist whose worked you loved so much, or even the city where you stayed. Write it down!
  9. If you have an inkling that you should be taking photos of somethingtake them.
  10. If you have an inkling that you should not be taking photos of somethingdon’t take them.

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