To always carry with you on “iffy” weather days.
You’ll regret having to buy one from eager street vendors
who jack up the price the moment the sky opens.
double as toilet paper. There will inevitably be places that
Band Aids and moleskin:
In case of foot blisters.
This is the stuff that can really add weight, so bring only
what you need. Hotels generally supply shampoo, conditioner,
and body lotion.
Lightweight duffel bag:
To fill with souvenirs for your return trip.
Bikini for warmer months:
That’s right! Even if you feel like you’re past
your bikini times, you’ll feel odd at Italian beaches
and lakes in a one-piece. You’ll see that women of every
shape and size would rather feel the sun than fret about their
bodies. So go ahead and join in on the pleasure…
Cover-Ups for anything sleeveless.
At Saint Peter’s in Rome, you’ll be turned away
if your shoulders aren’t covered, and all those many
churches in Italy with the beautiful masterpieces inside would
prefer that you follow the shoulder-cover modesty when you
Copy of your
passport, credit card numbers, and toll-free numbers to call
in case of credit card loss. Give another
copy and your itinerary to someone who can easily be reached,
so they can be sent to you if necessary.
Before you go,
call your bank and credit card companies to give them a heads
up, as in these days of high security, they may block your
card if they aren’t forewarned about your foreign spending.
Pages of guidebooks:
Rip out those that apply to your destination. Don’t
take the whole heavy book.
for the cities you’ll be visiting. These laminated,
purse-friendly, well-indexed maps are far superior to
the ones hotels and tourist kiosks hand out. You can buy them
in U.S. bookstores or online: www.streetwisemaps.com.
for Use*: A unique, practical, lightweight guide
and phrasebook containing all the nitty-gritty details you’ll
need as you travel—trains, driving, eating, making phone
calls, public transportation, etc.