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What to pack?
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Leaving April 16th for Rome. Wont be back till April 30th. What to pack?

Anything I wouldn’t think about?

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Also here: http://www.eurotrip…. — but bring some major currency just in case ATM networks are down, ATMs are out of cash, your card suddenly doesn’t work, gets eaten, etc. Personally, I would bring about $200 USD or equivalent major currency if I was landing some place where I knew absolutely no one. I’d only convert it if my ATM or major credit card didn’t work for whatever reason.

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Learned this from a former diplomat who traveled almost continually. The basic packing list is:
Tickets
Passport
Plastic

I’d add Don’s emergency cash stash.

You can buy anything else you absolutely need.

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Before you go you may want to advise your bank/credit card company of your trip…my wife had her credit card cancelled after they noticed unusual activity on her account (.i.e her buying clothes in Italy).

MP3 player/IPod; Rather than paying for a guided tour, before I go I download guided walking tours onto my MP3 player. Lots of places also have podcast tours that you can access. I also put pictures of my own city on my mp3 player to show to people when I’m traveling…great icebreaker

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Ear Plugs, so noise doesn’t bother you when you are trying to sleep.
Small roll of duct tape. For a million uses, but for me the most important is avoiding blisters on my feet. I walk a lot and sometimes a shoe rubs me wrong. So I just put a small piece of duct tape on my foot where my shoe is rubbing. Do this BEFORE the rubbing creates a painful blister.

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Definitely ear plugs…street noise in large cities can be extreme….everyone rides those scooters or, even worse, noisy dirt bikes. There’s a reason most smart travelers try to get rooms that don’t face the street or are directly across from a church (ding dong church bells all night long)

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