Travel tips please?!

Hi ladies, for those of you that have traveled to Mexico or out of the country at all...what are some MUST HAVE'S to pack??? What are some things we should absolutely take with us?

Thanks!!!!!
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 12:24 am
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Passport and travelors checks and keep them with you
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 12:54 am
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Bikini!!! Ok, that was shallow, but that's all I can think about right now!! lol. Passport is important too ;)

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:33 am
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make copies of your credit cards and the phone numbers on the back in case you lose your card you can call the company right away. Or leave a copy with a close relative who isn't going to use it to buy a new flat screen ;)

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:40 am
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Small bills-you don't want to flash too much money to anyone (traveler's checks are great but can be a hassle when you have to locate a certain place to get there, etc. sometimes they give you bigger bills, sometimes they say they don't have enough on hand and to come back--this happened to me when I was in Senegal, West Africa), sun hat, sun screen, sunglasses.


Definitely make copies of your passport and credit cards. When I went to Spain and other places, I always put this information in a sealed envelope and gave it to my mom. When I would return, she always gave me back my envelope fully intact. She didn't feel offended at all. You never know if someone is going to have company over, etc. and depending on where your trusted person leaves your information, a snooper could see your info.


Any prescription meds, contact solution, etc. that you take, bring with you. You don't want to get stuck not being able to get it in Mexico or at an outrageous price. Bring a doctor's note if necessary.

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:49 am
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All of these ideas are great!!!! Thanks so much!!!!! I'll be saving this thread for sure!
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 5:40 am
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My camera is a "must have" no matter where we go.  Definitely passports and sunscreen, shorts and a bathing suit.

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 6:01 am
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Passport, sunscreen, keep small bills (and if your place has a safe, def use it!), and TUMS and or Pepto... food in Mexico is very rich and sweet and if you don't indulge in food like that all the time, you will have stomach cramps and be visiting the bathroom a lot, lol.  Sorry to be graphic, but those two things saved our lives!  


Also a tip for the Airport... after you get your luggage people are going to try to pose as Apple Vacations, funjet, etc... and try to get you to look at their timeshares, get free excursions, etc DO NOT FALL FOR THIS.. they are not affiliated with your resort or anything at all, very huge scam and if you give them money, don't expect to see whatever it was you paid for  They will swarm you, but just keep on walking till you see the outside and your rep (if you have one) will be outside waiting for you.  :)

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 6:24 am
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this is a general flying tip that I follow but bring a change of clothes with you in your carry on if you're checking bags. That way if your luggage gets delayed/lost with air line you at least have a clean/fresh outfit to change into until you can buy more clothes or until your luggage shoes up.


Try to bring a purse with you that sits close to your body or is a cross body bag. Have your SO put his wallet in his front pocket if he normally puts it in his back pocket

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 8:54 am
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Hahaha! Ohmygosh, @Uhlease I totally wish I could 'like' that post you put!! Lol!

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 8:57 am
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Def leave your itinerary, along with flight and hotel information with family or friends.  It’s just helpful if someone wants to get in touch with you or if cell phones don’t work, etc.


I hate checking bags in.  Waste of time waiting at the baggage claim, if you ask me.  So I’m a light packer.  This has been my guide to packing for years.  I know it’s geared more towards backpackers but I think the concepts can always be applied.


http://www.travelindependent.info/whattopack.htm


And I know this is off on a tangent but its somewhat still related to travelling.  I love to shop at Athleta and Moosejaw for light, dry fit, wrinkle free clothing.  I have a bunch of wrinkle free dresses that are super comfortable and yet socially proper (some places can tag you as a tourist if you are exposed a little too much).

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 9:13 am
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I always bring at least 12 bottles of water just until I get use to the place. Of course like the ladies said, your passport and copies of passport and a major credit card. A credit card that waives the foreign exchange rate fees like AMEX platinium is always a plus. If you travel frequently out of the country, the Global Entry is a good thing to have, easy access through customs. Bring some large bills because you get a better rate if you exchange $100 US rather than $50's or $20's, at least that is my experience. And don't carry a large purse, something small and easy to carry.


Also, I normally visit the Dept. of State website to find out about travel alerts/warnings and to log my international trips in STEP, it helps if anything should ever happen, the US knows where you are. http://travel.state.gov/ And find out where the nearest US Consular office is, I always try to gauge where it is located in comparison to my hotel and sometimes visit the location if I am there for more than 5 days. When traveling abroad you can never be too safe.


I almost always over pack, but have been learning, half of that crap you don't even wear, so don't over pack, and since you are going to Mexico, lots of sunscreen, a nice hat, swim wear and a positive mind set to relax and enjoy. Have fun!

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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I am soooooo glad I made this post!!!!! All of these things are so helpful!!!! :-)
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm
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A lot of sunblock they charge a crazy amount at resorts. 


 


I always pack an emergency kit - that has imodium, tylenol, benadryl (in case you get stung) Allergy medicine. Make sure to pack it in your carry on. 

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm
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Copies of your passport and ID's are a good idea.


When it comes to packing stick with things that all go with blakc, white or brown. Having outfits where you can change out the pieces and get different looks and everything matches makes things much simpler. Also shoes take up a lot of room so focusing on one color means that you can have your go to black/ white heels and flip flops that go with every outfit. If you need added color jewelry, belts, cardigans do the trick.


Roll your cloths, do it nicely, but this will allow you to pack more in a tight space and it actually keeps your cloths from wrinkling.


This may sound a little gross but whenever my panties and socks start to wear out I put them in a special drawer and then when I go on vacation I take them with me, wear them once then throw them away. This not only gets rid of the stinky laundry(which can be great on a long vaca) but it also gives you room to pack the extras you are bringing back.


And ALWAYS bring a swimsuit and a pack away umbrella!


 


Oh and if you have really sensitive ears, plug your ears during take off. I know how to pop mine but some times the pressure builds up too much and they won't pop and that can get really painfull. If your not a baby like me, just make sure to pop a piece of gum in your mouth before take off.


If you're going on a long flight, drink LOTS of water it helps with the jet lag.

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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Thanks!!!!! I need to make a major list!!!! :-) haha.
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:25 am
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credit card, passport, nice underwears, bikini!

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 2:06 am
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Hey ladies, this might sound really stupid of me but why should I make a copy of my passport??? And copies of the credit cards I understand in case I lose mine. I'm sorry if I sound like an idiot haha...but I really wasn't sure why a passport copy? If I lost mine, would a copy be accepted? Thanks ladies...and again, I apologize for my ignorance. Lol.
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 5:39 am
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If you loose your passport while traveling and don't have a copy it's harder to get home/get a temp one to get home when you visit the embassay. If you have a copy of it, it's easier for them to verify your citizenship and get you home.

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:30 am
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Ohhhhhh ok......that makes perfect sense! Thank u for clearing that up! :-)
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:50 am
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Lots of good suggestions and info!! I would also suggest you notify your credit card company of your travel dates, especially if you are going out of the country. Otherwise, they may flag your charges and freeze your card. I would also get a moneybelt to wear under your clothes, especially if you are in an area of pickpockets, etc. I have used one a couple of times to carry my passport, large amounts of money, and valuables in this. also...immodium D...just in case!

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

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