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Heading to Paris/London - what am I forgetting?

May 1st, 2001, 07:11 AM
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Louis
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Heading to Paris/London - what am I forgetting?

I have the tickets, transfers, hotels, meals all lined up. Melatonin, DC converter, maps, guidebooks, and itinerary are in the bags. Will is updated, mail is being brought in. What else?
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:14 AM
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Brian in Atlanta
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I hope that's an AC, not DC converter. Don't forget your passport and make sure you have cash in the account that your ATM is tied to.
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:28 AM
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That's a good one, Margaret. Guess who forgot to do it and then couldn't figure out why her ATM card didn't work! Thank goodness for phone transfers.

Compass, balloons to help dry clothes? (Those are two new ones I've picked up here.) Ziplock bags? Prescriptions? Copies of passports and tickets in suitcase?
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:35 AM
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Copies of your credit card numbers and the contact phone numbers if they are lost or stolen, don't forget the newspapers!
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:41 AM
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And if you have any critters you have instructions for your housesitter. You might want to write yourself a note as to where you placed your car & house keys. I always put mine somewhere other than my purse to save on weight then have to hunt when I get back home. Did you leave a copy of your itinerary with a trusted friend or family?
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:41 AM
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AC
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Louis:
Shout wipes (for spills on your clean white shirt)
Liquid hand cleanser
travel alarm clock
small flashlight
Immondium
Aspirin
And have a great time!
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:49 AM
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Photocopy of passport (or stash it on the net).
It would do no harm to call your bank & warn them you intend to use ATMs in Europe.
Some posters have said their card was stopped after the first withdrawal, some banks react to this as a security prob, but they didn't say which banks.Unusual, but seems to happen.
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:58 AM
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Louis:
I forget to mention I always notify my CC companies in addition to ATM issuers like frank suggested.
Had my Visa stopped in London and though I was able to notify them while I was there it made for some embarrassing and scary moments.
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:58 AM
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Louis,

Frank has a very valid point. Call your credit card company too. On my last trip to Europe my friends card was put on hold when they saw the charges from Europe.
 
May 1st, 2001, 07:58 AM
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if you have eurail tickets, you have to confirm seats in advance...i have seen people learn it the hard way...also a two-prong adaptor is convenient for hairdryer or camcorder recharging...

 
May 1st, 2001, 08:37 AM
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Kimerley
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portable washing line for your undies..
foot balm for all the walking...
enjoy your trip. rememeber anything you forget you can buy!
 
May 1st, 2001, 09:05 AM
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Leave behind your fear of looking foolish, your need to be in control, and your fear of the unknown.

The best thing you can wear is a smile.

Be sure to bring your sense of humor, your sense of adventure, tolerance for the less-than-bright, a positive attitude and a huge willingness to adapt.

Oh and a toothbrush.
 
May 1st, 2001, 09:08 AM
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Something NOT to do:
DO NOT stop your mail...I found this out last time we traveled:
The stop list is on a clipboard in the main room of the post office in big red letters...an invite for a theif???!!!
I try to have somone pick my mail up now, while I am gone.
 
May 1st, 2001, 09:10 AM
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Jayelle
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Take out the trash, water the plants, and throw out anything in the fridge that will spoil before you return home!
 
May 1st, 2001, 09:11 AM
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DSK
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I found out last time I traveled that you should NEVER stop your mail. Because, the "stop list" is on a clipboard in the middle of the main mail room on a bright red board...an invite to a theif???!!!
 
May 1st, 2001, 09:12 AM
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Sorry for the double post
 
May 1st, 2001, 10:02 AM
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Cindy
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If you'll be using an ATM card, make sure you have a substantial daily withdrawal limit.
 
May 1st, 2001, 10:09 AM
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We have 2 different ATM cards so we can alternate -- but Cindy's advice is good. Banks must vary. I made a point of telling mine to expect transactions from Europe a couple of trips ago and they couldn't have been less interested. I think my credit card and bank companies are rather used to the strange places we check in from!

Don't forget a washcloth!
 
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