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Things you wish you knew/did before you traveled to Europe

Old Jun 27th, 2011, 04:57 PM
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LSky, good one! LOL!
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Old Jun 28th, 2011, 08:26 AM
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I'm not a germophobe normally but I have gotten quite sick after flights, usually US Air!!! So my last trip to Italy on US Air I did wipe everything down with antibacterial wipes. And I didn't get sick!! So - can't hurt.
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Old Jun 28th, 2011, 11:59 AM
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This is a long thread, and I admit I just skimmed thru the replies. My apologies if I've repeated anything mentioned already!

An adapter AND converter unless your appliances specify they'll tolerate 220. My mom learned the hard way the difference between the two when she plugged her curling iron into an adapter.......

Keep in mind some of the bathrooms may be pay toilets.

Although there are stores in Europe in which you can buy anti-diarrhea meds, having them on the plane or at 3am in your hotel room is worth carrying them thousands of miles.
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Old Jun 29th, 2011, 05:31 AM
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bookmarking this one - thanks everyone!
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Old Jun 29th, 2011, 06:12 AM
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Re sunscreen..Neutrogena tubes are only 3 oz so can go in your carry on luggage in the 1 quart baggie....
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Some great tips and advice - thanks everyone!
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Occasionally you may need to make phone calls within the country you travel to or back to the US. It is not that hard but it is a little different that here in the US.

To have some hassle while you are there, familiarize yourself with how to make a call from within the country you are in and how to call from that Country back to the US. (it wont take much time to do this).

Also, bring with you important phone numbers on something that will not be easily lost. (like numbers of the hotels or lodging places or of friends). It is mostly a matter of finding the country codes.--There are a few times where this would have helped me.
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 07:57 PM
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(that should read, ...To Save some hassle...")
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 08:02 PM
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Also on the topic on phone calls, it is very easy to purchase phone cards, and usually, at least in Europe, public phones available to use around town, especially around train stations.

I am not sure of the cost but I have heard that one can purchase a new SIMM card for your cell phone (fairly inexpensive), so you will be able to use your cell phone. But I have never done this, so cannot say for sure.
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 08:13 PM
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ztall44: Welcome to Fodors. A hint - it is usually a good idea to look at the dates before topping a thread - this one in two years old.
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