First time going to Europe in 12 years, what must I not forget?

  • vindog

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    May 08, 2010 5:42 AM GMT


    Plug converters for my electrical devices..check

    credit card....check


    comfortable shoes....check


    backpack....check


    headlamp....check


    camera......check

    clothes.....check

    Lonely planet guide book....check


    hmmmm......feel like I'm forgetting something....
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    May 08, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    Call your credit card company and tell them when and where you will be traveling. This can save you from being refused because of "unusual activity" on the card.

    Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in a separate place in case of theft or loss.

    If you take over-the-counter drugs, take some along. In parts of Europe aspirin or Tylenol are only available from apothecaries.
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    May 08, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    Berlin.
  • hdurdinr

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    May 08, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
    A Canadian flag on your luggage, clothes, back-pack......everything! Only joking, since Bush is gone anti-american sentiments are way down. make a little effort to learn a few phrases for each country you're going - and if you go to Italy don't make the rookie mistake of saying 'gracias' instead of 'grazie'! (grat -tsee-ay) -Have fun!
  • OnAMission

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    May 08, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    condoms
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    May 08, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    Hot young rentboy to carry your luggage.
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    May 08, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    12 years ago huh...... Your going to need Euros this time round, and your lucky thanks to the idiots in Greece you should be able to get a lot more of them for a dollar


    And apothcaries.... You kidding me? You can get Advil and Tylenol anywhere in Europe the're just called neurophen and paracetamol
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    May 08, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    Overseas calling and/or data plan.
  • RedCedar

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    May 08, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    paradox saidHot young rentboy to carry your luggage.


    hahaha that's the first thing that popped on my head
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    May 08, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    Credit cards across Europe are now going Chip and PIN. So if your bank offers that facility - it would make life easier for you. However - as far as I am aware - if the credit card doesnt have a Chip - only a magentic swipe - retailers still have to accept them - they may be awkward about it - but they are still valid.
  • vindog

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    May 08, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    thanks, gents!


    working on the iPhone data plan as we speak.


    condoms....check



    good tip on credit card
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    May 08, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    Airline Rewards

    Dont exchange money at airport (not the best rates) when you can use you credit card.

    Double check your travel insurance.


  • vindog

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    May 08, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    SxyDrkHair saidAre you going to bring your laptop with you? Maybe bring some books or magazine to read on the airplane? Bring your radio or cd player too.


    I am....also bringing books....


    long flight ahead w/ lots of connections...

    RENO->LA->JFK->Barcelona
  • Lozzano

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    May 08, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    an english-spanish dictionary?
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    May 08, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    paradox saidHot young rentboy to carry your luggage.


    Win
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    Jun 12, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    Willster saidCall your credit card company and tell them when and where you will be traveling. This can save you from being refused because of "unusual activity" on the card.

    Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in a separate place in case of theft or loss.

    If you take over-the-counter drugs, take some along. In parts of Europe aspirin or Tylenol are only available from apothecaries.


    Excellent suggestions. Citibank in particular can be a real pain when it comes to travel.

    Twelve years. Europe has become much more expensive! Rooms that were $50 in Paris and Rome are now $100 plus. Budget 20% more than you think you'll need.

    Dress well in Italy. Wear shorts only in resort areas, not in the cities. If you show up ready for Lauderdale, you'll be treated like an child.

    Have fun!
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    Jun 12, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Condoms!
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    Jun 12, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    Please be polite enough to ask people in Europe -in their own language- if they speak English, and don't make a face if they don't. Have fun though ;)

  • Delivis

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    Jun 12, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    A Canadian flag.
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    Jun 12, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    Camera battery charger, extra battery, extra memory cards
    If your cell phone is a world phone and you want to use it, make sure international roaming is enabled.
    Better yet, an unlocked GSM phone that has the European bands (900/1800) so you can buy prepaid SIM cards.
    Prepaid calling plan, especially good a call-back plan- you call a US number, allow only 1 ring, calls you back on your cell phone, then you can make calls to US. I use http://www.globaltel.com/
    If you have an iPhone, disable international data roaming unless you want a BIG bill.
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    Jun 12, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    That you are in Europe and not in America
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    Jun 12, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidOverseas calling and/or data plan.


    or your gsm cell phone. Let your carrier know you will be in Europe.

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    Jun 12, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    XMILGUYDC said
    Willster said
    Twelve years. Europe has become much more expensive! Rooms that were $50 in Paris and Rome are now $100 plus. Budget 20% more than you think you'll need.


    That was before the Greek debacle. The Euro is falling every day so you might get some deals.
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    Jun 12, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    If you want to save money, don't get a data plan and you can just download map apps to your iPhone as well as metro maps. There's one app that's called MetrO and it allows you to have metro maps from basically every city in the world. When you want to call home, you can just use your Wi-Fi and Skype app. I brought my iPod touch to Spain with me and I don't know where I'd be without it.
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    Jun 12, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    vindog said

    RENO->LA->JFK->Barcelona


    Be careful in Barcelona!!! I've heard stories of people getting pick-pocketed and I was in a tour bus there when we actually saw it happen. Don't carry anything valuable in your back pockets.