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Travel Tips

I know you're a good traveler but you know I do A LOT of it so maybe I'll remember one or two things you might forget.

Flights over 3 hours

When flying overseas, bring your own pillow, water, and some food.  Maybe a sweater because it gets cold up there and they don't always have enough blankets unless you're in first.  I find a package of cookies, a few pieces of cheese, some dried fruit, and a couple of chocolate bars get me through the longest flight without the need to resort to eating the nasty food they try to feed you.

Here are other items I put in my carryon (besides a change of underwear, socks, and a shirt in case your checkins get lost or delayed):

Description Brand
Breath Mints Altoid Smalls
Earplugs Mack
Eye Drops
Floss Doctor's Brush Picks
Melatonin
Pain Reliever (Aspirin/Ibuprofen) Tylenol
Pen
Pillow
Sleep Mask
Toothbrush
Toothpaste Colgate
Towelettes

Passport / Drivers' License

Never carry passport and other ID together.  You can pack your driver's license in the check-on bag.  In most countries your passport can be left in the safe at your hotel.

Packing Clothes

You don't need much.  After all, everybody understands that if you're traveling you're entitled to wear the same clothes every day.  And there are laundromats in every city.

By alll means pack one or two nice sets of clothing but the rest can be the oldest most tattered things you have.  That way you can just throw them out, which leaves more room in your luggage for things you bring back.  Particularly underwear -- pack the stuff that's about worn out and leave it behind as you travel.

Luggage

I find the most convenient thing is one carry on, one small roller, and one large roller.  The small roller, packed with clothes, is put inside the large one when you're moving from place to place (unless you have limo service or assitance everywhere.)  Then the small roller can be used for side trips.

Toiletries

Checked
Description Brand
Blister Pads Compeed
Candle
Case
Cologne
Conditioner
Cotton Swabs Q-Tip
Deodorant
Face Cleanser Neutrogena
Face Scrub
First Aid (Band-Aids) Band-Aid
Hydrogen Peroxide
Insect Repellent
Lip Balm ChapStick
Matches (if allowed)
Nail Clipper
Pill Box
Razor
Shampoo
Shave Cream
Sunscreen

Jet Lag

To me the key is to adapt to your destination time zone for three or four nights before you leave.  Traveling west to east you go to bed an hour or two earlier (and get up an hour or two earlier) each night for 3 or 4 nights.   East to West, go to bed later and sleep in.  Use melatonin each night to reset your biological clock.

For instance from L.A. to London, the time difference is 8 hours.  Let's say you normally go to bed at 11pm and wake up at 7am.  That's 7am and 2pm in London.  So 3 nights before you leave, go to bed at 10 and wake at 6.  2 nights before it's 9-5.  The night before, go to bed at 8pm and get up at 4am.  Then get on a plane that leaves in late afternoon, take a melatonin when you take off, install earplugs and sleep mask, and go to sleep.  Do not wake up for the crummy meals.  Sleep as much as possible.  You'll land in London mid-day.  Then the challenge is to stay up as late as possible.  Do not take a nap or you will never adapt to sleeping at night and being awake during the day. Go to bed around 11, take a melatonin and you'll be fine.

By the way, melatonin is not widely available overseas so bring plenty with you.