Here are just a few of the things I have found so helpful when I travel.
Email yourself before you leave. Send yourself an email with your itinerary, passport number, and immunization and health records. There is almost nowhere in the world that you that you won’t be able to access your email.
Bring a hair scrunchie. You know those covered elastics. Find a bright colored one. When you travel to a country where you can’t drink the water out of the faucet – put the scrunchie on the faucet as a visual reminder not to automatically grab a toothbrush or glass and drink.
Don’t go barefoot. Bring a pair of flip flops – you can even wear them in the shower for protection and traction. They don’t take up much space. This way you avoid stepping on or in things you don’t want to and helps prevent getting cut and bitten.
Have tissues or toilet paper with you all the time. Even in the USA there are lots of places when you find yourself stranded.
Smile. It’s the most important thing I bring with me wherever I go and it has helped me in more situations than almost anything else – except when I got detained in the airport in St Petersburg, Russia a few years ago, but that’s another story….