Learn From Us, Part 1

18 Mar

If your socks have corresponding left/right labels, make sure you have the correct number of each before you finish packing. If you were watching The Voice while folding laundry things might get mixed up, ya know what I mean? We caught this right before we left for the airport!

1. Don’t bring snacks on 9 hour flight that you can’t open without a Swiss Army knife. 2. Your teeth are stronger than you think, but not strong enough. 3. In times of need, a pen is quite handy.

Wet wipes are a traveler’s best friend.

Don’t assume that Estacion Central in Santiago is the central station where the main bus transfers are at. Because it’s not.

Be careful if you plug your camera card into a desktop at a hostel…we lost the first set of pictures on our camera this way. (the computer was Microsoft Windows Espanol). Luckily they were not the most important pictures and we had already blogged about some of them, so not the end of the world.

1. Don’t trust wiki travel when it says buses to El Chalten leave at 8:30 (they leave at 8). 2. Don’t wait until 7:29 to decide to day trip to a small town that everyone is going to as well. 3. All’s well that ends well, but really, cutting it close ain’t fun! If our hotel host didn’t give us a ride to the bus station this morning we wouldn’t have made it!

Always carry your passport on you. You never know when you’ll need it, like to exchange one country’s currency for another, or to buy bus tickets. Or to pay for a restaurant meal via credit card!

Earplugs are a traveler’s second best friend.

I’m sure we’ll have more to add to this list!

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2 Responses to “Learn From Us, Part 1”

  1. Oscar March 20, 2012 at 5:38 AM #

    Good travel tips! Other travel tips we have learned–want to check a day ahead of time (if possible) if your excursions are still a go. Be sure your watches are synced with local time and don’t run out of battery juice….we missed one excursion in England but we were fortunate to re-schedule our tickets for a trip later that day. We always carry a small roll of duct tape and colorful travel luggage belts in case there is damage to your bags/luggage and for easier identification at the airport terminal. We also carry tea bags (yes!) that helps stop the bleeding for cuts.

  2. Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM #

    Ooo earplugs are a must. I recently (well…I guess back in November) bought silicone earplugs and they work really well bc you don’t have to worry about the foam ones expanding and waking up with sore earholes. Downside is getting hair getting in them and having to pull off silicone when you wake up 😛

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