A – Always pack your passport last, and pack it in a secure but readily accessible place.
B – Bottled water is a must – don’t drink anything else.
C – Cookbooks from your travels are always a great souvenir. Cook a dish from one when you have friends over to see your video and pictures.
D – Digital cameras save the day; they’re small and you never run out of film.
E – Expect excitement; go with anticipation, not trepidation.
F – Food is fun, try something you’ve never eaten before like zebra pate or French wine.
G – Give generous tips, especially in poor countries, you’ll be so glad you did.
H – Hang out with the locals. Get to know a new person on your trip and get a photo with them.
I – Inform someone at home of your itinerary.
J – Journal every day. Can you remember now what you did last week?
K – Kids love it when you have packed little surprises to open along the way.
L – Learn something: Take a pasta making course in Italy, Scuba diving in Argentina or Belly dancing in Baghdad (just kidding)!
N – Note the local artisans and buy something authentic.
O – One substantial souvenir is better than a lot of small things. Then ship it home to lighten your luggage.
P – Postcards will rescue you when your photography fails. You can never have too many.
Q – Questions help you get the most out of all you see and experience.
S – Scrapbook within the first week of getting home.
T – Travel as light as humanly possible. Dragging luggage is no fun.
U – Unpack as soon as you get home.
V – Vaccinations and certain medications are necessary in some countries – be sure to check with the World Health Organization about what you need.
W – Whining never fixes anything – suck it up and deal with the differences.
X – exchange your currency at the airport or a bank and be sure you understand the value of your money.
Y – You are the one who will make or break your adventure. Plan to be positive.
Z – Zero in on one or two experiences and squeeze the most out of them. Adventure overload will leave you confused.