Black leather sneakers do double duty. They're comfy for walking,
and, if you and the maitre d' aren't too fussy, you can fake it when you
need to be more formal. (This trick is easier for men than for women,
but black sneakers may blend in with a pants suit.)
Dress in layers. The combination of a windbreaker over a sweater,
over a shirt or blouse or over a T-shirt offers you many more options
than one light layer and one heavy coat.
Take along a few zip-closure bags in several sizes. They're bound
to come in handy for holding loose stuff that you accumulate, or wet
items that haven't had a chance to dry before packing.
Wear clothing with front pockets for casual necessities, or use
black nylon hideaway pouches attached to your belt and worn under your
clothing for important items. Pouches worn on a string around your neck
are grotesque, to say the least.
Print clearly your name, but instead of your residence, put the
address of your local police station. This way if someone is searching
for a perfect burglary, they will be deterred when they realize it is
the police station. Be sure that you have an unlisted phone number.
Attach a brightly-colored piece of fabric to the handle of your
luggage. This will prevent anyone for mistaking it for their own.
Secondly, when using a public washroom, never EVER leave anything of
value on the inside hooks of the door or on the floor. Put them on your
Buy a brand of hand sanitizer that works without water. It's
perfect for cleaning grimy, sticky hands when you can't find a restroom.
>While You Are Traveling
Even if you have no talent or inclination for languages, learn
the words for "please" and "thanks" wherever you go
- and smile when you say them. People do their best to help when they
see you're courteous.
For those with children, keep a color picture of your child's
face in your purse or wallet in case he or she gets lost in a crowded
airport or shopping area.
Pack a bathing suit even if swimming isn't on the itinerary.
Often you'll find that your hotel or condo has a pool.