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What to pack for a trip?

Depending on where you are going and the duration of your trip, the amount of things you'll pack will be different. Assuming that you are going to a foreign country for a week, this is a general list of items to bring with you.

  1. Passport
  2. Smartphone with a local sim card
  3. Copy of your plane/train/bus ticket
  4. Photocopies of passport and credit cards - this is for when your actual passport or credit cards get stolen
  5. Money belt
  6. US Cash - you can exchange US currency for local currency in almost every country in the world.
  7. Debit and credit cards
  8. Swiss Army knife
  9. Alarm clock/watch
  10. First-aid kit
  11. Tooth brush
  12. Soap
  13. Towel
  14. Toilet paper/tissue
  15. Clothing
  16. Swimsuit
  17. Camera
  18. Notepad and writing utensils
  19. Small sewing kit
  20. Daypack
  21. Flashlight
  22. Slippers/sandals
  23. Water bottle
  24. Snacks

When visiting a hot country, you should also bring:
  1. Sunblock
  2. Hat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Insect repellent
When visiting old places or locations in high altitude, you should also bring:
  1. Warm clothing
  2. Rain jacket or waterproof poncho
  3. Aspirin

To book directly with an airline or through a travel agency?

Why would you want to book directly with the airline?
  1. The fare is sometimes cheaper.
  2. It may be your only choice, as some travel agency may not book budget airlines, due to lack of commission or high risk of airline bankruptcy.
Why would you want to book with a travel agency?
  1. As most people have found out during a snow storm, a hurricane or coronavirus, you cannot reach the airline as a regular consumer. You will be either place on hold for a long time, or in some cases, the wait time is so long, that you don't even have an option to wait on the line. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the average wait time to reach certain airlines was three hours. If you had booked through a travel agency, the travel agent would have had their own priority phone line, and they still had to wait for at least an hour.
  2. You would have to waste time to do all the research to find out which airline to book with. With airlines sneaking in high baggage fees on certain fares, it makes the research even more challenging, as you may wind up paying way more because you book the wrong fare.