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Old 02-05-2009, 05:54 AM   #41
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Before our last trip, I found these great t-shirts made of some material that's comfortable, wicks moisture away well, and dries very quickly. Wash 'em in the sink, roll in a towel, hang and wear in the morning. They're also a good bottom layer in the cold.
Yes, I know what you mean - but that stuff is expensive. I'll take microfiber underwear (same washing properties), my shalwar kameez (very thin cotton that will also dry overnight provided you can make a little breeze or open a window), a few synthetic floppy trousers (same), and one or two long-sleeved cotton shirts. In Iran I'll just wear a camisole + floppy trousers under my thin overcoat, in the other (all muslim but not as strict) the shalwar kameez will be ideal when it's hot, a thin long-sleeved shirt over trousers when not, and appropriate clothing (even if t-shirts may be acceptable). I have plenty of old t-shirts I could take as well, but I'll probably need only one. And for Tajikistan I'll need warm clothes, too! (think layers of fleece, sturdy jeans, wind/rain jacket); and a "very good" sleeping bag (which will mean upgrading my current one with extra down or buying a new one - still have to explore that). But no camping, so that simplifies things a bit again.

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One weight-saving trick I picked up on a travel forum once: bring (just) a bottle of baby shampoo: you can wash your hair with it, shower with it, and wash your clothes with it! And where we stay in a hotel that provides soap (only part of the trip!), I use that to shower with, to save on the baby shampoo.

   
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:53 AM   #42
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Following Carla's example, I've started taking pictures of hotel rooms (I always forget them almost immediately) but rarely take pictures of food - good idea!
Oh, good. Maybe get the recipes too.

   
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:08 AM   #43
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>> One weight-saving trick I picked up on a travel forum once: bring (just) a bottle of baby shampoo: you can wash your hair with it, shower with it, and wash your clothes with it! And where we stay in a hotel that provides soap (only part of the trip!), I use that to shower with, to save on the baby shampoo.

I do more or less the same thing, but use the soap for everything. Hair. Hands. Whatever. ;-)

   
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You're not intending to travel by air then.

   
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michael: You're not intending to travel by air then.
My guess is that Marjolein will pack it in her checked luggage and she might have a smaller (regulation) sized bottle in her carry-on luggage...

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My guess is that Marjolein will pack it in her checked luggage and she might have a smaller (regulation) sized bottle in her carry-on luggage
If the tales given by people writing to the papers about the variety of solids and liquids* taken from them at various airports are true, even a small volume of baby shampoo, whose appearance is not so different from glycerol trinitrate (a rather viscous liquid, colourless when pure but possibly yellowish), is rather apt to cause grave suspicion.

*including camembert and several other types of soft cheese.

   
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If the tales given by people writing to the papers about the variety of solids and liquids* taken from them at various airports are true, even a small volume of baby shampoo, whose appearance is not so different from glycerol trinitrate (a rather viscous liquid, colourless when pure but possibly yellowish), is rather apt to cause grave suspicion.

*including camembert and several other types of soft cheese.
There are also tales of people being held up for bribes or deprived of their batteries at some customs points. I'm still going to bring money and AA cells with me. Maybe I won't be one of the few unlucky ones! <g>

   
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Oh, good. Maybe get the recipes too.
Now that will be a lot harder!

BTW, I've just pledged I'll take pictures of keyboards in Internet cafes as well - I'm going to be busy!

   
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You're not intending to travel by air then.
Of course I am - that doesn't need to go in my hand luggage!

   
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Why does somebody want pictures of keyboards? Seems pretty strange to me.

   
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