I leave for London and Scotland in less than a week (the 25th) my bags are packed and my passport is up to date but I can't think of anything else to do to prepare for the trip other than adjust my sleep schedule. I am nervous because this is my first time out of the country but I think my excitement is outweighing my nervousness. Any ideas?
Most Helpful Guy
Don't spend too much time in London! it's a rip-off for tourists! It's overcrowded and noisy. There are a few nice areas, but they are usually expensive.
Scotland is lovely. West coast is better than east, although Edinburgh is a magnificent city! The Scottish lakes ( more correctly Lochs ) are amazing.
Good luck and enjoy your trip.2
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Most Helpful Girl
1) PLUG ADAPTERS:
The UK doesn't have the same kinds of power outlets as the US. If you have to buy adapters when you get there, you'll pay through the nose. Go to a Fry's or other cheapo electronics store and snag a couple.
2) YOUR ATM CARD:
DO NOT change cash at money changing points -- especially at airports! -- other than the absolute minimum required to get a taxi, etc.
Beyond that, yr ATM card will work at most ATM's in foreign countries -- just call yr bank and tell them you'll be traveling, so they don't put a freeze on yr card when you try to use it at an ATM in another country. (You might not even have to do this anymore, as of last spring -- lots of banks relaxed this sort of thing last year -- but it's still good practice. Can't hurt, basically.)
If you don't have a 4-digit PIN -- my Wells Fargo PIN is 8 digits, for example -- then, change yr PIN to something with 4 digits; lots of international ATMs won't accept PINs with any other number of digits.
3) ORIGINAL CONTAINERS & PRESCRIPTION INFO FOR ALL RX MEDICINES:
Just in case you have to explain any of them to Customs.
Also, do yr research -- you may not be able to take all of yr meds into every country.
For instance, you can go to jail for trying to bring amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse, Dexedrine) into Japan, even if you have a prescription from yr home country. The UK is not as cray-cray as East Asian countries with this stuff -- and yr meds PROBABLY won't get checked, if you even have any scheduled meds -- but, still.
If you *do* have CII drugs, like the ADHD meds, you may also want to bring a copy of a doctor's letter / treatment plan, along with the prescription containers themselves.
4) PHOTOCOPIES OF YR PASSPORT:
In case you lose it and have to go to the embassy... you'll be VERY glad you made these.
Make copies of the photo page. Color copies if possible.
For the future...
5) NO-FEE CREDIT CARD:
If you travel often enough, look into credit cards from Capital One that don't charge any percentage on international transactions.
Most credit cards add a commission of 3-4% to any transaction in a foreign currency, so, if you travel often enough, this is worth it.