"Packing List" Monterey Packing List Tip by Krystynn

Monterey What to Pack: 9 reviews and 14 photos


Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: My rule of thumb is to take enough clothes for the length of the trip PLUS two days, whichever is
shorter.... (<i>to be on the safer side, ya know</i>?)

If you are traveling on business, you can probably pack along two suits and rotate between them. Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes than you did. <i>That's the whole idea, isn't it? </i> ;-D

If you are going on an extended trip, pick one color and stick with it... like say black. If you are part of the Generation X (<i>ahem!</i>).... REJOICE! <i>Why?</i> Because black travels <i>very</i> well. You can get ketchup stains all over
your black jeans or coffee stained on your black t-shirt... and nobody will ever notice! Just make sure they don't stand too close to you to catch a whiff of the...er... Well, I'm sure you know what I mean!

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are the absolute necessities. So DON'T ever forget to pack them along!
<li> Toothpaste</li>
<li> Toothbrush</li>
<li> Contact lens equipment and spare glasses. <i>You might also wish to consider bringing along disposable contact lenses especially if you are going to be at a place with poor water supplies</i>... </li>
<li> Makeup (<i>I never leave home without it!</i>)</li>
<li> Razor</li>
<li> Hair care products (brushes, comb, blow dryer, hair gel, hair spray... <i>Get the picture?</i>)</li>

Photo Equipment: I bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. <b>ASA200 film</b> (for day) and the <b>high speed Kodak 800 film</b> for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.

So, the cameras that I'd bring are:
<li> the <b>Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens)</b> which comes in a cool silver metallic color. I usually use this camera for day photography. </li>
<li> the <b>Pentax 150 Zoom</b> which I use for places that DOES NOT allow flash photography. </li>
These days, I also bring along the ultra-small <b>Canon IXUS Zoom camera</b> - smaller than the size of my palm (<i>and it also comes in a cool metallic silver shade</i>). You can even hang this camera around your neck and it'd still look cool on you. :-) This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used.

Miscellaneous: If you are going to do lots of walking and sightseeing, do remember to put the following items into your tote bag or backpack:
<li> Maps.</li>
<li> Your all-important Guidebook.</li>
<li> Water bottle.</li>
<li> Sunglasses.... etc..</li>

DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the
money-changers to change all your money into the
Belgium currency before your trip. <Br><Br>
<b><font color=red>And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees.</b></font>

In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I used to work for an American bank).

Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
<li> Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos '<b>Cirrus</b>', '<b>Plus</b>', '<b>The
Exchange</b>' etc. on it? </li>
<li> If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about! </li>
<li> Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in the U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is. </li>
<li> If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.</li>
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... yet. Yes, even in the remotest village of Africa!

Have a great trip!
<p align=center><font color=#CC0000><b>'<font face='sans serif'><font size=5>T</font>here are two kinds of adventurers: Those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't.' </b> - William Least </font>

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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