There are some essentials you must always remember when packing for Central America. However women normally carry huge bags with tons of things that they may never use so it is a good idea to ask yourself:
Is carrying a purse necessary? I’ve noticed some women travelers have a hard time parting with your purses. That’s why I have decided to take a good look through mine to see: Is it really necessary? I discovered that it is not! So let’s see:
What do you really need for your Central American Adventure?
- Money – Remember to always exchange your money at banks, anywhere else will give you crazy bad exchange rates.
- Credit Cards – But keep them safe
- Camera – Or a phone with an amazing camera
- Sunscreen and bug repellent
- Maybe even a compact waterproof jacket for unforeseen rains.
All of these can easily fit in comfortable clothes with pockets, which I guess you will be wearing. So why not use them? So leave your purse at home you’ll find it to be such a stress reliever!
1. Wear comfortable shoes: Perhaps this seems obvious but sometimes shoes that may have been comfortable at home are not comfortable for traveling. Try using the shoes you plan on taking on vacation for a long walk before the trip in order to see if they can handle the wear they will get.
2. Research: Again, this may seem like an obvious one, but you have to do more than skimming through a travel book! I suggest creating and bringing along a specific itinerary before you travel. This way you will avoid being stressed figuring out what goes next on vacation or planning too many things. This will make your trip a lot more enjoyable.
3. Blend with the Crowd: You know what I mean: leave the Hawaiian shirt or crop top at home! This serves two purposes: avoid becoming a target for scams and theft by not looking like a tourist, and to show respect, because in certain places exposing too much skin can be offensive.
4. Always Have a Copy: This is one of the most important safety tips for traveling. It is important to have copies of your passport, identification, and contacts with you at all times. This means leaving the original documents back at the hotel.
5. Avoid chicken buses: They are great for photographs but I wouldn’t trust them for transportation. They are too crowded, not always safe, and might take a long time for you to get to your destinations because the stop a hundred times along the way to let people in or out.
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