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Whenever the topic of packing something in an optimal way comes up, it's useful to see if the Navy has anything to say about it. The Navy is a good place to look because sailors need to be especially diligent about packing economically, and women sailors are no exception. Specifically, women in the US Navy are issued 11 bras and should have 2 in their ...


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Mount Athos, in Greece, does not permit women to enter. Wikipedia explains the rationale behind this prohibition as Monks feel that the presence of women alters the social dynamics of the community and therefore slows their path towards spiritual enlightenment. However, you may want to refine your question. For example, most restrooms are divided on ...


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India does have a well-documented problem with sexual assault and harrasment directed at women. So I start off with the basics: Try to avoid walking on streets that are not well-lit. This can be more of a problem than you think because the infrastructure in sections of big cities and / or smaller towns can be bad. Know the emergency numbers. Police can be ...


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Non-airconditioned classes tend to have less strict ticket checks starting with the lowest class and gradually increasing till the highest class. Unreserved coaches are usually jam-packed with no place to sleep; you often have to travel standing even at night and not advised. Three-tier non-AC (three bunk beds in one 'column') and second class / two-tier ...


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According to the producer of the backpacks: “SL“ stands for Slim Line. The entire pack, including the carrying system, is designed with a woman’s physique in mind, but can also be used by anyone with a smaller torso and frame. Features of the SL system: A slightly shorter back length (to accommodate a shorter torso). The SL back system ...


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Pad it with socks and underwear. (default strategy) Pack them near the top. (not sure how helpful this really is in actual execution since you can't control baggage handling after check-in...) Stack them. (strength in numbers! my go-to move.) Fold one cup inside another. (I see this everywhere in FlyerTalk forums but according to experts, this actually ...


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As an Indian and a woman who has travelled a lot on Indian trains, I must tell you that train travel in India, even for solo women travellers, is largely safe. Sure, there are reported instances of theft, harassment - but where do you not hear them? My advice: travel either by 2 tier or 3 tier A/C coaches. In sleeper or non-A/C classes, especially in North ...


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In most Muslim countries, keeping the arms and legs (and of course the cleavage) covered would be considered completely sufficient, especially for someone who is visibly a foreigner. Some (e.g. Turkey, at least the bigger cities) are much more tolerant and nobody will feel offended by bare arms or legs. The strictest dress code exists in Saudi Arabia, ...


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Sorry, you can't. Women under 45 are not granted pilgrimage visas unless they travel with a male guardian, and even if you're over 45, you need to travel with a group. Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the US: 4) All women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram [male guardian, see Wikipedia]. Proof of kinship must be submitted with the ...


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No, driving for women in Saudi Arabia is not allowed regardless of the nationality. What bothers me is, there is no clear rule in Saudi regarding driving for women, it is just not allowed! someone came up with this idea years ago and this idea still rules! that's why the police gets confused when they have a case about this, they do not know what to do! ...


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Léon is a small, and somewhat ugly city, and therefore not much of a tourist attraction, so most of the tourist-fraud schemes won't be common there. I have spent many months there, and will be visiting again the end of next week. I don't know your nationality, or how you'll be arriving (by air, bus, driving), so I can only offer a few general suggestions. ...


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Use sport bras which can be folded whatever way you want, scrunched up even. I never needed to be careful with bras when packing, most of the time my bras fill the things I have to be careful with.


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All stadiums in Iran are man-only places and women do not have a permission to come in and watch games like football, volleyball, or basketball if the game is between men teams. All beaches of Persian Gulf and on Iran side of the Caspian sea are man-only for swimming except for women who have complete Islamic cover. There are also some small places for ...


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The Riyadh Women University campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could qualify as an answer to your question. Its new campus can accommodate 40,000 (female-only) students and 12,000 (female-only) employees. There are only women because of the Saudi laws of sex segregation. Inaugurated in June 2011, it spreads over 8 million square meters (2,800 km²) with 800 ...


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Skirts specifically are not required, but modest dress certainly is, mostly in religious sites: churches like St. Peter's in the Vatican, major temples in Thailand and India, mosques pretty much anywhere if they're even open to visitors, etc. From the Vatican's official site: Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's ...


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Over the last few years I have traveled alone in touristed areas of Delhi, Kerala & Rajasthan. I am a 29 year old Caucasian woman. I have travelled alone extensively in Europe, North & Central America. I never felt unsafe, but I followed some basic rules. Activities: I did not go out alone at night. I mostly didn't go out at night except in the ...


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There is no special procedure or any extra document needed for minors to cross the German border (you do need a passport/ID card and, possibly, a visa). Note that if you don't leave the international transit area, you probably won't have to go through a passport check at all and if you are an EU citizen, you should not be asked any question (or at least ...


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Definitely not in Jordan, except in places like a mosque where you may want to show some respect but it would be enough to put a light foulard on your head. However, other countries may be more strict about this.


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Both Buddhist and Christian traditions have women-only convents or monasteries, also known as nunneries. Some of these are nowadays partially open to visitors, such as the Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong or the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. I don't know whether these are the most authentic or noteworthy, though. An entirely different possibility: ...


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This totally depends on the country, each country has different rules. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to Knife legislation. Check the countries you will visit before brining your knife with you. Same thing goes for pepper spray, it is different from one country to another, again Wikipedia has a page dedicated to pepper spray. Stun guns are a bad choice as ...


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The Melbourne Club is a private men's only club in Australia. This is not the kind of thing you would visit as a traveller though. But, considering the people who have been a part of this club, it does highlight how sexism affects the power-balance even in a relatively enlightened country like Australia. There are undoubtedly hundreds of other similar ...


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The women's backpacks have different shape to accommodate for the fact that most women have narrower chest, so women's backpacks are generally narrower. Some have shoulder straps shaped differently (S-shape) not to go on top of breasts. Same goes for the shape of the hip belt to accommodate for different shape of men's and women's hips. Also general size ...


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I've stayed in Warsaw for a week as a tourist last year and slept in many dorms in central/eastern Europe. Is it safe to stay in a dorm? First of all: check the reviews of the dorm you've selected (there are many websites to do that). It'll give you an idea of the "risk" encountered. Security may vary a lot depending on the location of the building. ...


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The Herbertstraße "Herbert street" in Hamburg (only in German). It is a street where prostitutes are offering themselves to suitors, sitting in the windows. The street itself has screens so noone outside can look into the street. There are red signs which prohibit to enter the street for minors and women. While in former times both minors and women were in ...


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It is always hard to tell about safety because people have very different criteria about safety. Having used the public transportation, buses in particular, in San Francisco, including poorer neighborhoods, I would consider it safe. I am a tall white man though, so the feeling of security might be different. San Francisco buses are the places that show the ...


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Apparently there's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next in Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive.


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Women who live in compounds can usually drive on the compound, Aramco. Women can also drive offroad so long as no one official is about. But if you are caught the police will take you in. I'm not sure what the punishment is, one of my friends (A Saudi) was detained until her father came to pick her up and she was made to sign a statement that she would not ...


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There are similar answers, but mine is more about Asian sights. If you are visiting Buddhist places, temples do not really force male or female to wear specific clothing, but too revealing cloths are frowned upon by locals. If you plan to visit a Buddhist place, try not to wear shorts, bikini, etc. Anything that covers until your knees and covers shoulders ...



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