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We recently caught the ferry from the UK to Europe and needed to have these stickers (for the other way around). We bought them before hand from UK car shop Halfords where they just call them "headlamp converters". We also found find that everything needed for driving in other countries was sold on the ferry. They sold the headlamp converters, the country ...


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Towels are 50/50 possible, depening on country and hostel. More hostels will rent towels, sometimes at a nominal price. One hostel I worked in in Australia used to provide free towels but we discovered we were often paying overtime to our laundry staff because people would use many towels just because they were free! We introduced a $1 fee per towel, ...


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Such a list would not be meaningful. All airlines have wide rules to prohibit "tampering" with seats, with Knee Defenders or otherwise; you can improvise one with a well-sized bottle, after all. Those that point out the Knee Defender as banned are only making it explicit that this specific device is not allowed. More to the point, if the passenger unable ...


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I arrived at the kit below by adding gear only as needed. I started with just an iPhone and laptop and only added to that when it was literally impossible to get reliable internet at my accommodations with the gear I already had. I have trial-and-errored through a bunch of other gear that turned out to be unhelpful or not worth the bulk (e.g. higher ...


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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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If you have a Nokia Symbian device, then you can get Ovi Maps installed on it. Ovi Maps allows you to download map files for as many countries as you want and store in on your memory card. Once that's done, you can set Ovi Maps to offline mode and still be able to use it to get directions. If you get a local SIM, then it will be able to show you rough ...


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Don't pack anything. You'll find much cheaper, and probably better, plug adapters all over India. Expect to pay Rs 15-30 for simple ones that just accommodate US-style plugs, and Rs 40-50 for full universal ones. You can find them at any general store/convenience store in major cities and tourist locations, but might get a better selection at electrician's ...


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The only possible difference is that in the EU, they may not have the TSA keys. Therefore it just becomes like a normal lock that you have the keys for and they don't. So worst case, they may flag the bag for inspection and require you to open it for them. Indeed in Europe you're still allowed to lock it with whatever lock you want, so it's perfectly ...


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Almost always, you bring your own, however... Hostel sites like Hostelbookers often indicate whether or not items like towels are available for rent, or provided. Some I've seen will sell toothpaste and deodorant and the like. Personally, I bring a towel and toiletries, and almost always I've needed them. It's generally a surprise when I don't.


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Technically if the wifi and 3g is off, it's not going to do anything to the plane. HOWEVER... This is not why they mention electronic devices DURING Take off and Landing. It's a safety thing. If someone is listening to their ipod, they may not hear evacuation instructions. If someone is on a laptop, it may get in the way trying to get out to the aisle. ...


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The Association of Flight Attendants cites three main risks they are attempting to mitigate with turning off and stowing personal electronic devices: Devices flying around the cabin Distracting from instructions Electronic Interference Follow instructions regarding Personal Electronic Devices - If an emergency incident were to occur during a critical ...


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One of the simplest, cleanest and cheapest solutions that I've seen is a couple I met who were travelling around South America. They'd back up onto a second SD card as well. When a card was full, they'd simply put it in an envelope and mail it home. Very cheap and very easy, and pretty reliable. Send it registered mail if you don't trust it. Once their ...


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I have a crappy old mobile phone that doesn't even work as a phone but it's handy as an addressbook and of course an alarm clock. And like most phones for years no matter how cheap and crappy it has a silent vibration setting. Don't you have a phone? Doesn't it have a silent vibrating alarm?


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When power outlets were first installed on airliners, they used a special adapter called EmPower, which looked like this: The airlines obviously thought that frequent flyers would be happy to buy a new kind of adapter for all their gizmos. This turned out not to be entirely true... nobody wanted to buy these new stupid adapters, and the airlines ...


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In India, a lot of plug sockets look like this they seem to accept plug types from most countries. It's a shame you can't find these everywhere.


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I use Lifeventure Hydrofibre Trek towel and must say that it is amazing. That's a subjective description and now for the objective one: First my tests at home I tried putting it in a pint glass (0.5 liter) full of water and it absorbed about 85% if not more of it. It did drip though but let's be honest, you'll never gonna be that wet to start with. It ...


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Seriously, this is not a problem. Why ? The brother of my former girlfriend was an anesthesiologist. I was interested if it is possible to have something for sleeping (I am seasick) and I got a longer speech about anesthetics. Concerning gases: If you are not an expert, trying to gas someone does either nothing, alert you immediately or kill you. Mind you, ...


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Hire someone to come slap you at the designated wake-up time.


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The TSA actually has a section devoted to this on their website: You may bring skydiving rigs with and without Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) as carry-on or checked luggage. Typically, a rig will move through the checked luggage or carry-on security screening process without needing physical inspection. However, TSA security officers have ...


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There are different handheld GPS units. My favourite is the Garmin eTrex. Garmin's own MapSource maps are usually quite expensive and require annual updates. OpenStreetMap is a nice alternative; you should check the site if the coverage in the required area fits your needs. The quality of data is quite okay too. The map data can be stored offline in a ...


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Buy a gun. No really. You can buy a Starter Pistol (you know, the kind used to signal the beginning of a race) for under fifty bucks. According to TSA regulations, any case which contains a firearm is inspected at the time of check-in, and then locked and tracked in transit. This means that your bag will not be searched except under your direct supervision, ...


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I agree with @R.. I spent over four months in Delhi in 2009, and while I did bring over a couple of plug adapters with me, it's much easier and cheaper to just buy them there. Any market will have them. (Just remember that the price of almost anything in India is negotiable!) In addition to buying a couple of plug adapters, you can also purchase a universal ...


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There are wristwatches with vibration alarm, these might work for you.


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things I do occasionally with my towel while traveling: fold it to a pillow at night, or cover any (stained) pillows i encounter in cheap hostels/motels place wet clothes on one half, then wrap the other half over it and sleep on it, and the clothes should be dry next morning as a beach towel group loose or dirty/wet items together in your backpack fold it ...


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Here's what customs rules in India state (the 'free allowance' referred to is for personal items, and the duty-free allowance of alcohol cigarettes): One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned above is also allowed duty free if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above. So obviously, ...


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@alx9r wrote a fantastically detailed post here, but I think it may be overkill. I'm on the road for most of the year and need to be connected 24/7 for work. For the most part you can get away with: An mini-router (I use an Airport Express). Flakey hotel wifi can be remedied by using a LAN cable to your mobile router, providing a personal wifi spot, ...


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There are combination French press/coffee mug thingies which are very practical. You only need coarsely ground coffee and *Just Add (Boiling) Water (tm). If you shudder at the thought of pre-ground coffee, you can complement this with a small manual coffee grinder. Bonus points: you can use the same device to make tea as well.


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The reason you're finding that they only have them in Europe is gassing is not a common problem in other parts of the world. (Honestly, it's not that common in Europe either). In most dodgy parts of the world, criminals will force their way in, jimmy the locks, or just wait outside your door. Slip something in your drink, or even just blow scopolamine in ...


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It would appear not, but there's nothing stopping us from creating one. People can edit the answer as we find more. Airlines that ban the Knee Defender Air Canada source American Airlines source Continental Airlines source Delta Airlines source Southwest Airlines source United Airlines source WestJet source Airlines that discourage but don't ban the ...


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The FAA advisory circular - which American airlines and other international carriers that fly into the US have to adhere to, so this a fairly standard industry practice - that relates to use of 'personal electronic devices' can be found here. An example given is: A cell phone will not be authorized for use while the aircraft is being taxied for ...



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