Handling Money on Trips Abroad Tuesday, Aug 7 2012 



Choosing the best credit card for a traveler Tuesday, Aug 7 2012 

Travel | Choosing the best credit card for a traveler | Seattle Times Newspaper.

More packing tips! Wednesday, Aug 1 2012 

A friend alerted us to a blog that has a great “how-to” about packing methods. In this particular article, the author was traveling for a week and was able to bundle her wardrobe into a block the size of a large cat!

Imagine doubling the items (since you will have access to laundry facilities) and it’s easy to see how you can travel with just one suitcase for four weeks.

Just saying…

Packing for the Trip Wednesday, Aug 1 2012 


  • Packing light separates a traveler from a tourist! One bag — that’s it. You will be carrying your luggage more often than you might expect.
  • Wheeled luggage is challenging on cobble stone streets.  A backpack (with a smaller day pack) is ideal.  Most airlines are now charging for extra bags and/or extra weight.
  • If you plan on buying gifts to bring home, you may want to bring along an additional, collapsible bag for the flight home. You can also arrange to ship items home, but expect a significant delay in their arrival.

Don’t do this…

Photo Identification (driver’s license)

UW Student ID

Passport with a separate photocopy, kept in a different location

International Student Identification Card (Optional: obtain from STA Travel on the Ave)

Medical insurance card

Tickets and Itinerary

Visas for any countries requiring one (Italy does not for US citizens)

ATM card

Credit card

Address list and list of important contacts or numbers

Other necessities:

Sun block

Medications/prescription drugs/vitamins (make sure prescriptions are in their original bottles)

Plastic clothesline and clothespins

Motion sickness tablets (if you are prone)


Journal or diary with pens

Hand sanitizing soap/towelettes


Water bottle


Adaptor (make certain your electronics are dual voltage or you will also need a converter)

Sealable plastic baggies

Assorted first aid items (band aids)

Sewing kit (or at least a few safety pins)

Sunglasses (extra pair of glasses or contacts for those with corrected vision)

Art supplies (those provided by program as well as any additional)

Toiletries kit (remember TSA restrictions on size and amount of liquids/gels you can carry) — the rules are:

1)     All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.

2)     All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.


Shirts  4 – 5 (with at least one long-sleeved)

Jacket, Sweater or Lightweight Fleece  1

Pants 2

Shorts  2

Swimsuit  1

Underwear and socks 5 sets each

One pair of shoes – sturdy, with good support. Make sure you break them in before the trip.

Flip-flops or sandals for the shower

Hat/Head covering


Skirt or dress 1

Lightweight shawl or scarf (to cover shoulders at religious sites, might also be useful as a beach cover-up)

NOTE: There is a self-service laundry very close to our hotel in Florence.