I love it. Really. It's wonderful to receive advice from strangers. Tell them you are traveling to Sumatra and they give you all these little nuggets! (Or they ask you where Sumatra is ["Do you remember those really bad tsunamis a year ago?])
Here's some really good ones:
-adhere you address to your camera
-scan your passport and send it to yourself. (GENIUS)
-when flying, set up your own connecting flights. It can be cheaper.
-also, check out smaller airports, sometimes they can be significantly less expensive. (Flint vs Detroit)
-check if you need vaccinations.
These are super useful and I'm going to be collecting them as I go.
Here are some of my absolutes when traveling:
-ALWAYS bring more socks than you need if you're going to be somewhere even remotely rural.
-pack way too soon in advance. That way you have an opportunity to think about everything your bringing or forgetting
-collapsable bags are a total win if you are a souvenir fiend.
-I never bring soap. It's a treat to go buy the necessities in a foreign place. New toothpaste, new soap, new shampoo, and new packaging! (Love love love, packaging)
-If you do have to bring soap, I recommend Dr. Bronners. Mostly for ease of use. It's toothpaste, shampoo, face soap, laundry soap and dish soap in one. Seriously. Check it out. I like the almond scented one. (Best advertising ever.)
-Sleep on the plane. It's so much more pleasant than listening to Mr. Mouthbreather or Unhappy Baby crying.
That's all for now folks. I'm off to be vaccinated from Hep A, Rabies, Tuberculosis, and some other scary sounding thing I can't pronounce.