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Old 03-20-2017, 02:29 PM   #6
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For travel:

- Slipper socks to wear on the plane (so nice not to be in shoes for hours on end, especially as feet tend to swell on flights),

- in your carry-on have a flannel and soap you like on your face as well as a change of underwear, can make a layover a somewhat refreshing experience.

- Tomato juice and water will help keep you hydrated.

- Be thankful you aren't bigger!

For the US:

- You may not be much of a shopper, but try to go visit a Torrid or Lane Bryant, and buy some things you wouldn't see back home.
- Don't forget that all beverage sizes will be one or two steps larger than what you are used to. I've seen places in the US where a 'small' coffee was about 330ml! Order down a size, or don't drink it all (unless you want to, of course).

- Whenever you can eat vegetables, do so -- they can be a challenge when travelling in general, and cheaper restaurants tend not to emphasize them.

- If you are a tea drinker, make sure you are getting hot tea (iced tea being more common in parts of the US -- generally they will ask, but if you aren't expecting the question and they aren't used to the accent, it can be hard to figure out what they are asking at first)

- (You already know this one from Hyde Park) Avoid politics! If directly asked, probably safest to say "I avoid politics."

- Depending where you are in the US, pedestrians can be quite rare, and drivers not really paying attention for them. Not an issue in the core of bigger cities, but there are suburbs with no sidewalks for instance.

- (I'm sure you know this, but to be complete) Figure out what you need for charging any electronics that you are bringing. I think you visited Canada once, some years back? Same plugs and voltages and all of that as the US, so you may already be equipped.

- And finally don't forget: on average Americans are among the kindest, most generous, sweetest people you'll ever meet. Don't get too freaked out if someone goes way beyond the expected to be helpful. They really probably are just that nice, and not actually a serial killer (despite what American TV might have you believe, lol). They may not be polite by UK standards, but you may find them far warmer at the same time.
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