1. Bring toilet paper, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer. Okay, now you know that I’ve traveled at least to Mexico, China and India. Need I say more?
  2. Bring comfortable shoes. Between walking tours and running for trains, I wear my oldest, most comfortable shoes. Besides, if you’re not wearing fancy shoes, the crooks don’t view you as a very profitable target.
  3. Pack your holiest underwear. My good friend taught me this lesson, and with weight limits on bags now, it makes a lot of sense. Pack clothes that are ready for disposal. Wear once and throw away. And there are other bonuses  - you can now fit one more tourist tee shirt into that overstuffed bag, and you won’t have a bunch of dirty, smelly clothes to launder when you return.
  4. Wear skirts. This applies mostly to women, but I don't judge. You can pack more skirts and wear them more often than pants; however, in Muslim countries, pants might be more appropriate.
  5. Try to limit your clothes to one color family. One young lady, on her first business trip, packed 2 large suitcases for an overnight stay in Chicago. When asked why she packed so much, she replied, "I don't know what I'll feel like wearing tomorrow." I always know what I'll be in the mood to wear - my basic blue suit with blue pumps. Tomorrow I'll wear a blue skirt and sweater with blue pumps, and the day after, you guessed it - something that coordinates with my blue pumps.