We'll start collecting travel tips and put them here.
Here's the first few:
Don't carry a lot of cash. ATM cards work in Sicily. So do credit
Your PIN number should be 6 or fewer digits.
Traveler's checks are secure but hard to use. You could choose to
carry a few for emergencies, but your ATM card is more convenient
for every day use. Call
your bank(s) and tell them you'll be using your credit/ATM card in
Italy so the security
program doesn't put a
hold on your transactions. Make sure the magnetic stripe
is healthy or get the card
Don't ever put film in the bag that you intend to check.
The new X-ray security systems for checked baggage are so powerful
lead film bags will not protect the film. The best method is to use
a special lead-lined film bag and send it through the passenger X-ray.
Security will then hand inspect the film and let you pass. Sometimes
they will agree to hand
film in zip-lock bags if you ask, but don't count on it. One or two
passes will not hurt 200 speed film. More than that is at least questionable.
Try to minimize the number of times through the machine or use the