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Old 08-25-2003, 12:02 PM   #1
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hello from poland,

well i high tailed it the f- out of prague, way to many westerners. don't get me wrong cool place but, not for me. krakow poland on the other hand is absolutly amazing, i could see myself spending another two months here.

but, the purpose of this topic is to tell everyone what i walk around telling myself most days, 'don't be a dumbass.' like this morning, well actually started yesterday. i rolled into poland with no local money (sunday ie. no exchange places open) found a room but had to give up my passport in leui of payment. then this morning i went out to change money, i found somewhere after walking for thirty minutes and decided i could proably geta better rate somewhere else......dumbass, after an hour of walking i ended up back where i started.

i would also like to remind people to take care of your health while on the road, right now i am sick as a dog, yesterday i slept a total of 27, yes twenty seven straight hours. i have a flu or cold or some strange virus that is slowly killing me. what made the above story so bad was that while walking i had to stop every fifteen minutes and rest. this has come on partly from not eating properly. so, take some vitamins with you, eat lots of fruit and veggies, use hand sanitizer, and maybe this will not happen to you.

my other little piece of advice is, before you go travellin; say two three weeks strap your fully loaded backpack on and go for a two hour walk everyday. i have begun discarding manythings that i now realize are to heavy and just not needed. your feet also need some breaking in to all that weight. so remember two hours every day/ or every other day two weeks before you go.

my other suggestion under the don't be a dumbass heading is bring lots of socks, i suggest two for every change of clothes you have. my suggestion is bring three full sets of clothing and six pairs of socks, they get nasty really fast and a clean pair feel great during the day. you can also wear clothes more then once but socks will last you at most one day/ two if your really a skanker.
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Old 08-25-2003, 06:18 PM   #2
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Some excellent advise there my friend, you must look after yourself if you plan on making any kinda trek, and the prep work before you leave on a adventure is a fantastic idea, one in fact that I forgot to do, so in 4 days i will feel the effects of that, i will start to walk a bit tommorow, but its prob 2 late for me.

I am sorry you are feeling sick, its prob all the walk and lack of nutrients like you said, and hand santitizer...since the SARS thing here, i don't leave home with out it!!!

And I have learned the hard way you can never have enough

Listen to what is said here new trav'las, these are FACTS!!!!

I hope you feel better soon!!!!!!
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I may be living under a rock... What is a "hand santitizer"?

Is it like one of those pump-action liquid soaps? A normal block of soap? Or a special travel accessory? Or is it like those wet-wipes (like wet tissues) that are anti-bacterial?

I may already use one and not know it.

Please enlighten me!
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No worries, this product has only become popular in the last few years, the only peps that used it before were hospitals. Its a germ killer for your skin, kills almost anything that you have picked up. Here is a link for one of the popular brands, i do not endorse this company it just there site had good info.

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I plan on bringing a keg of hand sanitizer on my upcoming travels.

Socks...great advice.

Get better Keroucscabbie! If you figure out what you have please let us know. Do you think it's a virus ?
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KC, I feel your pain, bro I was in Portugal last year was sicker than a daaawwwggg. I was all jacked up. Headache, stomah pains, coughing, flegm, the ruuuuunnnnsssssss, todos las cosas! I didn´t know how to ask for Imodium AD at the pharmacy, so I drank a lot of Ginger Ale (heard it was good for the runs, and it provided some relief). Thats why I recommend (on the tips page) to bring a first aid kit with medicine that you may need for those "you never know" moments

I totally agree with all of your tips. If you pack enough socks and underwear, you won´t have to do laundry all the time. I need that "fresh socks" feeling on my feet each day, especially when I´m on the road traveling. People, pack some plastic grocery bags in you backpack and use one for all of your old socks/underwear.

I think people know that they´ll be walking a lot on their travels, but I don´t think that they reaaaallly know what´s coming their way. All rookie travelers, do as Kerouc said-
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my other little piece of advice is, before you go travellin; say two three weeks strap your fully loaded backpack on and go for a two hour walk everyday. i have begun discarding manythings that i now realize are to heavy and just not needed. your feet also need some breaking in to all that weight. so remember two hours every day/ or every other day two weeks before you go.
This will prepare you for the physical part (mental too) of your trip.

Hand sanitizer is a great thing, CD! You know how many cities in Europe have an underground metro? I think I picked up an eye infection by touching one of those railings, then touching my eye. I always carry a little bottle of that stuff in my daypack. Now I just lean on the railings as opposed to touching them with my hands.


Thanks for the update and tips, KC. Hope you get better- fast !
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Thanks for the hand sanitizer tip. Travelling next year with a kid who's not even 2....I will need hand sanitizer. Everything goes in his mouth!

Went down to the river to go fishing the other day. First thing Mylo did was pick up a piece of dog shit
Thank goodness a lady there had hand sanitizer.

Sorry you feel like shit! Here's hoping you feel better soon!
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