- Pack a portable short wave radio and replacement batteries. This way you can check traffic conditions and news when in any American city and most foreign ones. A short wave radio is especially useful in foreign travel, on the outer Hawaiian islands or in remote mountains where regular AM and FM reception is poor.

- If you swim in hotel pools, bring along a pair of slippers or thongs. You never know what's on the floors of public areas you'll traverse en route to the pool.- Regardless of what airlines say, X-ray machines will damage high-speed film, especially film rated at 1000 to 1600 ASA. Carry spare rolls in your pockets, as metal detectors won't expose film. Shot film can be packed in checked luggage.

- Never, ever take new shoes on a trip. Sounds too obvious to say, but blistered feet have ruined many a trip.

- Pack a couple of safety pins, a small tube of instant glue, rubber bands and a couple of bandages for emergencies.

- Leave at home any credit cards you normally carry that won't be needed on the trip.

- Don't put expensive jewelry in a suitcase. Carry it in your purse or another bag that you can keep close by your side.