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Sep 16th 2012 8:07PM COPY all your documents (passport, I.D. cards, etc) before you leave and put them in a different place than your originals. Give someone at "home" your complete itinerary, and numbers where you maybe found. Take foreign money with you, and be ready upon landing to get where you need to be. Do not assume anything, so be prepared. Maps help too. (show and tell cab drivers).
Take all medicines with you, in your possession, and not in luggage.