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Old 05-28-2015, 11:40 PM   #121
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Sometimes the TSA follows the toiletry rules, but most of the time they don't. It they want to dig out my quart plastic bag with toiletries, it's sitting on top of my clothes. I do get my notebook out of my backpack, however.

I always clip my Insulin Pump in my collar, and I tell the TSA I cannot go through the full body x-ray machine. They just about always send me through the expedited security line with the pilots and travelers the TSA pre-screened. The lines are short and they run faster through the magnetometer. And we get to keep our shoes on.
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:11 AM   #122
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Unbelievable number of Asian tourists in Europe right now!

Wait - what else is new.......
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Unbelievable number of Asian tourists in Europe right now!

Wait - what else is new.......
Decades ago they were primarily Japanese, now they're mainly Chinese........the pendulum swings.
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I'm guessing that you use a carry-on. I think the regulation is currently 3.4oz per container (so I'm quibbling here but learning myself as we used to check in baggage ).
Another option for laundry soap is to get some "soap sheets". They sell them at places like REI for backpackers. We had a package of 50. The only problem was you have to use like 10 at a time to be realistic. But it does get rid of the liquid problem.

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Chinese tourists were quite a presence in Greece.
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Chinese tourists were quite a presence in Greece.
Couple years ago, in the Czech Republic, we met a 40ish lady from Hong Kong who grabbed her backpack and took off for a month every year alone.......just one of many, many, many....
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I use the soap sheets and a stretchy clothesline with clips on either end. Quick dry shirts, the magic underwear (no not the Mormon kind, the Ex-Officio ones), and zip-off Columbia pants as my basic wardrobe when traveling.

The Brits that DH did the second Mongolia Rally with had a novel addition to their packs: a blue blazer and white shirt. They donned these when dealing with border agents and at police stations, and DH was amazed at how much better their reception was compared to wearing the typical dirty hippie garb they had on moments before the transformation. They were filthy by the time they got to the end, but it seemed not to matter, just that they looked "dressed up".
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