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Brazil has a very diverse culture and a wonderful climate.  Summer starts in
December and ends in February in this South American country.  So before going
on a trip to Brazil, one has to have enough information on what to bring.  Here are a
few tips to help in deciding in what to prepare for a trip to this fine country.

* Protect your photo equipment and other equipment sensitive to humidity.

Humidity is high in Brazil.  Sealable plastic bags are also useful, so make sure to
bring some.

* Bring your medication and prescription.

If you brought some medication, make sure you declare it at the Customs.  There
are also some drugs that can be bought from the chemist without a prescription.

* Buy mosquito repellent and sun block when you get there.

These are of good quality and are suitable formulated for the conditions of the
country.

* Get Hepatitis shots before leaving for Brazil.

Hepatitis A, B and C cases are prevalent in Brazil.  Also, always wash your hands
before eating.  Use appropriate disinfectants and antiseptics.

* Pack light

Most air carriers have a luggage limit of 20 kilos.  Having your clothes washable
and mix-matched for different look is more advisable than carrying more clothes.  
When not on a business trip, pack casual clothes as most Brazilians dress
casually.

* Keep copies of all your important documents.

You may leave copies of these with a friend back home, or keep copies in a
separate location from the originals.  You can also email the copies to yourself.

* Bring a pair of sandals

If the reason for the trip to Brazil is the beaches, then a pair of sandals, together
with one's bathing suit and hat is necessary.

* Bring some deodorant and perfume.

One sweats too here and these essentials are very handy.

* Never leave your belongings unattended.

If you can settle for disposable cameras, then, do so.

* Learn some Portuguese.

Knowledge of Portuguese can help when communicating with the locals.  English,
Spanish, German, French and Italian are also spoken in tourist areas.

* Have valid entry documents.

One's passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry.  
Foreign tourists are given a maximum of 180 days to stay in 1 year. Renewals for
90 days may be obtained from Policia Federal.

* Have some cash handy.

Major credit cards- MasterCard, Visa, Amex and Diners - are accepted, as well as
traveler's checks.  Cash will be needed if you are going outside the major cities.

With these guidelines, one can look forward to having an enjoyable travel to Brazil.


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