Only pack half of what you think you need, except skivvies. Take VISA and MASTERCARD, because VISA isn't as popular in Switzerland and Italy. If you plan to travel on weekends (which is always the best way to spend a weekend), get the Let's Go book for the country. Take a journal and record EVERYTHING. You will be so glad you did. Don't forget to keep in touch with all the people you meet. Keep their names and addresses in your journal.
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