8 Things to Know When Traveling in D.C.

Over the summer I had the opportunity to explore Washington D.C. and many historical markings in our country. While on this trip I learned many things, from my own personal experience to the do’s and dont’s of D.C.

  1. Be comfortable – This one is for the girls, no make up and comfy clothing. Wearing makeup is a no, unless you want to look like a raccoon. It was extremely hot, and we walked the entire time. I learned quickly, I thought because I was in a different city I would attempt to dress nice. I learned that you should wear comfortable clothing such a shorts, a t-shirt and walking shoes.
  2. Stay hydrated – We were on a trip with upward bound and they provided us with water. They also encouraged us to bring carry-on bottles. To start the trip we had approximately eight cases of water, by the end of the trip we half of a case left.
  3. Prepare yourself for crowds – preparing yourself for crowd is a must because, while walking around and touring buildings there were a lot of people. At times you could get knocked around, I guess it’s a part of being in the city.
  4. Carry-on bags/purses – In a lot of the buildings, such as the capitol building, bags have to be a certain size. Backpacks, duffel bags, and any other bags of that nature wouldn’t be allowed to go in. Small purses such as a satchel or a cross body bag are acceptable.
  5. Take the city in one day at a time –  Although we were on a time schedule, we only broke our trip up into sections. The first day we went to the monuments, day two we toured buildings and last was Lincoln’s Memorial.
  6. Small is better – While in D.C. carrying small amounts of cash or even a bank card is better. There are a lot of homeless people in the city, but some of them aren’t exactly poor. They’re looking for a quick penny. For example, I was at Union Station which is a major train station, the headquarters for Amtrak. In the lower level of Union Station is a food court, a lady came up to me and asked me for money. I noticed she had newer name brand clothing on and a lot of shopping bags.
  7. Listen and follow Directions – Washington D.C. is a big city, you should follow any given directions. If you’re traveling in a group, stick with your group. It is easy to get lost.
  8. Take It All In – D.C. is a beautiful city with a lot to offer.

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