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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take It All In – D.C. is a beautiful city with a lot to offer.