If you have ever dreamed of traveling to Brazil, you are not alone. Brazil is a particularly busy tourist location, but nonetheless gorgeous. This great country has a quite diverse culture and amazing climate, making it a wonderful place to visit.
Brazil lies in the heart of South America which means the summer starts in December and lasts until the end of February - but overall, the climate is great year round. Before heading off for your vacation in the southern hemisphere, there are some considerations you need to bear in mind.
First, the weather is extremely humid in Brazil, so the type of clothing you bring on the trip is an important comfort factor. You also need to make sure you have relief medication if you are sensitive to heat or humidity. Plastic bags are an excellent way to carry light items that will be exposed to the humidity for long periods of time.
Bring along sun block because the sun is intense there. Don't allow your vacation to be disrupted or ruined by a severe sunburn. Bringing insect repellent is also a great idea because mosquitoes can be dense in that area of the world.
As best you can, pack light since you will have to go through customs upon flight arrival. With new airline policies, it is important to know what you can and cannot bring through customs. Then be diligent to declare anything of concern that you have brought into the country so you won't have it taken away before or after you land in the airport.
On a similar note, keep copies of all your important documents to minimize the possibility of any snags getting into or out of Brazil. This includes your passport as well. Ensure it is up-to-date for your trip; if not, leave yourself plenty of time prior to your trip to get that taken care of. The average wait time can be around three months, so planning well ahead of time will save you from serious stress.
It may also help if you bring along your documents of recent vaccines. Hepatitis A, B, and C are prevalent in Brazil, so it will be to your benefit to review your inoculations to determine if you have been injected with all your Hepatitis shots before departure.
While packing for comfort, a pair of sandals and sneakers are recommended. You will be walking a lot, so be sure you have everything you need to minimize foot and leg fatigue.
Finally, the main language in Brazil is Portuguese. Learning a few basic sentences for communication will help when you need assistance there.