Don’t worry about taking your audio cassettes and videotapes through airport metal detectors. Security equipment will not damage either blank or prerecorded tapes.
If you’re traveling abroad, bring sales receipts for your equipment. American customs officials may demand proof that you didn’t buy the gear overseas.
Most camcorder battery chargers don’t need converters to work on foreign voltages (check your manual), but you may need to bring plug adapters to tap into foreign outlets.
High temperatures can destroy your tapes and discs. Keep them out of the sun and don’t leave them in hot parked cars.
Tapes to travel with:
Back to the Future (MCA/Universal) Adventure, romance, rock & roll. The first two episodes would make a great vacation video double feature.
Bull Durham (Orion) Funny, sexy, heartwarming — ESPN never showed this side of the national pastime.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Disney) Or, how to turn the backyard into a comic nightmare.
The Little Mermaid (Disney) On land or at sea, this animated tale is good family fun.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (Warner) A family car trip that will make your perilous journey seem like a breeze.
North by Northwest (MGM/UA) Cary Grant sees America’s sights while running for his life in this Hitchcock classic.
Roman Holiday (Paramount) A 1953 romantic charmer with Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and the picturesque Italian capital.
Great tapes and CDs for the beach:
Bangles: Greatest Hits (Columbia) Beautiful harmonies and catchy tunes.
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (Capitol) Newly reissued classic from the boys of summer.
Adrian Belew: Young Lions (Atlantic) Delightght solo outing by the guitarist now backing David Bowie.
Digital Underground: Sex Packets (Tommy Boy) Intelligent, infectious rap.
Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam/Columbia) Blistering urban soundtrack for the long, hot summer.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Mother’s Milk (EMI) Raunchy, thundering funk-rock with more sweaty energy than a gym.
Smithereens: Smithereens 11 (Enigma/Capitol) Classic power pop with an extra electrical charge.
They Might Be Giants: Flood (Elektra) Blizzard of whimsical lyrics and deliciously skewed melodies.