I'm two and half weeks away from my first trip to Europe. Mostly Switzerland, with a couple days in Venice. As a real novice when it comes to European travel, I've got a couple more questions.
I did buy a money belt, but was wondering if that was as much of a necessity in Switzerland. We'll be spending time in the cities (Bern and Zurich at least) as well as out in little towns and the rural areas. I never really see Switzerland brought up as a big place for theft and pickpockets, so I'm wondering if it would be as necessary to wear the money belt while in Switzerland. Not asking for guarantees on being absolutely safe and theft proof, just opinions based on experience. And I'm assuming that in Venice, a money belt is more of a must, right?
Since I've never traveled out of the country, is there a good place to read up on going through customs? I've dug around the actual customs site, but didn't really find much of a primer on what it is like to go through customs, just what I could and couldn't bring back, which is still a little confusing. What's it actually like to go through customs?
Sorry if these seem like really dumb questions. I think I just have novice traveler butterflies. I've gone just about everywhere in the US, but European travel is foreign to me (no pun intended). Thanks! This place has been invaluable in my planning.