30
May

The 4 Basic Essentials to Carry During an Outdoor Trip

images (6)Every time we venture out for an outdoor trip, we have a list of essentials to carry along with us that often comes to aid whenever there is an emergency or just for survival outdoors. Different people have different accessories or essentials that they feel would come to help and therefore one cannot often generalise and carry those specific things mentioned in the list and not take anything else that may come to use for them. Depending on the requirement of the trip whether it is an adventurous one with friends and family or with a group for simple sightseeing to an unknown land, the necessities differ.

While you look up the Internet, shuffle through the travel guide books or take help from the agents who make arrangements for your trip, all of them would come up with a few standard commodities that you can carry along while you to keep yourself safe and not get stranded midway. Here are a few that would come to use and to carry them wouldn’t take up much of space.

• Maps – This is something that you do not want to miss especially when you are moving to an unknown land. A map with all the necessary details on it would be your best friend when you would want to move about. It is something that is a great guide especially when there would be communication problems with the local people where they may not understand your language or vice-versa.

• First-aid kit – You may have a general illness for which you are under medication and thus it is essential for you to carry your medicines along whenever you move out. Apart from those, you should stock up on the necessary medicine for headaches, fever, bad stomach, pain killers, bandages, antiseptic creams, bandaid, cotton balls, needles, soap, etc. that may come to use anytime while on the trip. You should be left stranded looking out for medical help in the middle of nowhere.

• Food – Despite having facilities of restaurants or eateries at the places where you plan to visit, there may be times when you are stranded on the road or move out for an adventurous trip such as trekking. You wouldn’t get access to food there and therefore carry along dry and non-perishable food to munch on can save you from the horrific hunger pangs.

• Water – Water is an essential commodity that you may get access to almost any store that you come across when you are in a different city or country but there are times when you do not get access to it due to various reasons whatsoever. It isn’t necessary for you to carry bottles along with you in your baggage but stocking up once you reach your destination can save up for the times when it would be needed later.

 

20
May

Top Tips for Packing Your Hand Luggage or Holdall

images (5)Going away for a well earned break can be the highlight of the year for many people, whether your destination is somewhere exotic for an extended trip or just a weekend away in one of the world’s most vibrant and interesting cities. Wherever you go, packing well is essential to you enjoying your trip as much as possible and avoiding unnecessary hassle.

When it comes to fitting all of your essentials into a smaller bag such as a leather holdall bag or some other hand luggage, packing well becomes even more important. This is because it can be tricky to fit all you need into these smaller bags, even though you know that it will be well worth it if you do, saving money on baggage fees and having luggage that is easier to carry around.

With that in mind, there are several steps that you can take in order to fit more into your luggage. Here are several packing tips compiled especially for hand luggage or your leather hodall bag when you are short on space or want to take the smallest bag possible on your trip.

The first thing to remember is that you should absolutely know your weight and size limits according to the transport that you are going to be travelling on. If you are traveling by train or by car, chances are that you will not have many weight or size restrictions at all, but this can be very different for those travelling by plane.

It is also worth remembering that you should be aware of your own limits when you travel, as you may have to haul your bags around large airports and between different methods of transport including coaches, taxis, trains, buses and the metro. Heavy and bulky bags can be a real pain, so think about how much you can physically carry around.

After you have done this, the next thing to consider is how you can create a capsule wardrobe to take with you. This basically involves selecting an array of garments that will go together to create a number of different and appropriate outfits for your trip, whether it is a trip for business or for pleasure. One thing that you should also do is check the weather forecast in advance.

There is plenty of advice on creating a capsule wardrobe to take on holiday, and this can be easily found for free online. This will help you choose out a set of clothes that will be suitable for you to wear numerous ways during your trip, without taking far too many clothes.

You should be aware that choosing lightweight clothes is often the best idea when picking out a capsule wardrobe – and it is even better if these clothes are wrinkle free too. By choosing clothes that are light and transport well you will be setting yourself up for stress-free and easy travel with your hand luggage or leather holdall bag.

Another handy tip is to ensure that the heaviest of your items are at the bottom of your bag in order to help it stay upright. This is important as you may be transporting items such as liquids and creams which could spill if the luggage is knocked around too much. If you do keep heavy items in the bottom of your bag, make sure that any important items are still within easy reach.

Finally, make sure that you downsize all your toiletries and cosmetics wherever you can. This is not only about respecting the limits imposed by airlines, but also as this will lighten up your luggage a great deal. If you cannot downsize all your products, buy inexpensive travel size minis expressly for your trip – if you run out of product, you will likely be able to buy more at your destination.

14
May

10 Things to Prepare Before Taking a Long Trip

download (14)1. Make sure your household bills are up to date

This may sound obvious or even pedantic but you really need to think about something like this. Last year I went on a tour that was 3 weeks. It covered the last 2 weeks of one month and the first week of the next month. Once of my household bills from the first month hadn’t arrived before I left and was delivered whilst I was away. This meant I had no way of paying it for that month. When I got back I was greeted by final demands as this particular authority was known to be ruthless with non-payers.

2. Check your travel and medical Insurance

It is important when going on a long trip you have the correct travel and medical insurance. The last thing you want is to be stuck in another country and something happens you need to produce a credit card to save your life. This also relates to Number 5, if you haven’t told your bank you are going away and you don’t have proper cover you could be in serious trouble. Always travel with adequate travel and medical insurance. A lot of credit companies now offer travel insurance as standard.

3. Share your itinerary with someone

This is important if you are traveling alone. Your loved ones and friends need to know where you are, maybe not all the time, but at least where they can reach you. If something happens back home, you may need to return for an emergency, or there may be some important news they need to tell you. At least if they know your travel plans rather than exact details you will be easier to track down in an emergency situation.

4. Check the Visa and Passport requirements for your destinations or possible destinations

Don’t get to the airport and find they won’t even let you on the plane! This is the reality of what could happen if you don’t have the correct documents. Visa requirements are especially important to avoid unnecessary complications and delays at your destination. Make sure your passport is valid for at least the next 6 months, otherwise a lot of airlines won’t let you travel.

5. Tell your bank where you are going

Even if you are taking travelers checks or cash you should have a back up. The bank needs to know where you may be using your ATM or credit card. Due to cyber fraud nowadays a lot of banks will not allow you to use your cards abroad unless you tell them beforehand. It’s very easily done for most banks through their website. If you don’t tell them, you may end up having your ATM card swallowed by an overseas machine!

6. Organise your ID

What IDs will you need when you travel? Obviously your passport but what about the credit card you booked your flight with? some airlines insist on seeing it before travel. Other IDs could include a driving license if you plan on renting a car or motorbike while traveling. Don’t forget to print all your ticket information and hotel booking vouchers if you have pre-booked them.

7. Set up your phone

If you are planning on taking your phone abroad, beware of costly roaming charges. The best thing is to organize with your phone company beforehand, or better still, get a throwaway SIM card whilst you are there. Most countries have a SIM plan you can get at the larger international airports.

8. Learn a few phrases

Especially important if you are planning to travel a little off the beaten track. Not everywhere is fluent in English, even some larger cities in Asia and Africa you will find little English spoken. Learn a few choice phrases that will come in handy whilst you are there, it will save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

9. Have a Plan B

Expect the unexpected on your trip. If you planned to travel to a beach then suddenly find it closed, make sure you don’t arrive at midnight and you have nowhere to stay for the night. Give yourself some room for maneuver. I once got delayed on a flight and found myself in the middle of nowhere at 2am in the morning, the car rental I’d pre-booked had closed so I had no alternative but to find a hotel which wasn’t easy!. If you plan and prepare, try to think of what might happen, just in case.

10. Secure your home

Of course you are going to lock your doors and take the necessary precautions but what about the little things that could cause problems when you get back. Turn off the water and electricity is a good step if you are going away for a long period. Coming back to burst water pipes is not fun at all. I usually disconnect my car battery if I go on a trip longer than a few weeks, the last thing I need is a flat battery when I return.

 

10
May

Your Ultimate Guide to Checking Travel Bags

images (4)Let’s admit this; a lot of us think checking baggage is the ultimate travel solution. It’s not as straightforward as it looks. Anyone who has faced the misery of having reached their destination without their luggage knows exactly what a terrible experience this can possibly be.

On many days, it is simply sheer bad luck. However, on others it can be traced back to some mistakes on your part once you check-in your luggage. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are checking travel bags.

1. AIRLINE POLICIES

This is often taken for granted by many travelers. If one airline is generous with it, the other should be following their footprints. This is seldom the case. All airlines may have very different rules when it comes to checked baggage. There is mostly only one thing common among each of them; airlines are not very generous when it comes to luggage that you check-in.

To avoid putting yourself in any awkward situation, you must read the fine print about the airline policies towards the luggage. This should be done when you book your ticket with the airline. Little can be done once you arrive at the airport, oblivious of what the airline is going to charge you of.

2. PROTECT YOUR LUGGAGE

Under very rare cases are airlines going to accept the blame for lost luggage or misplaced items. You’re most likely to take responsibility of the mishap at the end. For this reason, it is very important to protect your luggage under all conditions.

There are several ways of getting this done. Firstly, you must avoid packing any valuables in your bags. Anything that you’d be sorry to lose should be kept near you in a carry-on. This is where it is likely to be the safest. Valuable items just as jewelry and cash must never be put in your luggage.

Even if there are no such items in your baggage, everything you have packed is important to you because you’d need it more often. For this reason, you must purchase a travel lock that is approved by TSA. Apart from being safer, these are also helpful when your luggage is being examined at the airport. Locks that can’t be opened through the standard ways are often broken and might damage your personal belongings.

3. MAKE YOUR LUGGAGE STAND OUT

While you’re waiting at the baggage carousel, anxiously waiting to get done, you often end up picking up bags that aren’t yours. Not your fault when most of them look just the same. The majority of travelers tend to pick black and blue luggage bags that look almost identical. This is one of the top reasons for your luggage getting misplaced.