Traveling is fun, its enthralling, its rejuvenating. Travel is also tough, tiring and time consuming.
After traveling across a few countries and being back from a recent trip I’ve come to find out that there are a few small things we can do to ease travel and the troubles that could come with it.
- Multiple copies of your travel documents – Its always wise to keep a copy of your tickets, visa papers, etc. in each of your travel bags. In a situation of loss you will always have backup copies and will avoid unpleasant situations.
- Carry a waist pouch – Always carry your cash, cards & passport in a waist or a money pouch. As these pouches are in front of you, its safer to keep an eye on it as opposed to being in your backpack which can be robbed easily.
- Neck pillow & eye mask – Your travel best friends are a neck pillow and an eye mask. Long hours of travel can make your neck sore; and long hours also require you to get some shut eye. These 2 small and handy things can make your travel more comfortable and leave you well rested.
- Universal Adapter & Spike Buster – Plug pins are varied across different countries and investing in a universal travel adapter is a very smart thing to do. Also if you have multiple devices, buy a spike buster with 4 or 6 plug points instead of multiple adapters; this reduces your need of multiple power points and if you are in a group, show off to your companions by helping them charge their gadgets as well.
- Tag your luggage – Always put tags on all your luggage with your name, telephone/mobile number & address in case of loss or misplaced baggage. It is possible for anyone who finds it to contact you and hopefully return it to you.
- Empty water bottle – Instead of spending a fortune buying water everywhere, carry an empty bottle with you & keep refilling at restaurants or your hotel before leaving for your sight seeing.
- 3 pairs of footwear – Since you cant carry your entire shoe rack, carry 3 pairs. A pair of flip flops for bathrooms and things, a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a pair of dress shoes in case you are partying or going somewhere fancy; all in fairly neutral colours to match most of your outfits.
- Dress according to culture – Just because it is ok to walk around in shorts and tees in your country isn’t necessarily so everywhere else. Its always best to respect other cultures and dress accordingly. Do your research before hand and carry appropriate clothing, & if you are a female traveler it also helps you be safe.
- Carry a Sarong – Its a multipurpose piece of clothing. They’re light and multifunctional: something to lie on at the beach, a cover for when you’re cold, a towel, a curtain, a skirt, a dress, even an emergency bandage.
- Roll your clothes – Start to roll your clothes when you pack, it helps keep it compact, accommodate more and reduce the size of your luggage. Once you start rolling you’ll never look back.