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Published December 31st 2012
Have I got some tips for you
A pack list isn't a bad thing so you don't get that Oh no, I forgot it feeling.
Travelling can be heavy duty. Simply organising yourself and your stuff can be a nightmare so here are a few tips to make the whole process easier, cheaper and less stressful.
Organising Your Stuff
1. When planning a holiday put your tickets, itineraries, accommodation vouchers into a folder which has individual plastic pockets. That way you don't have to rifle through a wad of papers every time you need an essential piece of paper.
A plastic folder works well. You don't have to pull things out because the pockets are see through.
2. Many people swear by rolling up clothes and yes this is a space saver. But when you pull them out they are often creased. Better to hang outfits on plastic hangers and then with one or two folds concertina them into your suitcase. At your destination simply hang them up on the same hanger. Voila little or no creasing and it makes packing up at the end a breeze. Again no folding just concertina them back into your suitcase.
I keep everything together for an outfit even jewellery. The earrings are in a small sandwhich bag connected to the hanger.
3. Never forget to pack a plastic bag to put your laundry in. That way when you unpack the washing goes straight into the washing machine. Makes unpacking far less onerous when you don't have to sort.
4.Buy a see-through toiletries bag so you can easily find your toothbrush, aspirin, contact lense case or whatever else you need. Saves having to unpack it all the time. Even better if it is one with a hook so that you can hang it in a bathroom.
5. It is quite possible to fit a week's worth of clothing into your cabin luggage so you don't have to wait around and collect your suitcase at the luggage carousel. That way you are always first in the long taxi queue.
6. Most people have fallen into the habit of using Wotif for cheaper deals. But hotel.com seems to have similarly discounted prices but there are no fees to pay on hotel.com. Given Wotif fees are often up to $21 (including the charge they lay on for using a credit card) this is quite a saving.
7. It is often worth checking a hotel's website or ringing them directly to see if they have any special packages. Surprisingly they often have better packages than anything you can find on discounted Internet sites.
8. Always consider staying at bed and breakfasts rather than hotels. You automatically save $20 to $25 dollars as
you don't have to buy hotel breakfasts. They are also generally cheaper, friendlier and run by people who will give you the time of day.
9. When walking out of your hotel room replace the room card in the power slot with any old piece plastic card from your wallet. Could be a library card, usually anything works as long it has a metal strip. This keeps the power running in your room and keeps all your electronics charging.
10. Internet fees can be exorbitant in hotels. So learn how to use your mobile phone as a wireless router. Both the iPhone and Android smartphones have this Wi-Fi hotspot (or mobile hotspot) feature built into their devices. Just use it for necessities such as checking email or looking up something quickly.
Perhaps you also have some great travel tips you would like to share?
Don't be tempted to toss things into open bags, even if you are travelling by car. Stuff slips out and gets lost, or you waste time constantly repacking those bags.
And please please please remember, carry-on does not mean 'as much as you can stagger on board with'. If you find you are gripping extra bags under your arms, your chin, or from each finger, you might need to rethink.
Here's a quick clue: Count the number of arms you have, then halve that number. That's how many bags you need. This way you are not forced to present your boarding pass with your mouth.
And have a great trip!
Read this from some website before I went backpacking a few years back - put your wallet/purse/monies/valuables into the front left pockets of your pants, cause most pickpockets, like the demographics, are right-handed!! And for a female travelling alone, just carry a whistle with you because in case of any emergency, it's much easier to blow on the whistle than to shout!! Thanks for sharing!! Happy travelling!! Cheers...
Hi! Nadine, enjoyed your write up on 10 Top Tips for Travellers but I cannot read the full page of: "Pack This" the larger image - Clothes & Hygiene are
blurred. Is there anyway you can email me an enlarged fully readable copy please. regards Linda