Seasoned travellers require strategy
– a degree of planning; considering and understanding want you want to take and what you need to take. I have come up with a few of my best tips to help you travel well into your future – save money and stress.
Remember the A B C’s of packing for travelling light.
- A – you are off on an adventure – first and last thing to pack is your smile
- B – Baggage # 1 most essential part of packing…
- C – Contents – the following will hopefully deal to all the essentials
Click this image to see the 2 minute video to see how…
My best and favourite travel bag is a good quality soft sided very lightweight trolley bag that can also double as a backpack. It also comes with an attachable small backpack something like this one, which is excellent solution for every day travelling. As it has wheels perfect in airports and city streets. Not so comfortable over uneven surfaces or up flights of stairs – that’s where adjusting to a backpack is really convenient.
Be smart plan ahead – know your limits and allowances
Check airline, cruiseline and custom requirements, exact baggage measurements and weights aim to pack well below the limits to avoid unnecessary embarrassments or costs. Many country’s have very strict drug, alcohol and behavioral limitations and may have harsh enforcement laws that may have dire consequences to your intended travel. Be sure you understand the Customs requirements as well, what items are permitted, prohibited and what require special treatment most of all remember if in doubt – declare it!
Travel and Identification Documents:
- Check passport, visa, driving and working requirements. Passports must be valid at least 6 months beyond your return date, take a copy and store in a different location. Tickets or E-Ticket confirmation code and agent / ticket contact information in case of emergency. Be sure you Visa meets your travel needs and make electronic and hard copies. Travel Insurance and carry proof of it. Drivers licence – there are many advantages in getting an International drivers licence especially in New Zealand.
- Invest in a lightweight document file to help keep papers in order and easily accessible and invest in a USB and take images of all documents keep in different locations if a bag is lost or stolen.
- Remember to pack doctors letters, contact information, reports and prescriptions if necessary. Some medications are restricted in other countries so again do you homework and take what you need.
- Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans you don’t want accounts put on hold while trying to pay for big ticket items like car or bond for a house. Appoint a reliable and trusted person to act as an Agent to communicate for you in an emergency in the event cards are lost or stolen while travelling saves time with different time zones and remote locations communication systems may not be very modern or reliable. Remember to carry local currency – especially when you arrive and more than you think you need
This may seem silly but is also really handy in the event you loose your bags during your traels and need to make a claim in your travel insurance. It is also an excellent way to see visually in ‘black and white’ what you are actually taking then you can be more ruthless and avoid putting in those unnecessary items on a whim. Ask yourself if each item really is essential or not, include how many of each item is needed. Plan to wash laundry and consider the most light weight items first. Avoid heavy materials taking bulky items that do not pack easily.
Wear you bulkiest items
- Instead of packing the coat, wear it or tie it around your waist – can use it as a blanket on long flights and saves digging it out when you land if arriving at night or to a colder conditions than you departure. Also good to remember to use layers – can be hot waiting in transit, layers can easily be removed or added as needed.
- Roll clothes don’t fold when packing; Rolled clothing take up much less space than folded clothing. The added bonus is that clothes are less likely to crease when rolled, remember pack heavier materials to the bottom and lighter weight materials to the top.
- Toiletries and pharmaceuticals; Be sensible; take what you need for the first 1 -2 weeks then buy as needed if on an extended journey. Pack in your checked in luggage to avoid having them confiscated at airport security. Remember to pack doctors letters and prescriptions etc Taking specialist equipment is not difficult. You can source a wide range of electronic, travel and sporting items right here via our links. You are welcome to leave a message, ask any questions and keep in contact with us for further information that may be helpful.
Now the all important list
- Sleeping Aids; earplugs, mask, neck cushion, herbal tea or light sleeping pills. essential for all ‘long hall’ flights, time zone differences, unfamiliar accommodations, over excitement all interfere with good sleep.
- Toiletry and Pharmaceutical essentials
- Electronic Devices – essential travel partners. A good smart phone UNLOCKED, consider a spare phone and laptop, or tablet. overseas adapters and a spare charging cable, USB charger and charging power bank
- Sensible footwear – 3 pairs, hiking/walking, dress shoes, flat casual s or thongs
- Good quality sunglasses / hat or cap
- Swimwear / sarong & all important personal snorkelling gear
- Spare pillowslip or laundry bag
- Journal, address book, pen and paper
- Small emergency sewing kit, & mini first aid kit
- Memo magnet – great to leave messages to others stick on cabin door / walls
- Small torch (I take a magnetic one sticks to the cabin wall really handy)
- Travel towel – microfibre, easy to wash with clothes , dry s fast and lightweight
- Reusable water bottle
- Clothing list
Of course is fun to buy many of these items in the gift shops on board or at various destinations, understand of course you would be paying premium prices.
I hope this has been interesting and helpful – and encourage you to add any other travelling tips in the comments section at the bottom of this page. We appreciate any and all travelling tips you can recommend to others as we are always learning from fellow travellers.