The Simple Things
When travelling, it is the simple things that can make your trip so much more enjoyable and stress-free! Follow our tips below for a seamless travel experience, where ever you are travelling to.
Wash your clothes in the sink / shower. Use the hotel soap. Or take a little traveller sized bottle of laundry detergent with you. It’s much easier than finding a Laundromat in a foreign country. And there are only so many times that you can wear the same pair of undies.
Carry baby wipes / facewipes. This can be used to feel clean when there are no showers. Yes, sometimes there are NO showers.
Grocery stores are a traveller’s best resource. Cheap food, local flavours. Find the nearest one to your hotel and you will save yourself a heap of cash. Have a picnic lunch every day.
Keep an emergency stash of money. If you lose your wallet you will still need to eat. An empty Chapstick is a fantastic secret hiding spot.
Roll your clothes when packing. No creases and more clothes fit into your suitcase.
Always keep a stash of spare plastic bags for dirty clothes / shoes. Smelly socks will make your clean clothes stink. Always.
Learn how to pack light. You do not need to take 20kg for a week of travel. You CAN wear trousers two days in a row or more. The less you have to carry, the happier you will be travelling. And if the French Metro goes on strike on the day you need to get to the airport – you will thank us.
Make sure your bank cards work. There is nothing more annoying on holidays than spending hours on the phone to the bank back home.
Get folders for travel documents and itineraries. Keep them organised so you don’t have to mess about digging through pockets in your bag at the airport check-in.
Use public transport. It’s fast. It’s easy, it’s cheaper and it will give you a better travel experience. Get a map, learn the different ticket types and if you are heading to London – organise an Oyster Card in advance.
Be aware of the local laws. Don’t get drunk on the streets of Dubai or expect to chew and spit gum in Singapore. You’re leaving Australia – don’t expect our law system to follow you around the world.
Scan your passport and travel documents. Give copies to family/friends. If you lose your passport or travel documents, this backup will save you a lot of heartache. It will also help your family to find you in the event of a disaster.
Learn a few phrases of the local language. Speak to the locals. Experience their culture. Don’t just wander through it.
Get travel insurance. It’s obvious, but probably one of the most important items on this list. The French always go on strike meaning your flight could easily get cancelled and accidents do happen, particularly if you want to ride a scooter in Bali. Get travel insurance.
Allow relaxation time to get over jet lag. You don’t want to be on the go for six weeks straight. It should be a holiday. You should relax at some point.
Keep a change of clothes and basic toiletries in your carry-on. If your luggage gets lost you will be very glad.
Travelling via Singapore? Pack your swimmers in your carry-on and take a break in the outdoor rooftop pool at the airport while in transit. You will feel 100 per cent better getting on the next flight.
Research the airports you are travelling through so you can a) find the fastest way through and b) use the facilities. Don’t just sit at the boarding gate and be sure you are at the correct gate.
Take a jumper on the plane. It is cold. It has air conditioning.
Take thick socks for the plane. Cold feet will stop you sleeping.
Check if the drinking water is safe. That includes brushing your teeth, ice in cocktails and drinking water in the shower.
Be aware of altitude sickness. Give yourself time to adjust between altitudes, drink a lot more when you are high up.