Whether you are travelling for a year or more, or just a week, here are some tips to make your journey easier and more enjoyable.
- It is a good idea to use a dedicated travel pack to carry your gear. They are versatile, easier to pack and carry whilst travelling, and include a detachable shoulder strap and zip away back system for security and safety during transportation. The design also allows for the zippers to be locked together to deter theft. A detachable day pack is super handy and versatile, allowing it to be carried as one, or separately as hand luggage or a day pack.
- You will not need everything you pack. Before you go, lay out all the stuff you intend to take, then half it. Chances are this will still be too much! If you pack it you have to carry it, so it’ll make life easier if you only take what you will use regularly. Anything you don’t have, or wear out can be replaced in most countries.
- When packing, it’s a good idea to roll your clothes to help prevent wrinkles. Also, if something is wrinkled - wet it, shake it out, and hang it up to dry.
- It’s useful to take a small amount of local currency for the first few hours/days of your trip and keep it in a small wallet for accessibility. Ideally, store credit cards along with your passport, traveller’s cheques and tickets in a separate secure money belt.
- For extra piece of mind, it is a good idea to make two photocopies of all your important documents i.e. passport, visa, and tickets. Leaving one set with someone at home, and keeping the other safe and separate from the originals will cover you if the originals are lost or stolen. You can also keep copies on your email account.
- It’s a good idea to learn the basics in the native language of the country you are visiting. “Hello”, “please”, and “thank you” go a long way, and help to show you are keen. Numbers 1 to 10 are also useful to know.