Sunday, 14 June 2015

Travel Tips

I had a great session on 612 AM ABC Radio Brisbane on Saturday, talking on Travel Tips.  We had lots of fun and some wonderful suggestions from listeners calling in.  Below is some suggestions that came through if you have any more send them through.
 
  • zip lock bags are a great option for keeping luggage and toiletries organised plus also keeping dirty clothes separate and stopping any leakages through your luggage.
  • use zipper mesh bags to segregate your luggage.
  • check your Passport Validity for the countries you are visiting, as some have a minimum 1yr validity.
  • check phone plan for global roaming and other options for sms/data.  Buy local prepay phone or data on arrival at destination.
  • take digit scales with you to check your luggage weight and save on that airline excess.
  • take suitcases with 4 wheels for ease of moving around.
  • take your own bottle for water, whether on flights or general day to day travelling.
  • always drink bottled water to avoid any stomach upsets.
  • check local customs.
  • pack an esky bag in your suitcase. You can use to put wine, cheese, crackers or any food in for your day trips (eg. rail trips through Italy), can also be used to give a bit more protection to anything fragile in your suitcase)
  • if travelling with someone, split clothes between suitcases.
  • take a pashmina/scarf when you are flying to give you the extra warmth, which can then be used to cover bare shoulders when visiting some churches plus many other uses.
  • smell pure peppermint oil on a tissue for those upset stomachs, sea or air sickness.
  • vicks, eucalyptus oil on tissue to help clear blocked noses on flights.
  • don't stick with the tourists, get off the beaten track and explore.
  • leave copies of your passports, itineraries or agents contact details with friends.
  • utilising a cloud based email, documentation system so you can access your emails and copies of documents anywhere in the world you have internet access.
  • take the hotel business card or have them write in local language to make easy for your return.
  • try not to look too much like a tourist, blend with the locals
  • check local weather and pack appropriate attire.
  • cull photos on the way so you have less to go through on your return, which you can then convert into a wonderful coffee table book.
  • check via points on your airfare as you can generally use as a stopover to explore another destination.
  • universal adaptors
  • take a power board so you can charge more than one thing at a time.
  • change your clocks to local time and avoid sleeping during the day.
  • day time flights on long haul flights, especially when you arrive pm into destination you can slip into the local time zone.
  • make sure you link your credit cards to any frequent flyer programs to build and utilise points.
  • take a pack of Berocca Vitamins, mix with water for a quick vitamin hit for when the diet has not been as per normal at home.
  • take your head phones for listening but also blocking our aircraft and other noise.
  • take disposable slippers you can wear on the flight and then toss after or wash and reuse (we all know what some of those economy class toilets can be like after a long flight - yuk!).
  • compression stockings for DVT.  Get up, stretch and move around the cabin.
  • register your travel with www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • roll not fold clothing, seems to crease less.
  • go for a walk when you get there to re-energise and refresh.
  • pack a mini type first aid kit with small scissors, sewing kit, bandaids. peroxide etc.
  • take clothes which don't need ironing and have similar colouring so they can all work together.
  • dry shampoo, dry toothbrushes.
  • small tissue box for flights.
  • if you cant carry it yourself, don't bring it.

The link to the Travel Talk session is here if you wish to listen. Travel Talk