24 October 2014
Quirky Packing Tips When Going Abroad
Have you made the decision to pack your life into a backpack or suitcase and seek adventure in the big wide somewhere? Going abroad for any length of time in an exciting and hectic time in anyone’s life and involves much consideration when it comes to packing. These quirky and unexpected tips will not only surprise you, but also make the packing process much easier.- Compression bags that seal the air out will save plenty of space which means you can pack but more into your case or backpack- Rolling bulkier clothing items such as jeans or a jacket and holding it in place with a belt will keep it from expanding in the bag and save space- Glasses cases act as ideal storage places for electrical charging chords- Medicine bottles and prescription bottles are great to refill will soaps and moisturises instead of buying new bottles- Key ring hooks are ideal for attaching things to the outside of your bag, such as travel pillows or drink bottles- A compass may just save your sense of direction. There is nothing worse than being lost in a new city, but a compact key ring compass may be the way to avoid this scenario- Foldable backpacks or bags that fold into themselves are absolute gems when traveling. Being able to store a bag or backpack inside your handbag is a wonderful thing, and when it folds out to hold up to 20 litres of good you will thanking yourself for this decision- Undoubtedly, you will be torn on what to pack and what not to pack. The indecision during this process is natural, but here are 7 things you think you will need that you actually won’t. So leave these behind!1. Toiletries: you may think it’s better to pack those three extra bottles of shampoo, but it’s not. Don’t waste time and space on finding conditioners and sunscreens that are less than 100ml, just buy them once at your destination.2. Too many books: you don’t need to take your whole library with you. Odds are, you won’t have time to read every book you own while away. And buying books can be an excellent souvenir and great way to immerse in the local culture.3. Food: maybe one comfort food item to remind of you of home is ok, but don’t take up all your luggage space with your favourite treat. Eating new foods is a fantastic experience and perfect way to immerse in the local cuisine and culture.4. Hair straighteners: girls, your hair will be able to survive without this. If you’re packing for a beach holiday, your hair is going to get wet in the water anyway.5. Valuables: leave items of economic and sentimental importance at home where they are safe. The risk of having something special stolen isn’t worth ruining your holiday for.6. Towels: pack a face washer, but leave the bulky towel behind. Most hotels will have a towel available in the room, or you can pick one up at a cheap store to use just for the duration of your stay.7. Guide books: if you have a Lonely Planet guide or something similar, that’s great. But leave it at home. Read the pages of interest before going, plan in advance, and take photos of the notes you want to remember or load it onto an eBook.Of course, the most important thing to pack is your sense of enthusiasm and excitement. Anywhere you go, remember that the only different between adventure and disaster is attitude. So pack a smile, a positive attitude and embrace the experiences as they unfold before you.