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Choosing holiday accessories

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Your holiday is fast approaching. How do you decide what items to take?

The first rule is to be realistic. If you are only going away for a long weekend, then you are not likely to need to take much accessories with you. Similarly, if you are staying at a fairly large hotel chain, many of your needs will be provided. So there is no need to ‘double up’.

The second rule is to travel as light as possible. In order to achieve the desired minimum accessories, ask yourself what you may need, as opposed to what you could do with. This way you’ll manage to cut out many unnecessary gadgets, thus saving weight.

Try and find out as much as you can about your destination, and the kind of activities that you may take up. In this way you’ll become aware of such important information such as the temperature- you’ll be able to pack suitable clothes. Similarly, if all you’re planning to do is to sightsee from the tour bus, then you’ll not need to take with you the heavy hiking boots!

If you are going on a city holiday, you’ll need the following: 1.

A sturdy suitcase of suitable size for your belongings. Remember to allow extra space in your suitcase for your return journey for items such as presents. A sturdy suitcase is a must, because baggage handlers are not generally known for their gentle touch!

2. Appropriate clothing for your destinations. For city holidays, don’t forget the all- important comfortable walking shoes.

3. If the climate at your destination is changeable, take a raincoat or an umbrella with you.

4. Do take your favorite toiletries with you. When you are miles away from home, it is not always easy to buy your favorite toothpaste. This is particularly important if you suffer from allergic reaction to some toiletries.

5. If you use an electric razor, find out whether you need an appropriate adaptor.

6. If you are on medications, ensure that you take enough with you for your entire stay.

7. If you use prescription glasses, consider taking a spare set, in case of an accident.

8. If you are staying in an hotel, you’ll not need to take items such as towels, alarm clock, and radio.

Finally, remember the three most important items: ticket, passport, and credit card. Unless you are traveling to remote places and cities, anything that you may have forgotten can always be bought once you arrive there.

Some tips on backpacking

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Most backpackers have their worldly possessions on their backs and little else. It is therefore imperative that all essentials are included, because in some remote areas it is not easy to make up the shortages.

The first and the most important consideration is the backpack itself. Make sure that its size and weight is suitable for you. Next ensure that it fits well. Ill fitting backpacks can cause injury in creating extra friction with the shoulders. At the very least, ill fitting backpacks can make the trip somewhat unpleasant.

Walking boots. Ensure that they fit snugly, and are suitable for rough terrains. Prior to trip, it is a good idea to wear the boots on a few occasions to ensure that everything with them is ok.

Wear heavy duty socks. In such circumstances, boots will be worn longer than normal. So suitable socks can reduce possible injuries.

Make sure that you buy quick- drying towels, as opposed to ordinary ones. For health reasons it is essential that after use, your towel is dry before packing it with the rest of your gear. Furthermore, wet and damp towels are heavier, which places unnecessary strain on your legs!

Wear suitable underwear for the climatic conditions that will be visited. Too much underwear can lead to exhaustion through heat build up. Too little underwear means that the cooler temperatures are felt quickly, and in prolonged cases it can lead to illness.

Wearing of long underwear can be useful in some accommodations. For example, when sleeping in a tent or unheated room, long underwear will contribute in ensuring proper sleep.

Suitable sleeping bag. Make sure that the sleeping bag is the correct size for your body. Consider the weight of the sleeping bag- different weights of the bags can be considerable. Ensure that the sleeping bag fits properly in the backpack, and does not take too much space.

Invest in a money belt. When backpacking, some essentials such as money, passport, and traveller’s cheques, and mobile phones must be guarded securely, and separate from the backpack.

For taking photographs, ensure that the camera is suitable for the job. It must be as small and as light as possible. At the same time, the camera must be sturdy in make, or be placed in a protective case.

If the intended journey includes remote areas, certain items such as a first aid kit, and wet wipes are prudent measures. If possible, include a small container of drinking water- in case of getting lost or breakdowns, the water could make a big difference.

It is a good idea to include an up to date travel guide for the area to be visited. Again, if intending to visit remote areas, include a compact compass.

Depending on the area to be visited, investment in a suitable raincoat may become necessary. Try to choose a light and easy- fold raincoat, which occupies as little space in the backpack as possible.

Finally, include personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste and brush, and shampoo. This is particularly important in cases where one has allergies and sensitivities to other makes. make sure that any prescribed medications are included. failure to do so can be costly- a doctor will not be as accessible as in cities.

Disney World travel

Friday, January 4th, 2013

If you have kids, Disney World is one of the top desired resorts worth visiting. There are plenty of things to do for all the family, and boredom is unheard of. Nevertheless, it is best to go prepared in order to avoid disappointment.

If possible, try and visit the resort during off- season. Sure, the weather may not be as glorious, but in Florida the whether rarely gets very cold. There are many advantages worth considering. For example, off season is early January to mid- February, or after Labor day through mid- December.

Off season visits have the added advantages such as less crowds (shorter lines), not to mention lower rates.

Although lodgings are generally cheaper outside the resort, consider staying in the resort during off season. Remember, in staying in the resort, you can make considerable savings in travel time to and from the resort. After all, Disney World covers some 47 square miles. After spending a full day, you probably will not want to have to travel too far to get to your lodgings.

Once there, in order to save time, it is probably best to consult the family regarding what they want to see. The best time is probably at the breakfast table, with the aid of a map. This way you can plan and plot the route you will have to take, thus saving time in aimless wandering around.

Of course, it is not always a good idea to have a rigid plan for the day. Be a little flexible. Allow your kids extra time if they wish to visit something else, or to go on a ride, a second time.

It is best if your plan for each day includes a good mixture of walking and rides. Remember, the sheer size of the resort can play havoc on tired feet, which is tough for the little ones.

When planning your day’s activities, allow for plenty of rest stops. It is far more beneficial on everyone if your visit is a measured one. Do not feel that you have to rush around and to go on as many rides as possible. If you happen to miss out on a particular attraction, you can always include it in the next day’s plan.

Your kids are the best judges. They’ll not hesitate in telling you whether they like a certain activity. So if they don’t seem to enjoy a ride, don’t persevere! Make a little note, so that you avoid similar rides in the coming days.

Another advantage to Disney World travel is that you’ll meet other like minded families. Your kids will probably make more new friends. If the circumstances are suitable, you may be able to take turns in entertaining the kids so that the adults can have a little breather!

Planning an educational trip

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Educational trips are not just for the kids- adults, too, can learn and have fun at the same time. Educational trips to established places such as museums is fine once you get there, but with a little planning, you and the kids will extract the maximum benefit.

Let’s face it, unless the trip is organized and well planned beforehand, your kids will not appreciate your having to take them away from their comfort zone- home and friends.

In plannings of any kind, there should always be one person who collates all the suggestions and ideas. With some consultation with the kids and the parents, you’ll have better idea regarding places to visit.

Of course, the available time will, to a degree, determine how far you should travel. Generally kids do not appreciate long hours spent traveling. Even for short distances you need to make provisions for games and plays in which to occupy the kids.

Apart from making plans where to visit, you’ll also need to take into account other considerations such as food, transportation, and accommodation.

A pack list is essential. Here are some important items that you should include:

Snacks- Food and drink must be included. Remember that you’ll be mostly on the move. Therefore drinks should be well sealed (to avoid leakage). Food should be of easy to eat variety. For example a sandwich on the move is fine, but you’ll have problems with foods such as spaghetti!

In your own pack do include a basic first aid box. Kids can easily injure themselves, particularly when visiting unfamiliar grounds.

Take some extra clothes. Kids can quickly feel hot or cold. They may not require much when active. But if sitting down for any length of time, they may need a pullover. Change of clothes will also come handy in case of spillages, such as when eating. Insure that the clothes are name tagged in case they are dropped or are mixed with the ones belonging to the other kids.

Before leaving home, make a few ground rules: kids must not wonder off by themselves, even to the bathroom without informing an adult. When walking, they must keep close to the group. An adult must always bring up the rear.

For kids who are old enough, it is a good idea for them to bring their mobile phones with them in case of emergencies.

In your pack include a good supply of tissues and wet wipes. Anyone with young kids will vouch that you can never have too much.

Once there, be in tune to the kids’ ‘body language’ and moods. They can tire easily, particularly in new surroundings where their minds as well as their bodies are challenged. So be prepared to stop for a rest as soon as possible.

Be flexible. If the kids seem to be enjoying a particular section of the trip, allow them extra time. Remember, this is not the army- not everything needs to have split timing! If you feel that you’re a little behind in the schedule, don’t worry. You can always make up the time later on.

Finally, on the return trip home, include some comfort foods. For example, milk is an excellent food in replacing kid’s energy, at the same time aiding them to have a snooze.

Brazil travel tips

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The South American country of Brazil is blessed with wonderful culture, people, and climate. Summers in Brazil is from December, and ends in February. As with any other country, certain preparation is in order, if the forthcoming trip is to be trouble free.

Brazil is a country that has a very high humidity factor in its climate. Therefore, belongings such as film for the camera has to be adequately protected. So sealable plastic bags will come handy for protection against excessive humidity.

For convenience, and for allowing for possible difficulties regarding the language (Portuguese), it is best to take any prescribed medicines and prescriptions. upon entering the country, all personal medicines should be declared to the Brazilian customs.

Similar to all warmer climates, Brazil also has a relatively large number of insects. So it would be a prudent measure to take insect repellant. The excessive humidity causes one to sweat a great deal. So for your own comfort (and others), have your deodorant within easy reach.

If the trip involves spending time on the beach, or spending time in the sun, then a good quality sun cream is necessary in order to minimize problems.

A few weeks prior to departure, visit your doctor. You’ll need a course of shots such as hepatitis. A, B, and C hepatitis are prevalent in Brazil.

Observe other hygiene precautions as when at home. For example, frequent hand washing, particularly before eating is highly recommended. Even on odd occasions where water is not available, antiseptic wipes must then be used.

Apart from packing personal essentials, try and keep your load as light as possible. Most people in Brazil tend to dress casual. So unless your visit involves formal occasions, you don’t need to take many suits and bulky items in your suitcase.

Do not place important valuables such as passport, money, and so on, in your suitcase. Like many other countries, Brazil also has its fair share of crime. So use of a money belt is highly recommended. Some important documents such as passports should have copies in case of theft or loss to the originals.

Upon arrival, make sure that you have some cash for incidentals, tips, taxi, and so on. For cash withdrawals from machines, ensure that you are in a fairly public and safe area. If you are in doubt regarding safety to the location of a cash machine, then take your time and use another. When using the machine, make sure that nobody can look over your shoulder. If in doubt, use a bank branch with foreign currency facilities.

As in many major countries, credit cards are widely accepted. However, if visiting remote areas, cash may be your best bet.

Ensure that all travel documents are in order before attempting to visit the country.

If visiting the country alone, keep signs of ‘wealth’ such as personal jewelery out of sight. This way, you’ll not be attacthed to the opportune criminal elements.

The above guidelines will ensure that your visit is a comfortable and a safe one.