Post working for so long in the aviation & travel sector, it feels like a logical step to write about travel. I've most likely been to each and every country on earth and have come across countless tourists troubled like hell!
Basic things that they could have done to avert being unhappy. From young couples who carried five large suitcases (most likely brought all of their condo :)) to families (hauling utensils!!), I have seen plenty of traveling nightmares. The lovers post travel in all probability ended in separating because of the headaches they would have encountered at every overseas airport!!
Looking after basic stuff will make your travelling a very fulfilling experience. The 1st basic rule you need to tattoo into your heads - "Travel Light". That of course doesn't imply you travel around without having the essentials. This implies carry just stuff that you believe you'll need to have for your vacation.
Instead of 10 pair of shoes, take only two. Know what I am talking about! You're the person who will have to haul it around, open the bags at each and every overseas airport for security checks, go through the insult of the terminal security put down attitude in your face and in all likelihood making comments to have to dig in your things. Repacking everything at the security countertop can be quite a headache if you have your flight in the next Half-hour.
No body likes rummaging through your used undies. Least of all you, shameful having your lace undies actually being brought out for examination in total view of hundreds of other tourists.
As many times I stress on it, it certainly won't be sufficient - "Travel Light". You need to follow this golden rule. It is a must follow. The less heavy you travel, the more satisfying your holiday will be. You are going to certainly spend less everywhere too. You will not be forced to pay anything for additional luggage. You can easily pick up as well as carry your own bags, won't have to tip the bell boy or fork out anything for your luggage in the bus or even train. Get where I am going!
I am aware many people just take a trip for family vacation in all probability once a year, however trust me life will get simple and easy when you - "Travel light". This golden rule has actually been my own rule ever since I was Fourteen, when my dad took us on my 1st international trip to India. But more on that in my next post!
Till then, think of new ways to lessen things inside your bags, don't take more than 2 sets of shoes, ditch anything in shoes or garments which weighs above 200 grams each pair or 7-8 ounces. Well, I heard that - every one of your shoes are out then are they not? You'll need a pair of good walking shoes and a pair of perfect dress shoes. Most of the people vacation for 7-10 nights abroad. Two sets are more than enough.
If you are going trekking, I am going to allow you an additional Two hundred gms!
Cheers till the next one!
ps. ensure that you view money belt (light weight remember!!)