I normally carry wallet that allows keeping coins in a compartment. I don't mix
up the currency. I only keep current country's currency in my main wallet.
If I am going to
region which doesn't speak the language that I can interact people in, then I
usually either Google translate it and print it or take a screen shot on my
If you have specific diet - Make sure you write down what you are allowed to
eat and what you are not allowed to eat.
Eg. If you are vegan - I create a card that says "I can only eat food that
doesn't contain eggs, meat, chicken, fish and dairy." in the local
Plus I keep local direction handy - Left Right Straight Back Upwards Downwards.
If you are travelling through multiple countries where you are supposed to
handle multiple currencies, it is smart idea to create zip pouch and label all
the currency. Keep the coin with the currency.
It is generally a good idea to finish all your coins before you leave the
country. Normally you aren't allowed to exchange coins anywhere.
Most of the coins are very difficult to recognize later. Half the time I don't
even remember which coin belongs to which country. Many times there are no
numerals on coins and you have to figure out what they mean.
Lot of countries have bad coin design - Bigger coins represent smaller
denomination and smaller coins are of higher value. GBP is a good example.
carry a bag in which I can throw in small stuff. When you are doing sightseeing
and bought few snacks, rather than carrying different carry bags, I put them in
Instead of carrying around shopping bags, you can just put it all in the bag
pack which makes life easier.
I make sure there is separate bottle holder, otherwise everything can become
usually a small foldable bag that can rolled away if needed.
I put away
99% of stuff like laptop, Ipad and other stuff at my accommodation. I only
carry things that I would require when I am out. Make sure your bags have good
security and doesn't get torn easily.
Electronic pouch / Compartment
travelling on flights - I have a electronic pouch or compartment which has
laptop, chargers and other electronics. It is easy to empty it at airport
security and you can put it back fast. Carry few clips so that you can fold long
wires so that you don't cut them.
Please carry all in one power converter. There are chances you might be going
to place which doesn't have same socket as your plugs. European plugs don't
work in Indonesia or USA. Indian plugs might not work in Europe and definitely
doesn't work in USA.
carry an extra mobile phone when I am travelling overseas to get local prepaid
sim card. I really prefer local sim card as it provides better data rates and
makes it much easier to contact locals.
I also carry a power strip. All the hotels usually have one or two power plugs
and normally I have multiple devices that require to be juiced up.
Do not start
the trip with over packed suitcase. It is major no go.
sure that your bag can handle the rough use that it is going to take. I support
idea of actually testing bag's breakability. Overpack your bag and throw it
down stairs, over-pull the trolley. If it broke at your home - thank me that I
saved you from major headache during travel.
suggestion is to pack lightest as possible because you will be dragging your
bag everywhere and you will have to deal with few body aches. You can't
remember why you got that ache? Well, remember the time you lifted your bag
from bottom and had to throw it up on the bed.
sound really smart? does it?
Do not ever
put your valuable in check - in bag. Always carry them in your hand bag. Yes,
sometimes airlines do get your bag misplaced. Especially if you are flying in
low cost operation.
Do not pack
your toiletries last moment. Create a designated pouch which has all the
required item. Depending on type of the traveler you are and how fussy you are
about certain things.
If you are a
woman, create a separate make up pouch too.
reduce the load. Well that would be the
P.S The picture is Copenhagen (Kophavn) , Denmark skyline at sunset.
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