How to keep it to hand-luggage – Pack light for the best start to your journey

How to keep it to hand-luggage – Pack light for the best start to your journey

Whether it’s carrying them up stairs, onto a tube or even from the boot of a taxi, the weight alone should be enough to encourage us all to be packing as little as possible when we travel.  However, we too often fall into the “I might need an extra pair of…” trap and end up with a huge case, full to the brim, with things that fail to see the light of day once we arrive at our destination.  Here are some top tips on packing everything you’ll need for a long-weekend (or even a week) away, from seasoned travellers:

  1. Tissue Paper is king! Seriously, if you want to pack tight, with little need to iron your clothes on arrival, fold everything with tissue paper inside it.  You will be astonished at the difference it makes, and how much smaller you can fold everything as a result.
  2. Put underwear inside your shoes. Simple but a great overlooked space.
  3. Wear your heaviest clothes on your flight; this way they take up no room at all!
  4. Choose a case that has side pockets, and use these for any toiletries as they have to be easily accessible for checking. This will also ensure you take only the amount you need for the trip, rather than large and heavy bottles etc.
  5. Take half the clothes you plan; you won’t need them. Remember, if you’re planning to purchase clothes on your holiday, they still have to fit in the bag for the flight home.
  6. Take clothes that work for more than one function (Sarongs are a great choice for beach or dinner in the right setting).
  7. Don’t take shower gels or shampoos; use the ones provided at your destination or purchase some on arrival. This saves weight in the bag and time at airport security too.
  8. Leave laptops at home. With new travel restrictions, leave your tablet or laptop behind and take a memory stick.  The weight you’ll save along with the time you’ll spend actually observing your surroundings will make it a good decision.

What have you learned about travelling light that you’d share with our readers?  We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for keeping it to hand-luggage.

Paul

Paul’s Top Five Christmas Travel gifts…

Paul’s Top Five Christmas Travel gifts…

Do you really want to make someone’s Christmas this year?  Still looking for the gift that you know is going to light them up with joy?  Paul’s got some wonderful suggestions for the special person in your life, that show you’ve gone the extra mile…

At number five – a great idea for the frequent business traveller or those planning a world trip – the Push Pin World Map allows you to scratch off the gold surface and reveal the places you have visited beneath.  Wonderful for kids at home whilst a parent travels, we also loved the idea of planning a series of holidays on it.

At number four – a stunning piece of luggage.  Whatever your budget, spend as much as you can afford on a really great piece of luggage, and it will last for years.  Ideally, it should be small enough to be taken on as hand luggage, so double check the latest regulations before you buy.

This great guide from Samsonite is worth checking.

Number three – Book tickets to The Adventure Travel Show, taking place at London Olympia on 21st and 22nd January 2017.  This is the travel show for those who like to take the holiday-road-less-travelled!  With amazing ideas for the adventurous traveller, take the one you love to the show and book your next adventure while you’re there.

Number two – Really want to score some Brownie-points for the festive season? Organise a weekend for them at a spa hotel; Paul can help you find the perfect one for your partner’s  taste (and your budget) and make sure your loved one feels appreciated, pampered and restored after the festivities.

Number One – a weekend away, together, somewhere they would choose.  Perhaps they’d love to watch the stars together, or go snowboarding, or perhaps snuggle up by a fire toasting marshmallows…. Whatever their dream escape would be, give us a call and Paul will help you plan a secret, special getaway.  A gift you’ll both enjoy and remember for many years.

What is the best travel related gift you’ve received?  We’d love to hear your ideas.  Here’s to a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year to you all.

Japanese culture and etiquette

Japanese culture and etiquette

If you’re considering visiting Japan, it is likely you’re aware that Japanese culture has some complicated sounding aspects and you’ll often be told it is important you get these right.  There is no need to be anxious though, as many of the practices are easily followed and visitors are welcomed and encouraged rather than frowned at for their efforts.  If you start with the basics, you’ll discover a rich cultural experience and sights that are bound to feature in your top ten holiday experiences. (more…)