Sorry for the late reply, thank you all for your advice and information though it really has helped!
Just one quick last question.. Is there anything that you took with you, that not many people might think of but you could not have been without it? Any little bits ands pieces that really helped you out?
Thanks in advance,
That question gets asked over and over on travel forums, but there's no such thing as a secret, magical item that only "experts" know about - but it somehow slips below the radar of new travellers.
That said, everyone has favourite things to bring along that aren't applicable to everyone. Mine is a super small compact headlight because, 1.) I usually read myself to sleep, and 2.) I travel a lot in developing countries where power outages and steep dark stairways abound.
I also have a tiny container of super glue and a bit of duct tape for repairs.
Lots and lots of travellers would haul those things around and never use them though. Everyone's needs are different.
Awesome, thanks again for all your advice Terry !
I usually take a few extra gallon plastic bags (the ones without a zipper or any type of closure). Wal-Mart and some grocery stores sell them. They are perfect for carrying nuts and snacks in your pocket; and wrapping money, passport and camera to prevent them from getting damp from sweat and rain. I always carry a spare one in my pants pocket. If you're staying in a hotel; and one of the freebies is a shower cap, keep one to protect your large camera from dust, particularly on safaris. I also take along two or three rubber bands (the U.S. Postal Service has strong ones). Handi-Wipes or a small microfiber towel also can be useful. If it's hot and humid, I use one to wipe my face. I always carry a universal sink stopper to do laundry. After washing a garment, I wrap it in a towel provided by the hotel or hostel; and pound it. This gets most of the excess moisture out; and clothes will dry more quickly. Guaranteed. I also pack a small bottle of saline nasal spray. It helps moisturize the nostrils, particularly in dry conditions (such as flights); and it helps make the nasal environment a little less friendly for cold viruses. When I'm traveling with someone with a cold, I use the spray often; and wash my hands frequently with water or hand sanitizer. I don't use wipes, as disposal can be inconvenient. Hope this helps.
Travelling essentials - passport!
I left the house without mine in July and only realised once I was checking in at the airport. Fortunately we're 20km and just half an hour away but the return taxi fare was NZD150 - could have done without that!
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I consider my passport my most valuable possession while traveling. So I always check that I have it. I also protect my passport from damage, including moisture. A damaged passport can cause denial of entry into a country. My first passport was stolen in a youth hostel in Paris 41 years ago. From that experience, I now carry extra passport photos; a copy of my birth certificate; and photocopies of the front page of my passport. I also deposit a copy of that page in the "cloud." I keep my passport with my international certificate of vaccination; and spare credit and debit cards. That way, if f I lose everything else, I can still travel.
Be aware of potential scams that can separate you and your passport. One was tried on me in Nairobi.
I've been reading alot about the weight of a backpack, and although I intend to travel all year in Australia, I was opting to go for a smaller backpack for more functionality, which I can use for planes, and coaches aswell as having enough for, 3 changes of clothes a little cooking kit and a few other bits and bobs (no tent of sleeping bag) or perhaps a small sleeping bag is recommended?
I've been looking at the below two packs:
Osprey Talon 44 litre
Osprey Kestral 38 large or small/med 36 litre
Is 36 litres too small or is it doable? what do you think to the below packs?
any advice on types of backpacks and the most ideal litre you guys have found.
If I was in a mountaneering survival setting for a week I'd probably go for a 60 - 80 litre
but I intend to carry the essentials and buy food etc whilt on the open road.
85 litre isn't bad for me. I used to be in the army so I'm user to carrying weight around , I had a smaller one at35 but no way was I takig that