Monday, December 3

Tour Essentials - Know What To Bring

People habits when taking tours have changed drastically, and sometimes it is not for the better. Most of us have probably tried mastering the art of packing light, but sometimes it just won’t work depending on where you are going and how long will you be away. Through time, you have come up with more reasons to load in more things to your luggage. A moderately small pack eventually became bigger and heavier. Is this good or bad?

Through time, people came up with reasons to carry more things. Who’s to blame? Trends in technology and fashion are becoming more and more popular. People nowadays can’t seem to survive without these. Tourists rely more on technology to plan their whereabouts and so additional baggage to secure their laptops become necessary.

It can be noticed that as the load of things people carry, their style of travelling also changes. As people arrive at a specific destination, their first concern would be checking in at a place where they could leave their stuff safely. No more carefree traveler.

Bringing things necessary for travel is not a problem. But, you really have to know what is necessary. Listed below are important things you should bring when travelling in foreign lands:

• Passport, visa, and airline tickets always top the travel essential list. Travel is not possible without these documents.

• Medications, vitamins, and other personal hygiene products are very important. If you are using just a specific brand of drug or supplement, and is allergic to others, be sure to take it with you. Personal care materials like toiletries are often provided in the hotel but other hygienic products like deodorant is for you to bring.

• Travellers are advised to exchange 20% of their total travel fund in US dollars or Euro, depending on the chosen travel destination. It is better if you’ll have a mixture of denominations like 1, 5, 20, and 50. Avoid bringing old looking bills as these may not be accepted by other establishments.

• Credit cards are of great help when buying airline tickets and booking accommodations online. During emergency cases, when you run out of cash, credit cards can save you.

• ATM cards must be carried separately from credit cards.

• Travellers may or may not bring a sacrificial wallet; others call it decoy. It is always better to come prepared. During travels, especially in foreign lands, you are most likely to become a victim of robbers. Might as well bring a single item for muggers to take instead of losing more things or even your life.

• Clothing is yet another essential. If you will be out for a beach vacation, be sure to bring swim wears, shorts, and summer dresses. If you’re heading to a cold country, thermal underwear, jackets, long sleeve tees, and thermal pants are very important. Footwear like slippers and walking shoes need not to be forgotten.

• Camera is also considered a travel essential. Bring a camera that captures high quality images. Try not to forget to free up your memory card and bring extra, if you have one. A portable hard drive can also be used. Camera charger and adapter should also be brought, especially if you’ll be out for 3 days or more. Pictures serve as the best souvenirs. Surely, you would not want to miss great sceneries and events on your travel.

• Travel guide books and maps are also very helpful when you’re not availing of guided tours.

• Pouches or sling bags are perfect for while moving around the city. Choose one that has good compartments with locks so you can secure your belongings while having fun.

• Sunglasses and other accessories, including gadgets, are up for you to decide.

Janella Giselle Domingo is a travel ambassador and blogger from Deck Chair Cruising. They offer rv rentals and other services. Aside from blogging, she is also currently employed as a Chief Pharmacist at Wesleyan University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center. Despite of her busy schedule as a Chief Pharmacist; she never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust.