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Your Luggage must fit your travel style and be flexible enough to adjust to your trips. Consider what your travel style is. Do travel with a mixture of formal wear and casual wear? Do you like to pick up souvenirs and require additional space by the end of the trip? Then pick up and expandable featured piece. Travel backpack with wheels, duffel bag, wheeled suitcase or traditional suitcase can all be mixed and matched to create you personal travel system.
Department Store, Outlets and Discount Shops offer the bulk of the luggage found in retail situation. On-line stores now offer travelware at your convenience. Cost it out to find the right travelware for your budget. Suitcases generally come in 3-4 general sizes (i.e. 16-18", 21-22", 25-27", and 28-30") that accommodate a variety of traveling situation. New carry-ons are adjusted to fit under the FAA regulated dimensions to carry onboard aircrafts. American FlyerTM features UnderseatersTM which are designed for your convenience and travel approach. If you find a set you love, don't wait to come back to buy the whole set (click here for Online Store). Luggage are fashionable items and models do change after a set 6 month season. Most luggage come with 1 inside compartment and tie tapes. The frame material made with aluminum, durable plastic, or fiberglass all contribute to well-built, lightweight frames. All zippers and locks must be working properly. Pick the bag up from the handles for obstacles such as stairs. All handle and wheel system must be adjustable to your height, travel style, and budget.
- Personal Bag - Carry-on all of the valuables, i.e. passport, money, tickets, camera.
- Luggage / Travel Gear / Purse / Backpack
- Comfortable Footwear
- Camera, Film Video camera, tapes, Ziplock bags for film
- Language Books, Reading Materials, Address Book, Travel Journal
- Games / Playing Cards
- Luggage Locks & ID Tags
- A Small Journal - To sketch something that catches your eye, to make notes, a place to keep essential information at hand while exploring your new surroundings.
- Alarm Clock - Battery Operated Travel-size
- Pocket Swiss Army Knife - Perfect for impromptu picnics and other adventures
- Travel-size Flashlight with Batteries - Great for finding your way home in the dark or for emergency.
- Camera Batteries
- Mini - Sewing Kit
- Portable Lightweight Travel Iron or Steamer
- Electrical Converter - Hair Dryer, Steamers, and Camcorders all need to adapt to local electrical plugs
- Clothesline & Clothespins, Sink Stopper for Sinks
- Ziplock Plastic Bags or Mesh Fabric Bag for Soiled Laundry
- First-Aid Kit - Pack it with Band-Aids
- Aspirin / Pain Reliever
- Cold Medicine
- Contact Lens, extra supply of lenses, Solutions, Extra Cases
- Glasses, Eye Prescription,
- Diarrhea Medicine / Laxative
- Insect Repellent Cream
- Aloe for Sunburn Relief
- Antibiotic Cream
- Motion Sickness Medicine
- Personal Hygiene Items
- Prescription Medicines - ask your Doctor for recommendation
- Water Purification System
- Hair Brush / Comb
- Toothbrush / Paste Dental Floss
- Liquid Laundry detergent
- Skin Care Lotions / Creams
- Make up
- Manicure paraphernalia
- Lip balm
- Wet Towelettes
- Shaving Cream
- Blow Dryer
- Towel / Washcloth
- Travel Size Bottles for shampoo & laundry detergent
Packing light will allow you the freedom to adjust to travel hazards and challenges. Overpacking is usually a major reason for a vacation from hell. Airlines have strict rules on the amount and size of both carry-on and checked luggage. You do not want to pack more than you can handle, allowing for long treks at the airport or in route to your hotel. Generally, the airline allows two bags per person, but check with the airline in advance in regards to their baggage regulations. If the piece is too large to be carried onboard, the piece would be checked in upon entering the plane.
Pack clothes that are comfortable and don't require much maintenance. Light color clothing gets dirtier faster than dark clothing and dark clothing absorbs heat from the sun. Artificial fabrics like nylon, polyester, and spandex don't allow your skin to breathe allowing you to perspire in warmer climates. Cotton pieces are better choices for traveling. Pack a sweater or a light jacket for cooler evenings. Pack extras of personal items such as socks and underwear, you don't want to be doing laundry while travelling. When travelling abroad, be wary of packing a wardrobe only of shorts and t-shirts, many places like churches do not allow tourists to enter with bare shoulders or casual shorts. Bring extra footwear such as hiking boots or other comfortable shoes which are perfect for blisters found from sightseeing on foot. Sandals or thongs are perfect for beaches or hostel lodgings where showers may be communal. Select clothes that will match with each other. Choosing a color coordinated wardrobe will help you deal with space limitations.
Make a packing list of things your belonging which will help you from leaving behind your travel items. Your list will prove invaluable in the unfortunate event of lost or stolen luggage, while you are away. Plan travel activities ahead of time and dress accordingly.
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Pack your belongings tightly, first by placing the heavy items on the bottom of the suitcase, usually the side where the wheels are located. This allows you to maneuver with a stable baggage. Then roll your socks and place them in the shoes eliminating wasted space. Place your underwear and personal items in a large ziplock bag, this allows you to locate and organize your bag. Roll cotton sports wear, or casual items and place them in the case, eliminating space. When travelling with Suits and Dresses, Garment Bags are the best options, reducing chances of major wrinkles. Suitcase with Suiter Options are the 2nd best way of travelling with these type of clothing. To minimize wrinkles, use plastic dry cleaner bags when travelling with your suits, dresses, and shirts. Another way to pack is utilizing a Interweaving Method. This consists of laying out pants and dresses, and folding smaller items such as shirts around the longer clothing. The clothes are layered with clothing sensitive tissue paper (white or cream) smoothing the wrinkles.
Toiletries and valuables should be carried onboard. Never put valuables or prescription drugs in checked in luggage. Copy down the phone numbers of your credit card companies, and addresses of offices that that handle refunds of lost traveler's checks. Have your doctor write a spare prescription using the drug's generic name, this allows the prescription to be located abroad. Always carry your airline/train/bus tickets, passports or photo id, money, credit cards, travelers checks, essential toiletries such as toothbrush and tooth paste, face wash, extra contact lens, glasses, contact solution, case, eye drops, all medication, jewelry, keys and other valuables in your carry-on bag. Pack tissue packs, deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tampons/pads, prescription drugs, insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm. Pack travel size toiletries found at your local drug store or pack your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and soap, in smaller travel bottles.
Looking for a point and shoot camera with a zoom lens? The next question is whether you are looking for APS or 35MM. Clear pictures that record your travels with minimal hassle and convenience are found in both APS version or 35 mm. The advantage with the APS camera is the three different size pictures APS allows you to choose. If you are looking for a camera that is easy to carry and will give you a variety of good shots APS camera does the job. APS also is developed with an index print which summarizes your roll of film. Reprints/enlargements are easy to decide from the index print. You don't have to worry about the negatives getting scratched or lost, just keep the processed roll of film and index print for future reprints. Some APS cameras allow you to take out one roll of film mid-roll and switch to another, which is great when you want to switch films to adjust for the light conditions. For example, switching from a 100 to a 400 for an outdoor to indoor shot, without losing any exposures on either roll. The size of APS film containers are oval and take up room than thetraditional 35 mm film. The disadvantage with the APS is developing the pictures. APS usually is sent in and 1 hour photos for the most part, don't service APS film with it's 1 hour turn around. Plus compared to the 35mm the quality differs, so check out processed APS prints from friends before you decide on the APS, Recommended APS camera's: Canon ELPH, Nikon Nuvis, Minolta Vectis 30. For those of you who are more worried about the quality of your photos, the APS print quality is inferior to those of the 35mm prints. The pictures that are developed from 35 mm are very clear and less grainy then those of APS. With the 35 mm travel camera, size matters. Compared to most APS they are a lot larger but the small pocket size cameras are still just as convenient to carry. Look for a small, ergonomic cameras and you will find this to be the key to hassle-free picture taking. The perfect size fits in a purse or a shirt pocket. Recommended features are Zoom feature ranging from 80mm or less, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, night flash, night redeye reduction. Cameras to check out are the Olympic Stylus, Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer, Yashica T4 Super, Ricoh GR-1.
|Vacation Photo 101: How to Take Better Pictures|
First always keep the camera steady by holding it close to your body. Any motion will cause the photos to be blurred. When photographing, keep the sun behind you, this way your subject is better illuminated by the sun. Pay attention to the composition and the light conditions. Crop anything that would distract the main subject that you are shooting. Don't be afraid of getting closer to the subject. Pay attention to what format you are shooting your images. Horizontal or vertical images should support the subjects height or width. A view of Palisades Cliff is best shot horizontally. Have fun, photography is the most memorable way of taking you to places you've been and loved.
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Lock down all doors and windows. Leave your house key, Hotel Numbers, Addresses, and Itinerary with someone you trust. Leave instructions on watering house plants with house sitter. Send pets to relatives, friends, or animal hotels. Notify the following of your absence: Newspaper company, family, friends, and Post Office. Setup timers at home to turn on and off lights. Remove perishables in the refrigerator. Check ovens, stoves and unplug all appliances you will not be using while away. Set your thermostat at low and shut off the water heater.