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AUSTRALIAN WOMENS TRAVEL

             Small Group Tours: Travel for Women

PACKING TIPS

This is a list of the maximum amount of things you should ever need to cart around, (the suggested quantities include those clothes that you will be wearing) restrict yourself to one case (hopefully only weighing around 15 kg) and leave enough room to fit in any purchases you make while away.


(Please note that the requirements for my tour to INDIA are quite different and the information will be passed on upon booking).

WARDROBE

                                                                    

  • Trousers / leggings / skirts (shorts?)  3 - 4 pairs. Denim jeans make poor traveling clothes: they're heavy, bulky, and take forever to dry. Several companies now make trousers with zip-off legs (which convert them to shorts), a versatile solution that may appeal to you;


  • Shirts 2 - 4 loose, light, long-sleeved shirts are a great way to layer your clothing they keep the sun off your arms in warmer weather and are light to carry around if you need to take them off;


  • Tee shirts / tops 3+, the  best in an easy drying fabric for quick washing / drying;


  • Swimsuit - for hotel in Singapore & beach in Monterosso al Mare (where applicable);


  • Jumper (cardigan) dark, a cardigan is an excellent layering item and can also substitute for a jacket when a less formal appearance is required;


  • Rain - wear there are plenty of opportunities to buy umbrellas and other rain-wear on the streets of Europe very cheaply. As soon as the rain starts out come the hawkers!;


  • Socks 3 pairs, despite the fact that it feels nice and is a natural fibre, cotton is just about the worst sock fabric available. Walking experts overwhelmingly recommend socks made of synthetic yarns to keep your feet comfortable and dry. Blends that add wool or alpaca are also acceptable, especially in cooler weather; they don't wear as well, though. The goal is to "wick" (draw) moisture away from the skin. Cotton, unfortunately, absorbs moisture, leaving your feet moist and more susceptible to blisters, fungal infection, and odour. It is also notoriously slow to dry, which can interfere with your laundry plans. And finally, pay attention to fit, which is more important that you may realize: steer clear of tube socks, one-size-fits-all types (they don't), stretch socks (too tight), and those with toe seams. Loose tops are good;


  • Undies 6 / bras 3 pairs, look for fast drying qualities;


  • T-shirt (long) or sarong,  a multipurpose item, this can function as a cover-up (for pool and bath) and nightshirt. An ideal solution is the wonderfully utilitarian sarong. It also functions as a sheet, beach / picnic / airline blanket, towel, tote / laundry bag, shower / window curtain, pillowcase, changing room, tablecloth, and more. There are many ways to wear them;


  • Hat sun / knitted cap. Choose a light, soft, floppy sun hat over one that's too stiff to pack well; if it's cold, take a knitted cap too.


  • Shoes, 2 Pairs comfortable walking / joggers / boots it is a good idea to have two pairs so that you can change when your feet get tired or sore. Also good if one pair is rubbing after lengthy walking.


  • Laundry bag, a garbage bag will do the trick there are Laundromats available , but most people just hand wash each night;


  • Luggage lock(s) (cable ties) your bag should have zippers designed to be locked with a small padlock. Use combination locks, rather than the keyed variety; 


  • Alarm clock, most people use their mobile phone, however, if you do bring an alarm clock make sure you bring some spare batteries;


  • Flashlight A flashlight (torch) can be surprisingly useful, for navigating dark streets, late night reading, finding your way to the toilet. Again most people now use their flashlight app;

 

  • Multipurpose tool / Pocket knife / Swiss army knife. *NOTE anything that resembles a "weapon" such as a pocket knife will need to be packed in main suitcase; and


  • Travel pillow - These make sleeping (or even resting) on the plane a lot more pleasant, and may augment your hotel pillow as well. Inflatable pillows which pack flat  travel better. Be careful not to over inflate them on the ground, as they can burst when airborne (due to reduced cabin air pressure); slight under inflation makes them more comfortable anyway.
REPAIRS
  • Safety pins, rubber bands, in addition to their obvious uses, safety pins will hold the curtains properly closed in a hotel room, often a prerequisite to getting a good night's sleep. Stainless steel (non-rusting) safety pins also work well as "clothespins". Pinning your trousers pockets closed can help to deter pickpockets in crowded areas (Velcro is even better for this, if you care to take the trouble);


  • Sewing kit, including large needle to accommodate dental floss, basic coloured thread and a couple of needles. Dental floss makes good strong thread in the absence of cotton; however you will need a big eyed needle. The cutter on the dental floss box makes an excellent thread cutter as well; and


  • (Ziploc) plastic bags, garbage bags, the travelers friend; it's difficult to have too many small, seal-able bags plus a couple of heavy duty plastic garbage bags take up almost no space, and can serve a variety of uses (rain/dust covers, picnic blanket, etc).
TOILETRIES
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Razor / nail clippers / file / tweezers / nail files  must be packed in main suitcase
  • Hairdryer, you will need a plug adapter, most places offer hairdryers in the room however, they are of varying degrees of usefulness, so if you are fussy about your hair bring your own
  • Comb and/or hairbrush
  • Hair Straightener (if you feel it is necessary)
  • Shampoo  / conditioner / hair products (good idea to keep in a Ziploc bag to prevent leakage)
  • Deodorant
  • Bar soap & container / Body Wash
  • Cosmetics
  • Tissues (doubles as toilet paper) wipes are very handy to have in your handbag for all sorts of hand washing occasions.
LAUNDRY
  • Temporary clothesline  - (shampoo can double as washing detergent)
  • Pegs
  • 5 plastic coat hangers (The best thing for hanging and drying clothes in your hotel room)
HEALTH
  • Analgesic : Aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen,  or whatever, are best (though not most efficiently) carried in their original packaging


  • Diarrhea treatment (e.g., Lomotil / Gastro Stop) the two most popular drugs for dealing with this are Lomotil [diphenoxylate atrophine]. Be aware that antimotility drugs such as Lomotil (and Imodium [loperamide], do not prevent diarrhea (in fact, they may even increase the risk for it), but they provide prompt though temporary symptomatic relief by reducing muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. Don't use them unless access to a toilet is limited (such as during a long bus ride). And never use them for more than 48 hours


  • Sunscreen, lip balm, be aware that sunscreens more than 2-3 years old have lost their effectiveness


  • Bandaids


  • Menstrual supplies

  • Vitamins, necessary medications if you need to carry any prescription drug, be sure to bring along a copy of the prescription, both to replenish your supply in an emergency, and to verify your need for something that might otherwise be illegal in your destination country. The drug should be listed by brand and generic name, and include the dosage. If you have a serious condition, a letter from your doctor (translated into the local language) is a wise precaution. Carry more medicine than you expect to need, especially if traveling somewhere without western medical standard


Have your prescription filled in tablet form when possible, as capsules and liquids are less stable, particularly in hot, humid climates.

AUDIO VISUAL
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses, lens cleaning cloth a spare pair of reading glasses is recommend
  • Earplugs can be extremely useful in situations where you're trying to get some sleep. Best are those that you compress by rolling between your fingers. If you're planning to sleep on a long flight, you may also find an eye mask helpful.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Camera (lenses? flash? tripod? film? extra batteries? Charger);


  • Mobile telephone (charger?) Before you depart, ensure that the phone's technology, your calling plan, and the battery charger are all compatible with the area(s) you intend to visit. Also have international roaming put on your phone by your carrier. It is imperative that you bring a mobile phone with you on the trip as it is a great way of us all connecting with each other via SMS if we get separated;


  • Exercise: We will be doing a lot of walking during our tour so we recommend that you start walking and getting a bit fit before you leave;


  • Power adapters- You will need to bring one that suits the UK and one that suits Europe (available from all travel shops); and


  • Power board, allows you to charge phone/camera etc at the same time.
A FEW THINGS TO BRING AND LEAVE BEHIND
  • Make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver's license and the credit cards that you plan to bring with you. Leave one photocopy of this data with family or friends at home; pack the other in a place separate from where you carry your valuables.

  •  Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency.

Things to leave behind

  • Valuable or expensive jewellery.
  • All unnecessary credit cards or other cards you would normally carry on your purse.
NOTE
  • This is a suggested list only, obviously you will pack what you think you need, however you will be surprised at how little you need to travel with, and it certainly makes the load lighter;

 

  •  International Airline passengers departing Australia must follow restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels in their hand luggage.

Passengers leaving Australia can only take as many liquids, gels and aerosols as they can fit into a 20cm square clear plastic bag (zip lock recommended) in their hand luggage. The containers must be 100 mls or less.

You may still carry on board prescription medicines. Baby products and non prescription medicines that you need for the flight are also allowed.

Proof may be required.

Please note: these restrictions do not apply to check in luggage;

 

  • Travel lightly one suitcase only (leave the CARRY ON at home, if possible !) you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended

 

  • Carry the minimum amount of valuables leave expensive jewellery or valuable items at home;

 

  • Have a money belt (waist or neck) for your valuables passport/credit card;

 

  • Have a sturdy handbag preferably with a strap worn across the chest avoid outside pockets if possible;

 

  • If you wear glasses pack an extra pair; and

 

  • Put your name address and phone number on all luggage.

 

A FEW CLOSING WORDS

People over pack because of timidity and fear of the unknown, both largely results of inexperience.


How will you know if your ultimate choices are good ones (preferably prior to that once-in-a-lifetime trip)?


Here's a simple test... Pack your chosen bag with the items you plan to take. Put on the shoes you plan to wear. Then take a one-hour walk around town, including an ample assortment of stairs, poor roads, and the like. If you're still happy at the end of your excursion, make your travel reservations!!!


We do encourage you to take only 15kg if possible, you won’t regret it.

SAFETY ON THE STREET 

These are just a few common sense tips  mostly these things wont apply to us as we are traveling together, however it is best to be informed and aware of what to look out for.


Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home.


  • In Europe the cars travel on the opposite side of the road.  REMEMBER to look LEFT first, then right then left again;
  • Be especially cautious in or avoid areas where you are likely to be victimised. These include crowded subways, train stations, elevators, tourist sites, market places, festivals and marginal areas of cities;
  • Don't use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly-lit streets. Try not to travel alone at night;
  • Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances;
  • Keep a low profile and avoid loud conversations or arguments. Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers;
  • Avoid scam artists. Beware of strangers who approach you, offering bargains or to be your guide;
  • Beware of pickpockets. They often have an accomplice who will:
  • jostle you,
  • ask you for directions or the time,
  • point to something spilled on your clothing,
  • Distract you by creating a disturbance.

A child or even a woman carrying a baby can be a pickpocket. Beware of groups of vagrant children who create a distraction while picking your pocket.


HOW TO HANDLE MONEY SAFELY
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, only as you need currency;

 

  • Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill;

 

  • Make sure your credit card is returned to you after each transaction;

 

  • Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money;

 

  • Do not change money on the black market;

 

  • If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police. Keep a copy of the police report for insurance claims and as an explanation of your plight. After reporting missing items to the police, report the loss or theft of: *credit cards to the issuing company,
  • airline tickets to the airline or travel agent,
  • Passport to the nearest Australian embassy or consulate.

AUSTRALIAN WOMENS TRAVEL :  SOLO WOMENS TRAVEL AT ITS BEST

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CHECKLIST
Trousers / skirts / leggings (shorts?)   3 - 4 pairs  
  • Shirts: 2 - 4
  •  Tee shirts / tops: 3 +
  •  Swimsuit 
  •  Cardigan / jumper 
  •  Jacket
  •  Undies: 6 / Bras: 3
  •  Socks: 3 pairs
  •  T-shirt long / sarong 
  •  Hat  sun / knitted cap  
  •  Shoes - 2 Pairs comfortable walking /   joggers / boots (lace) shoes and a pair of shoes or sandals to change into at night and give your feet a rest
  • Laundry bag / lightweight duffel
  • Luggage lock(s) (cable ties)
  • Alarm clock / watch (batteries) - can use mobile phone
  • Flashlight, extra batteries & bulbs
  •   Multipurpose tool / Pocket knife / Swiss army knife- must not be packed in hand luggage
  • Travel pillow
  • Safety pins, rubber bands, cord
  • Sewing kit, including large needle to accommodate dental floss
  • Power adapters / Power Board
  • (Ziploc) plastic bags, garbage bags
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Razor/nail clippers/file (must not be packed in hand luggage)
  • Hairdryer / Hair straightener/ hairbrush
  • Shampoo  / conditioner / hair products / deodorant
  • Bar soap & container  / Bath gel
  • Tissues (doubles as toilet paper) / washcloths
  • Temporary clothesline / pegs
  • 5 plastic coat hangers (To hang clothes to dry)
  •  Analgesic 
  • Diarrhea treatment
  • Bandaids
  • Menstrual supplies
  • Vitamins, necessary medications  
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses, lens cleaning cloth
  • Earplugs / eye mask
  • Pens, small notebook, glue stick 
  • Personal address book
  • Daily information and Daily schedule books (supplied by me)
  • Reading material  / kindle
  • Passport
  • Copies of important documents 
  • Driver's license, health insurance information travel tickets 
  • Charge & ATM cards, cash
  • Personal security pouch
  • Camera (lenses? flash? tripod? film? extra batteries? Charger)
  • Mobile phone plus charger