Are you travelling in 2022?

Prepare for a safe trip

Travelling is not like it used to be and there is a lot more preparation these days, especially as domestic and international border restrictions change with the evolving Covid-19 pandemic. If you are jetting away soon, you should take it into consideration when packing to make your journey as smooth as possible.

Keep up with local rules and regulations

Be sure to check entry requirements as these can vary from country to country. Check Smart Traveller, and the official government sites for the latest restrictions and requirements for the country you are visiting. Do you need to quarantine or provide a pre-departure test covid test, what forms do you need to fill out or do you have to show any type of documentation on your way back?

Some tour groups, activities, and accommodations require travellers to produce both a proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test, so be sure to do your homework and prepare in advance.

Check with the airline you are flying with, and the transit destination don’t have any additional COVID rules.

Make sure you take out international travel insurance that covers you for COVID. Most destinations have a minimum amount you must be insured for.

Bring additional disinfecting supplies

Don’t forget to pack small bottles of hand sanitiser. Disinfecting wipes will come in handy for wiping down aeroplane trays and seats and sanitizing your hotel room upon arrival. Check that the airline you are travelling on does not have any rules on the type of mask that you must wear.

Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are durable and lightweight bags allowing you to group similar items like (underwear, accessories, tops, and beachwear) and pack them together in one cube. This makes for easy unpacking and repacking.

Roll, don’t fold

Roll-up your clothes as this takes up less space and can prevent wrinkling. If you have a heavier item or winter jacket, this can always be folded at the bottom of your suitcase.

Pack heavy items at the bottom of the suitcase. If you are travelling on a budget airline and you don’t have a limited weight limit, you can always wear your bulkiest clothing on the plane.

Be ready for worst-case scenarios

Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on

Although lost luggage is not common these days, baggage delays are, even if your flight is short and direct. Pack an extra set of clothes (especially a change of socks and underwear) – handy for a stopover if you if you want to freshen up.

Share suitcases if you are travelling as a family. Pack a set of each person’s essentials in every suitcase, in case some bags get delayed or go missing.

Pack a Powerboard

Handy for charging multiple devices as most hotel rooms have minimal power points. A multi power board can charge multiple devices in one go.

Doing laundry on your travels

If you are travelling for while you are going to need to do laundry on your travels. You might not be near a laundromat, or your hotel laundry service is expensive. A handy tip is to pack a plastic bag for damp clothes, a laundry bag, laundry powder, sard wonder soap for stains, and a metal coat hanger with 3-4 pegs.

To avoid your clothes smelling like dirty laundry, a good idea is to pack scented Dryer Sheets. Be careful with dryer sheets though as although they are great to mask odours, you might end up smelling like lavender with your clean clothes and it is embarrassing when someone points this out on a train. Use with caution. Another option is packing potpourri or scented sachets.

Always pack shoes separately in a plastic bag to avoid getting any dirt on your clothes or smelling out your suitcase.

Packing for the season

Packing for winter

Pack layers for cold weather

Go for lightweight layers rather than packing a bulky winter jacket. With layers, you can always add or remove depending on the temperature outside. Waterproof boots, a warm hat, scarf, and gloves might come in handy too.

Choose a down jacket over wool

A puffy down jacket can easily be stuffed into your daypack as an extra layer of warmth on super chilly days, used as a pillow on the flight or rolled away into a small pouch to save space.

Packing for spring

Bring clothing for changing weather conditions

Weather can be interchangeable in spring with chilly mornings, warm afternoons, wet, dry, and even four seasons in one day. Pack clothes that are breathable, insulating, sweat-absorbing and quick-drying. Merino wool clothing is an excellent choice and remember to bring layers to add and take off quickly…

Packing for summer

Lightweight summer clothes

Don’t forget the sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sunhat, sunglasses, beachwear and a towel too.

Packing for Autumn

Pack for changeable weather

Autumn weather can be unpredictable, with sunny days, chilly evenings, and the occasional afternoon downpour. Make sure you pack a loose-fitting waterproof rain jacket or windbreaker, and a small folding umbrella might come in handy too.

Pack for other activities

Packing for horse riding holidays

Pack your approved riding helmet, you don’t want to borrow one. You don’t know the history of the helmet and you can easily pack clothing into the helmet. Riding vest with pockets, cotton riding pants or jodhpurs, riding chaps and boots to go over your pants, Ariats with a heel are generally ok for trails, riding gloves, a bum bag to store stuff on the ride, i.e.: mobile phone, lip balm etc. make sure you have travel insurance that covers horse riding

Bring a First aid kit

Cuts, scrapes, blisters, and unexpected serious injuries could always happen while you’re out there, so make sure you’re fully prepared for every scenario. Pack a small first aid kit with essentials including antiseptic wipes, headache tablets, band-aids, and any allergy medication like antihistamines.  Don’t forget Lip Balm which is great for protecting and healing damaged lips, you can also apply lip balm to your face to prevent windburn.

If you need help planning your next trip, contact Snaffle travel at info@snaffletravel.com.au