Frequent travellers share best tips
VENTURING away from the home and everyday life is exciting.
With school holidays just around the corner many may be planning their next getaway.
To help plan, shop and pack for an upcoming holiday, two frequent travellers have given their expert advice.
Travel with family
Traveller extraordinaire and author of Kids Welcome, Sarah Pye, said determining what to pack for a family holiday depended on the age of the children and the method of travel.
“When travelling by car, families could pack as much as they could fit into their vehicle ... but if travelling by plane it may be better to pack light,” Ms Pye said.
“Rather than using a carry-on bag with wheels that you need to drag around, use a backpack so your hands are free.”
For babies and toddlers, Ms Pye said one of the most essential items to pack when travelling was their blanket or item of comfort.
She said parents should also find out if their hotels had neccessities such as high chairs, cots, car seats or strollers for hire.
“This (hiring) is much better than trying to get bulky items on the plane but check ahead because some places require you to book these before you get there,” Ms Pye said.
To keep children amused and excited throughout any long journey, Ms Pye said it was handy to take small toys and items.
“If you're going on long journeys, it doesn't matter if it's by plane or car, buy a whole bag of little $2 items and wrap them up into little individual packages.”
Whenever they become restless, pull out one of these wrapped up toys, Ms Pye said.
For more advice on what to pack for a family holiday, check out the easy-to-follow list at kidswelcome.com.au.
Travel for work or leisure
Flight Centre public relations manager and frequent traveller Deana Puglisi said there were many must-pack items on her list.
When preparing for a long flight she said items she always carried on board were: an extra jumper or jacket, a notebook, a good magazine and book, a travel journal and her iPod and laptop.
“When I'm packing for a holiday I put everything out on the bed and then halve it,” Ms Puglisi said.
Instead of relying on hotels for basics like shampoo and tea, Ms Puglisi said she always preferred to bring her own products.
“It's all about being comfortable in your new surroundings,” she said.