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Newsletter #21

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Happy Travelling

(This newsletter is longer than my usual 200 words!)

Do you ever forget things when you travel? I used to leave home without passports, suits, tickets, shoes, neckties, socks, briefcases and underwear - though usually not all at once.

Then I developed systems to make travel easier. If you travel a lot, maybe these ideas will be useful to you - or to someone you know ...

PACKING LIST: This can save time and embarrassment. Here's my checklist in case you want to use it as a basis for your own:

Passport
Air tickets
Foreign cash
Airline membership cards
Business cards
Laptop
Personal diary
Mobile phone & charger
Camera
Walkman
Books to read
Calculator
Alarm clock
Foreign electrical plug adapter

Suits
Suit shirts
Handkerchiefs
Neckties
Suit shoes
Suit belt
Casual shoes
Casual trousers
Casual shirts
Casual belts
Sweaters
Underwear
Socks
Shirts
Tennis clothes
Tennis shoes
Tennis racquet
Sleepwear
Track suit
Shorts
T shirts
Swim suit
Jacket
Coat
Bathroom bag ...

It is impossible to remember everything you'll need and collect it from your home bathroom every time you go! After five years of arriving without deodorant, toothbrushes or shaving cream ... I eventually figured it out.

Put everything you will ever need in your "travel bathroom bag" and NEVER remove anything from it for "home" use. Then you'll always arrive with the essentials, including ...

Hairbrush
Comb
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shaver
Spare razor blades
Shaving cream
Deodorant
After shave
Nail scissors
Clothes brush
Shampoo

PASSPORT: Filed in your filing cabinet under "passport" - it's easy to find!

FOREIGN CURRENCY: If you do lots of international trips, get a ring binder with plastic zip pouches - one pouch per currency. Each time you return from a trip, put your Hong Kong dollars in one pouch, your pounds in another pouch etc. Before a trip, grab the pouches you need. Then you always arrive with enough money for taxis, tips etc.

BAGGAGE LISTS: If you are travelling with more than about six bags and boxes, it is easy to forget some at the carousel. List each item of baggage on the outside of your ticket and check your list at the baggage carousel.

DRINK WATER ON AEROPLANES: A hostess once spilled a whole glass of orange juice in my lap. So she took my trousers, washed them, and lent me the pilot's trousers while she hung mine up to dry in the cockpit.

An hour later she delivered my dry trousers. That's how dehydrated the atmosphere is up there! It does the same thing to your body that it did to my trousers!

I wish you a joyous holiday season and a rich and prosperous new year. And if you are travelling over the festive season, happy travelling!

My next newsletter will be e-mailed on January 14, 2001.

Andrew Matthews' international bestsellers "Being Happy!", "Making Friends" and "Follow Your Heart" are available from amazon.com and bookstores in 50 countries.