(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:
Airline membership cards
Mobile phone & charger
Books to read
Foreign electrical plug adapter
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 ...
Spare razor blades
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.
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