Picture by Nathan Barro: Lake Nagu Nagu, Queensland, Australia

Monday, 25 November 2013

Travel Tip: Take a Hanger!

Todays travel tip is pretty simple.  Take a plastic clothes hanger with you on holiday.  They cost a few dollars from the store and they can save you money in the long run.

When you holiday in hotels and on cruises it is often hard to find a way to wash and dry your clothes.  On our upcoming trip we have access to very little in the way of laundry services so I always carry one or two of these in my luggage to help me out.  I wash and hang small light items on it in a doorway or window.  They are really good for getting swimwear dry and they tend to be able to clip onto to most things.  Another bonus - they weigh very little so no need to worry about weight restrictions and they fold pretty much flat.  Also if you come to the end of your trip and you have limited space you can leave them behind because they didn't cost much.

I also always carry with me my trusted bar of Sard Wonder Soap so I can wash my clothes in the bathroom sink etc and I don't have to worry about it leaking etc. like liquids might.

With these two items laundry on the go is so much easier.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Travel Tip TIme: Travel Journals

I know I've talked about travel journals before and how much I value them and think they are a wonderful momento and resource to have so I won't go into that again.

BUT, my travel tip today is to keep a travel journal while you travel.  I always keep one and often have a nice notebook that I record several trips in although I have bought journals specific to travelling before as well and they worked just as well.  

Today I am sharing a couple of ways you can journal.

I always encourage my kids to journal at least some part of our holidays and on our last big trip overseas I made them these journals.  I bought an A5 sketchbook from Big W and covered it in fabric.  They were able to write in it as well as stick in tickets etc.  There is also room left in these books for more trips.

On another trip to Fiji I made them a simple book by buying an exercise book from the newsagent and covering it with some paper and stickers.  You can see a blog post about them here and a picture of them is below.

This trip Emma found a travel journal in Smiggle that she really liked so we have decided that she will be taking that one away.  The good thing is it has lots of sections she can tick and list and draw so the writing won't be so tedious for her.  The link to all the information is here.

I also found via Pinterest a printable page that you can use to make your own travel journal for the kids which is very tempting for Nathan because it doesn't need much writing (he really doesn't like to write much while we are away).  It looks like this and the link is here.

As for me I have a journal that is not full yet so I will continue to write in it.  It is just a A5 notebook that I picked up in Typo.  

Last trip I did have a specific journal though which was also from Typo and looked like this:

You can also read about my journal idea of collecting postcards as you travel here.

Happy Travels!