The Do’s and Don’ts of Packing Your Bag for Travel

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Here are the do’s and don’ts of packing your luggage to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible:

Do’s

  • Bring a carry-on aside from yourluggage bag. Your carry-on should contain the things that you need to have onyou at all times, from your wallet to your laptop, to even a couple of books(flights can take a while, and they can be quite boring when you have nothingto do).
  • Remember to have all your in-flight essentials (passport, ID, wallet, gadgets) in a carry-on that you can carry with you at all times. Preferably, you want your carry-on to be a backpack to keep your hands free.  
  • Keep your toiletries in a separate compartment and in a smaller bag separate from your clothes. This will keep them from getting lost and jumbled along with the rest of your luggage and save you a lot of time when you do decide to unpack.  
  • Try to avoid being over-packed for overnight trips. However, being ready in times of emergency, can definitely save you. For instance, if you spill something on your shirt and need to change, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Secure your luggage with a lock ora cable tie. This minimizes any chances of your bag being broken into andanything getting stolen.

Don’ts

  • Don’t assume your carry-on won’t be inspected at the gate – airport security is different from country to country. Even if your luggage is completely within the limits of what your airline said, make sure that everything you need to have with you at all times is already with you.
  • Don’t use old bags when packing for travel. Unless they are specifically durable (i.e. suitcases), there’s always a god chance that your backpack straps might snap in the middle of a busy line at the airport.
  • Don’t just jam everything into your suitcase – once you take the time to fold your clothes and arrange them in order, you’ll discover that there’s more space in your bag than you once thought were possible.
  • Don’t pack everything and thekitchen sink. While adding an extra shirt or pair of pants or underwear maycome in handy, there’s certainly no need to over-pack. To avoid doing this,plan out what you’re going to be doing when you’re on your trip.

Being aware of these do’s and don’ts will allow you to make the right decisions you need when it comes to packing for your trip, and will be sure to save you a lot of time later on.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Types of Travel Bags

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While there are different types of bags that you can choose from, each one has its own specific purpose. Here they are for your consideration:

Backpack

There are two words that are reason enough why many people such as campers, hikers, and adventurers choose to go with a backpack: hands free.

Even if you’re carrying a month’s worth of luggage, the weight is evenly distributed on your back that you won’t be bothered too much when you’re carrying it. Most backpacks these days are durable and can be easily cleaned when exposed to dirt or mud.

When choosing a backpack, be sure to choose one that’sespecially suited for your purpose. Checking on the backpack’s quality andcharacteristics (i.e. size, features, and safety) will help you do thiseasily. 

Duffel Bag

Duffel bags have earned their status as “all-purpose” for a reason – they’re easy to carry with one or both handles, and two people can share the weight when they’re carrying it.

The size and make of duffel bags is what makes them ideal for containing almost anything when you’re travelling long distance. Nowadays, most duffel bags even have separate compartments and pockets for cell phones.

If you don’t like having to carry duffel bags by hand,some types and brands also have a sling option that you can use.

Suitcase

Suitcases tend to be reserved strictly for lightweight luggage trips or trips that strictly call for them, such as business trips or high-profile social gatherings. With suitcases, your clothes become much easier to fold and organize, and they’re a great way to keep your shirts and pants wrinkle-free.

Another advantage that suitcases have over the other two type of travel bags is the ease of which you can move them, as having a bag with rolling wheels definitely beats carrying the weight on your back or on one hand.

However, suitcases also have their disadvantage. The rolling wheels make it difficult to maneuver over muddy or rough terrain, and you would often end up having to carry it by the side handle.

At the end of the day, be sure to keep in mind that travel is all about blending in with the crowd, instead of standing out. This is especially true when you’re going abroad or overseas, where looking like a tourist will almost automatically signal people to react or respond to you in different ways.

Purchasing a New House

All of us need to own a house so that there will be a shelter in times of heavy rain and devastating heat. However, nowadays, buying a new house is too expensive. Actually, there’s no home today that is cheap but you can save by following these tips:

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  • Do not purchase a home that you know you can’t afford. Sometimes, people have the tendency to follow their dreams even though it cannot be. This is a big mistake in purchasing a house because you are not just simply buying a home, you are also spending your money on it.

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  • Buy a house that is near hospitals, schools and other important establishment. While it is still early and the house is sold in a low price, grab the opportunity especially when it is located near business areas. When year passes by, the value of your house continue to increase. Therefore, if you want to sell it, start with a high price.
  • Seek expert advice. Nowadays, we use the internet to find everything. This include professional individuals who can help you in selecting a house. Through them, you will have the idea on what type of house will you choose.
  • Hire someone who is expert in inspecting homes. You will really need them. This is to make sure that the house is durable and will not require renovation or perhaps reconstruction. In this way, you can save money and you can guarantee that the house do not appear beautiful on the outside but also on the inside.

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Tips for Selecting Toys for Your Toddlers

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Screen-Shot-2012-04-19-at-8.35.17-AM The studies revealed that 93% of the respondents still purchased toys that were not appropriate for their child’s age. The emergency department for children recorded more than five hundred toy-related accidents and injuries every year. If you want to know more about this, you should refer to the November 2013 issue of Singapore Medical Journal. It was published there.

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As a parent, you want to ensure the safety of your child. Toys are educational and your child can benefit from it but you have to think if it is age-appropriate. Here are some tips you can consider for selecting toys for your toddlers:

    • Toys that can be used in different ways

 

Toddlers get bored easily with their toys. With that in mind, you should look for toys that can be used in different ways. For example, you can purchase interlocking blocks, cups, nesting blocks and many more.

  • Toys that can encourage activity

You have to look for toys that can encourage activity. If your toddlers are active, it will make their body stronger. For example, you can consider balls, bowling sets, tricycles and many more.

  • Toys that entice imaginationbest educational toys for toddlers 1

As your child grows up, their imagination will also grow. They will now take on the roles of other people like a princess, king, queen, engineer, etc. You can purchase clothing, cardboard box, trucks, trains, fire hoses and many more.

  • Toys that boost problem solving and exploration

Playing is an important part of the development of your child. It is important that you do not deprive him/her that. You should look for toys that can boost their problem solving and exploration like crayons, clay, puzzles and many more.

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