Packing: pack light, pack tight, pack carefully

Written by Gareth Powell


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Packing hanging suit bags is slightly different. If you are using a hanging bag do not believe that your clothes will, as a result, emerge unwrinkled and wearable. They will not, unless you take special care. The best way to load is withrepparttar bag laid flat, not hanging up. Put shoes in plastic bags, one at each corner, so that they remain atrepparttar 143171 top whenrepparttar 143172 bag is folded. Make surerepparttar 143173 heels are inrepparttar 143174 corners withrepparttar 143175 toes pointing towardsrepparttar 143176 handle. Hangrepparttar 143177 trousers with two folds so that you do not have a single fold acrossrepparttar 143178 knee. Do not fastenrepparttar 143179 jacket, but close it so that one side is about a third ofrepparttar 143180 way across. Foldrepparttar 143181 sleeves up atrepparttar 143182 elbow, then pack other garments on top to hold in place. I carry a small traveling iron which even has a steam feature. It is light, in a neat bag and takes little space. It is, in a sense, my one luxury. When you have finished packing try closingrepparttar 143183 case. It should be as tight a fit as possible without needing excessive force. If it is too loosely packed, lay sheets of tissue paper on top to fillrepparttar 143184 gap. Many experienced travelers lay a collapsible carry-all onrepparttar 143185 top forrepparttar 143186 inevitable excess of baggage onrepparttar 143187 return journey. Unpack both suitcases and hanging bags, completely as soon as you arrive. If there are any wrinkles, hang your clothes onrepparttar 143188 shower rail and run a very hot bath. You only need a small amount of water. Do not bother fillingrepparttar 143189 bath up. It takes less than an hour to steamrepparttar 143190 wrinkles out. Other points Bottles leak, powder spreads, creams escape and make too much of themselves. The only way that you can be sure that these dread happenings are not among your travel memoirs is to keep all your toiletries in a zip up plastic bag that you have tested for air tightness. Try never to carry any glass bottles. Decant into small plastic holders wherever possible. Always carry a large bar of soap. The little tablets issued in most hotels are not suitable forrepparttar 143191 cleansing of grown-up bodies.

Gareth Powell is the author of several travel books, has been the travel editor of two metropolitan newspapers and has a travel website - http://www.travelhopefully.com


Test your stress levels before you book

Written by Gareth Powell


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Is trouble with in-laws causing tension within your family? 6 points. Is there anyone at home or at work whom you dislike strongly? 6 points. Do you frequently suffer from premenstrual tension? 6 points. Have you had a resounding personal success, such as rapid promotion at work? 6 points. Have you experienced "jet lag" at least twice? 8 points. Has there been a major domestic upheaval such as moving house or having an extension built onto your house (though not including a change in family relationships)? 5 points. Have you had problems at work that may be putting your job at risk? 6 points. Have you taken on a substantial debt or mortgage? 3 points. Have you had a minor brush withrepparttar law, such as being prosecuted for a traffic offence or failure to have a TV licence? 2 points. As a general guide, a score of under 30 suggests that you are unlikely to suffer stress-related illness or accidental injury now or inrepparttar 143170 near future. Your choice of holiday is pretty much unrestricted in this particular area. If your score is 60 or above,repparttar 143171 pressures on you are greater than normal. This means you are at risk from one or more stress-related problems. The higherrepparttar 143172 numberrepparttar 143173 more relaxed your holiday must be. Note carefully that jet lag gets a score of 8. If you travel internationally more than four or five times a year you will become ill. Bet on it. If you fly over four hours and you do not fly in business class you can add 50 percent to those figures. Which is why you need to carefully evaluate your health before you decide on a holiday which involves very long flights. It can make you quite ill and stuff your holiday.

Gareth Powell is the author of several travel books, has been the travel editor of two metropolitan newspapers and has a travel website - http://www.travelhopefully.com


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