We’d like to take this opportunity to wish our CORE friends a very Happy Chinese New Year.
We are truly blessed to be able to celebrate yet another New Year with all our CORE friends.
If you’re travelling this festive season, Stay safe!
PACKING LIKE A PRO AND TRAVELLING LIGHT – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
If you’ve been following us since the beginning of the year, I’m sure you’ve already compiled a list of possible destinations in year 2017.
For this issue, we’ve enlisted the help of Marek, The Indie Traveller to help us pack our gear efficiently.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
Choose the right bag:
Get a bag with a capacity of around 40 liters. You might need something a bit bigger if you plan to go camping, but if you’ll be staying in hotels or hostels a bag of this size should be absolutely fine.
A smaller bag is much easier to handle during transit. For instance, you can easily swing it onto the back of a tuk-tuk. You can tuck it under your seat in a bus, where it will be more secure and easier to access.
Backpacks have advantages over wheeled luggage as well, at least for general world travel. A suitcase is fine for a holiday in a fixed location or when staying only in modern urban environments, but it’s not so great for sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, or dirt roads. A backpack is also more malleable and easier to store than a hardshell suitcase.
Follow the 3 key packing rules
Pack the must-haves, not the nice-to-haves
It’s easy to get into all kinds of “what if” scenarios in your head that will never happen. If it’s your first big trip, you might end up packing more and more things just because ‘more stuff’ feels somehow comforting and safe, even though it’ll just weigh you down. Try to be brave and pack less. Focus on the true essentials only.
Don’t pack more than 1 week’s worth of clothing
It’s much easier to do laundry than to carry weeks worth of clothing. Pick some versatile favourites with a simple color palette so that you can easily mix-and-match.
Bring versatile instead of special-case items
Focus on items that will be useful to you all the time, and think twice about anything you’ll use only on specific occasions. For example, equipment can often be borrowed or rented. If there’s a surprise situation on your trip, you can often find a cheap temporary fix instead of carrying something just-in-case for your entire trip.