1. SWITCH TO SHAVING OIL
100mL liquid restrictions rule out many shaving preparations. On your next trip, pack a Shaving Oil instead. OSCAR Natural Shaving Oil comes in a 30mL bottle, which means it’s easy to throw in your toiletries bag, and because it’s super concentrated, you only need to use a few drops each time you shave. 6 weeks in South America? No problem.
2. PACK DRYER SHEETS
With dirty shoes and less-than-fresh clothes, suitcases can get fairly musty. Dryer sheets are a revelation. Disperse a few dryer sheets throughout your luggage and your stuff will smell laundered throughout your trip. You can find them in the laundry aisle of your supermarket.
3. GRAB THE GOOGLE TRANSLATE APP
Whilst it’s always advisable to know some basic phrases, the Google Translate app is a lifesaver. You can speak directly into the phone and it will repeat it back to you in a language of your choosing. You can also download a special feature which allows you to hover your phone camera over any text and it will translate that for you. Great for restaurant menus if you’re not feeling ultra-adventurous.
4. DOWNLOAD THE XE APP
Mathematicians among us may snigger, but the XE app is great for getting accurate conversions in an instant. 65 AUD for a craft beer in Reykjavik? Just a water for me, thanks.
5. START ‘STOCKING UP’ ON PODCASTS
Travelling can be very hectic, but there’s also a lot of downtime. Airport delays, long train rides and sleepless nights. Before you leave the country, download a number of podcasts to have ready to go. They’re free, can provide hours of entertainment and don’t weigh a thing. Some suggestions: Stuff You Should Know, This American Life, Graham Norton and of course, Serial (Season 1, though Season 2 might help you fall asleep!).
6. PACK A PILLOW CASE
We’re not germaphobes, but there’s something about the intimacy of a pillow that can leave you envisioning all sorts of things that you don’t want near your head. Stuff it full of clean clothes for a makeshift pillow and use it as a laundry bag on the way home.
7. EMBRACE GOOGLE DRIVE
Any traveller worth his salt knows to keep photocopies of passports and other important documents, but did you know you can also store digital back-ups securely on all your devices? Make a folder with a scanned copy of your passport and licence. Add to it, your airline e-ticket any hotel booking confirmations and most importantly, your insurance info. In a worst case scenario in which your luggage is lost or stolen, you’ll have copies of everything you need, which you can access from any device with internet access. Just make sure you log-out if you're using a public computer!
8. USE RAZOR TRAVEL COVERS
Online, you’ll see many posts recommending that you use a binder clip to cover a razor head for travel. The good news is, all of our razor cartridges come with a travel cover included! You can stash as many cartridges as you need in your toiletry bag and don’t have to worry about the blades getting damaged -- or damaging you!
9. GET THIS GAME-CHANGING PRODUCT
Google Drive is fantastic, but it’s always great to have hard copies of important documents on hand. This Kikki K folder is fantastic for organising your paperwork: pop your itinerary in the front sleeve. Then flights, accommodation, travel, activities and insurance. Sorted.
10. NEVER, EVER PACK A SELFIE STICK
That's all we'll say on the matter.