Category: Packing

How to pack for a bike tour

When a daily activity like cycling is part of your travel plan, determining how to pack for a bike tour and what goes in your suitcase and carry-on may get a little more complicated. On the other hand, it may also be easier, since you will spend all day in activity-specific clothing, plus such a trip is usually quite casual. Here, we have put together some information that we hope will make your packing easier, tapping into our own experience on bike tours plus general adventure travel, as well as talking to seasoned bike tour participants, Packing light is,...

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Expert travel tips for packing and unpacking on tours

When your travels involve moving every day (or nearly every day), unpacking and repacking can become a time-consuming grind. Unless you have figured out key survival tips for daily packing and unpacking on tours. Be it for a bike tour, or perhaps for hiking, running, paddling or even just bus tours, getting in and out of your suitcase for frequent moves for what you need and then gather it all back up again to move along could make you cross such tours off your list. These survival tips from a few who have done this often on bike tours...

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Packing tips for the eco-conscious traveler

Booking.com For the eco-conscious traveler, sustainability is a lifestyle that drives all day-to-day choices. And packing for a holiday is no exception. Here are some suggestions for what to pack, and what not to pack, to ensure that you’re traveling with environmental and cultural sensitivity in mind. If done right, you can not only minimize your carbon footprint and waste, but you can even benefit local communities and have a positive impact! What not to pack Eco-conscious travelers leave heavy stuff behind Do you REALLY need 4 pairs of jeans and a hand-knit woolen sweater? Don’t get us wrong, usually...

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Business Trip Packing Tips: Fight wrinkles & worry

Ease your travel stress with our business trip packing tips. Traveling for business is challenging enough, even for frequent flyers. Trudging on and off planes, trains and automobiles while schlepping clothes and gear is hard. Mix in being forced to mingle with coworkers in hotels, restaurants and airport lounges – people you may hardly know outside of the office — and even the best of us can feel discombobulated. There are ways to fight the stress, however. It starts with packing light, as we detailed in our recent article, Packing light: smart load-trimming tips.

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Useful travel must-haves from the junk drawer

Often, the most useful travel must-haves are not the cute and costly gidgets, tricky gadgets and techy wizdoodles that are all designed to make your life easier on the road. Aside from a few selective travel accessories, the really useful travel must-haves will come from the junk drawer, sewing cabinet or garage shelves at home. Here is HI Travel Tales’ list of all of those generic travel accessory must-haves that won’t cost but a few pennies: Safety pins: just a couple or three for an emergency fix for a backpack or purse strap, pants zipper (yup!) or to secure a...

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Packing light: smart load-trimming tips

If you aren’t a frequent traveler, packing for holiday or vacation travel means more anxiety about how to fulfill the packing light mantra. Who wants to schlep a bulging, obese suitcase? But what about all that “stuff” you might need? Tips for packing your luggage lighter are really all about adjusting your attitude. The “might” in “might need” is key here. First and foremost, forget what the Boy Scouts say about always being prepared. “Just in case” is only applicable if you are heading across the Sahara on an extreme hike or to the top of Everest for a little...

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Pack smart for travel: 10 steps to list, assess, pack!

If you don’t travel a lot, packing for an adventure – be it global or domestic – can be daunting. Instead of spending months or weeks panicking over what to take, start thinking about the process as soon as you book your tickets. Here are a few tips from HI Travel Tales to pack smart for travel: Choose your suitcase. Don’t select one too big (since we tend to fill the space we have). But expandable is always good since you can make room for stuff you may acquire while gone – or stashing that extra jacket at some...

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Travel Organization Tips: Cube, compress, fold, roll

The suitcase explosion of tousled, tangled, disorganized piles is – or should be – a thing of the past these days with the wide array of accessories that don’t add a lot of weight but help you travel with more organization. You need travel organization tips! Think of it as feng shui for your travel suitcase – aaaaaah, relief! In addition to creating up to 20 percent more space and keeping clothes wrinkle free, organizing clothes and other luggage items with today’s lightweight packing cubes, small stuff sacks, compression bags and garment folding systems can make bag searches at...

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Essential Travel Comfort Items To Pack

No one likes to travel in discomfort, and frankly, being airplane and airport experts ourselves, you can trust the HI Travel Tales team when we tell you, acquiring select travel comfort items might be the most important travel item purchases you’ll make. Why? Because airlines and more continue to cut back on the frill and comfort items they used to provide — need a pillow? Good luck. Want a blanket? Only in first class and even then, was that sucker washed recently? If you really want to ensure some travel happiness,  you’ll do well to pack some key travel comfort...

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Travel essentials we always pack in our luggage

Packing a bag for upcoming travels can be a bit stressful, no matter how experienced you are. You know weather is going to change, you aren’t sure how often you’ll get to do laundry, and you want to pack light and multifunctional. Into the “go” stack you put something, only to find yourself tossing it out a few minutes later. To help make our lives a bit easier at HI Travel Tales, there are a few travel essentials that go along, pretty much no matter what – not matter how big the suitcase, how cold or hot the destination,...

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