Contore Tours approved travel hacks:
- Include a smaller backpack for day trips
You want to be mobile on day trips, and a big, heavy backpack can become bothersome. If possible, substitute your normal handbag with a nice small backpack.
Pro-tip – Buy a small 3- or 4-digit combination lock for the zip on your backpack. All tourist destinations battle with pick pockets and they are very clever.
- Remember an empty water bottle and/or travel mug
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re out and about all day, exploring. Fill your bottle/travel mug in the hotel every morning. It will also save you a couple of bucks, if you don’t have to buy new bottles of water constantly.
- A reusable bag
Make sure it can fold up small enough to fit in your backpack, but that its big enough to fit all those big souvenirs you will purchase. And believe me, you will…
- Always take a few zip-lock bags
You never know when you might have something wet to pack, like swimwear or washed undies.
Pro-tip – open the bags at night to avoid unwanted odours.
Another pro-tip – Packing undies/socks/t-shirts in large zip-lock bags and squeezing all the air out will save you lots of space in your suitcase AND keep your suitcase organised!
- It’s a good idea to pack some snacks
There might be times when you need a bite to eat and not have access to a food stall or restaurant. It can be a lifesaver to include an energy bar or two from home.
Pro-tip – if you bring snacks from home, keep it in your checked luggage and move it to your hand luggage after you’ve landed at your destination.
- Find out which type of power outlet your destination uses
Make sure you have an adapter for whichever outlet your destination country uses. It can be quite a hassle to find an adapter on short notice. And with all the beautiful places Contore will take you, you shouldn’t go without your camera or phone.
- Use luggage with wheels
You don’t want to get caught lugging all those fantastic souvenirs around without the help of wheels on your luggage.
Pro-tip – Choose a bag with 4 wheels that can turn 360º.
- Don’t overpack
Most people take way too much clothes on holiday. Make sure you pack only essentials.
Pro-tip – If you spend more than one night in any hotel, you can wash some clothes on the first night and hang it in the bathroom to dry. Or pay a couple of bucks for the hotel laundry service.
- Take big clothing items on the plane with you
Keep your bag lighter by wearing your bulky coat and shoes while flying. It keeps your bag under the weight limit, plus airplanes are always colder than you think.
Pro-tip – If you battle with swollen feet, don’t take your shoes off in the plane. You will not be able to put them on once you’ve landed at your destination. Always wear flight socks – they REALLY help with swollen feet and legs!
- Never take new shoes
Unless you are 100% sure they won’t chafe you. Nobody wants blisters when they’re trying to enjoy a new adventure.
Pro-tip – Pack in flipflops or slippers to wear in the hotel because your feet will be tired after a full day of walking and exploring.
- Make sure you have copies of all your travel documents
Make 2 sets of copies of your passport, visa, flight tickets, health and travel insurance, itinerary and emergency contact numbers of loved ones not travelling with you. Place one in your hand luggage and one in your checked luggage. You should also have digital copies of all these documents.
Pro-tip – lock these documents as well as your passport in a safe in your hotel-room or if there is no safe, lock them inside your checked luggage.
- Carry smaller denomination notes and coins
While big denominations like R200 notes are not rare in South Africa, in certain countries like most of Europe’s, most places won’t accept a €200 or even a €100 note. So, while at the airport, exchange larger notes for smaller ones.