By Claire Hastings (#FeatureFriday)
The best thing about financial independence is that it has allowed me to do what I have always wanted to do – travel.
Having the ability to travel both within, and outside, of Australia has enriched my soul with such amazing experiences. The pictures still flashing before my eyes, the smells of various cuisines still make my nose tingle and the warmth of people still makes my heart feel full.
That’s why I always encourage those I meet along the way to travel as much as possible.
It’s no secret that I’ve been fortunate enough to have my fair share of journeys in life (and, no – I am not intending to stop anytime soon).
But one of the best parts of my extended time traveling is that I’ve been able to pick up so much along the way.
But there’s one thing, in particular, one travel hack that I can’t hold in for myself - wherever you are going, you need to be prepared for anything.
That might sound pretty obvious, but I can’t underscore how important that travel tip really is.
You need to make sure your bag has all the essentials if you really want to enjoy your travels.
My recent motorbike trip around the Australian coastline taught me how to pack light for any occasion, and today I want to share that wisdom with you…
For the Surfer
You might think that surfing means that all you need is your surfboard, a little bit of sun lotion and that’s it.
Not even close!
Apart from swimming wear, you must also have a change of clothes with you because you never know when you might come across a perfect restaurant for a dinner night with your partner.
Moreover, beauty essentials, such as Aussie heat protecting hairspray are a must as you don’t want to present yourself in a bad light, no matter the occasion.
For the City Hopper
Going from city to city means that you are going to spend the night in a different place every time.
While finding a soft bed to sleep isn’t hard, being able to wash your clothes is.
You should always carry a simple clothes line and some detergent, and learn how to quickly wash your clothes.
Traveling with a backpack should be all about fun and not worrying about your looks all the time.
By the way, if you’re planning on traveling with only a few choices of clothing, be sure to pack sturdy shoes, as you’ll be walking a lot. Currently, my favorite pair is Dr. Martens Lex Oxford.
For the Climber
As unlikely as it may seem, you can always find a good place to party.
Even if you planned on getting away from it all and opting for mountaineering with a couple of friends instead, you should always pack a couple of cute sleeved dresses by Leina Broughton (my personal favorite), just in case.
There’s always some room in your backpack for essential seduction accessories. So, be careful not to forget to pack your favorite perfume!
For the Camping Enthusiast
Camping can be fun if you’re well-prepared.
One of the most important things to always carry with you is a first-aid kit, especially in the outback. Dealing with snake bites can be gruesome if you’re far from the hospital.
On the other hand, sleeping on the ground can be tedious, which is why you should always bring a good sleeping bag with you.
Don’t ever go on a hiking trip without a bottle of water with you because you can never be sure where you will end up, and if there’s any water nearby to quench your thirst.
I haven’t listed everything I had but - I believe these few tips are killers.
Make sure you think things through, pre-pack and enjoy every moment of your traveling sessions.