WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Ienjoyed reading the article on long-distance flights (Escape, March 25) and will use some of the advice given on my next trip. However, I was surprised that simply getting up and walking the length of the plane was not mentioned as a form of exercise. I did this on my way home from Hawaii and, near the rear door, met a group of people doing the same. We had all been at the same luau and it was great to share our experiences.
Whenever I am travelling, I always pack a large black garbage bag in my luggage. It’s great for putting my dirty laundry in or covering my suitcase if I am caught out in the rain. It’s light and takes up no room.
I always carry a garbage bag in my backpack when I’m hiking. It can be used to cover my pack in the rain or to keep valuables dry inside my bag. KAYLEEN JAMES
Packing for both cold and warm climates can be difficult. When travelling to the UK, I bought large jackets, jumpers and gloves from an op shop and then gave them back to the shop before leaving.
That way I had space in my suitcase for my summer clothes for the next destination. JAYNE NEUBAUER
LIGHT IT UP
If you are staying in hostels, pack a headlight. It allows you to read in bed and go to the bathroom at night. It’s often difficult to find the light switch if you are only staying a night.
Withdraw cash from an ATM connected to a bank. If there is an issue, visit the inside of the bank and talk direct with staff.
When handing over any cash, count out by hand, note by note. This way, any security cameras will pick up exactly what happened. JUDITH BOND
Instead of being caught without enough cash or a credit card when I’m shopping, I put a couple of large notes and a credit card into a small, zipped, fabric purse and attach it to the inside of my skirt or pants at the waist with a nappy pin so it can’t be seen. That way I don’t risk losing too much if my bag is snatched from me. The rest of my valuables are left in the safe of my hotel room. DIANNE SMITH
NO. 1 PACKING ITEM
My travel advice for women is to take a lightweight sarong on any flight as this becomes a scarf to keep your neck warm, a light blanket, head cover from any bright lights or people moving around in the plane, beach attire over your bikini, beach pillow when you roll it up, and shade for the beach when it is scorching hot.
If your airline misplaces your luggage and it has to be delivered the following day then it could be nightwear too. MAXEEN LEE