UN­DER LOCK AND KEY

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

When trav­el­ling over­seas, we al­ways pack a bike lock with us. It comes in handy for ty­ing our bags to­gether when trav­el­ling on trains, buses or even in the boot of a hire car. It can also be used to tie your bags to­gether in your room or lug­gage stor­age ar­eas. A bike lock makes it a bit more dif­fi­cult for thieves to carry two bags tied to­gether. SHARON MCKEAN

QUICK DRY

My num­ber-one tip for travel is to buy a packet of two in­flat­able coathang­ers from the Myer travel sec­tion for $9.95. They are mar­vel­lous for dry­ing shirts, tops, knick­ers and jocks as they ex­pand to let the gar­ments dry quickly overnight. LORI GOSS

IN­STANT EATS

I reg­u­larly bring in­stant oat pack­ets on my trav­els. Any ho­tel room will typ­i­cally have a ket­tle and mug to add hot wa­ter to the mix­ture. This will save on break­fast spend­ing and sets you up for start­ing off the day sight­see­ing with­out need­ing to stop for food straight away. STEPHANIE CORSETTI

CAR CAU­TION

If you rent a car, al­ways ask for a re­ceipt, and when you re­turn the car to the rental com­pany, ask for writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion stat­ing the car was re­turned in ac­cept­able work­ing or­der and in good con­di­tion. I ad­vise this from a friend’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. He hired a car to travel around Venice, Italy, and when re­turn­ing the car, he ac­cepted the hire com­pany’s ver­bal

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