Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

It’s al­ways a good idea to check ahead for pub­lic hol­i­days. In Europe there are re­li­gious hol­i­days, for ex­am­ple, As­cen­sion Day (40 days af­ter Easter) and May Day. You can ar­rive in a town and find ev­ery­thing closed, es­pe­cially if you are do­ing your own book­ings. LEANNE HAM­MOND


Ca­ble Ties: these su­per-light­weight items have saved my ba­con on many oc­ca­sions. I have used them to re­pair shoes, suit­cases and for count­less other sit­u­a­tions. Take a va­ri­ety of sizes and colours. GAVIN WIL­LIAMS


My mates and I now pack our gear in an Esky. They are tough and great at pro­tect­ing things. Ar­rive, un­pack and have a us­able Esky. Es­pe­cially great in Bali or Thai­land. Oth­er­wise your suit­case sits empty un­til home time. HAY­DEN WOOD


I al­ways pack a light­weight, reusable, com­pact shop­ping bag. They are stronger than plas­tic bags from re­tail­ers and re­duce the pile of plas­tic bags in your room af­ter se­ri­ous re­tail ther­apy. The pa­per bags some re­tail­ers now use aren’t as strong or reusable due to size and lack of flex­i­bil­ity. LISA BEDGGOOD


I al­ways pack a bath­room basin-sized sink plug as of­ten you find it is miss­ing. I have just to­day re­turned from a trip to Ire­land and two out of three places I stayed at did not have one in the bath­room. You can usu­ally pick one up from your lo­cal $2 shop. ALAN GRA­HAM

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