EASY TO KEEP IT SENTRAL
When travelling to connecting flights or returning to Australia from Kuala Lumpur, I like to check-in with my luggage at KL Sentral railway station and then return to my hotel for the buffet breakfast, or a lastminute shop or spa treatment. The train has free Wi-Fi to and from the airport. Stress free and so easy.
Everyone needs to wash their clothes or remove a stain after a mishap. I travel with a universal sink plug and a bar of antibacterial soap (Sard Wonder Soap) I can use to wash my clothes, and that will also get rid of a spilt coffee stain. Then I roll my clothes into a micro fibre towel to take out extra moisture.
When on a tour in Vietnam or China always carry a small umbrella. The weather can change to a sudden short downpour, enough to soak you, and the plastic raincoats you can buy are hot and sticky. Also, it will keep the sun at bay and save wearing a cap that will flatten your already sweaty hair.
The tour might run a bit late so there may not be time to go back to your hotel to freshen up. The umbrella will solve these problems and you will arrive for dinner looking a lot fresher than most. BETTE WADE
RAIL TRAVEL MADE EASY
Are you planning on using rail travel through US and Canada but think your luggage could be difficult to manage up and down escalators in a large, unfamiliar railway station?
No problem, use the Amtrak Red Cap service available at many main stations. Just approach these helpful people who will load your luggage onto a large trolley and ask you to come back 15 minutes before departure. You are then escorted past the long queues of passengers to be first on the train where your luggage is loaded on for you (all this for a tip only).
Amtrak trains have little space available for large luggage and seats are not allocated so it is important to line up early. This service made train travel so much easier for us and is available for anyone who needs assistance. This help may also be available on your arrival, check with Red Caps or the conductor on the train. SUE MCINTYRE
KEEP CALM, CARRY-ON
When on long flights, my carry-on luggage can sometimes be a backpack.
I always have a small packing cell with my essentials for the flight: iPad, charger, moisturiser, compression stockings, sleep mask etc at the top of my bag, so that I can quickly whip them out before placing my backpack in the overhead locker. This helps with a smooth boarding and I don’t have to inconvenience fellow passengers ferreting around in my luggage.
Always pack a deck of cards to fill in time, while waiting for tour pick-ups or shops to open, or at supports. Also a great way to communicate with the locals by teaching them card games. MAXINE LANGLEY
Snapped on a trip to Chobe National Park, Botswana, this hippo coming out of the water, with a massively scarred back.