The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

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


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


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.

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