AMIGO WITH THE LINGO

Justin Ewin likes to travel with his favourite day­pack – and his per­sonal trans­la­tor

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK -

As a jour­ney de­signer for Ev­er­green Cruises and Tours, Justin Ewin has the en­vi­able task of trav­el­ling through­out Canada, the US and South Amer­ica to ex­pe­ri­ence the best that each has to of­fer. But wher­ever he is, and whether he’s trav­el­ling by air, boat, or road, his faith­ful day­pack carry-on is al­ways in tow.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Well-prac­tised and or­gan­ised, but al­most al­ways last-minute. I’ve had panic mo­ments where I’ve for­got­ten to pack es­sen­tial things, such as my pass­port, but now I have a check­list to en­sure I have ev­ery­thing I need.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Look­ing at where I’m go­ing, what for, and the weather and al­ti­tude. Many trips are work-re­lated, so they in­volve meet­ings and con­fer­ences, but also try­ing and test­ing travel prod­ucts. I there­fore usu­ally need a wide range of clothes, gad­gets and ac­ces­sories.

MY ES­SEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

My wife if I’m in South Amer­ica as she’s Pe­ru­vian and hav­ing a lo­cal with you is the eas­i­est way to help you both trans­late and in­ter­pret any cul­tural nu­ances. If go­ing to Brazil, get­ting the visa is a pri­or­ity, although the re­cent in­tro­duc­tion of e-visas has made this less com­pli­cated. I en­sure I have some US cur­rency and I also al­ways take a small fold-up day­pack that just fits a wa­ter bot­tle, cam­era and jumper in it for quick out­ings when my big day­pack is too cum­ber­some to carry.

MY LUG­GAGE …

In gen­eral, Moun­tain De­signs. I have a Moun­tain De­signs semi-hard suit­case that’s great for big­ger trips and a Ta­tonka soft roller that’s also re­ally good and comes with a life­time war­ranty. My carry-on is my day-to- day Kath­mandu day­pack that has all the right com­part­ments for me: front pocket for smaller things you need to ac­cess quickly, main for big­ger items; a lap­top com­part­ment, phone com­part­ment, and bot­tle hold­ers on both sides. Very prac­ti­cal. Hid­den or hard-to-ac­cess zips, com­fort­able shoul­der strap, and back sup­port are things I al­ways look for in a day­pack as mine goes ev­ery­where with me.

I NEVER BOARD A FLIGHT WITH­OUT …

A warm jacket to dou­ble as a pil­low, a big bot­tle of wa­ter, good head­phones, GALA­PA­GOS a lap­top or iPhone packed with lots of en­ter­tain­ment – movies, mu­sic and pod­casts – a book and pen to fill out cus­toms forms be­fore land­ing.

MY TOP CRUISE PACK­ING HACK …

De­pends on where you’re cruis­ing to. The Gala­pa­gos or Antarc­tica are packed with ex­cur­sions and lec­tures, so you don’t have as much time to spend re­lax­ing like you would on a Caribbean cruise. I pre­fer ex­pe­di­tion­style cruises and take ver­sa­tile merino wool cloth­ing that can be worn any­where and is good in warm and cool cli­mates.

WASH BAG STA­PLES IN­CLUDE …

Be­rocca and Nuro­fen. I usu­ally have a gru­elling sched­ule on travel for work and need to be alert and main­tain en­ergy. Ear plugs and a nee­dle and cot­ton are al­ways in my wash bag as they al­ways come in handy.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

Skyscan­ner. It’s a good way to find the most ap­pro­pri­ate, cheap­est flights. What­sApp so I can com­mu­ni­cate with fam­ily when I’m away. For do­mes­tic travel I make sure to have the air­line en­ter­tain­ment app down­loaded and ready be­fore tak­ing off.

PIC­TURES: IS­TOCK, SUP­PLIED

There’s no time for sun­bak­ing on the ex­cur­sion­packed Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, says Justin Ewin (in­set).

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