5 Handy Hints on Packing For a Trip With Care and Forethought Pays Dividends

Packing for a trip is always considered to be an onerous chore, but done correctly, with time and thought, it can make a lot of difference to the outcome of your journey, be it for business or pleasure. It’s not until you discover that you’ve left certain things behind that you realize how much of a hassle it can cause. So, getting it right in the first place can you save you an awful lot of grief later.

1) Planning ahead- Whether you’re a frequent traveler or not, it always a good idea when packing for a trip to plan your packing carefully. Start off by creating a basic check list. There are two advantages. Firstly, you are thinking in advance (not in panic at the last minute) so you can consider what you will need more carefully. Secondly, your check list can also act as a packing list that you can tick off each time you pack an item, making sure nothing you need gets left behind.

2) Documents – Documents are always a concern. The number of times people end up double check and triple checking to make sure they’ve got airline tickets or passports or whatever, is amazing. There’s nothing worse than realizing an hour after leaving home on your way to the airport that you’ve left your passport behind. Once again, when packing for a trip, planning is the key. Write yourself that all important check list well in advance. Remember that documents can vary depending on the country of destination (e.g. a Visa). Typically your check list should include: Passports, Drivers licenses, Travel tickets, Boarding passes (if checked in online), Visas, Vaccination certificates, Travel insurance certificate, Traveler’s checks or foreign currency, Bookings confirmations, Maps, and Guidebook/Phrasebook. It’s always handy to have a pen and some writing paper too.

3) Cleanliness and health – If you are flying, and carrying any liquids/creams, check the restrictions on such items with your airline. You may need to “decant” these into smaller containers to be able to take them on board. If flying to warmer countries you can take: Malaria tablets, Insect repellant, Sun Lotion, Sun glasses, Condoms (or whatever your preferred method contraception is), Toiletries, Hairbrush/comb, any medications you may be taking, first aid kit (including diarrhea tablets), Water purification tablets, and if appropriate, travel sickness pills.

4) Clothing – Clothing is obviously a very personalized affair. Ensure you take plenty of underwear (especially if you are not going to be doing any washing). Take something warm for the cooler evenings, and some sort or waterproof should it rain. It always a good idea to have casual shoes (trainers etc) as well as something smarter for nice restaurants etc. If you’re going somewhere cold, pack some thermals and thick socks

5) Electronics and others -These are not essentials, but you may consider: Electric razor, Heated hair rollers, Portable hair dryer, Mobile phone, Phone Charger, Mains adaptors, Corkscrew, Can opener, and Penknife (not in hand luggage),

Tips on Traveling in an RV With Your Dog

RV travel with pets is quite popular these days. According to a 2007 survey, 57 percent of RV owners took their pets with them when they hit the road. With a little planning you and your pet can have a great time together when you head out in your RV.

Whether you will be gone for a few days or a few months, here are some tips to get your dog ready for an RV trip.

  • Take a trip to the vet. Have your vet check out our dog before you go on a trip. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations, especially his rabies vaccination. You will need to take his shot records with you when you travel. Although it rarely happens, you could be asked to show proof of vaccination for rabies when you cross a state line or if you are stopped by police so make sure you keep your dog’s paperwork in the glove box or somewhere so it will be easy to produce if you are stopped.
  • Make your dog travel-ready. When traveling in a car or van it’s usually best for a dog to be safely secured in a crate or harness. They keep a dog from being tossed around and injured in case of an accident. Many people also like to use these safety methods when they travel with their dog in an RV. A crate is always a good idea when you travel in case you need to contain your dog for some reason. If your dog gets motion sick you can prepare for it before you travel. Ask your vet to recommend something for the trip. Allow your dog to spend some time in the RV and get used to it when it’s not moving.
  • Collect your dog’s things. Before going on your trip you will need to gather together your dog’s things. Even dogs have to pack! Be sure to take his bed, his favorite toys, his leash (and a spare), an extra collar, and his food and water dishes. You will also need to take dog food with you. If you feed a popular dog food then you should be able to buy more as you travel but if you feed a food that’s hard to find it’s a good idea to take enough with you for the trip. Also, be sure that your dog is wearing his collar with good identification on it. It should have at least one way to contact you or your vet. If your dog is microchipped this will help, too, in case he gets lost while you are traveling.
  • Keep your dog comfortable. When traveling you should plan on stopping for a potty break about every three hours. You should be able to find nice rest areas with places designated for walking dogs. Try to keep the temperature in the RV comfortable for your dog.
  • Look for pet-friendly campgrounds. You can identify these campgrounds before you begin your trip. Some campgrounds welcome pets and some are simply more open to them. In either case, it’s best to go where your dog is wanted.
  • Keep an eye on your dog. Do watch your dog when he’s outside the RV. There are a couple of good ways for your dog to stretch his legs a little when you travel. You can purchase an x-pen or exercise pen with multiple wire panels and set it up for your dog. Dog show exhibitors often use these pens when they travel. Just clip the wire panels together and you have a small fenced area. They aren’t terribly sturdy but they allow your dog to be outside and off-leash. You can also buy a mobile wireless fence. This kind of fence works much like an underground fence but it uses radio waves and, when your dog wears the collar, it will warn him when he gets too close to the boundary. Wireless fences cost more (about $300-400) but they allow your dog to have more room to run off-leash. Remember that you should always watch your dog when he’s outside on a trip.

If you follow these suggestions then you and your dog should have a great trip together when you travel in your RV!

Golf Tips For Women Golfers – What You Need to Know

Golf can be a frustrating when you are just starting out. In fact it’s probably one of the most frustrating sports there is. It can be even more frustrating if you are a woman. When you see your male counterparts use their brute strength to hit massive tee shots and long irons. The good news is there are some golf tips for women golfers that can help you compete with brute force.

When you see men using their strength to smash the golf ball you have to remind yourself that they are doing it all wrong. Golf is not a game that relies on brute strength. Male golfers with poor technique can however sometimes get away with using their strength.

Women golfers should not worry about this. As far as golf tips for women go, one of the best ones is to just follow normal golf tips for everyone. Stop trying to separate women golfers from men golfers because when you are just starting out, everyone is in the same boat.

Improving your swing and technique is the most important thing you can do. There are various golf training aids that can buy which will help speed up your progress. There are also several golf tuition programs available on the internet that are designed specifically for beginners.

Golf tips for women are the same as for men when you are just starting out. Develop a good technique and don’t try and hit the ball too hard. It’d not about strength. Just keep reminding yourself of that!