Travel Tips

The wife and I have been travelling for the past year or so on a fourteen month trip around the world. I was just reading Nat Friedman’s travel tips so I was inspired to add a few of my own more back-packer-y tips.

  1. For long trips use small bags within your luggage. We used Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes. It makes it so much easier to keep your luggage organized as you move about. Repacking becomes a 30 second effort.
  2. For power bring a single adapter (I’ve been using a universal adapter similar to this one) and then a multi-adapter from your home country. I picked up a tiny triple adapter like this one. That way I can charge two computers and a phone with a single (often scarce) wall outlet and a single adapter.
  3. An unlocked GSM phone plus a cheap local SIM card is really handy if you’re going to be in  a country for more than a week or so. You can buy a low-end Nokia that can still browse the web (poorly, but enough to check your email) for about US$30. We put our temporary numbers on Facebook so that friends and family could call us, but mostly we needed phones to call ahead to hostels and locals. Also, if you’re used to paying for phone service in North America you’ll be pleasantly amazed by how cheap it is in much of the world.
  4. If you have to pay for wifi, but have two computers then an ethernet cable plus internet sharing halves your costs. NetworkManager does the internet sharing stuff trivially, I’ve rarely gotten it to work through Windows and MacOS though.
  5. AirCrack-NG is your friend. Learn its quirks. Use it wisely. The documentation that comes in the Debian / Ubuntu package probably isn’t quite enough to get it working so you should practice somewhere where you already have access to the Internet.
  6. A travel clothesline can be invaluable in extending the length of your wardrobe. Pick up some hand laundry soap and you’ll be able to wash shirts, socks and underwear pretty easily. We found larger things like jeans harder to wash in hostel sinks, but if you can visit a laundromat a couple of time a month and wash the rest of your stuff a couple of times a week in your hotel or hostel you’ll have more time and money for fun while not turning into a completely stinky hippie.

3 replies on “Travel Tips”

  1. Travel clotheslines are also handy for stopgap repairs to accelerator cables, as we discovered in the back blocks of Scotland one stormy night last year..

  2. Hey, it used to be their car and I bought it off them when they moved to Australia. I claim they broke it before they left and I was driving around in peril of this very breakdown the entire time I had it. They knew the risks when they borrowed it.

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