THE idea of taking off on a holiday is exciting but the task of packing usually isn't as thrilling.
Being well prepared and having all the essentials packed is key to a stress-free trip.
Whether it's a luxurious overseas getaway or a family camping adventure that's planned for the Christmas break, Kathmandu Kawana store manager Tye Naismith said it was important to get organised.
Mr Naismith said research would help travellers determine the essentials they needed.
"Research where you are going: the temperature, climate, the activities you will doing," Mr Naismith advised.
Then head out to the shops and browse what's on offer, must-haves, new practical products and also get some expert advice.
Tye Naismith's top tip for those planning a camping trip during the Christmas break was to first gather information on the planned camping site and any permits or restrictions that would need to be taken into consideration.
The store manager said the essential items needed for a camping trip depended on the type of adventure the traveller had in mind.
"It all depends on whether they want to rough it or do it in luxury.
"There are products that cater for everything from basic set ups to large tents with lots of storage and creature comforts," Mr Naismith said.
For those travelling by plane or other mode of transport, essential items included appropriate luggage solutions.
Mr Naismith's general advice when it came to packing for travel was "to keep things simple, practical, lightweight and as compact as possible."
He said security was extremely important for anyone travelling by air and advised shoppers to invest in travel wallets, luggage locks and straps to keep travel documents safe and "keep everything secure".
- Waterproof tent, poles and pegs
- Blade or screw-style pegs and mallet
- Fuel stove, fuel supply and waterproof matches
- Bags for rubbish and storage
- Drinking water
- Sufficient non-perishable food and other supplies
- Cooking utensils
- Sleeping bag, mat, swag or other bedding
- Suitable clothing and sturdy shoes
- Wet weather gear (eg raincoat or waterproof jacket)
- Insect repellent
- Hat and sunscreen
- Suitable first-aid kit
- Binoculars and camera
- Map, brochure and compassTorch, broadcast radio and spare batteries
Top 10 travel tips
- Check the latest travel advice for your particular destination.
- Take out comprehensive travel insurance. Make sure it covers you for the places you plan to visit.
- Before travelling overseas, register your travel plans and contact details online or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate.
- Obey the laws of the country you are visiting.
- Make sure you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting.
- Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers' cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
- Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations and other health precautions. Also find out about taking medication overseas.
- Make sure your Australian passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Carry some extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it.
- Keep in contact with friends and family back home and give them a copy of your travel itinerary, so they know where you are.
- Check to see if you're regarded as a national of the country you plan to visit, and whether that will have any implications for your travel plans.
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