Important Road Safety Rules for Truck Drivers

Important Road Safety Rules for Truck Drivers

Driving a truck can be quite risky and hundreds of truckers are killed in this profession every year. A huge percentage of injuries and fatalities are caused by collisions and engine malfunctions. Experienced truck drivers acknowledge how important it is to follow safety tips, trends and laws to ensure that they avoid accidents.

As someone who has driven trucks before, I want to share my knowledge on road safety so that we can prevent useless accidents. Take a look at our list below to have a safer driving experience.

Gear Up for a Safe Ride

As a truck driver, one of the first things drivers that I do is prepare my vehicle for a safe ride. Even before I go on the road, I always make sure that my truck has all the necessary safety features. Seatbelts should be in good condition and the truck should have impact protection like bull bars or air bags. It is also important that the trailer and stability controls are working perfectly.

Pay Close Attention to the Road and Be Alert at all Times

While I’m driving my truck, I also make sure that I’m alert and aware of everything that’s happening around me. It is essential to pay close attention to the road and around the rig. When driving on a highway, especially when the traffic’s heavy, you should think of an ‘escape route’.

When I say ‘be aware of everything’, it also means that you have to be aware of the vehicles in front of you, behind you and beside you. In this way, you will be able to respond accordingly when the situation calls for it.

Before going on the road, I also make sure that I have enough rest to ensure that I am in my best condition at all times. My tip is to have an electronic logbook system so that will help you monitor your condition properly. If used accordingly, this system will help you become well-rested before and during your drive.

Review the Weather Forecast

“When you are tired, acknowledge your condition. Keep in mind that it is more reckless to drive when you’re tired than when you’re intoxicated.”

 

Another thing I find useful for safety is reviewing weather forecasts. This is an important part of a driver’s safety as weather conditions can affect the driving experience. During the winter season, you should allot longer driving hours because you have to slow down to avoid accidents. At times, inclement weather conditions may even require you to drive below the speed limit.

As Much as Possible, Try to Stay in your Lane

One of the best ways to avoid accidents is to stay in the same lane for as much as possible. If changing lanes cannot be helped, a signal should always be used to inform other drivers of your next move. As someone who has driven trucks before, I always remember to look for blind spots. Always remember that frequently changing lanes increases your chances of getting into an accident.

Be Considerate of Other Drivers

Keep in mind that just like you, other drivers on the road are trying to get to their destination. It goes without saying that you should always respect other people and share the road with them. For instance, when you give other drivers enough space, you can avoid dangerous collisions.

When I first drove a truck, I learned that it does not have the same brake ability as my SUV or other smaller vehicles I’ve driven in the past. So, it is advisable that as a truck driver, you have to keep a proper distance from other vehicles to prevent potential collisions.

Utilise a Trucker-centric GPS

In the market, there are GPS’s that are specifically designed for truckers. If you’re driving a truck, you can significantly benefit from this tool, especially when you are driving in an area for the first time. Using one will enable you to learn about important information like the distance before the nearest exit, the best time to change lanes and traffic reports, among others. It goes without saying that these GPS units are worth your money.

Have a Roadside Assistance Gear Ready

For your safety as well as for other drivers’ safety, you have to have a roadside assistance gear ready. If the situation calls for it, you can use it to alert other drivers on the road. Make sure that you have enough items that visually communicate your situation. When I was driving a truck, I always made sure that I had flashers, cones and road flares, among others.

Personally Review Delivery Spots

This is a trucking tip that most drivers ignore. Before you park the truck, you should remember to review the delivery spots on foot. It is not enough to scale the area by eyes while you’re inside the truck. You have to get off the truck and use about five minutes to check out the place.

There are many truck drivers who say that they’ve been to their delivery spots plenty of times before so they claim to know the place well. However, doing so might make you miss obstructions that will limit your truck once you decide to leave. I’ve made this mistake before and I usually had a hard time properly manoeuvring my truck because I missed some posts, low fire hydrants or ditches.

A huge percentage of truck accidents occur when the driver backs up. I too am guilty of this. As a truck driver, I too had delivery deadlines and I try to find ways to save time. So, I would usually make the mistake of taking a mental picture of the area without properly scaling it. Most often, I would miss the hazards and simply drive in. Of course, this resulted to parking accidents. Keep in mind that even parking accidents can be costly to everyone and they can even tarnish your driving record.

Things to Remember for Long Haul Driving

  • Avoid tailgating. While long haul driving also means spending several hours on the road, remember to keep your emotions in check and always be patient.
  • Do not neglect taking breaks. It would also be advisable if you can find an area where you can momentarily stop and get out of the truck. Doing so will keep you alert and fresh during long hauls.
  • Remember that you’ll be sitting for hours so it is important that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. Wearing tight clothes can affect blood circulation and can cause serious health problems in the long run.
  • When you are tired, acknowledge your condition. Keep in mind that it is more reckless to drive when you’re tired than when you’re intoxicated.
  • Trucking regulations limit hours of driving per personnel to 11. Make sure you follow this rule and give your body enough rest.

It is undeniable that truck driving can be a risky profession. However, there are some guidelines that we can follow to ensure safety. Always remember that accidents can affect a lot of people, so it is better to prevent them by strictly following road safety rules.

70 Awesome Travel Hacks You Absolutely Need in Your Life (Part 2)

70 Awesome Travel Hacks You Absolutely Need in Your Life (Part 2)

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Smartphone Related Hacks

Here are some apps you will need to have in order to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.

21. Booking Apps



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The internet is filled with great booking apps – from hotels, to flights to cars from every major booking website there is. Download the one you like the most. You’ll simplify the booking process and you can book on the go!

22. Google Translate

You simply cannot leave home without it. It has a cool new feature called live translation! All you need to do is point your camera at a sign or menu and Google will translate it for you!

23. Offline Google Maps

Having Google Maps on your smartphone isn’t really a travel hack, but did you know you can download the maps and use them offline? Great for when there’s spotty Wi-Fi connection!

24. Trip It

Trip It will plan your trip, like you’ve never seen before. Everything about your trip, in one place! Now, how cool is that?!

25. ICE

ICE stands for In Case of Emergency and it’s just that. An app for Android that keeps all the details about your health, in case of emergency. The cool thing about this app is that it can be accessed even when your smartphone is locked.

Beauty Hacks

26. Hair Pins in Empty Tic Tac Boxes

Hair pins are probably the most misplaces things… them and keys! Use an empty Tic Tac box to store them and you’ll never have to worry about losing them, ever again!

27. Straws for Lotions

If you’re going away for just a couple of days, then there’s no point in bringing along heavy lotion bottles. Use straws to store the lotions and just tape them up!

28. Toothpaste Inside Eye Dropper Bottle

You don’t have to buy travel sized toothpaste! Just use an empty eye dropper bottle and fill it up with toothpaste.

29. Plastic Wrap on the Inside of the Caps

Whatever bottles you’re bringing with you, make sure they don’t leak, by using plastic wrap on the inside of the caps!

30. Bring Coconut Oil

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31. Moisturize While in the Air

The air inside planes is very dry and damaging to the skin, so make sure you moisturize both your face and hands while up in the air.

32. Ask for Perfume Samples

Don’t bring along your entire perfume bottle, instead go to where you bought it from and ask for a sample!

33. Contact Lens Cases for Storage of Miscellaneous Items

Contact lens cases works wonderfully for storing creams, foundation, concealer and even fake eyelashes!

34. Mixed Oils

Mix some of your favorite liquid oils at home (for example sweet almond and carrot seed oil) and use as makeup remover, body moisturizer and even hair conditioner.

35. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a sprayable powder that you can use on your scalp and hair to remove grease. Spray liberally, comb through and your hair is as good as new. Note that this doesn’t replace washing your hair, it only delays the wash by a day or two.

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70 Awesome Travel Hacks You Absolutely Need in Your Life (Part 2)

70 Awesome Travel Hacks You Absolutely Need in Your Life (Part 1)

Surf travel

Going on holidays? Want to fit more in your suitcase? What about protecting some of those fragile or valuable items? In this post, the team at BookSurfCamps.com will share with you a comprehensive list of 70 easy and practical travel hacks. It’s divided into six sections. We will start with the first section. More will come soon. So get ready and let’s make your travels much more efficient and enjoyable!

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Packing Hacks

1. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes keep all your things in order. If you like to be organised when you travel, then packing cubes are a must. A lot of companies make them, from Ikea to fancier ones, like those from Tortuga and Shacke Pak.

2. Rolling instead of Folding

Folding your clothes will not only take up more space, but it also wrinkles your clothes. Rolling is the new trend that will make your clothes look much better and fit perfectly in your luggage.

3. Fold Socks, don’t Bunch Them Up

Aside from the fact that bunching socks up will take up more space than folding them, bunching them up in a bundle also wears down the elastic to one of the socks. You’ll end up with uneven socks, and that sucks!

4. Use an Old Sunglasses Case to Store Cables

This way, you won’t have them all tangled up and ready to annoy you to death. Also, this works better than a simple bag does, because it’s smaller and they have less room to wiggle into those perfect knots.

5. Inflatable Neck Pillow

Some surfers can’t travel without their neck pillows, but they take so much space! Why not get an inflatable neck pillow?!

6. Necklaces in Straws

Make sure your necklaces don’t become tangled, by putting them through straws.

7. Hide Money in Skincare Containers

Be it chap stick containers or old sunscreen bottles, it’s nice to have some money put aside in case of emergency.

8. Store Your Digital Camera in a Soap Case

It’s not just for protection, but in case of theft, nobody will think of stealing your soap bar!

9. Curling Iron in Oven Mitt

Curling irons fit perfectly in an oven mitt and this way, the heat won’t ruin your clothes if you don’t have time to let it cool down.

10. Create a Soap Pouch

If you’re the water-and-soap type of person, then you should try and make yourself a travel soap pouch. Go here and learn how to do it.

11. Garbage Bags

 

 

 

 

 

If travel cubes are just too much for you, then you can use garbage bags to store your clothes inside your luggage and also make everything waterproof.

12. Shower Caps for Shoes

Use shower caps to cover the soles of your shoes when packing them.

13. … or Better Yet, Get Shoe Bags

If shower caps are too mundane for you, then you can go and get yourself some shoe bags. They’re meant to protect and store shoes and some looks very fancy!

14. Stuff Your Shoes

Now that your suitcase is protected from your shoes, it’s time you used the insides of your shoes as storage. Store socks, chargers, or whatever fits!

15. Scan Your Papers

In case you lose them, you’ll have a backup, even though you’ll need to get new ones, once you arrive home.

16. Paper Napkins to Fold Delicates

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have a silk blouse you want to pack? Cover it with paper napkins and then fold it. The amount of wrinkles will vastly diminish.

17. Mark Your Baggage as Fragile


… even if it’s not! This way you’ll make sure they handle it with care and nothing gets broken.

18. Essential Oils on Napkins


To keep all your clothes smelling nice inside your bag, put a few drops of essential oils on a cloth napkin and store it in between your clothes.

19. Look Up Capsule Wardrobe

You’ll be amazed at how capsule wardrobe can change the way you pack your clothes for traveling to your next surfing destination.

20. Wear Your Heavy Clothes on the Plane

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This way your hand baggage is kept lighter. Besides, planes tend to get quite cold.

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22 Tips to Save Time and Money on Car Rental

22 Tips to Save Time and Money on Car Rental

22 Tips to Save Time and Money on Car Rental

You’ve been scrimping and saving all year, and you’ve finally got enough together up to take the family on a well-earned holiday. Maybe you’ve decided to go on a week long road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road, or maybe a fly-drive trip around New Zealand. Wherever you’re going, the last thing you should be doing is wasting your hard earned dollars on filling up the pockets of big multinational corporations. So today I’m going to let you in on some of the secrets of the car rental industry, and how to take advantage of them to either save money or get a better deal. Spend a few minutes reading these tips and I guarantee that you’ll be better off!

– Updated 2017 –

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1. Don’t book with a travel agent

Travel agents work on commission. That means they make more money if they sell you a more expensive car. Or they may push you towards a car rental company that offers them a higher commission percentage. Booking car rental yourself is easy and literally only takes a couple of minutes.

2. Book well in advance

As with flights, hotels and most other things, demand for rental cars increases as the date gets closer. If there aren’t many cars left, the rental companies can charge however much they want. This especially applies at peak periods like Christmas, Easter and school holidays. Book as far in advance as you can, and you’ll usually get the best rates.

3. Use comparison sites

Websites like VroomVroomVroom and BargainWheels make it quick and easy to compare all the major car rental suppliers against each other on the one screen. I’ve tested both, and you can search, compare and book in less than 2 minutes! You’ll even receive a confirmation number via SMS so you don’t even need to print anything out.

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4. Pick up from the city, not the airport

Picking up your hire car from the airport depot might be the most convenient, but did you know that you could be paying up to 40% extra PER DAY on your rental? In many cases it’s much cheaper to get an airport drop-off service, taxi or train to the city and pick up from a depot there. Don’t believe me? Try searching for yourself and see the savings!

5. Fill up before you drop the car back

If you don’t fill up your rental car before you drop it back to the depot, the staff there will happily do it for you. They’ll also charge you up to twice the regular pump price for the privilege. Fuel is expensive enough these days; don’t get suckered into paying even more for it.

6. Choose an economical car

Do you really need that huge luxury rental car? Choose a car with a smaller engine size (or a hybrid, if it’s an option) to save money on fuel.

7. Don’t pay up front, in case you need to cancel

Many suppliers and comparison websites don’t make you pay a deposit up front, which means you can cancel any time without penalty. Plans can change, so think twice about companies that make you pay a deposit up front.

8. Make sure you take photos and mark all damage

Take photos all around the car before you leave the depot. If you can, use a camera that can time and date stamp the photos. Be sure to mark any damage, no matter how small, on the damage sheet before you sign anything. If you return the car with any damage that needs to be repaired, you’ll not only be up for the cost of the repair, but also for the potential lost rental fees while the car is getting fixed. A simple $500 repair could end up costing you thousands!

9. Be sure you have enough insurance

Your rental car will include some sort of basic cover, but you’ll have the option to reduce your excess by paying an extra fee when you pick your car up. However, you may already be covered for this excess! If you booked with a credit card or have travel insurance, check the conditions, as these sometimes include cover for rental cars. If you’re already covered, this could save you $20-$40 a day!

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10. Weekend or Weekly rentals may be cheaper than individual days

Most suppliers have cheaper rates for “weekly” or “weekend” rentals; that is, you take a car out for a full 7 days, or for the entirety of the weekend. If you’re renting for 6 days it’s worth comparing a rental for 7 days – it may actually be cheaper!

11. Don’t pick up the car until you need to

When you do a search for rental cars the form will usually be pre-filled with times, e.g. 10am. This means that if you’re renting for a day, you’ll have to return the car by 10am the next day to avoid a huge surcharge. If you don’t need the car until a later time, then book it for that time (e.g. 1pm). This will give you more time to drop it back. Keep in mind that most suppliers charge in 24-hour blocks.

12. Consider buying a GPS

Here’s one that you may not have thought of before. If you’re renting a car for a longer period, it may be more cost effective to just buy a new GPS. I recently spent 15 days driving around the south island of New Zealand, and at the daily rate of $9/day it would’ve cost me $135 to hire a GPS. Instead, I bought a basic GPS unit for the same price, and then sold it on eBay for nearly the full price! It saved me about $100 and only took a few extra minutes effort.

13. BYO baby seat

Like GPS units, car rental companies will charge you an extra daily rate to hire a child seat. If you’re hiring a car for more than a few days, it may be worth taking your own baby seat. Some airlines will let you take one for free; others may charge around $20, but it will save you a bundle in the long run.

14. Look at relocation options

If you’re flexible with dates, have a look at relocation rentals. People are always renting cars and dropping them off at different depots. This means that suppliers need to relocate their fleet, which can be very costly. Most suppliers offer $1 relocation deals, where you relocate the cars for them! The major downside is that you usually have to do it within a certain timeframe, so you can’t book these in advance. It could make for a great spontaneous road trip, though! Instead of calling suppliers to request relocation deals, use a deals site that regularly updates relocation offers from suppliers all in the one place!

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15. Make the most of rewards points

Most rental car companies have agreements with frequent flyer programs. Don’t forget to quote your frequent flyer number when booking. If you also earn rewards from your credit card, you can double up!

16. Check where you can take the car

Suppliers have restrictions on where you can and can’t take their vehicles. They may not allow you to take them into some remote areas, across borders, or off-road. Be sure you know where you stand before you book, so you don’t get charged any excess!

17. Avoid one way rentals

If possible, drop the car off at the same depot that you picked it up from. Even if it’s in the same town, you may be charged a huge extra relocation fee for returning your car to different depot.

18. List drivers so they’re covered

If more than one person is driving the car, be sure to list them on the rental agreement. If an unlisted driver has an accident, you may find that you actually have NO insurance cover! Don’t risk it. Most companies don’t charge any extra for listing multiple drivers (as long as they meet age requirements etc).

19. Hire someone else’s car

Websites like Drive My Car and RideEco offer an interesting alternative to traditional rental car suppliers. People that don’t use their cars can put them up for other people to rent! You could find just the car you’re looking for, and you could save quite a lot of money.

20. Rent an older car

All the large suppliers (Hertz, Avis, Budget etc) have fleets of cars that are new or near new. The downside is that YOU are the one paying for it. There are plenty of smaller local suppliers that have fleets of older cars (3-4 years old) which are just as reliable, but cheaper.

21. Be aware of toll charges

It’s an unavoidable part of life that most large cities have toll roads. Rental car suppliers have differing policies on tolls; some will let you pay a daily fee to cover them, some will charge you for the tolls plus an administration fee, and some will let you use your own transponder. Make sure you check with the supplier beforehand, and be sure to pay your tolls so you don’t end up with a nasty fine.

22. Check again, last-minute before you go

Because you can cancel most bookings without penalty, it’s worth doing a last-minute check just before you leave for your trip. You might find a supplier that has lots of spare cars and has slashed the price.

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How to find the Cheapest Flights

How to find the Cheapest Flights

Once upon a time, air travel was out of reach for many; while it broadened people’s horizons and made the world a much smaller place, it was also very expensive. If you’ve flown for many years you probably remember a time when air travel was exciting and people got dressed up for the occasion. With improvements in technology and increased competition, the price of air travel has fallen dramatically since its early days. This has taken some of the excitement and spectacle away (air travel is no longer the “event” it used to be) but the upside is that affordable flights are available to everyone!

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Expert Travel Tips

Expert Travel Tips

If you could give one travel tip to a friend, what would it be? We’ve surveyed some well-travelled experts to get their hints on getting the most out of your trip. Got a tip you want to add? Leave a comment below!

Anthony – The Travel Tart

“Only use your guidebook for general advice. I find the best travel experiences happen when I start wandering around a place with no plans, and I stumble upon areas I would have never thought of visiting. Just make sure you have a map or a phone with a GPS so you can find your way back!” [/author_info] [/author]

Peter Daams – Travellerspoint

“When visiting a new city, skip the taxis and public transport and walk as much as you can. Just walk everywhere you possibly can. Even if it takes you an hour or two to get where you would otherwise be in 20 minutes – you see so many things you wouldn’t if you took the transport options.”

Alice Nash – Virgin Australia Travel

“Pack a double-headed power adapter. Eliminate lost hours waiting for your phone and camera to recharge, by charging multiple items at the same time.”

Michael Jones – Holiday Point

“If you are going on a road trip, I highly recommend websites like roadtrippers.com to discover a wide range of amazing sites and attractions that might be along to your route. Not only can you find place and things you never knew existed, you can create route maps and itineraries for the most efficient route.

When looking to book accommodation, I highly recommend using the website hotelscombined.com to find and compare the prices of hotels across the different booking websites. You’ll be surprised that there is actually different prices listed for the exact same room.

After you have found the cheapest 2-3 websites, check out coupon code websites like retailmenot.com and see if any of the websites have any current promotional codes or sales. You should be able to save even more.”

Rick – Travel Like a Local

“Arrange some drinks with locals using websites like couchsurfing, or social network before travelling. Pick 1-2 people per session so it’s easier to get more in touch with the local life, get suggestions and top tips.”

Michael Milne – Changes in Longitude

“Libraries are a wonderful resource on the road. They provide comfortable air-conditioned space with free WiFi, and unlike the local coffee shop you don’t need to buy anything to use it. The used book racks are a great source of $1 books too.”

Dave Gregory – Cheapflights.com.au

“When you travel, roll up your socks and underwear and stuff them into your shoes. It will save you a lot of space in your suitcase. Also, rolling your clothes instead of folding them will save space and stop them getting creased.

If you’re visiting a foreign city, make sure you have a paper copy of a map too. Modern smartphones are great but they aren’t known for their great battery life so you will want to save it for things which are more important.”

Alice – Nomad Sage

“Whenever you take a plane, bus or ship, your costs grow significantly. If you really want to save, then perceive your travel not as a vacation, but as a lifestyle. Do not try to see everything at once, and instead explore a country and a city as close as possible. It will save you money and extend the perception of the world!”

Brad Aldcroft – Redspot Car Hire Australia

“Book your rental car far in advance. Don’t wait till the last minute or try and collect a hire car on the day of pickup without a reservation. The closer you get to your pickup date, the higher the price will be for each car type due to the high utilisation of the fleet. Booking far in advanced while availability is limitless, especially around peak holiday periods will guarantee you the lowest price for your trip saving you money.”

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“Bit of a ‘responsible’ one, but make sure you let people know your rough travel itinerary. You never know what could happen, or how that information could help you if something happens.”

Angela Boateng

“Always keep a scanned copy of your passport in your email. That way if you do lose your passport, you have a copy just an internet cafe away.”

David – Excelsior Hotel

“If you are flying into Los Angeles get the first flight in the morning, drop your bags off at your hotel and go out exploring. This is the best way to avoid jetlag and then at the end of your day when you are really struggling to stay awake head back to your hotel and crash. You will wake up early the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your holiday!

When trying to travel light consider taking a retractable USB cable for your phone as a charger as you will find it easy to find places to charge it. This tip also works when travelling overseas as you don’t need a travel adapter, and you easily find USB ports in airplanes, buses, TVs, hotel rooms and most computers.”

Nemek – Car Hire Search

“Scan important travel documents like your passport, driver’s license, airline information and other booking details and store them on a secure, cloud-based site like Dropbox or Google Drive. If you lose your documents, you’ll have some backup. Don’t want to memorize another password? Scan the documents and email them to yourself instead.

Going on a long flight? Set the time on your watch to the destination time and try sleeping and eating according to that time if you can.”

Dan Treasure – DanTreasure.com

“If all accommodation is booked out when looking online, give the hotel/motel/hostel a call direct to enquire – most, if not all, do not advertise all their available accommodation online (in some countries by law) to allow for walk-ins.”

Sonia Cuff – Off the Cuff

“On a flight, hold your plastic butter container over your hot drink to soften the butter before opening it. Then you won’t need a chisel to spread it.

Kate Toon – Kate Toon Copywriter

“Take baby wipes wherever you go. They’re great for cleaning hands before eating, wiping down dirty loos, cooling you down on hot days and even wrapping up food scraps!”

John Romaine – Bring the Donuts

Buy food once you’ve checked in and passed through the gates. This will prevent getting hungry on long flights. Always grab two bottles of water. Slip into something comfortable for long flights. Avoid tight jeans and belts etc (tracksuit pants are great) Slip off the shoes. Get a seat to the rear near the aisle (beats having to climb over people that are asleep) Put a second pair of clothing in your carry on bag incase your luggage gets lost in transit.”

Alistair Lattimore – Convergent Media

“If you park your car at the airport when flying – always, always write the parking area on the back of your parking ticket. That way, when you return and you’re tired from a busy schedule, long or delayed flight – you’ll know exactly where you parked your car and avoid the frustration at the end of your trip when all you want to do is get home, see your family and relax.”

Luke Chapman – Top 100 Experiences

“If you’re travelling with another person, pack half your belongings in each other’s bags. That way, if one of the bags doesn’t turn up at your destination at least you still have a fresh pair of undies!

When travelling in the outback, be sure you have all the necessary safety equipment. Plenty of fresh water, food and warm clothing are essential if you have a breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Fuel stops can be few and far between, so think about taking a jerry can with additional fuel with you. Even if you have half a tank of fuel when you come across a petrol station, it’s probably worth filling up as it may be the only one for several hundred kilometres!”

Natalie Pole – The Cake Tree

“Check the weather and climate before you go. The best advice is to pack layers, that way you can add or remove them depending on what you’re doing throughout the day.”