Here at Scrubba we're put together the ultimate, and we mean ULTIMATE, packing list and tips with the help of a few of our favourite travel bloggers. We've covered everything from, a curated packing list, managing your money while travelling, how to pack efficiently, our favourite travel tech and accessories and a few helpful questions to ask yourself before, during and after your packing process. Hopefully we can make the dreaded task of packing a whole lot easier.
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Passing through customs at Australian airports is about to get a whole lot quicker and easier.
Yesterday, the Australian government announced an $18 million investment into new high-tech ‘smart gates’ at 8 major airports around the country. The synoptic gates use new ‘facial biometric technology’ designed to enable casual holiday-makers and business travelers to pass more quickly and easily through customs.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said, “It will make it a lot easier for people as they come through the airport, a lot quicker... for the vast majority of those 35 or 50 million people who will move through our borders,” and made particular mention of people traveling for work.
Plans will begin rolling out next month and the new gates are expected to be up and running by July 2016.
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Packing light also makes moving through the airport quicker and easier with less baggage weighing you down
A 14-year-old girl was denied board on an EasyJet flight, leaving her alone, stranded and crying at a London airport
Last year, several airlines around the world tightened their baggage belts, reducing size and weight allowances by up to 30% and imposing stricter consequences for excess baggage. Many airlines have gone so far as to employ dedicated baggage officers, posted at the gate specifically to monitor hang luggage activity. And it’s not just fines they’re dishing out for too many bags. You might even find yourself being refused board!
That’s exactly what happened to 14-year-old Deva Joseph, who was traveling alone earlier this month when EasyJet airline refused to let her board because she had too much hand luggage. The young girl was left stranded on her own and crying at a London airport.
EasyJet’s carry-on policy, which had been revised on their website less than 2 weeks prior to the incident, states that passengers are allowed to board with only one piece of hand luggage. Joseph was attempting to board with a carry-on suitcase and a handbag when she was refused entry at the gate. The girl attempted to put her handbag inside her suitcase, but it would not fit. She then attempted to pay cash for her extra baggage, however was told that only credit card was accepted. Reportedly, the girl finally offered to leave her luggage if she could just board the plane, but was ultimately refused entry to the flight and left stranded on her own at the airport while she “sat on the floor crying… but they didn’t care” and her desperate pleas were ignored as she was redirected to arrivals.
Fortunately some friendly onlookers lent her their phone to call her father, who was understandably irate at the situation.
EasyJet airline has since apologised for the mishandling of the situation, saying that they should have made an exception in this instance.
Pack a Scrubba wash bag and reduce your overall luggage. It folds up small enough to fit in your pocket and only weights 145g (5oz).
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Believe it or not, a frisbee can have several practical uses in your luggage.
Apart from the obvious game accessory, tossing around a frisbee is a great way to break the ice when meeting new people, even when language might be a barrier. It's also a great way to pass the time when waiting around for transportation or just trying to kill some hours in the sun and if you're traveling with kids, what better way to keep them occupied when you're trying to get organised or sort out their next meal?
Aside from all the fun, a frisbee can have some functional uses too. For example, packing a frisbee around delicate or breakable items in your luggage can help to protect them. Not only that, but it can be used as a plate, bowl, cutting board, flat surface for standing your drink on, a fan and the list goes on!
Other handy things to pack...
Most of these items take up little space in your luggage, weigh hardly anything at all and can come in very handy. You might regret not packing them!
Duct tape: Repair shoes, tents, bags, sleeping bags, clothing and any number of other items, remove lint, fashion a cable, cord or rope, reseal packages, bandages, slings, etc. To save space, wrap the tape around another item in your luggage when packing (i.e. cosmetic bottle, toothpaste tube, etc).
Dental floss: Tie things together, stitch up tears in your clothing, hang things, spare shoelaces and cleaning between your teeth.
Zip-lock bags: Keep liquids separate in case of spills (hand sanitizer and toothpaste can bleach and/or stain fabrics, as can oily creams and other cosmetics if leaked into your luggage), keep soiled items separate from clean ones (you never know when you might step in a muddy puddle!).
Moist Towelettes: Wipe your hands and face, clean tabletops, doorknobs, toilets and other surfaces, freshen yourself up, wipe spills from clothing to prevent staining.
Safety Pins: Replace buttons and zippers, mend wardrobe malfunctions, tack pant legs or long skirts up when walking in rain or hiking through mucky terrain, fasten things together.
Paper clips: Open ports on smartphones and other devices, depress reset buttons, bookmark, makeshift hook.
Gum: Alleviate ear pressure on planes, freshen up your breath, stress relief, stick things together, plug up holes.
Rubber bands: Bunch things together, seal things up, drink identifiers (different colors around glasses or bottles so everyone can keep track of which is theirs), shooting games while waiting around.
Microfiber towel: Protective wrap around special items in your bag, lining around pillows or bed sheets of questionable hygiene, shower / beach accessory, as a table cloth, sun shade, privacy curtain, baby play mat, laundry bag, fly screen and simply because you never know when you'll need a towel!
Clothesline: If you plan on doing laundry along the way, then packing a clothesline and some hangers would make hanging and drying much easier.
What items you have found unexpectedly useful on your travels?
Students at a community college in Texas have been participating in a project to gain awareness around the issue of water consumption and scarcity.
While the average amount of water consumed per person each day in America is approximately 80 gallons (over 300 liters), students at a community college in Texas involved in a project called the 'Gallon Challenge' were assigned to live on just 1 gallon (4.5 litres) of water per day for three days and document their experiences.
The students found that one of the major challenges was doing laundry. Some students reported that their domestic washing machines use anywhere between 45-90 gallons of water per load. That's 200-400 litres! This posed the problem of how to stay clean on just a gallon of water a day.
The Scrubba team donated a Scrubba wash bag to the project, enabling students to test whether they could do laundry while keeping within the water restrictions. Students reported that they were successfully able to wash one day's worth of clothes in the Scrubba wash bag using just 1 gallon of water, although even this was a challenge.
Presumably this would have left little to no water for drinking, cooking and other life requirements, but it was a good lesson on how little we can actually get by on compared to what we consume on a regular basis without thinking.
Research shows that the average amount of water consumed per person in a household is inversely proportional to the number of people in the house. In other words, the greater the number of people in a household, the less water each person uses. This is most likely because a portion of water consumption, such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc., is shared between the residents. So perhaps by pooling resources together, the students could manage clean clothes and still have enough water for other necessities on just a gallon a day per person.
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