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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Ever feel like you're blowing out your travel budget before you even board the plane?
The hidden costs of traveling can catch us out if we're not careful and one of the most common cost surprises can be extra fees at the airline check-in counter before you even start your holiday.
In 2013, excess baggage fees cost travelers $3.35 billion, according to a report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
, and it looks like 2014 saw travelers paying even more. While the total revenue from airline baggage fees for 2014 has not yet been released, figures from the first three quarters indicate that airline baggage fee revenues for 2014 will likely exceed that for 2013 and the trend is not letting up. The first 3 quarters of 2014 saw airlines rake in $2.65 billion, with the final figure for the last quarter yet to be confirmed. Traditionally the final quarter's revenue exceeds any other quarter, which would put the total dollar intake for extra baggage in 2014 beyond the previous year's.
Know your airline's baggage guidelines
Not knowing your airline's baggage and fee policies ahead of time can see you hundreds of dollars out of pocket before you even check-in. Most airlines have recently tightened weight and size restrictions on luggage and imposed heavy fees for bags that exceeds the limits. Some airlines charge as much as $200 for extra baggage at the counter! So best to check your fare's rules and regulations regarding luggage before heading to the airport.
For information on general baggage fees across major international airlines, click on Smarter Travel's ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIRLINE FEES.
Don't blow your travel budget out before you even board. Pack a Scrubba wash bag and reduce your overall luggage. It only weights 145g (5oz) and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.
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On a trip to Laos and Cambodia in 2012, the Managing Director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd and founder of the Scrubba wash bag, Ashley Newland, became aware of the vast social, political and health implications that unsafe drinking water had in many remote parts of the world and decided to dedicate a portion of our proceeds to tackling this issue.
In June this year, the Scrubba wash bag donated USD15,000 towards a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and we’ll be donating another USD10,000 towards a well in Ethiopia by the end of this year.
Your Facebook likes and responses have helped us reach our goal, so thank you for your continued support.
If you completed our clean water questionnaire and are still wondering what the average cost of providing clean water for 1 person in the world is, the answer is around USD30.
Thank you for your participation in helping us tackle the issue of unsafe drinking water around the world. To find out more about charity: water and how you can help, click here.
No matter where you are traveling to or what activities you'll be getting up to, there are a few items that you will not want to leave home without, though you don't want to pack too much because that can leave you lugging around unnecessary baggage and paying extra airline fees.
We've put together a list of packing essentials to help you minimize your luggage while ensuring that you'll have everything you'll need for your trip.
While clean underwear is always essential, cutting back on the amount of clothing that you pack is the best way to reduce your overall luggage. The Scrubba wash bag is designed to help you do just that by enabling you to wash your clothes anytime, anywhere with minimal effort. We've put together the following list of clothing necessities for a 10-day trip to a warm climate destination to show you how:
So if you're looking to travel light and reduce potential baggage fees, then packing a Scrubba wash bag is the way to go.
Other essentials checklist:
☐ passport / visa
☐ flight and tour tickets
☐ accommodation confirmation
☐ license or other ID
☐ soap / cleanser
☐ shampoo / conditioner
☐ toothbrush / toothpaste
☐ hand sanitizer
☐ tissues / body wipes
☐ sunscreen / insect repellent
☐ pen and paper
☐ flip flops / walking shoes
☐ sunglasses / sun hat
Following our USD15,000 donation to charity: water in June to plumb a school water system in Bangladesh, we are gearing up to fund a USD10,000 well project in Ethiopia.
We plan to donate up to USD10,000 to charity: water by the end of December 2014 to fund the Ethiopian well project and you can help us hit this target without even opening up your wallet.
Here is what we will donate for your actions:
USD1.00 - If you like us on Facebook*
USD20.00 - If you send us a photo of you using the Scrubba wash bag on your travels or at home**
USD75.00 - If you send us a video reviewing the Scrubba wash bag or showing all the steps**
Photos can be posted to our Facebook page or sent to email@example.com. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The situation in Ethiopia
In the last few decades, Ethiopia has faced fierce famine, drought, political instability and war. Peace has returned but the nation remains developmentally weak and more than 50 million Ethiopians don't have access to safe water. Most rural families survive on less than five liters of water per day and walk up to four hours to collect it from open sources.
This charity: water project will involve the construction of new drilled wells in the Tigray region. These deep wells typically supply more water than hand-dug wells, but the projects are more expensive as they require heavy equipment, fuel and larger teams of skilled technicians. The well project we are looking to fund will provide an on-going supply of safe water to around 250 people in the region.
*Facebook likes are calculated by the number of new Scrubba Facebook page likes. This promotion started with 25,900 likes.
**By sending us a photo or video link you are providing us with the right to reproduce the photo or video on our website, the website of our collaborators or on marketing materials.