“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”
We all need vacations. At least once a year. Twice is better. Whether you decide to travel within your country, or outside your country depends on you and your budget. But in the end, if we want to unwind ourselves, add zest to our life from all the hustle-bustle of our mundane lifestyle, and the constant pressures from the office, we need breaks. All works and no plays make Jack a dull boy. Here, our “plays” are a suitcase, some clothes, essential necessities, tickets, passport, and off to explore the world.
The reason why people who tend to travel often succeed more at work than those who don’t is because travelling diversifies one’s mind. You want to know in details? Read on.Advertising
1. They are open-minded.
People who are involved in office works, especially the high level corporate office leaders have agreed that once they come back from a holiday, they tend to focus more on works. Their minds get fresh, more open towards the world. They are more ambitious, they have a clearer perspective on everything, and more importantly, they are more optimistic.
2. They have a wider range in networking.
When you are visiting another country for a conference, or workshops, you are inclined to meet people from different parts of the world. This helps you to promote yourself, to build up a social networking. These people stay in your contact lists. This is a crucial point if you are keen to expand your networking.
3. They are good at organizing.
If your service involves logistic problems, HR, accounting, or anything related to handling cash, then this will help you to organize better. How? If you plan to travel to a different country, regardless of whether you are travelling alone, with family, friends, or even business trips, you are steering a lot of things—things like taking care of your passport, different currency, where to stay, what to do, where to eat, looking after your companion(s), etc. Once you are back to the office, your tasks will seem easier for you to complete.Advertising
4. They know a lot about other cultures.
When you are on an overseas travel, your eyes open up to different cultures. Having first hand multi-cultural experiences will aid you to understand how people handle different situations regarding life or office works. Observing international style of work will able you to apply some to your own occupation as well.
5. They are better at socializing.
International travel means a scope for acquiring knowledge about different cultures, languages, etc. Those cultures, languages, society, everything is dissimilar to your own. You can take a short language lesson prior to visiting the country, or buy a translated book, but whatever it is that you do, you will always be tested at your social skill. This includes how well you articulate in that foreign country with the locals, your patience, your tactfulness, and your etiquette. If you can succeed in this “examination,” then you can easily thrive in your career.
6. They get a fresh start after every trip.
What happens when your electronic device freezes? You restart or refresh it, and it starts working fine again. Similarly, we all need to reinvigorate our brains at one point in time. And the best way to do that is to take a break, even if it’s for a short period of time. Going abroad is a better therapy. A pleasure trip will make you forget about your everyday chores, and your hectic life. Trips like these will leave you fall in love with the world, will energise you, and make you a better person. Once you travel back home, you know you are ready to face the reality with a fresh mind.Advertising
“A well travelled person is an astute business person. There is perspective gained from international travel that cannot be matched in a classroom or office environment.”
—Cathay Pacific Senior Vice President Americas, Philippe Lacamp.
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Last Updated on December 2, 2021
The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist
Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.
There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.
Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist
Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps. A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.
Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.
- First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
- Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
- Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
- You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
- Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.
Now on to the checklist!
Here is how your checklist should look
1. CAMPSITE GEAR
- Tent, poles, stakes
- Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
- Extra tarp or canopy
- Sleeping bag for each camper
- Sleeping pad for each camper
- Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
- Extra blankets
- Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
- Lantern fuel or batteries
- Fuel for stove
- Matches or lighter
- French press or portable coffee maker
- Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
- Food-storage containers
- Trash bags
- Water bottles
- Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
- Cups, mugs
- Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
- Cutting board
- Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
- Paper towels
- Extra bin for washing dishes
- Clothes for daytime
- Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
- Extra layers for warmth
4. PERSONAL ITEMS
- Insect repellent
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medications
- Toothbrush, toiletries
5. OTHER ITEMS
- Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
- Maps, area information
This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimple, RainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.
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