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A utility tells you what to pack for travelling

A utility tells you what to pack for travelling

There is a good online utility called The Universal Packing List. After filling in your trip’s information, it will generate a custom packing list suitable for that particular journey.

It will return a very detailed check list. Example as follow. You definitely don’t want to bring all of items in the list along but it should be a good reference on what you should bring.

The Universal Packing List


Here is a snippet of what it will return:

Electrical stuff

General electrical or electromechanical stuff sometimes worth bringing with you.

General electrical items

Cell Phone (Mobile Phone, Cellular Phone)

Remember that there is a big risk your phone may not work in other countries.
It could be the wrong network technology, or your phone service doesn’t
allow you to use it outside your own country, or even outside your own state
in the US. An alternative is to rent a phone at your destination, but that is
probably expensive.

Charger to Cell Phone

Remember that you may need a Wall socket adapter if you wish to recharge the
batteries of the telephone, unless you have one of those new solar-powered cell
phone battery chargers.

Computer

There are many choices from Laptop, Notebook to Subnotebook. Make sure you really
need it, since many of them are heavier than you first might think! Remember that
you may need a Wall socket adapter if you wish to recharge the batteries in the
computer.

PDA

Watch

Next time I’ll buy myself a Swatch or something similar. No big deal if it gets
stolen, and they are waterproof and sturdy. Be sure the battery is fresh! Some
watches have a handy alarm feature and a built-in tiny compass. Another handy
option would be a watch with a built-in calculator, but they are unfortunately
often ugly beyond description and also seldom watertight.

Flashlight (Torch)

I have a Maglite (a thin black slick metallic torch with an adjustable magnifying
glass) that I like to bring with me. It’s nice to carry along at night in strange
neighbourhoods abroad. Kind of expensive. The smallest Maglite is called
“Solitaire” and can hang off your key ring. An alternative is the tiny,
long-lasting LED lights that cost about $10 US. Get the kind with the lockable
on/off switch for hands-free use.

Batteries

For your camera, flash, torch, watch, Walkman, PDA and GPS.

Digital Camera equipment

In many cases a digital camera is probably a better choice for a trip
than a normal camera, since they are so much simpler to handle, takes
up less space in your luggage, and are cheaper to use in the long run.
But the quality of digital photos aren’t yet really as good as normal
photos, so if you are really into this, then you’d better bring a normal
camera and normal film.

Digital camera

Be sure the batteries are fresh!

Memory cards

Some memory cards are now so large (4 GB CompactFlash are available, for
example) that you may be able to get away with a single card for the
whole of your trip. Try to estimate how many pictures you’ll take during
your trip, and how much memory they normally take up on your memory card,
and you should be able to calculate what size memory card you’ll need.

Battery charger

If your camera uses non-standard batteries, and you’re off to a longer
trip. You may also need a Wall socket adapter.

Associated cables

To your charger, or from the camera to your computer, in case you want to
move some of the pictures off your memory card, to make room for more
pictures.

Generic photo equipment

Various things to bring with you if you bring along a camera or video camera.

Camera bag

Music items

A Walkman can be heaven and hell. It can be stolen, and it can also give you some of
the best highlights of a trip.

Music player (Cassette, CD, MiniDisc, MP3)

For travels it is probably best to take a player that can read MP3 disks, since
they can store about 10 times more music, as well as many many MP3 audio books.
Particularly great if you can’t read on buses. Even better if it has a radio
tuner. There are solar cell battery chargers you can buy, so that you don’t
need to buy so many batteries. Remember that you may need a Wall socket adapter
if you wish to recharge batteries the normal way.

Headphones

Can also be a good idea on long flights, since the ones you’re offered on planes
are often of very low quality.

Music media (Music cassettes, CDs)

If you bring too many, they take up a lot of place in your backpack. If you bring
too few, you get sick and tired of them in a flash. One option is to leave them
all at home with your music player. That way all your music will be like brand
new when you come home.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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