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How to Travel with Just Hand Luggage

How to Travel with Just Hand Luggage

Many people balk at the idea of travelling with just hand luggage. Paring down your packing and travelling light might seem like a sacrifice, but it can make your trip far more pleasant. Travelling light and just taking cabin baggage has a number of benefits. Not only can it save you money on baggage check-in fees, but your bag is less likely to get lost or stolen as it will be with you the whole time. In addition, when you arrive at your destination, you can skip the baggage reclaim crowd and head straight for the nearest exit.

Before You Go

Check your airline’s restrictions on cabin baggage. Most airlines offer a generous allowance in size and weight, but you need to make sure that you’re within that allowance otherwise you could find yourself having to check your bag after all.

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Toiletries

  • Skip scissors or any other sharp objects. Most everyday items, including common toiletries will be available at your destination. Buying these things abroad will save valuable space and weight in your luggage.
  • Swap liquid cosmetics for solid counterparts, where possible. Soap, shampoo, and deodorant are all available in solid form from shops like Lush. Using solid toiletries will help you stay within your liquid allowance.
  • Remember that any liquids you carry must not be more than 100ml each and must all fit into a clear 1 litre plastic bag. Items like toothpaste, deodorant, and cosmetics like mascara and lipstick all count as liquids so be aware of this when packing.

Medication

  • Ask for a doctor’s note to cover any liquid medication you need to take on board. It’s also worth contacting your airline before flying to confirm that you will be taking necessary medications on board.

Clothing

  • Choose three, and only three, outfits. However long your trip lasts, you won’t need more than this. Sinks and washing machines are the light traveler’s best friend.
  • Be ruthless. As a general rule, I’ve found that I usually need about 25% less clothing than I take on a trip.
  • Take clothes that work with multiple outfits. That skirt that only matches one top won’t be a practical addition, whereas a pair of denim shorts that you can wear with pretty much anything will serve you well.
  • Wear bulky clothing on the plane and save lighter clothing for your case. Boots, walking shoes, jeans, and winter jackets all take up space in hand luggage, so wear them on the plane to reduce the weight of your bag.

Pack Smart

Making a few simple adjustments to how and what you pack will save you a lot of space. Here are some suggestions that will help you cut down your load even further:

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  • Get a Kindle or other e-reader. Gone are the days where we need to check a separate suitcase just for our holiday reading. Kindles are small, light, and give you the chance to carry around your own personal library.
  • Book swap. If you’re determined not to go digital just yet, take one paperback book with you to read on the plane, then swap it for another paperback at your destination.
  • Check whether your accommodation provides toiletries like soap and shampoo. If so, you don’t need to take them yourself.
  • Swap a beach towel for a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels do everything beach towels do, but weigh less, take up less space, and dry faster too.
  • Use your pockets, especially if you’re taking a jacket or wearing cargo pants. Your hand luggage might have a weight allowance, but you don’t…
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This helps reduce the amount of wasted space inside your suitcase, and is less likely to crease your clothes than folding.
  • Use any shoes you’re packing as storage containers. The inside of a shoe is wasted space so stuff them with underwear or miscellaneous objects for more efficient packing.

To Leave at Home

  • Sharp objects. Nail scissors, pen knives, tools, crafting equipment and other sharp objects are not hand luggage friendly.
  • Liquid-based gifts – Remember that you can’t take more than 100ml of liquid in a single container. Save buying gifts such as spirits or perfume for the duty free section, and make sure you can fit it in your case before purchasing.

What are your tips for travelling with just hand luggage? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

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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