What to pack for a trip?
Depending on where you are going and the duration of your trip, the amount of things you'll pack will be different. Assuming that
you are going to a foreign country for a week, this is a general list of items to bring with you.
- Smartphone with a local sim card
- Copy of your plane/train/bus ticket
- Photocopies of passport and credit cards - this is for when your actual passport or credit cards get stolen
- Money belt
- US Cash - you can exchange US currency for local currency in almost every country in the world.
- Debit and credit cards
- Swiss Army knife
- Alarm clock/watch
- First-aid kit
- Tooth brush
- Toilet paper/tissue
- Notepad and writing utensils
- Small sewing kit
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Warm clothing
- Rain jacket or waterproof poncho
To book directly with an airline or through a travel agency?Why would you want to book directly with the airline?
- The fare is sometimes cheaper.
- It may be your only choice, as some travel agency may not book budget airlines, due to lack of commission or high risk of airline bankruptcy.
- As most people have found out during a snow storm, a hurricane or coronavirus, you cannot reach the airline as a regular consumer. You will be either place on hold for a long time, or in some cases, the wait time is so long, that you don't even have an option to wait on the line. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the average wait time to reach certain airlines was three hours. If you had booked through a travel agency, the travel agent would have had their own priority phone line, and they still had to wait for at least an hour.
- You would have to waste time to do all the research to find out which airline to book with. With airlines sneaking in high baggage fees on certain fares, it makes the research even more challenging, as you may wind up paying way more because you book the wrong fare.