Thursday, July 22, 2010


A friend asked me for some advice on what essential items to pack for a day trip.

I am not well qualified and not well traveled enough to give such advice, but personally , I think it really varies, depending on the duration, mode of transportation, personal preferences etc, etc.

For me, the things I'll usually bring with on a day trip are:-

1. Backpack - a strong one with not too many pockets. Some empty spaces in the bag for souvenirs.
2. 1 extra t shirt/ jackets - just in case I need a fresh one.
3. Camera with a standard and a telephoto lens, two 4 gig memory cards (one functions as a backup) - better to be prepared than sorry. There is nothing more frustrating than to find out the only one memory card I brought is full/ corrupted/ damaged.
4. Mineral waters.
5. A packet of Panadol.
6. My love one will usually pack some sandwiches/ cekodok or biscuits for snacks in case the children got hungry.

I am comfortable with loose shirts and knee length seluar pendek for ease of movements. Good walking/ running shoes is must since there will be a lot of walking around. Definitely no kasut kulit or selipar jepun since it will limit movements. I would also not recommend high heels shoes for ladies.

Both hands should be free. I am not in favor of holding souvenir bags or whatever, because it will restrict my movement in case I need to act quickly and decisively, like stopping my children whenever they have that sudden crazy urge to cross the streets, or holding their hands in crowded places. Having plastic bags curled around the fingers will definitely slows me down.

No high heels or slippers for my daughters since being children, they will want to run and play. Sport shoes/ sneakers is the best option. They wear pants, capri or sometimes long skirts, again, for ease of movements.

I noticed a lot of people dressing up as if they are going to a dinner or on a date, but like I said, its their preference. I personally would not though, since obviously traveling its not like we are going on a date.

Travel light. Its more fun.

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