Keeping Documents Safe
Keep your passport, cash and debit / credit cards in your possession at all times. Usually a small wallet will suffice but in some countries keeping them safe means wearing a money belt under your clothing and we’ll let you know when we recommend that. Photocopy both sides of your credit cards and the face page of your passport and bring them with you. If they are lost or stolen you have both the phone number to call and the number of your card to cancel. Another option is to scan them and email them to yourself so you are paper free.
Carrying 2 passport photos with you can save an enormous amount of time and energy should your passport need to be replaced.
A debit card is a better solution than carrying large amounts of cash. ATM machines are almost everywhere these days and you can get usable amounts out at a time and at better rates than exchanging USD. Many credit cards have discontinued international exchange fees and are updated with chips for your security – all good news!
If you can’t lift your duffle bag up a flight of steps then you’ve over-packed and it’s time to sit down and start culling! Too much stuff can spoil a vacation – accounting for it, organizing it, trying to find something important when you need it. It’s great to be able to spend more time relaxing on your vacation versus re-packing. We encourage you to bring only what’s on the “What to Bring” list and any other must have items for comfort and/or for medical requirements.
Pack your carry-on day pack for flights assuming that your bag may go missing – then if it does, you’ll have the essentials. The obvious things are cash and credit card, medications, a change of clothing, camera, phone, toiletries, and a hoodie. A less obvious item is a swimsuit which is hard to shop for on the road. If you’ll be hiking in the first few days, consider wearing your hiking boots on the plane or tie them to your carry on. We suggest you carry your camera in your day pack and leave the camera bag at home as this reduces risk of it being lost or stolen.
Consider Old Clothing
Bring an old pair of jeans for horse riding then you can toss them afterwards and avoid a smelly bag. Bring one old T shirt for the most demanding hike and toss it afterwards. Some of our clever guests pack old clothes that they leave behind each day. By the end of the trip they have an almost empty duffel bag! All the better for shopping on the last day and heading home much lighter.