Uniform Color Scheme
When packing clothes a smart idea would be to pack clothes with a uniform color scheme so that everything goes with everything else giving you the option of more combinations.
Dispose off your older Clothes
This is a strategy that is popular among travelers. Basically carry old clothes that you intend to discard. You do so as your trip enfolds and thus this allows you to have a lighter bag and also a lot more space for souvenirs.
Avoid Packing Pains
OK. So you have packed everything. You are about to close the bag when you notice your shoes lying around. Now how to stuff in this obnoxious bulk inside the already stuffed bag? Re-pack. Sounds familiar? Avoid such packing pains by following the following easy tips:
Shoes are probably the toughest things to pack, given their typical weight, size and shape. They fit in awkwardly. Always try and minimize the number of shoes that you carry. Try and wear the bulkiest shoe instead of carrying it. Always use shoe bags or pack them in newspaper or plastic so that the soil from the shoes do not mix with your belongings. Better yet, turn it into an advantage. Pack your breakable items like bracelets etc inside the shoes for additional protection. It is also a good idea to stuff your socks and other small garments inside your shoes. It helps keep the shape of the shoe and prevent it from deforming.
MINIMIZE ON TOILETRIES
Often if you are staying in hotels, they provide you with toiletries. This will reduce your burden. You can also carry small bottles of shampoos and other such toiletries to minimize the space utilized.
When carrying electronic items make it a point to remove the batteries from these devices, so in case these devices get accidently switched on, the batteries will not drain out. This also prevents the devices from getting spoilt due to any leakage from the battery. Try cushioning these devices in between the clothes in order to provide it added protection.
Different Styles of Packing
There are as many different styles of packing as there are bags. But some techniques of packing which may be followed for an improved efficiency in packing are given below. Try these out. It’s really useful. Maybe you can even invent your own style of packing.
INTERLOCKING METHOD OF FOLDING CLOTHES
Overlap two pieces of clothing flat and then fold them into each other so that each clothing cushions the other and thus avoiding wrinkles.
FOLD AND STACK
This is the most widely followed method of packing which involves simple folding of clothes and stacking it up. When using this style of packing, think chronologically the order in which the clothes will be used and then pack accordingly. Thus pack the clothes that are required at the end of the trip at the bottom and then continue stacking up in a reverse manner. This would help in your packing not getting completely disrupted every time you remove clothes.
This involves the careful wrapping of clothes around a central core object avoiding the folds that causes creasing. Also the tension generated in the fabric by wrapping the cloth reduces the chances of wrinkles.
Another popular technique is to roll up clothes. They tend to occupy lesser amount of space and do not wrinkle much. Avoid known areas of packing worries. Avoid packing pains.
Securing your valuables
It is important not to lose anything during the trip. Losing something is bound to create unwanted hassles and leave unpleasant memories or lead to more serious annoyance as deportation and other legal issues. A theft or a robbery cannot be guaranteed against, but some very basic things.
SAFEGUARD YOUR IDENTITY
The biggest nightmare for any traveller is to loose/misplace important documents such as your Passport/ Credit Cards/ Tickets etc. Safeguard these details by scanning your passport, credit cards and tickets and posting them online in your web-based email id. This allows you to access this information in case of emergency. Also have a list of emergency phone numbers such as ‘lost card’ telephone numbers.
DIVIDE YOUR VALUABLES
A good idea is to separate all your valuables such as cash, credit cards, travellers cheques etc in as many different pockets in your bags and wallet as possible. So in case one gets robbed, he/she won’t be strapped of money.
Packing less but more
Ever experienced rummaging through your bag to find a shirt and come up with lots of shirts but not the one you need? Ever wondered why you have been paying the porter to lift all these things you do not need? Do not worry. Any average traveller goes through that frustration. But with the following basic tips, you will better the average traveler:
SELECT THE RIGHT LUGGAGE
It is imperative that one selects the right luggage depending on the nature of your trip. It is what they call getting the basics right. The right luggage could save you a lot of hassles when it comes to packing. You could surely take Emblem help for the same. Take help of our Product Selector to find you the right bag.
They say ‘God is in the Details’. This phrase is particularly true when it comes to packing. This is almost like a mental recee that one performs of the entire trip. Making a note of the possible requirements. Think about the purpose of your trip Business or Pleasure. If business travel is on the cards then make sure you have the required documents, presentation material etc. Check the weather forecast of your particular destination and make a list of the appropriate clothing required. Depending on the events you intend to participate in, plan your wardrobe. Figure out whether particular clothing can be used multiple times to ease the load of your packing. Tight Packing: A very handy tip is to always pack tightly. Packing loosely cause wastage of space and may result in wrinkles. While packing, its important to secure your valuables.
1.Make a packing list
Worried you might have left something essential at home? Passport? Toothbrush? For peace of mind on what to pack, make a holiday packing list which is full of the everyday holiday essentials.
How to pack clothes:
2. Avoid stains
Ever packed light clothes and found a stain on them when you arrived? Never have this problem again. Firstly you should always make sure your light coloured clothes are packed inside out, and secondly, hold on to hotel disposable shower caps and use them to cover the base of your shoes.
3. Roll and vacuum pack
Don’t arrive at your holiday destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases more effectively than folding.
4. Cube your clothes
Another good packing solution idea is packing cubes – these help separate your different items and access things more quickly.
5. Fill dead space
When it comes to packing, you need to make use of every little inch of suitcase space that you can. Roll tops, underwear, socks and other small items and stuff them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.
6. Stay fresh
It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. By taking a small bag of potpourri, fabric conditioner sheets or scented drawer liners, you’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.
How to pack gadgets:
7. Ziplock bags
If you want to organise your packing then get yourself a stash of ziplock bags. Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones – take extra plastic bags (the same ones you’d use for hand luggage liquids) and use them to store electrical items, things for the journey home (house keys, parking ticket and car keys), medication and other loose accessories.
How to pack make-up:
8. Cotton wool
Here’s one for the ladies. To prevent your pressed powder or eye shadow from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.
How to keep valuables safe:
9. Empty bottles and tubes
To avoid the worst case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous and avoid flashing the cash. If you’re on the beach and you really must go for a swim, hide your money in an empty sun tan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled up notes.
How to prevent liquid leaks:
You open your suitcase and get a whiff of jojoba and lavender, before realising that your entire suitcase contents is coated in a thick, gooey layer of shampoo. We’ve all discovered the disastrous liquid leak in our luggage when we arrive at our destination. To prevent this, take the lids off liquid bottles and add a layer of cling-film to the neck of the container before replacing the lid. Then use clear tape to seal the gap where the lid joins the container. Now you can travel without the worry of any spills.
Swine Flu and the smart traveller
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like doorknobs, lift buttons and desks.
- Avoid touching your nose or mouth. (Emblem Tip: Carry a hand sanitizer on your trips)
- Avoid close contact with people who might be ill. (Emblem Tip: Stay at least a meter away from anyone who sneezes or coughs or has a flushed face)
- Reduce time spent in crowed settings as far as possible. Avoid cut raw food from outside vendors. At home – thoroughly wash raw foods. (Emblem Tip: Try and have cooked food for this trip)
- Improve Airflow in your living space by opening windows. Follow a Healthy Lifestyle. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat healthy, and reduce stress to prevent the chances of any infection.
- Know the symptoms of Swine Flu and get medical help as soon as possible if you show these.
Symptoms of Swine Flu: In addition to typical symptoms of a normal flu like fever, cough, running nose, headache, body ache and a sore throat, watch out for following:
- Dizziness & fatigue
- Muscle ache or joints pain
- Upset stomach / Loose motion & Loss of appetite
- Rapid breathing or breathing difficulty
- Persistent vomiting
If you think you are showing the symptoms swine flu:
- Visit the health care authorities to confirm
- Stay home / indoors for a week to avoid spreading it.
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- Cough/ sneeze into a disposable tissue or a similar container. Use a mask in public places.
- Inform friends and family.
- Rest and have plenty of fluids.
Stay updated with government guidelines as it will give you essential information on the agencies you can approach for help and the planning required
Tackling Altitude Sickness
Mountains have been a perennial favourite amongst travelers. The serene beauty, sheer raw nature and extremes in terms of climate make these regions extremely beautiful as well as tough to live in. The most common form of health ailment is Altitude Sickness which alternatively known as acute mountain sickness. The higher the altitude the lower the levels of oxygen in the air making it necessary for the body to adjust to these low levels which takes time. Hence if one travels to a high altitude location without acclimatization then they stand to be a victim of this illness. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to ascend slowly and give your body time to get used to the changes in the levels of oxygen. Every person has his/her acclimatization line, below which they probably won’t experience altitude sickness.On an average this line for most people lies around 9000 ft (2700 mts). After this point it is advisable to go higher by about 1000ft everyday to allow your body enough time to acclimatize. It is also important to have a high level of fluid intake as the dry mountain air and increased respiratory activity increases dehydration. Flying or driving to high altitudes does not give the body enough time to adjust. Care must be taken while planning the trip that one spends time at transitional altitudes to get the body adjusted. Those who have had altitude sickness once, the chances are that they will face the same problem if they plan to go to a higher altitude again. Another important measure is to consult your health-care provider before you embark on any such trip. The mountains require a person to be fit to survive its harsh terrains. Get yourself checked and take the necessary precautions so that you are able to enjoy the majesty of the mighty
How to avoid JET LAG
Jet lag is not only a matter of feeling drowsy; it can also seriously affect your ability to concentrate. You’ll be at a distinct disadvantage negotiating a big deal hours after stepping off a Heathrow-to-Hong Kong flight. Time changes disrupt your internal clock causing jet lag. Solutions:
- Sleep on the plane. Even an hour will help you.
- Drink lots of water on the flight. Soon after landing, take a long leisurely lukewarm shower and continue to drink lots of water.
- Once at your destination, keep moving until the hour reaches your normal bedtime.
- Do not take a nap upon arriving. That’s a surefire way to throw off your internal clock.
In-flight Health Risk - Sore Back
Sitting on a plane isn’t exactly back-friendly if you’re more than 4 feet tall. Cramped legroom leads to a very sore back most of the times. Solutions:
- Stick the little in flight pillows between your back and the seat. Don’t crush it all the way down. Put it about two and half inches above your belt line.
- After you arrive at your destination, stretch and warm up your shoulder and back for a couple of seconds before jumping up and grabbing the bag stowed in the overhead.
In-flight Health Risk - Dehydration
Dehydration is a problem for many flyers. It causes fatigue. Dry airplane cabins typically measure around 10 percent humidity – similar to a desert. Solutions:
- Drink plenty of water. Have a pint of water every hour.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. They dehydrate] you even more.
In-flight Health Risks - Burst Eardrums
This is more serious than those annoying little pops in your ears. This can even cause permanent hearing loss. Abrupt changes in cabin air pressure, particularly during descent causes this. Risks increase if you have a nasal block due to cold or allergies. Solutions:
- If you have a nasal block, try your best to clear it with an over-the-counter nasal spray before boarding the flight.
- Special warning for those vacationers planning to scuba dive: Never dive and fly on the same day. That puts you at high risk for burst eardrums.
In-flight Helath Risks - Infectious diseases
Air on planes is continually filtered and is remarkably clean – probably cleaner than the air you breathe at home or at work. But still, a cough or a sneeze can easily circulate anything from the common cold to the TB or influenza in the cramped quarters of a plane. Take the following easy precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially when you use the
- Use hot water and lots of soap to kill off those nasty germs.
- You can always try to change seats. Sit behind a cougher if at all possible – not in front or with him.
In-flight Health Risks - Deep vein thrombosis
Also called “economy-class syndrome,” DVT isn’t much to worry about on any flight shorter than eight to 10 hours, but even young, fit, active passengers are at risk. Blood clots that form in the calves during very long flights; then break loose and float up to the lungs, with potentially fatal results. Solutions: The clot develops because you are immobilized for hours. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or two. The following three simple exercises can be done in your seat to help keep off DVT: Calf Flex:
- Plant the balls of your feet on the floor.
- Raise your heels as high as they will go.
- Hold the position for a minute.
Reverse Calf Flex:
- Plant your heels on the floor.
- Raise the balls of your feet as high as they will go.
- Hold the position for a minute.
- With your feet on the floor, gently roll the sole of one foot inward.
- Repeat with the other foot.
- Then, gently roll one sole outward.
- Repeat with the other foot.
- Do this for one to three minutes every hour.
In-flight Health Risks
If you’ve gone to the trouble of investing in your body’s fitness on land, then you should also take the time to learn what happens to your body when you’re airborne. And what you can do to ensure that you keep yourself at tip-top health conditions. You do not want to spoil your beach-side holiday or your sales presentation due to a nagging health ailment you caught in-flight. Here are some common in-flight health threats and the precautions you should take to protect yourself. Calf Flex:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Infectious diseases
- Burst eardrums
- Sore back
- Jet lag
An ideal Medical Kit
When in a foreign environment, basic things which are available at any corner shop in your home town seems unbelievingly hard to find. To avoid any hardships, we recommend that you carry the following in your Travel medical kit:
- Oral rehydration salts
- Sterile Dressing
- Clinical Thermometer
- Nasal Decongestant
- Insect Repellant
- Insect Bite Treatment
- Antiseptic wound cleanser
- Paracetamol ( Analgesic)
- Emollient Eye Drops
- Medicines for any pre-existing medical condition
- Other special items based on the destination and nature of travel
However, there is nothing called an ideal medical kit. But it always helps to be prepared and have things in hand when needed. (*** Please check for any special prescriptions required while traveling to certain countries. Check this space for more updates on this)
General Health Guidelines
Travel lends exposure to a variety of environments. They are many factors that become detrimental to a travelers health such as sudden change in temperature, humidity, altitude etc. Therefore there are some basic guidelines that a traveler should follow for the overall safety of her health. General Considerations
Learn about your destination: Anticipate issues that might arise and take proactive steps. Learn about possible health emergencies at your destination. If there is a possibility of contracting a particular disease, figure out whether there is a vaccine available for the same.
THOROUGH CHECK UP:
Make sure that you ascertain that you are in complete good health before you embark on a trip. Certain trips may be more demanding on your stamina and immunity. Do ensure that you have the necessary immunity.
Depending on the prevalent diseases in the area of your travel, do ascertain whether there are certain vaccinations that you can take in order to help you take preventive action against them.
It is imperative that you carry a medical kit with basic medicines to treat common ailments and injuries.
Eat thoroughly cooked food and avoid eating raw food. Drink water from safe sources and as far as possible drink water from well sealed bottled water.
Make sure that you manage to stay in accommodation that has good hygiene standards.
SPECIFIC LOCAL DISEASES:
Be aware of the specific local diseases and get the requisite immunization against them.
TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
Nobody likes to be sick on a vacation. Most holidays are costly enough but often the added burden of medical expenses during a vacation can break your budget. Hence it is always advisable to ensure that you have enough medical insurance cover when you travel. This will give you the security that you can avail professional medical counsel and receive proper treatment.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION AFTER TRAVEL
It is advisable to have a medical examination after return from a vacation. This will help detect any dormant infections/ diseases that one might have picked up while on travel. When the risk of exposure to diseases/infections on a vacation is high, then this measure will definitely help in keeping you in good health.
Prohibited items for air travel
One should always check the airline and the country guidelines, as there is a possibility that these guidelines may change. Following is an indicative list of items that one cannot carry on a flight. However, most of these items can be checked in.
- Sharp Objects
- Sporting Goods
- Guns & Firearms (Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition/firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in)
- Martial Arts & Self Defence Items
- Exposable & flammable chemicals, Disabling Chemicals.
Also see instructions for carrying liquids in an aircraft.
Instructions for carrying liquids
For the purpose of carrying liquids on the flight, TSA (Transport Security Administration) stipulates the following procedure:
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be packed in 3
ounce bottles or less (by volume). Multiple bottles are allowed.
- Quart sized, clear plastic, zip-top to be used to store the
bottles. Bags that are gallon sized or are not zip-top are not allowed.
- One passenger is allowed to carry one quart sized bag.
The 3 ounce limit is stipulated as a security measure.
- The items must fit comfortably in the bag.
- Medications, baby formula, food and other essential life
sustaining liquids are allowed in reasonable quantities and can exceed the 3 ounce limit. They need not be in a zip-top bag and need to be declared at the checkpoint.
- Each passenger must remove the zip-top bag from the
carry on luggage and place it in a bin / conveyor belt to allow the X-ray screening. This helps the authorities to examine it more easily.
- When in doubt put your liquids in checked luggage. As indicated earlier, one should always check the airline and the country guidelines, as there is a possibility that these guidelines may change.
Travelling with Food or Gifts
The following items should either be carried in your checked bag, be shipped ahead to your destination or simply better off being left at home. They are not allowed in carry-ons (cabin baggage):
- Cranberry Sauce
- Creamy dips and spreads (Chesses, peanut butter etc.)
- Gift baskets with food items
- Maple Syrup
- Oils and vinegars
- Salad Dressing
- Wine, liquor and beer
For exact details, please contact your airline before travel.
A Guide to Japanese Customs
A fascinating country and a fascinating collage of traditional and modern sensibilities which has lead to the development of a unique culture. Visitors generally are clueless in Japan. So read on, and sensitize yourself Greeting
- Traditional form of greeting in Japan is a bow.
- A bow can range from a nod of the head to a 90 degree
bend. The extent and duration of the bow depends on the importance of the person. A highly respected person will illicit a 90 degree bow that will last for a long duration.
- If the greeting takes place on a tatami floor then people
get on their knees to take a bow. Bowing is also used to express thanks, to apologize and to ask someone a favour.
- Japanese House
- Many sets of shoes are used in a Japanese house:
- Outdoor shoes are strictly for outside the house.
- Slippers always replace outdoor shoes at the doorway.
Generally provided by the host, the Japanese however often carry their own slippers. When entering a room with a tatami floor (straw mats), even the slippers are removed.
- Washroom slippers, provided by the host, have to be
used in the washroom (and inside it only). Never enter the room wearing the washroom slippers!
- Visiting Cards
- Double sided business cards having details in
Japanese and English on either side is a simple gesture which portrays your respect for their culture.
- Exchange cards at the beginning of a meeting
- Ensure that you have enough cards for everyone.
- It is advisable to stand up when exchanging cards with
someone of a higher rank.
- Bow slightly, face your counterpart and hand your card
(with the Japanese side pointing up) with both your hands. The same rule applies while receiving the card.
- Do take time to review your counterpart’s card carefully.
This is to show interest and respect to the other party.
- Make sure you place the card carefully in your shirt
pocket, wallet or notebook and do not be careless with it!
At a shrine
- Take some water from the ladles provided and rinse both your hands.
- Then cup some water in your hands and rinse your
- Visiting Cards
- Never transfer the water directly from the ladle to your
mouth or swallow the water.
- Spit the water in the fountain.
- Offer a coin in the offering box, bow deeply twice
clap your hands twice and bow deeply again before praying for some time.
- Usually the shrines have gong, use the same before
praying in order to get the Kami’s (Japanese God’s) attention.
- You are not supposed to visit a shrine if you are sick or if
you have an opened wound.
- Most restaurants have plastic or wax replicas of their dishes outside the restaurant which give an accurate description of the food /price and serve to entice customers.
- Many restaurants require you to remove your shoes.
- After you are seated, a glass of water or tea is served for
free and later refilled.
- One also receives a wet towel for cleaning your hands
- While using chopsticks, do not point with your
- When taking food from someone else’s plate use the
back end of the chopsticks.
- Do not spear your food with chopsticks or move plates or
No Tipping! In Japan, it is disrespectful to leave behind a tip as the Japanese feel that you are already being charged for the food and service and the staff might chase you out of the restaurant to give you back the money you left behind!
Cabin Luggage. Be MEASURED in what you carry
Cabin Luggage. What do I do? What can I take??? Will I be fined??? Emblem is here to help you! So the word on the street is, What is actually allowed as hand luggage on the plane?? What size can I take on board with me?? At a time where size restrictions are changing constantly and the penalties getting heftier and stricter, we are here to give a helping hand with some pointers on what is allowed on board on some of the airlines. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website on 20th October 2009: Cabin baggage should have maximum length of 22 in (56 cm), width of 18 in (45 cm) and depth of 10 in (25 cm). These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc That said, many airlines have a lot smaller size boundaries. So be careful!!! Listed in the table below are the dimensions allowed on some airlines as on 15th January 2010. In some cases such as American Airlines, KLM, Quantas, Delta, Kingfisher, Malaysia and Jet Airways the sum of the dimensions may not be greater than 115cm (45inches) including wheels and handles. In others it varies
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We have many cabin cases that are compatible with the size restrictions of most of the airlines – Have a look and see. Please note: We strongly advise one should double check with the airlines you are travelling with to make sure you are within the correct size limits for hand luggage as the dimension restrictions varies from airlines to airlines. We do update our information weekly in terms of cabin luggage allowances. Enjoy your vacations and have a Happy Journey!
Tips for safe travel with batteries
Keep the batteries and equipment with you in the carry on luggage. Do not put them in checked in luggage. In the eventuality of a fire due to the batteries, in the cabin the flight crew can better monitor the situation.
- Always purchase batteries from a reputed source and avoid using counterfeit batteries. They have the highest possibility of catching fire.
- Do not carry recalled or damaged batteries on an aircraft.
- Use a charger that is compatible to your battery.
- If the batteries do not have the original cases, then care should be taken to ensure that the battery terminals are effectively insulated and do not come into contact with other batteries and metal.
- Take care that the batteries are not subjected to crushing, puncturing or are kept under high pressure.
Especially for the disabled, learn about carrying specialized items in flights.
Disability related items permitted through security checkpoints
The following specialized items as aids for the disabled are allowed through the checkpoints.
- Prosthetic devices
- Support braces
- Support appliances
- Service animals
- Baby apnea monitors
- Orthopedic shoes
- Exterior medical devices
- Assistive/adaptive equipment
- Augmentation devices
- Ostomy supplies
- CPAP machines & respirators
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
- Tools for wheelchair disassembly/reassembly
- Personal supplemental oxygen
- CO2 personal oxygen concentrators
- Tools for prosthetic devices
- Medications and associated supplies
- Braille note takers
- Slate and stylus
- All diabetes related medication, equipment, and
- Any other disability-related equipment and associated
If one needs to carry any of these items inside the aircraft cabin, please contact airlines. Most airlines normally provide for alternate items in case the personal specialised items are not allowed in the aircraft cabin. Also know about normal items which are prohibited for air travel.
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