Traveling Tips: The Essentials of Packing


This is always a huge dilemma no matter where you go. It could be for a quick weekend trip for your brother’s wedding or a three-month excursion deep in the South East Asia. Regardless of where you are planning your trip, you cannot possibly bring everything with you from your home. Even if you do take more than one luggage bags, do you really want to spend a majority of your day lugging that around? Didn’t think so.

It is easy to get caught up in what you want to bring for your trip. In fact not many of us realized we have over packed until we try to zip up the bag. In these cases, we are lost in our stream of consciousness imagining every situation in which you are going to need that sweater or that suit. As great as it is to visualize where you are going to be, you also want to be realistic. To avoid over packing begin simply by creating a list.

In your list, you want to include any necessities that you will use on your trip. This includes clothes, shoes, toiletries, guidebooks/reading materials, electronic devices and chargers. Certain forgotten times many people carelessly overlook include your toothbrush, razors, and deodorant. Forgetting these items, especially while traveling, can begin to add up.

When planning your outfits, think about your daily schedule, the standard weather, and any extreme weather situations. Start off simply by packing any leisure sleeping wear. If you know you are attending night events, make sure you pack any casual or professional items that best fit those situations. To prepare for any extreme weather, try and bring versatile items such as a light jacket or cardigan that can fit neatly in your back. Last but not least back various socks, shoes, and underwear for the intended amount of days for your stay. Don’t forget to bring an empty plastic bag for your dirty clothes. This will allow you to stay organized while also separating the clean from the dirty.

After you are done packing your clothes, pack a travel-size container for all of your toiletries regardless of the length of your trip. This includes your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. In regards to liquids, make sure they are the appropriate amount to take for your travels. Certain airport restrictions could compromise your bag, delaying you without your necessities for a few hours or a few days. In addition, make sure your toiletries are in a secure bag. There is nothing worse than opening up a bag with all of your clothes ruined because you did not properly secure those liquid items. If you happen to forget any item, try visiting a local continent store.

The last things you want to pack are your essentials. Money, credit cards, identification, passports all need to be secured in a safe spot. Usually people pack these in separate bags. In addition, if you are planning on bringing any technological items on the trip such as your laptop or phone, make sure you bring your chargers and the appropriate plugins.

What to Visit in Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa is one of the most unique cities you can visit in the world Its rich and vibrant atmosphere of big-city living is so intoxicating that it is no wonder why so many people flock to this place each and every year. Now, you need to keep in mind, Johannesburg is not like that of New York, Paris, or Madrid where you can just hop off a bus or taxi and find yourself entertained for days. For this city, you need to plan where you want to go. In fact, it takes time, and a bit of effort, to get to know where you want to go, especially if you want to immerse yourself in the South African culture. Now if you do not have the luxury of having a local guide with you, check out some of the places that I have highlighted that will help aid your travel schedule in the best possible way.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex in Johannesburg, South Africa dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. The museum in itself a beacon of hope show the world how South Africa has come to terms with its oppressive past and its newly transformative mindset for a future that all South Africans can call their own. This powerful exhibit has assembled a variety of interactive art ranging from illustrated events to films that discuss the South African history. For those visiting, this is an incredible place to learn more about the dramatic and emotional journey of its past and newly looked future.


Johannesburg provides many of its tourists with an awesome wildlife adventure. A variety. This serves as one of the most popular travel hubs that ranges from a variety of outdoor activity. Whether you are into gaming, camping, site seeing, these safaris provide you with the best thrill-seeking experience you can possibly ask for.

Neighbourgoods Market Johannesburg

The Neighbourgood Market in Johannesburg is one of the must-dos when visiting South Africa. Housed in a modernist building with a spectacular fifteen-story wall mural by the famed artist Eduardo Villa, the market has become the epitome of South African culture. The market holds a wide variety of fresh-farmed foods and specialty goods. Beyond the food itself, the market has live entertainment that will welcome you the minute you step foot into this fantastic place.

Gold Reef City

If you are traveling with the family and you have enough time for your vacation, I highly recommend this spot. Gold Reef City is South Africa’s infamous amusement park. Located on an old gold mine, which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the concept of the gold rush. Continuing with this theme, the staff wears 19th century fashioned costumes when welcoming you into this family friendly place.

Soccer City

For the beautiful game, Soccer city is home and headquarters to the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament. Shaped like a calabash in the abandoned mining tracks on the outskirts of Soweto, the stadium’s architecture is a treat for all to see. It also serves as a monument in which Africa represented one of the most important events in the world.

As stated, Johannesburg has much to offer. There are tours, museums, galleries, parks, shops, and so much more. Since there is a little something for everything, make sure you plan out your interest and what you want to get out during your stay in South Africa. There are a variety of other places to see such as the Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Zoo, MuseuMAfricA, and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. But at the end of the day, it all depends on you. So what are you waiting for and search for you adventure today!


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