I asked an experienced backpacker friend to give me some tips, which I will now share.
•Take a sink plug. Some hostels don't have one
•Take a padlock because in some hostels daysacs are stored in lockers in the hall
•Take a small LED head torch (recommended by the Oz-Bus too) - invaluable for reading in bed or navigating in a dark room so that you don't disturbe the population
•Roll clothes up for packing. It uses less room
•Don't take a dressing gown. She assured me that no-one wears one. They are bulky to carry and totally unnecessary. This makes me feel very uncomfortable and goes against a lifetime of "covering up" in front of strangers!
•Sleep with passport and money tucked into the pillow
Any more tips from the travelling fraternity would be appreciated.
My next challenge is to arrange the best 'phone/data package for good, cheap coverage in the areas we pass through. My BlackBerry has been set up to receive, repond and delete private/business emails and has the facility to blog and tweet in realtime, which is fun. I find this facility invaluable but I don't want to break the bank. Does anyone agree with me when I say that talking to "communication" companies is one of the most stressful things to do. It must be right up there alongside moving house
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