#1: As a rule of thumb, you should… “Take half of what you think you need.," says Nic. "The mistake people make is that they pack too much. A lot of people come with hairdryers and straighteners and stuff like that. But you should pack small and you can always buy the things you need while you’re [travelling]. You can always buy basics anywhere and it’s not that expensive. You’ll always end up buying things and throwing things out. It happens to everyone. On holidays, I’d buy new shoes and throw out old ones, or bring old tees and buy new ones along the way.”
#2: If you really need to pack everything and the kitchen sink…“Allocate one person to bring one item each, if you’re travelling in a group. And hotels mostly have irons and hairdryers, so you don’t need to bring those. For myself, when I need to iron a button-down collared shirt, I’d hang it in the shower, have a hot shower, and after I’m done, I leave the water on really hot for a little bit. It steams the room and also steams the shirt and ‘irons’ it out for you.”
#3: The most underrated activity on a vacation is… “Drinking water. It’s probably the most important thing to do. But people often forget and just go for the soft drinks or lemonade or Red Bull. I always tell people to keep eating your salads and veggies and stay hydrated. It’s about knowing your limits and being healthy. A lot of people go on holiday and eat junk food. But eat healthy and don’t wear yourself out.”
#4: The most useful thing you could have in your suitcase is… “A Swiss army knife. It’s got everything — a nail clipper, screwdriver, scissors, magnifying glasses. And it can be used for everything — opening bottles, if something falls out I can screw it back, and even cutting fruit and food. It’s probably the handiest thing in my bag.”
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