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Monday, 17 October 2016

The Honeymoon Series [iii] - Preparing for the Trip

After you have finished with Part 1 and Part 2 of the Honeymoon Series, finally, destinations are selected and the trip is booked! Research has been done too, and now all we have to do is to prepare for the trip.

This means..... shopping!

We are going Europe in November, the start of Winter. This also means that while the weather is cooling to cold, we won't be enjoying snow. That's good enough for me.


MEDICINE AND PILLS


No matter where I go, medicine and pills are very important for me to bring along, for we will never know when stomachache or fever strikes. Clarinase is essential as well, to counter colds and blocked nose during cold weather.

And for countries with time difference, I always prepare Melatonin - aka magic pills to help regulate sleeping hours to reduce the effect of jet lag.



SKINCARE

In colder regions and climates, the skin tends to be drier too. I have purchased (both online and offline), an assortment of moisturizers and hydrating creams, lotions, etc for the face and body. For countries and climates as such, I will happily indulge in some oil-based and oil-infused products, as well as richer creams.


COATS AND CLOTHES



Since the weather is chilly, I will be bringing thicker and warmer clothes as well as a variety of jackets, sweaters and coats.

On top of that, some thick stockings and my black leather hand gloves for extra protection, as well as mufflers.  Singapore's retailers Cold Wear and Winter Time are good places to shop for basic, affordable winter wear.


FOOTWEAR



Usually pretty much a heels person, I am not sure if it would be wise to bring along my 4 - 5 inches heels for the trip. The reason being that we are going with a group tour so might need to walk faster to catch up, and pavements in European cities aren't exactly even.

I intend to bring along my new Adidas sports shoes. Those would be practical even if it rains and grounds are wet.

I have also ordered a pair of low-heeled high black boots from MyGlamorous.SG.  They are soft, nearly velvety, and extremely to wear and walk in (at least for now, when I am just testing them out). Plus, they would look good with many outfits.


SECURITY AND SAFETY (STORAGE)
Luggage locks and hidden compartments are definitely in place, as well as travel insurance. I bought a rather comprehensive travel policy because well, one never knows.

I also prepared a couple of smaller pouches with slim straps that I can easily sling over my shoulder and keep it tucked inside my jackets and coats. There we are - nothing for the potential pickpockets or snatch thieves to see.


INTERNATIONAL / TRAVEL ADAPTER
Remember these, especially in an era where we are not able to live without our gadgets. These will come in very handy for your handphones, tablets, cameras as well as power-banks etc.


DRY FOOD RATIONS

If you think you might not be able to survive on food in your chosen destinations, or that you will be hungry in the middle of the night, or you want to save some money, pack some Instant Noodles or easy-to-make Campbell Soup, etc into your bags. They would come in handy when you least expect them.


TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND MONEY
Last but not least, and most importantly, your Passport (ensure it has at least 6 months' validity), Visas (if required) and money - whether in the form of cash, credit cards or travellers' cheques.



A List of things to pack has also helped tremendously, to ensure that nothing gets left out.

I think I am ready to jet set and go enjoy my Honeymoon. How about you?






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