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Top 10 Travel Tips

  1. To bring or not to bring... Now that is a big question. Keep in mind to pack only the essentials. You won't have the time to read a 500-page book on Jostein Gaardner's works, so scarp it off your list.
  2. Overnight bag?! You might be unfortunate enough to lose your luggage or get it mixep up with similar-looking luggages. We wouldn't want you to end up like Mr. Focker in Meet the Parents would we?
  3. Itenerary. Plan your destinations carefully, and go through your schedule religiously.
  4. Jet Lag. Get some sleep onboard if your flight arrives in the morning, and stay awake if you arrive in the evening at your destination. It's tempting to stuff yourselves while onboard, but overeating is a big no-no. Also, cut down the booze, we don't want you to have a hangover the size of a train when you reach your destination.
  5. Wardrobe. Try to coordinate your clothes. Avoid easily-creased clothing materials. Dress comfortably. Wear and wear until it smells. :)
  6. Accessories. All that glitters can attract all that slithers. We don't want you to be object of crooks' affections. Don't wear eye-catching baubles.
  7. Money Matters and Documents. Don't keep all your cash in one place. Keep them in obscure places, like the insides of your bra or the sole of your shoe, for instance. :) AND don't keep them in your hotel room. Losing credit cards is not unheard of, be sure to know the hotline of your credit card. To avoid pickpockets, put them in a belt bag or a body bag, with secret compartments for your passport. Always carry your passport wherever you go.
  8. Food and Drink. Be wary of eating from sidewalks (common in Asia). Only drink bottled water. You don't want to spend the rest of your vacation in comfort rooms.
  9. Medication. Always bring medicine for common diseases like colds, fever, diarrhea, etc. You might find it difficult to look for these drugs when you travel in uncommon places.
  10. Know the basics. Read about your destination/s from the web or other reliable sources. Know what to expect and what to avoid.

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Top 10 Mountaineering Tips
  1. Buddy System. If you're hiking with a large group, have a buddy. You and your buddy should always be together.
  2. Extra Food. In case you get delayed, be prepared to stock a day's supply of either noodles or canned goods, or anything light and easily prepared food. Also, bring some munchies with you, in case you get separated from the group.
  3. Extra Clothing. This will come in handy in case of rain or extreme drop in temperature. Just don't forget to pack it in a plastic bag together with your other clothes :)
  4. First Aid Kit. Bring the necessary stuffs to keep the injured stabilized until treatment is available.
  5. Pocket Knife. To help in food preparation and first aid, a pocket knife with sharpened blades and can opener will do.
  6. Flashlight / Headlamp. You might be caught hiking in the wee hours of the morning to catch sunrise. Choose a compact, lightweight and waterproof flashlight. To keep your hands free, bring a headlamp.
  7. Matches. Carry an emergency supply of waterproof wooden matches aside from the lighter.
  8. Pop the Whistle. In case you get separated or in an emergency situation, blowing a whistle is more practical than shouting (or running after them -- Apolito will definitely keep this in mind).
  9. Maps & Compass - Even if the trails are established, you should be prepared in case of emergency. Don't forget to keep your maps in a Ziplock to keep it dry.
  10. Pack it out, pack it in. Bring extra plastic bags for your trash and for other people's trash. Also bring a small trowel/spade for digging your makeshift toilet bowls ;)
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