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Baby Boomer Travel Gear

What do boomer travellers need to bring with them when they travel? Comfort, security, and convenience should be some of the things to consider when choosing travel gear. Such things as what technology to bring, how to protect valuables such as money and passports, and shoes and clothing are amongst the things that need to be chosen carefully prior to leaving. The right choices can help make a difference in your travel experience.

Packing the right clothes according to the climate of your destination and time of year is very important. Pack enough underclothes and socks for a week; three or four shirts, a couple of pairs of pants and shorts if the season is right. One swimsuit is sufficient. A hat or cap are useful for sunny spots. A sweater or light jacket are all you need for cooler days in summer, spring, or autumn at most popular destinations. This amount of clothing will ensure you travel light and will make it easier when transferring from one location to the next. If you need an umbrella, buy it at your destination as they are usually low priced. Plan on doing a laundry. Most places have one on site or you will be able to find one in the town or city you are visiting.

Comfortable shoes are a must if you plan on walking a lot or hiking. Choose light waterproof shoes and low boots from a quality maker known for comfort and durability of their products. Many choices exist. But again only bring one pair of each to keep your luggage light.

A simple digital camera is sufficient for most people's photo needs. And a tablet or netbook PC is essential for booking excursions or finding information of local sites and attractions. These can be used of course to email family and friends while you are away and offloading your photos to. Plenty of free internet access is available all over the world now a days. If you need a phone make sure to arrange a package with your carrier before leaving your country to minimize expenses or buy a SIM card locally if your phone is unlocked. You can also rent a basic phone in most countries. But with your tablet or netbook you can always use services like Skype to place calls if needed.

Make sure you know the generic names of any prescription medication you need in case you need to replenish when away. Branded medicines may not be available where you are, but the generic product will be.

Also protect your valuables. Don't carry them in a day bag, handbag, or backpack in areas where thieves may be present. Use a money belt or similar device. Put your cash for the day, a credit card, a debit card, passport, and any transport tickets for the day in the belt. This is the best way to prevent thieves from stealing your valuables. Leave any others at your hotel locked in a safe in your room or at the front desk.

So this concludes it for now. Happy, safe, and comfortable journey. We boomers love to travel!


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