Hanoi Vietnam

Adventure and opportunities abound in Hanoi Vietnam.

Adventure and opportunities abound in Hanoi Vietnam.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi sits in the north of Vietnam in the Red River Delta and is the current capital of this nation. Hanoi Vietnam bolsters a population of over 7.7 million and that many, if not more motorbikes on the streets.

In a seemly never-ending river of zipping face and beeps, moto bikes could be considered the native species of this city. Venturing around, you better accept that you will need nerves of steel to conquer (explore) this city.

The Old Quarter – Hoian Vietnam

Most tourists and some ex-pats opt to live in The Old Quarter, near Hoàn Kiếm Lake. This area of Hanoi is trying to hold onto its past. However, as tourism keeps rising, rents keep going up, it’s just a matter of time before Starbucks will start to pop up. But dear god, I hope not. As it is while on the ground in this city I saw a KFC logo adorning a classic building… this made me sad.

The wild charm of stepping out onto the streets in the Old Quarter and into the organized chaos is an experience every traveler should have. Its a magical experience to arrive from the airport, be ushed into your hostel or hotel. Get settled and then step outside. You get smacked by the noise, sounds, smells, and life of the street.

Pro tip: Embrace this moment of awe and wonder. Then shake it off as you will need your senses to be on point.

At the start of the 20th century, Hanoi, being composed of “36 streets”, the citadel, and some of the newer French buildings south of Hoàn Kiếm lake was a bustling city on the grow. Streets specialized in goods, from silk to bamboo. If you are quick with your Veitinmeases, you can see that the street signs still echo this.

The French influence is apparent in the building designs and the ever famous Banh mi French bread sandwich! YUMMY! At the time of writing this, one tasty Banh mi was going for between 20,000 VND ~ 45,000 VND ($1 or $2).

My First 24 Hours in Hanoi Vietnam

My first 24 hours in Hanoi vietnam were a bit challenging. My Western mind took a while to adapt to this new way of life. I found my self walking the streets looking for something to eat. Every place was just not right, or I did not see a place to sit… it was a strange feeling.

It was only after a day and a few poor choices that I began to see the abundance of food stalls and options that were available. Quite literally on every block, there is a food stall.

Pro Tip: To reduce your chances of getting food poising or sick, as a rule of thumb, only eat from stalls that have steaming food, and you can see them making it. Steam means the food is hot, this implies that the germs may have been killed. Also, look for stalls that have a lot of locals eating at them. This is a sign that it is a good place and the food has a high turnover. I say avoid the places serving western foods. They may not know the right way to cook this, and as such, this may have a higher chance of a food-based illness.

Its also worth point out. If you are coming from the West, you may be a bit put off by the food preparation methods. There is no FDA here to speak about. People butcher animals out back, clean them in the streets, and then serve them to you in the front. If you are up for an eye-opening experience, walk down some of the back allies, and see how the food is prepared. You may love it, or discover a new love for the hygiene standards the West imposes on restaurants. Just keep an open mind and try new things!

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

You are a tourist, best accept this and be on your toes.

Unless you live for a long time in Vietnam and learn Vietnamese, you will be a tourist first in the eyes of those you meet. I say embrace this. There are many benefits to this. The first being that people will be more happy to help you. I read a few stories of travelers who dress in bright colors. Why? Well, it’s not uncommon to have gate changes while waiting on a flight or a bus layover. If you stand out somehow, you have a higher chance of a local directing you to the right location if you miss the announcement. Also, locals may want to connect to learn about who you are and where you come from. It’s great!

But be aware. You are also a mark to some. People will come over and put a basket on you, smile and take a photo with you, you may think it’s just a friendly act, but chances are its cause they are looking for you to pay them. Or when you are distracted, you get taken advantage of. Don’t let this hinder your trip, just be aware that these things happen.

Pro tip: The further you get out of the “tourist” areas, the higher chance is that your interaction with locals will be more authentic.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

Overley friendly can be a bit off-putting.

Do you not like to be touched? Well, put that hang up in the closet at your home. When walking around the Old Quarter, in some of the more packed bar and restaurant streets, you will be accosted with gestures to come sit. A lot of the bigger restaurants have one or more, I call them “fishermen” out front. These fishermen will gesture at a chair and say, “Sit here Free Beer!”. Some will even put their arms around you as four others come around, almost pulling towards a seat.

You will need to accept this and ether engage or just walk on past like you did not even see them. Yes, it sounds a bit rude, but if you stop for everyone who waves you over… you may not make it 100 yards from where you are staying.

In the end, it’s up to you if you will sit or not, but if you do slide past, be ready for the next person fishing for you to rest and have a beer at their location. It was a bit off-putting for me at first, but then, this is another cultural, its not the West, you have to adapt. So smile and enjoy the ride.

Getting around in Hoian Vietnam.

You have a lot of options with this. From cabs to the Grab app on our phone, to locals. If you choose to go the more “adventurous” route and snag a cab, get a flat rate from point A to B. If not you may be driven around for a long time as the meter clicks up. Lol.

Best to check with your hotel ahead of time for a pick up for the easiest method.

Another method that is more budget-friendly is the buss. Yes, when you arrive at the bus station, motorbike drivers will come over to you and ask, “Where are you going?”. I just tell them I am going on the bus. ONe they realize you are not going to hire them to drive you, chances are they will leave you alone.

Pro Tip about busses: You pay when you get on the bus. Most busses have a person that is on the bus. Just get on and sit down. Someone with a wad of cash will cove over to you. Pay them, and they “Should” give you a receipt; just hold on to this till you get off the bus.

Pro tip 2: If you are confused about what bus to take. Ask someone. By and large, people want to help you. Eat the ego and ask someone, even one of the moto bike drivers that tried to get you to hire them.

Hanoi Vietnam

Looking for a pleasant morning walk in Hanoi Vietnam?

The Long Biên Bridge is a historic French-designed bridge. It stretches across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of the city of Hanoi Vietnam.

For an exciting experience, get to the bridge before 6am. I suggest 5 am. Start on the Old Quarter side. Walk, so the river is on your left and the bridge on your right.

This walk for me was one to remember. At first, I was only one of a handful of people on this bridge at 5am. It starts off over a VERY BUSY food shopping location, then reaches out over the red river. The sidewalk you use is well, very sketchy looking. A rusty railing and the pavement is a quarter thick bit of concrete with a 50″ drop under it to the river. Every now and again, a block will move a bit when you step on it. Hahaha. It’s fun.

If you time it right, you will be coming back on the opposite side when the sun is rising at your back. People go for a swim in the river early in the morning, and the INSANE traffic will be starting, so you can get off the bridge before rush hour hits at full swing.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

Pro tip: when passing on the bridge I recommend, standing to the side, your back at the railing, and waving the on comer past. You will get some nods of respect and, it’s a much safer method than trying to squeeze past someone. There are also pull off-break areas at regular intervals on the bridge. So if you need to stretch or you need to take a break, get to this area. You will also find locals here in the morning stretching.

Last pro tip. There is a commuter train that runs down the center of the bridge. Some people stand on the tracks for photos. DONT DO THIS. First, there is a live power line you can get killed by touching, also, trains faster than you, you have a high chance of getting hit. Remember, no unneeded risks.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

Wake up early at least once in Hanoi Vietnam

If you only see Hanoi Veitnam in the day time after the sun comes up, you have not seen Hanoi. The Old Quarter is very different before the sun comes up. At about 4:30 or 5 am, the streets are quiet(ish).

The sidewalks that are full of motorbikes in the day time, now are empty. You can walk down the streets and enjoy the builds and cross the roads with ease.

It’s also lovely to see the Old Quarter come to life as the sun rises. Markets start to open. Workers and shop owners begin to full the Old Quarter once again.

If you see an early morning food stall with a lot of locals sitting and eating at it, join them. Smile and greet someone new, have a strange and wonderful morning meal, and perhaps make a new friend.

Pro tip: Even tho it’s early, be on your toes for petty theft. Don’t just sling a bag or camera over one arm, this makes for an easy drive-by grab. Also, don’t take unneeded risks like walking down a dark back street you don’t know. Stay is fairly main streets, keep your head up and don’t be a victim.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

Sparrow Thoughts:

Hanoi Vietnam is a vast city that is growing. It has deep roots in the past and very modern trends developing. My experience has only been in the Old Quarter, from my conversations with travelers, the city has a lot of layers to explore. This includes sights to see and do outside the Old Quarter too.

Start your adventure in the heart of madness in the Old Quarter, stay for a few days, network at hostels, and then head out to see more of Hoian or Vietnam.

My next stop will be in Hoi An along the coast and towards the middle of Vietnam. While Hanoi Vietnam is the capital, Hoi An, many many many years ago was the capital. Excited to see what this city looks like.

Till next time, enjoy the adventure!

Learn More

Wiki on Hanoi : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi


Locked and Loaded for Travel - Departure on the 17th for Vietnam!

Locked and Loaded for Travel - Departure on the 17th for Vietnam!

What an exciting day. Finished fixing up my parents home a bit… by finished mean, I started to resand, and paint our living room, and dining room, and chainsawed down a bunch of trees and weed-whacked weeds like you WOULD NOT BELIEVE! Anywho – 3 weeks later, that is done (ish). Still, I have no funds but I sold a Concertina I played while walking on stilts in the circus ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concertina ) and used that money for a ticket to Vietnam. Sweet music to my ears.

The current plan:

Departure New York JFK Airport (JFK), USA (12.5 hr flight) 9:00 PM, TUE, SEP 17
Layover in Doha Airport (DOH), Qatar (4.5 hrs) departure 8:20 PM, WED, SEP 18
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam (7.5 hrs) arriving at 7:35 AM, THU, SEP 19
Spend the 19 in Hanoi, then on the 20th get the overnight train to Da Nang, Vietnam.
When I arrive, somehow get to Hội An, Vietnam where I will before the first 3 weeks.
All said and done I will be moving my body about 10,649 miles / 17,138 kilometres if not more.

Costs incurred to date:

One way flight from JFK: $410.80
Three-month single-entry visa Vietnam: $25
The estimated cost of hostile 1 night in Hanoi with food: $15
The estimated cost of an overnight train: $47
The estimated cost of transport from Da Nang to Hoi An : $15
Combined/estimated total: $512 (or $550 ish)
I will be in Hoi An for 3 weeks exchanging content writing for room and food at a local hostel.

The goal is posting unique photos of this AMAZING city during this trip here on Steem! You guys are my online family of estranged people I’ve never met.

After this stop… I am not sure what will be happening. I hope to have that sorted out before the 3 weeks is up… I also hope to have some additional income somehow during that time. (*OH Steem, please moon lol)

My thoughts post up at a local coffee shop and offer conversational English time for $5 or $10 per 30 min. Not sure if it will work, but just thinking. The other idea is stock photos.

Big on adventure, low on funds

As of today, the current bank account is at $168. I don’t have all the gear I need, don’t have a safety net, but my blood is boiling for adventure. It is boiling at its very core to venture to the world, you hear me world, feel my boiling core! It boils for you, such boiling… SUCH BOILING!!

They say you have to sometimes, leap off the cliff and trust a net will appear. I did this a few times with being an entrepreneur. Took a leap off the cliff and trusted that will it will be sorted out… on the way down. When I started my own circus company I arrived in the city two suitcases after getting off tour with Cirque du Soleil. Crashed at a friend’s house got a job and built up the company. I hope stepping forth in this venture, striking out into the unknown with little more than passion and a dream will pay off, or at the very least, not leave me a bum playing the ukulele on street corners for beer money… HAHAHAHA.

Why oh why

Some say that this is a reckless and foolish thing to do, Some say that this is an exciting passionate way to live, some may say that this is an un-respectable way to travel, some may say that when you don’t have any money is the best time to travel… whatever the case, whatever they say, you only have one life you have to live it the best way you can.

I’m going to try to keep a daily journal online here of the adventures as they unfold.

Till the next post check out this video!

It is all an egg… an egg that I will hard BOIL IN MY SOUL!
Till tomorrow and another post, live with passion friends. 😀


Boston MA, 2019

Boston MA 2019 Photos

Photos from Boston MA, 2019

Here are some photos from a visit to Boston MA in August of 2019. A lot of the photos I was trying to capture a different side of the city, something you may not normally see. To me, this was textures, unique views of buildings, and another perspective on this historic city.

Enjoy the photos!


The Art of Traveling Light: How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel

The Art of Traveling Light: How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel

The Art of Traveling Light: How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel
The Art of Traveling Light: How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel

Packing light isn’t as easy as it sounds, but when done right, it makes traveling a more enjoyable experience. Instead of laboring around like a packed mule, you will be able to explore and experience your destination freely without an aching back.

In addition to that, a minimalistic approach to your belongings can help you save check-in fees at the airport and skip the long queues at the luggage claim.

It does sound great, but we humans can’t simply resist the temptation of overpacking. Those new to traveling are often the biggest culprits, lunging around with a backpack prepared for doomsday!

Keeping the weight down is crucial, and since a backpack has only one primary compartment, you must put things in the right place to make maximum use of the space. Do you want to be digging for your passport through a pile of clothes at the boarder check stop?

Whether you are traveling through the highlands of Sri Lanka or the Banana Pancake Trail, packing a light backpack is possible, and we are here to teach you how.

Read on for a comprehensive guide on how to correctly pack a backpack!

How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel  : The right backpack is key!

You can’t make a good burrito if you don’t have a great tortilla! On the same vein, you can’t pack right if you don’t have the right backpack .

Most carry on backpacks have a capacity of 40L which is ideal for short journeys, but since we are talking long trips, a backpack of about 50-55L should suffice. Packs come in different varieties; some come with wheels so you can alternate between shoulder carry and using the wheels while some packs can transform into a duffel bag. Depending on your itinerary, one of these might be of more help than a conventional pack. If you plan on spending time outdoors, a waterproof backpack you need, but more on that later.

Regardless of your decision, there are a few things you should check before pulling the trigger.

Add some weight to test if the bag is comfortable and if the shoulder pads are well padded. Does the pack have straps, including a waist strap that will let you adjust it to the right place?

Protip: Never travel with a new backpack before road-testing it at home!

How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel  : Minimize the load!

You will regret throwing in all those “just in case” items as you toil up a hill with a heavy backpack bogging you down.

Before you pack, lay out all the items you want to take and carefully reconsider the importance of each item. Will you be able to do your laundry during the trip? If that is yes, you will be able to reduce your wardrobe drastically.

As a rule of thumb, don’t pack more than a week’s worth of clothing if you have access to a laundry. Pick a few versatile clothes that can be mixed and matched easily. If you can wash your laundry once a week, six to seven t-shirts/shirts, seven pairs of underwear, trousers (if it’s a hot region, consider shorts), a sweater, and swimming shorts should round up your wardrobe. If you expect rain, a raincoat is a necessary addition and likewise, if it’s cold, don’t forget a winter jacket.

Will you be hiking or out on the road a lot? Why not swap the jeans for light (and water-resistant) hiking trousers?

Keep it MICRO

What about replacing your full-sized towel with a smaller microfiber tower? Microfiber towels weigh about ten times less than a cotton towel and dry much faster too, making it ideal if you are frequently on the move.

If you plan on staying at a hotel, soap and shampoo might not be necessary, but if you are residing at a hostel or guesthouse, they might be a necessity. However, before you throw in your shampoo and liquid soap, remember that liquids exceeding 100ml aren’t allowed in carry-on luggage, so it is best to stick with a bar of solid soap and solid shampoo. They are also lighter and smaller in size compared to shampoo bottles and liquid soap. If you, however, do insist on bringing along your liquid shampoo, you can pour it into a 100ml container. You can find these containers at any drug store, remember, 100ml will not last you long.

Oh, and don’t forget that you could remove extras from the bag to reduce the weight further. For example, some packs have a metal frame for sturdiness; if you are comfortable without it, you could remove it to cut down the weight. A frame supported backpack will help with a heavy load because it helps evenly distribute the weight.

Protip; Once you have packed, put the bag on your shoulders and take a walk around the neighborhood. Too heavy? Unpack and cut down again!

How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel  : Keep items in the right spot!

An incorrectly packed bag can do two things. It can injure your back, or it can put you off balance.

To avoid both of those issues, pack heavy items in the vertical center of the bag and as close as possible to your back. You will have to keep lighter stuff like clothes towards the bottom and keep the heavy items in the middle.

Do you have any prodding items that might poke into your back? If so, wrap it in clothes.

Items you need quick access to such as snacks, travel documents, sunscreen, and toiletries will need to be in the outer pockets or towards the top of the main compartment.

Packing cubes are an excellent accessory to keep things in order while adding shape and structure to the backpack. You could group similar things such as your shirts in one packing cube, making it easier to find things while creating more space in the bag.

How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel  : A compressed bag is easier to carry

A well-compressed backpack is much easier to carry, so try to minimize the space your things take. For instance, your socks, place them inside the shoes, and any food can be kept inside the cooking pot. Experiment between rolling your clothes and folding them to decide which method allows you to pack in more. After everything is packed, use the outer straps on the bag to compress the bag as much as possible.

If you run out of space in the compartment, you can clip stuff on the exterior of the bag using a carabiner but keep this as a final option. Water bottles, hiking sticks, and other things dangling from the pack tend to put the wearer off balance. There is also a high chance that they might get caught on to branches while hiking through thickets. If you are hiking, you should think about using a collapsible hiking pole that you can easily store when not in use. As I stressed earlier, the compact your bag is, the more comfortable it is to wear.

How to Pack a Backpack for Extended Travel  : Ensure you have protection from the rain

Getting caught in the rain is a buzzkill, especially if your backpack is soaked and you have no dry clothes to change into. If you are traveling to a region like Asia, where a downpour can begin in a blink of an eye, your backpack must have some protection against the rain. Certain bags come with rain covers built-in, but if your bag does not, you can purchase a waterproof rain cover. Another tip by backpackers is to line your bag with a trash compactor bag.


6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover

6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover

6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover

6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover
6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover

Sometimes long layovers are inescapable, meaning you could be stuck at the airport for hours, or days, or in a very rare case, YEARS (*Dont worry, that was a very rare fluke). But savvy travelers know that there are fun, inexpensive ways to entertain themselves between flights. Here are 6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover. 

  • Work Out. If you’re not shy about folding into downward dog in public, pack a yoga mat and work on your positions at the airport. A few minutes of deep breathing and stretching is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing after a flight.
  • Play a Game. Pack one or two board games in your carry-on and get your travel companion or a friendly stranger waiting in your terminal to join in on the fun. A deck of cards is in my carry on bag all the time just for such a outcome! 
  • Read, write, or watch. This could be a great time to catch up on your newest book or take a time to update your blog. If you brought your computer, catch up on some recent shows or watch a movie. Find a nice quiet corner and get comfy for a while.
  • Go exploring! Most international terminals are vast and have many hidden gems you can find, like indoor pools, nap rooms, massage parlors and more!
  • Again, if you are not shy, strike up a conversation with another passenger that is in layover.  You both have so much in common, you both are stuck here.. so make a comment about it then ask them if they have any good jokes or story’s to past the time!
  • Juggling. I know, most people dont carry juggling balls with them when they travel.. I do.. hahaha.. its a fun thing that gets some weird looks.  But that is my hobby, if you have a portable hobby that packs small, bring it and use this as a forced hobby time!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this 6 Ways to enjoy an airport layover. If you have any fun suggestions, post them below. I would love to hear your thoughts!


6 Things to think about when planning for a trip

6 Things to think about when planning for a trip

6 Things to think about when planning for a trip

6 Things to think about when planning for a trip
6 Things to think about when planning for a trip

Planning a vacation or a trip may seem like a lot of work and you’re right. Knowing exactly what to do and when and where may seem like a big undertaking and in most times result to confusion. This 6 Things to think about when planning for a trip guide will help you start and plan your trip carefully.

  • Decide where to go. This one takes a little more thought regarding money and the overall goal of the trip. What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to relax for a bit? Then the beach is right for you.
  • When will be the best time? If you have a set amount of time, whether it be spring break or your only week off in the summer, then this decision is already made. But even then, the timing is so dependent on many other factors.
  • How to get there. Flying, driving, or even a train? There are so many options. You have to decide what your priority is. Are you on a stricter budget or a stricter time table? Also, be sure to check local deals and whatever you do, book early for lower rates.
  • Entertainment packages. Now that you know the “where” and the “how,” now you have to figure out the “what.” What are you going to do when you get there? How are you going to make the most of the trip? If you plan on getting a lot of different things squeezed into your trip, then there may be an entertainment package that can get you a good deal on many different venues.
  • Next is what to bring with you. Do you need that parka or do you need a swimming suit, or both?
  • Last is to record the tips whit photos, or just sit back and enjoy it.  If you are going to take photos, its a different experience then just being and taking in the sights.

Their is a lot to think about when planning a trip, so I hope this micro guide about 6 Things to think about when planning for a trip you found useful.

Post below some of the things you think about when planing a trip!

 


6 Things to take along for a short trip

6 Things to take along for a short trip

6 Things to take along for a short trip

6 Things to take along for a short trip
6 Things to take along for a short trip

Make sure you pack correctly to avoid bringing too much or too little, this 6 Things to take along for a short trip guide can help.

Some things to bring for a short trip includes;

  • Toiletries – Don’t let your skin suffer while you’re on vacation. You should always bring your specific cleanser and moisturizer with you, no matter your trip length. For real, keeping your skin healthy will help you keep traveling for a long time!
  • Sunglasses – Sunglasses are important to take on any sort of trip. Protect your eyes from harmful UVA/ UVB rays with trendy shades. 😀 Also, it helps you to nap in public with out revealing that you are. 
  • Medicines – It’s always a good idea to bring your medicine staples (advil, pepto bismol, vitamins and supplements). Make them easy to find by storing them in these bright, super cute cases. I have a small medical pack with me at all times. Things like band aids, scissors, duct tape and more are in this! 
  • Travel wallet – While traveling, it’s important to have a safe and organized place to keep your ID, money and credit cards. Its a good idea to make your travel wallet your sorta dummy wallet and keep your main money bank someplace else. This way if you are robbed, you can hand over your wallet and not lose all your funds!
  • Weekender bag or backpack – Whether you’re off on a business trip or visiting family and friends for the weekend, you’ll want to bring a carry-on-friendly, accommodating weekend bag. These bags can pack small and are light. Much smaller then your bigger main bag! 
  • Your power cords! While its far from the worst thing that can go wrong, leaving your cords at home will cause you to buy an additional cord at a jacked up rate.. save that money and use it for fun.. so do not forget your cords!

This list could be REAL long… but these are 6 Things to take along for a short trip. Remember them and be ready for for fun. 😀

What else do you take on your short trips? Post below and let us know!


My Travel First Aid Kit

My Travel First Aid Kit

My Travel First Aid Kit

My Travel First Aid Kit
My Travel First Aid Kit

 

A lot of people tend to over look the First Aid kit when packing for an adventure! Its one of the last things on their minds. I would suggest you rethink that and have it on the top of your list!

A lot of the world has varying standards of health and of first aid. Some times just an antiseptic wipe can mean the difference between an infection, or just a small cut. In other outcomes, having a bit more gear can help you and your travel buddies stay strong.

Here is my Travel First Aid Kit. Its not the best, but it has come in hand quite a few times while on the road. I also want to add a few more things to it. But for now… take a look at where I am at.

Travel First Aid Kit Full PhotoTravel First Aid Kit – Full Photo

  • Band aids.  These are the unsung heroes of the First Aid Kit.  Get a bunch in different sizes. Get the BIG ones and the butterfly’s, also a few smaller ones for them nicks that just sting.
  • Zicam. This stuff is a bit weird, but for me it works. When I start to feel a cold coming on, I crack open one of these and rub it in my nose… by the morning time, most times, I am back to feeling good.
  • Thearaflue. I have just one pack of this. Its the standby when I think I am down for the count. Mix this with some warm water and in 20 minuets, I am out and my issues are suppressed till the morning.
  • Advil! Beer is cheep around the world and we tend to party to much.. this is golden when you wake up and you got to catch that train, but your head is saying.. NOOOOO… Lol.
  • Tamra Pads and Gauze.  These are good for stopping a big wound that is pumping out blood, or for warping up burns. Get help right away if you need this!
  • Hyrdogel dressing. This is great for burns, it help keep the brunt area cool and damp while it heals.
  • Sun Ray x 30 Cream. This helps with sunburns and keeping it cool
  • Tegaederm Film. This is like second skin. Clean and cover that wound or burn. This stuff is like a second layer of skin to cover the trauma and keep the bad stuff out.
  • 2 sets of Sutures. If I am in the back sticks and fall, stitching up the gash could mean life or death. Sutures that are pre threaded and you can pull out and do what needs to be done… perhaps are a bit over kill.. but I want to be safe.
  • Day Quil and Night Quil 1 dose each. Again, if I am feeling this sick, and NEED to travel, this is one way to get threw it with out feeling like death the whole time.
  • Modaleart. These are my pick me ups when the chips are down and I have to hike out 10 miles on no food. They pick up my mood and help me focus while giving a boost of energy.
  • Anti diarrhea pills. You may eat some weird things your belly just does not like, perhaps you have to sit in a crowded train after this… just saying… its not fun.. so, you know.
  • Muscle Gel. Sore muscles are common when on the road, but like SORE muscles or sprains are not fun.. better take care of them.
  • A few sets of Rubber gloves. Hey if you have to treat someone and have time, putting on gloves is a good way to reduce the chance infection of something you don’t want to get.
  • Tweezers and Scissors . VERY USEFUL. Just have a good set on ya. Pro Tip as well. Make sure the Scissors are small.. big ones will bet take at the air ports as potential weapons.
  • Digital thermometer (the mouth kind). Again, sora a luxury… but its nice to know if you are just a little bit hot, or like OMG I NEED TO BE AIR RECUSED hot.
  • A Nice small case to put all this in. Something small you can fit in your hand and keep on your body and in your go bag at all times.. as what good is all this if its back in the hotel and you are on the streets with a cut?
Travel First Aid Kit Packed
Travel First Aid Kit Packed

Their are so many ways to set up a travel first aid kit, but the most important thing is to have one on you at all times when on the road.

If in doubt of where to start, this is a good starter kit you can get on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2SXL72t 

Start with this then add to it. Add things you think you may need, and some thing you hope you never need.

Do you have a question about something in this kit? Do you have any suggestions of your own to add to this kit? If so post below, I would love to hear your feed back.

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10 ways to stay entertained at the airport

10 ways to stay entertained at the airport

10 ways to stay entertained at the airport

10 ways to stay entertained at the airport
10 ways to stay entertained at the airport

There are so many things to keep yourself occupied at the airport, all you have to have is some imagination. Here is our micro guide on 10 ways to stay entertained at the airport.

  • Get good food. You’re definitely going to get hungry if you have to wait in an airport for an extended period of time so you might as well explore and find a good place to eat. If there are other terminals, they most times have other selections of meals as well.. just do not wander to far and miss your flight!
  • People Watch. There are always tons of people with you at the airport. Some may be in the same situation that you are, and some might be rushing to make it to their gate on time to get to their destination. Something that is pretty much always fun in any situation is people watching. One game I like to play with a travel buddy is to make up stories about other people we see, who are they, where are the going and why!
  • Shop. You can shop at any one of the numerous stores that they have in an airport, you can fund just about anything that you need from clothes to toiletries to souvenirs from yourself or some friends. If you are flying international, you have the duty free shop as well! This is a great place to pick up some fantastic treats at a lower cost them state side! 
  • Watch a Movie. Another great way to pass the time is to watch a movie or two.
  • Listen to music. Music is a great way to pass the time in any situation; that includes sitting in the airport.
  • Sleep. What better way to catch up on all that lost sleep than to sleep in the airport while waiting for that flight that will eventually bring you to your intended destination. Pro tip, bring one of them travel pillows. They will prove to be your best friend at nap time! 
  • Have a Conversation. Most friendships started as a conversation between strangers in a public space like at the airport, so try to engage in one.
  • Learn a new language: Whether you’re going to Germany, France, or Hong Kong, it can’t hurt to become a bit more familiar with the native language of your destination.
  • Start a travel journal: Whether you’re traveling a few states away or to an entirely different country, keeping a travel journal can allow you to express your feelings and commit cherished experiences to memory forever.
  • Snap the sights. This is the perfect way to while away the time, as you get the perfect composition and exposure. 😀

I hope you enjoyed these 10 ways to stay entertained at the airport. If you have any tricks or tips you like to use to stay entertained, let me know in the comments. I am always excited about what others have to say about these things!


6 Travel Tips from Roaming Sparrow

6 Travel Tips from Roaming Sparrow

Roaming Sparrow - TRAVEL TIPS

6 Travel Tips from Roaming Sparrow

You simply cannot plan for everything. However, keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier.  Some travel mishaps can be avoided if you plan properly and some of them are just a part of traveling. Below are 6 travel tips to help ease travelling. 

  • Be Flexible. We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling. I just keep saying the phrase ” Its not the destination its the Journey that is important!”
  • Make a List. About a week or so before each trip, make a mental list of items you don’t want to forget. Then a few days before you leave , sit, and review your list. Confirm you have all you need.
  • Always Buy Travel Insurance. A medical emergency can wipe out your savings so endeavor to get travel insurance before your journey. 
  • Make Photocopies of Important Documents. Always carry photocopies of important documents such as your passport when travelling. I try to keep 2 copies. One taped between 2 hidden pages in my sketch book, and the other in my money belt. 
  • Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company of Your Travel Plans. This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas. Trust me, call your bank!!! Nothing is more stressful then to be in a strange land and not have any way to access your funds or having to work out international calls. 
  • Book Early for Cheap Flights. Flights are always the first thing to book when planning a trip. You can do this nearly a year in advance. For the most part, the earlier you book, the better price you will get.

I hope you found these 6 travel tips for travel useful in your trip prep!

If you have any other tips, post them below or let me know what you think of these.