Travelling With Kids, Seoul Searching, Equipment, Herbs and more!

TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

Travelling with small kids is a challenge. So test them and prepare yourself by taking the Mall Travel Challenge before you set out. Plan an outing to a nearby shopping mall with your kids and test their ability to: listen, wait and entertain themselves. Nothing simulates travel in airports and train stations like shopping—waiting in line, endless walking, detours and delays. Warning: this will test your resolve as well as your ability to contain and distract them. For added adventure, try this challenge over nap time.

RECYCLE BUSPHENOL A BOTTLES 

Now that bottles with bisphenol A have been sacked for their updated or aluminum counterparts, I’ve been using my large, plastic wide- mouth water bottle as an “emergency kit” containing matches, Oxo cubes, first-aid items, an emergency solar blanket, water purification tablets, etc. For easy access, string all the contents together on a flammable twine, which can also be used as a fire- starting material.

SEOUL SEARCHING

The address system in South Korea doesn’t work like the system we’re used to in Canada. Larger cities like Seoul are subdivided into “gu” (districts) and those are subdivided into “dong” (neighbourhoods). Beyond that, directions are generally given by naming buildings as landmarks, because there is no particular order to the numbering of buildings. If you are staying in a hostel, get to the nearest subway station and call someone at the hostel to come get you—arrange a meeting point at a particular subway station exit number.

MAGNIFY YOUR TRIP

A magnifier the size of a credit card is a useful travel accessory. It’s great for reading the names of small towns on maps and the fine print on your travel insurance, or for pulling a tiny sliver out of your thumb. Keep one in your wallet, or, if it has a hole punched in the corner as mine does, clip it to the inside of your bag or pack. They’re available for about $5 to $10 where reading glasses are sold in drugstores.

A TIC OF TASTE

Fancy a little flavour for your hostel-cooked meals, but don’t want to buy big jars of herbs? Fill up some empty Tic Tac containers with a mix of whatever spices you enjoy. Strap them together and you won’t even have to fuss with the dispensing. It works also for tea and coffee (unless you drink a lot!).

FREEZE YOUR EQUIPMENT 

I work in the water damage restoration industry, where wet documents and fabrics are often put in freezers to freeze-dry them or until there are better drying conditions. When I come home to a wet backyard from a rainy camping trip, I put my tent in the freezer until drier weather is available. This keeps my tent from going mildewy while also slowly drying it.


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