The Comprehensive Pre-Travel Checklist

At LeanPac®, we are all about prep, prep, prep! What’s more important than a travel-packing checklist? A pre-travel checklist! Nothing is more important to achieve a drama-less and smooth trip than good foundation processes to start things right!

Its never too soon to start making travel plans, so once you’ve chosen your dates and got the time off work its time to put your money where your mouth is and start booking flights! Once you’ve made the purchase, you can start deriving micro-moments of joy from the trip planning!

The lean team have got together and come up with an ultimate pre-travel checklist of EVERYTHING we can think of so that you don’t have to. Just run through the list to pick and choose your basics and use that as a foundation checklist to add-to as and when required. Tailor it! But not from scratch!

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The Comprehensive Travel Document & Information Checklist

Travel documents used to be defined as identity documents issued by official bodies to facilitate travelling between borders and boundaries, like passports and visas. Nowadays, when we prepare and collate important travel documents, it has become so much more encompassing and includes all sorts of necessary information and data to enable smoother travels. And we know smoother travels means enhanced travel experience. Ultimately it is up to us how smooth our travels can be and working from a standard checklist ensures that. 

So, here is a comprehensive list, the lean team have collated, to cover all possible items that even the most anal types will envy. Use it as a master list and extract all relevant items to suit your current travels, knowing that you are a step toward smoother travels!

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From Holiday Health Tweaks To Making Them Habits At Home

For some of us, as we age, our clothes start getting tighter and our breath shorter. We all want to be healthier but we are all busy and sometimes it’s just too hard. What better time to break that cycle than on a relaxing holiday. Change starts with making a few tiny tweaks to your regular routine that will help you get the habit of feeling better.

Overindulging in everything your holiday destination has to offer is just part and parcel of having a good time, but instead of starting your holiday with that mindset, why not decide to make a few small tweaks during your holiday that you can make a habit out of when you get home?

Try these few holiday health hacks to not only leave us feeling rested and totally relaxed when we return, but we like them so much that we’re bringing these habits home!

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5 Totally Worth The Weight Packable Items For Women 

Members of the lean team are proponents of smart packers and not light packers. No heels, no hair curlers, buy generic shampoo when you get there?! Why? Having saved up and waited long enough for a wonderful trip to come, why would we compromise quality of the experience by having to be without?

On the contrary, sometimes the extra space utility and weight can be worth it. “Necessary” and/or luxury items, when packed and actually used, can make us feel glamorous, indulgent and “vacation-y”. Here are a few suggestions for some weight and space indulgent items we think we should allow ourselves to bring on our next vacation.

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7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Travellers

Have you ever noticed that some travellers seem to go into complete meltdown if part of their travel plans change, whereas others seem calm and collected? That’s because the people that keep it together when things don’t exactly go to plan are usually highly effective travellers who utilise a range of tried and tested habits to ensure that they are prepared for pretty much anything.

Especially when doing independent travelling and visiting less modern destinations, most things and processes do not work as you are used to at home

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Factoids On Flying For Inquisitive Travellers

lean team, we found out quite a few interesting aspects to life amongst the clouds. 

Here are a few fascinating and some weird factoids we never knew about taking to the skies, according to flight attendants, pilots, and industry experts.

We can ignore it and carry on in your blissful ignorance or go with the knowledge of how to mitigate most of it or take comfort in actually knowing…even though we actually wish we didn't know some of it.

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Get Modular Packing With Organiser Cubes 

At LeanPac®, we’re champions of streamlined and efficient packing and believe that no traveller or holidaymaker should have to compromise on their creature comforts when on holiday or pay more for their airline luggage than absolutely necessary. That’s why we wanted to tell you about some of the benefits you’ll get when using our modular packing cubes and how it can make your packing process easier before you jet off. 

Ever returned

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Key Disruptions Of Brexit Affecting Travellers

With the final outcome of Brexit remaining to be seen, many people are speculating what impact Britain leaving the EU will have on our future travel plans.

There is no denying that with Brexit we could very well lose the principle of free movement that allows us to move without restriction among the other 27 member states.  Although it’s tricky to know all of the ins and outs, we’ve created a short list of ways that travel could be affected post-Brexit so you can be prepared.

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Reasons You Should Have A Local Bucket List

For those of us that love to travel, a bucket list is a great way of organising our future travel plans and making the most of the many amazing experiences available all over the world. 

As travel lovers, we often dream of our next far-flung destination and forget to appreciate the near surround. There is no harm in planning and organising a far away trip but local bucket list activities can hinder us from ‘wishing away” our time, while waiting for that to arrive! Creating …

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Our Pick Of Travel Social Networks… For Over 40’s Travellers

Getting away from it all for an escape to a far-flung destination or exploring one of Europe’s most impressive cities is something that travellers of all ages enjoy, but as we get a little older, most of us want to spend less time aimlessly wandering around our destination and more time experiencing everything our latest holiday has to offer. 

Social networks are a great way of getting the low-down on the best hotels, restaurants and experiences available. But, in the word of travel marketing and information,

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Great Tips For Travelling & Flying With Children

Travelling with small children is enough to fill most parents with dread. Long waits in the airport, the roaring sound of the aircraft engines and having to keep them in their seats when they're full of excitement for their holiday can lead them to act out of sorts and draw disapproving stares from other passengers.

Bearing in mind that there are things you do to make life easier for yourselves and there are things that you do that will make life easier for other travellers. That's why we've compiled a short guide, with

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Travel Toiletries Do’s And Don't’s 

Getting your packing list ready for your next big adventure is sure to have you considering which toiletries you’ll need during your break and how much you’ll need to take without adding too much extra weight or using up too much valuable space in your suitcase.

As seasoned travellers ourselves, we’ve compiled this list of travel toiletries do’s and don’ts to help you ensure that you take what you need without having to lug your entire bathroom cabinet around.

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Skills Every Traveller Should Have And Some

Travelling abroad on a gap year, the adventure of a lifetime or just a week’s jaunt? Then you’re bound to discover more about yourself during your adventure. While most of us will happily head off to an all-inclusive holiday or an arranged tour, independent travelling is a little different as it calls for much more self-sufficiency and usually means requiring certain skillsets, we may not rely on so much otherwise.

To help you on your way, here is a list of essential skills every traveller should have (or develop!) to make the most out of their travel experiences. 

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Animal Welfare And Spotting Animal Cruelty While Travelling

Sadly, animal cruelty is present in every country in the world. As evolved and humane global citizens with considerations towards animal welfare, it can be an intensely upsetting experience to witness the mistreatment and exploitation of animals while on holiday and as badly, unwittingly contribute to the practice. 

As travellers, interaction with local wildlife can be very educational and memorable, but these experiences should always occur in the best interest of the animal. Here are a few things to consider or do when planning such encounters or when you think you’ve spotted animal cruelty during your break and what to do about it. 

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Why 3 Is The Magic Number When It Comes To Packing? 

The internet is full of tips and packing hacks to help you maximise the space inside your suitcase before jetting off on holiday, but very little is said about how to streamline your packing to make sure that you use every piece of clothing that you actually take with you. 

Many of us are guilty of ramming our cases fit to burst with as many outfits and pairs of shoes as we possibly can, only to discover that we’ve used just a small fraction of what we’ve lugged abroad with us when we return home.

That’s why we’ve devised a new, streamlined system using the ‘power of 3’ to help you avoid packing unnecessary items and to make the most of your available suitcase space. 

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4 Obvious But Easy To Fall For Travel Scams

Travel scams are so obvious and we will never fall for them…will we? You’d be surprise how easily we can get caught off guard when in holiday mode.

Unscrupulous individuals are always coming up with new and inventive ways to trick holidaymakers out of their hard-earned cash while they're on holiday, so we've collated this list of trending holiday scams to make sure that you're not persuaded to part with your money and line the pockets of these less than reputable people.

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Prepping And Planning to Ease Travel Anxiety

For those that suffer from anxiety, the thought of jumping on a plane to travel to a destination you’ve never been is enough to trigger a full-on panic attack. But even those that do experience anxiety need a well-earned break with the family 

Even the most organised and best planner can’t plan for everything that can go wrong on a trip, but being prepared for common problems can be hugely calming for anxious travellers.

Hence give our top tips a try. It will help you relax while travelling and enjoy some R&R during your break.

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Four Weird But Useful Items For Your Packing List

Clothes? Check. Passport? Check. Toiletries? Check. Split Key Rings?!!!

When you’re putting together your holiday packing list, you’ll be focusing on getting all the essentials you’ll need to enjoy a fantastic break away with friends or family. But there are some weird but wonderful items you might not have considered that can be super useful during your break. 

The value of an item increases exponentially with each function, simply put, the more flexible and more different uses an item has, the more invaluable they become!

Here’s our top four items and an explanation on why you shouldn’t travel without them!

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Simple Ways To Prevent ID Fraud When Travelling

Being robbed is a traumatic experience, which we take every precaution to prevent. But nowadays, robbing can come in a less dramatic way digitally and as harrowing, hence we should be no less vigilant. 

ID fraud and personal information theft seems to be everywhere at the moment, and many holidaymakers are falling victim to them when travelling abroad. To help keep your personal details safe, here are some top tips to stop ID fraud the next time you go on holiday.

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Two Rookie Packing Errors That Could Spoil Your Holiday

Packing should be simple and straightforward before you jet off on holiday, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that have their breaks ruined by making these four rookie packing errors. 

Take a look at the list below to make sure that you don’t fall victim to these common packing problems that could potentially spoil your holiday. 

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