Jill Heinerth has spent a lifetime travelling the globe on expeditions and filming projects. In the Summer issue of DIVER she offers us her top 101 expedition tips to build your escapade more relaxed and earth-friendly. Here are a few of our favourites … Checklists : Iam a fan of using listings for packing. Bring it with you, so you are organized on the way home and get everything into the right bag for weight limits. Having a list also helps if you are pulled into additional inspections at airports. Global Rescue : If you are going to be in a remote place, make sure you have evacuation insurance to get home in the event of an accident. Photograph : Take a picture of itineraries, hotel datum, and other details you might need to access once you land. Your phoneas camera can act as excellent way to scan and maintain documents on hand for all scenarios. Power Up : Bring a phone charging battery or charging suit and extra cable in case your smartphone dies. Some solar powered options are also available and can provide power for emergency bellows. Your phone can be a vault of information on an expedition,
so a redundant power source is a must. Local Cash : Get a little local cash in advance of the journey( Travelex online) and make sure you know the local exchange rate so that you are not cheated or over-charged by foreign exchange providers at your destination. Airports have the highest fees and ATMs with no fee cards are generally best.
Know Your Embassy : If the very worst happens on a trip, you will want to be able to contact your home countryas embassy. Load the contact details on your phone. GiftsA forA Kids : A small token gift can go a long way when you are abroad. A flag pin or interesting sticker is a far better gift than devoting infants fund or candy. Ziplocks : Ziplock suitcases are great for packing clothes. Use the soft attire packs to pad more sensitive or fragile items. If you roll a fragile object in garment, place it in a pouch so it doesnat get accidentally dropped during luggage inspection. Use heavyweight suitcases so they can be reused. FirstA Aid : Pack a small kit with pain reliever, Benedryl, decongestant, antacid, cough drop, bandages, hydrogen peroxide, activated charcoal pills( for diarrhea and minor allergic reactions ), and antibiotic cream. Tissues : Never assume that toilet paper is available or free. Take your own.A PhotographA layers : If your bag packing is like an intricate puzzle, taking into consideration photos as you go, one layer at a time. This will make the re-packing process a little easier and quicker.A WaterA Bottle : A Water bottles are essential, but considering taking a flat hip flask instead. They are easier to pack. Vapur collapsible bottles are even smaller( seen on the left ). Lost Bags : Photograph your luggage prior to departure in case the airline loses your pouches. Clearly label them, and use a distinctive markerathis may help them spot a lost container a little quicker. NeedA toA P: Women should consider bringing a Pee Funnel. Being able to stand up for urination can be discreet and is appreciated in less than clean restrooms. Flashlight Safe : A I use an old empty waterproof flashlight to store a small roll of money. If you get robbed, it wonat be a target. MakingA itA Dark : If you find an annoying streak of sunlight streaming through your draperies, use a hotel trouser hanger to clip the draperies shut. CreditA CardA Tool : A flat credit card-sized multitool is worth its weight in gold( seen left ). CameraA Phone : Your smartphone is a capable professional camera. Download an app like FilmicPro for the iPhone to gain full manual control over your phone instead of taking a larger DSLR. GoogleA Translate : If you can use phone data, Google Translate is the easiest way to communicate. Let people read a complicated question or type a complicated answer or directions.
Wool: The benefits of wearing merino wool are unsurpassed. This sorcery fabric is incapable of holding human body fat that causes odour. You can wear merino for a month of sweating, and the clothing will not smell. It is great for warm and cold weather.
WhatasA OnA YourA Body : At all hours, you should have your passport, credit cards, and money on your person. If the plane has an emergency landing you will not be permitted to get anything out of the overhead bin, and you might not get onto back for days( this has happened to me ). InflatableA Padding : An inflatable camping pillow serves well as protective padding for sensitive gear and camera parts. Headlamp : One of the most useful tools is a small headlamp. Whether you are trying not to wake up your roommate in a dark hotel room or sought for portions in the bottom of a dive purse, a headlamp is extremely useful. To read all of Jill’s 101 expedition tips-off, purchase the current issue of DIVER now, or subscribe !