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7 Steps To A Perfectly Packed Suitcase

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Are you planning an exotic break away? You might be worried about what you’ll need to pack, and even when you’ll find the time to do it all. 

Packing needn’t be something that you spend so long stressing over. If you know what you are doing when you pack your case- it’s a doddle. 

To help you along, here are seven handy tips to help you pack your suitcase. 

1. Pick the Right Suitcase for the Journey 

First, you will need to make sure that you have the right case for the trip that you are taking. Think about the length of your break and the type of clothes that you’ll want to wear. Once you know this, you should find the smallest bag that you can. This is because you don’t want to be carrying a half-empty suitcase.

What method of transport are you taking? If you’re going to need to get your case around an airport, you’ll want one on wheels. For other forms of transport, wheels might be less important.  

2. Make a Packing List 

Before anything goes into a suitcase, you will need to make a list of what to pack. Do this a few days before you’re due to leave. That way, you’ll have a chance to add things if you remember them. 

Check out this website for a list of items that you need to remember in your hand luggage. 

3. Gather Your Items Together

Once you’ve made your list, gather up all of the items. Don’t put them in your case yet!

4. Tweak Your Item List 

Once you’ve got everything side-by-side you’ll be able to see what you might be taking. 

This is your chance to cut things from the case. Start to edit down the stack of clothes so that you only take what you really need. 

5. Pack Your Shoes First 

Your shoes should go in your case first. They’re your bulkiest items, so they need to be at the bottom of your case. 

6. Use Dividers 

A great way of dividing up your case is by using packing cubes. Put your gadgets in one, your toiletries in another, and your clothes in the biggest. Compressing your clothes in cubes will help you get more in.

7.Roll Your Clothes

Instead of folding your clothes, why not try rolling them? You’ll find it easier to get more into your case. Make sure that they’re rolled as tight as possible to save extra space. 

Don’t Forget…

Finally, before you take your case with you to the airport, don’t forget to weigh it at home. When you check-in for your flight, they’ll weigh it at the desk. If it’s too heavy, you’ll have to pay extra for the privilege. Checking the weight before you go will ensure you don’t get a nasty surprise at the check-in desk. 

Following these simple instructions will help you get the best from your packing. But don’t forget your passport

Gardening For A Greener Future

We all know that’s taking care of the environment is going to help us create a better future for not only ourselves but for future generations, making sure that we aren’t damaging our environment too much through our actions is all of our responsibilities, and taking care of it on a ground level by starting at home is always a good idea. There are many studies that show if everybody was to take some action, to help reduce their carbon footprint, energy use, or general use of resources then we would see a significant improvement in the environment as a whole. So here are some ideas that can help you grow a beautiful garden, without worrying too much about the impact on the environment at the same time.

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Water
Making sure that we aren’t water in our gardens with direct water lines, that can be detrimental to the way in which we consume water, and thinking of unique ways in which we can keep our plants well-fed, without using too much of the water filtering systems, Which overall costs not only money but time and effort as well as energy. There are many ways in which we can store water, from small water butts to 5000 liter water tank, and be able to manage your water usage effectively is essential. Many people have come up with unique ideas on how to keep a garden watered, and avoiding using sprinkler systems too much. Not only is collecting rainwater a great idea, which helps reduce the amount of water we are taking from reservoirs etc, but it can help the wildlife thrive at the same time if you are clever about it.

Homegrown
The carbon footprint of the food that we eat can sometimes be quite shocking, we don’t always turn to think about where our food comes from, or how much energy I have taken to get to that point, but we can start to grow our own food at home, and many people even go on to have whole allotments where they grow a lot of the fruit and veg themselves. Depending on the resources that you have, and the amount of time that you are able to commit to growing fruit and vegetables, will depend on your harvest, but it can be quite surprising in how much you can grow just in your back garden, and it can be educational for the children as well!

Recycle
Making your garden look wonderful doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune either, you can always recycle barrels, and create flower beds with old decking that you may have lying around. Many people are turning to recycle all sorts of pieces of wood into garden furniture, more recently a popular idea is to turn pallets into seating, so there is plenty of opportunities to recycle items that you no longer need or use, and turn them into wonderful garden accessories or even furniture as well.

5 Great Reasons To Visit Fort Pierce In Florida

If you are planning a trip to Florida, you may be looking at places like Orlando or Miami, but there are so many other places to discover. Fort Pierce is one of the most underrated places in Florida, which is a real shame because it has so much to offer and it caters for people of all interests. These are just some of the amazing things that you can do on a trip to Fort Pierce.

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Boat Trips

Florida is the boating capital of the world, and Fort Pierce is one of the best boating destinations in the state. You can charter a boat from some great companies like Carefree Boat Club Fort Pierce who will make the process so easy. You don’t need to worry about any dock fees or insurance and if you are a complete beginner, there will be expert staff on hand to help you get to grips with the boat. There are some great intercoastal waterways to explore, and it’s one of the best fishing destinations in the world.

Diving

Fort Pierce is also a great location for diving and exploring the seabed. There are some amazing coastal reefs that you can explore, and even some shipwrecks where you can search for treasure. Even if you are a complete beginner, there are some great instructional classes that you can take. However, it is important that you interact with wildlife responsibly when you dive because coastal reefs are under threat.

Beaches

Fort Pierce is also home to some of the best beaches in the country. There are over 21 mile of unspoiled beaches, and they are much quieter than any of the spots that you are used to visiting around Florida. Pepper Park Beach is a great destination for families as it has facilities like a children’s play area, tennis courts, and a nice picnic area. You will also find some great surfing schools on most of the beaches if you want to try your hand at some water sports.

Golf

If you want to take a relaxing trip and play some golf, Fort Pierce is the ideal place to go. Gator Trace Golf and Country Club has a great 18-hole course that is not too challenging, so it’s better suited to beginners and casual players than a lot of the other courses in the area. Just remember that there are gators in the water, so if you lose a ball, it’s best to leave it.

Farmers Markets

Visiting a farmers market is a great way to get to know a new place. You can discover all of the culinary delights that the area is famous for, and meet plenty of the locals as well. The Downtown Fort Pierce farmers market on the scenic waterfront area has over 70 local vendors selling a range of amazing seasonal fruit and vegetables, prepared food items, and handmade arts and crafts. If you are looking for some cheap, delicious foods, make sure to hit up the food trucks at the market.

Next time you are planning a trip to Florida, don’t overlook Fort Pierce because it’s such an amazing destination.

3 Ways To Be Kinder To Your Country

If you want to show your patriotism or simply be a better citizen, finding ways to be kinder to your country is a surefire way to help you to do that. Below, we have 3 ways you can be kinder to your country – take a look and see what you can do today. 

  1. Buy From Small and Local Business

Make sure you buy from small and local business rather than chains owned by corporate giants. Small and local businesses are better because you’re putting money back into the economy, as well as directly contributing to somebody’s livelihood. You should also make sure that your purchases support your values. If you want to reduce plastic usage, don’t buy items with a lot of plastic packaging. Make sure your purchases reflect what you believe in. You ‘vote’ with your money, so make sure you’re voting for the important things, like less plastic, organic food, and cosmetics that are cruelty free. You do have more power than you think when it comes to spending your money.

2. Don’t Litter 

Littering is something you should never do. You should wait until you find a bin, even if it means putting the litter in your bag or car somewhere. Make sure you use the correct bins to dispose of litter so that the right materials go to recycling, too. 

3. Get Involved In Important Causes 

Spread the word about various causes in the community and get involved. You could even volunteer at a local polling station. 

Many people wonder if there’s anything they can do about the country’s infrastructure – the infographic below can help.



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WAMA – Sustainable underwear

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The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, which has an enormous impact on the environment. A huge impact is felt within the Earths water supply through water pollution, mass water consumption and microfibers entering our oceans. Waste accumulation is another factor, causing chemical waste to penetrate soil systems and air networks. The production of fast fashion has also enhanced greenhouse gas emissions and contributed to rainforest destruction.

As we become more aware of the fashion industries impact on the Earth, more and more companies are making the move towards sustainable alternatives. Sourcing materials locally, employing local people, using less water in the production line and limiting the supply chain. Overall reducing the impact on the Earth. The clothing is also made to be more durable and long lasting. Buying sustainable clothing is another step in the right direction in reducing our carbon footprint. Every step counts, big or small.

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WAMA Underwear

I am always on the lookout for sustainable clothing brands and was so happy to learn about WAMA underwear  a company whose missions is to

 pioneer the hemp underwear industry by making the best hemp undies in the world and constantly improving the fit, function and design.

leading the way to the future of sustainable hemp underwear for both men and women. Not only does WAMA use the worlds most sustainable fabric, they also work with small family run organic farms and ensure that each of their employees is provided with fair wages and good quality working conditions.

WAMA has been approved by PETA- People for the ethical treatment of animals and also by Green America – meeting high standards for social and environmental impacts. This is definitely a company that I can back and support.

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Benefits of Hemp

Hemp is the worlds most sustainable fabric.  Hemp is very gentle on the Earth, it requires little water for growth and relatively little land for it to cultivate.  Hemp plants don’t require the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.  The process of the plant being transformed into a material can be done organically without the use of chemicals. Hemp material is extremely breathable and durable and is also anti-bacterial! Hemp can kill off any bacteria fungus or molds. Hemp underwear is a great addition to any sustainable wardrobe.

I have been extremely happy with my underwear from WAMA. The material is soft and breathable. To view the styles and colours from WAMA please click here 🙂

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How Humans And Wildlife Can Interact Sustainably

In all honesty, nobody wants to be known as a ‘city slicker’. Someone who isn’t in touch with nature, respect the wildlife and really feels at home in the great outdoors. Those that have grown up in the city, usually love the countryside once they get a bit older. However, so many of us have lost that unique touch with wildlife. We don’t pay attention to what we’re doing to our own countryside and indeed the wider country. Human and animal interactions don’t have to be so one-sided. We can live among wildlife without changing it. The trick is to always keep in mind the sustainability of our interactions. Nature must not be altered as we move through it, and animals should be respected even while you’re hunting.

 

 

A respectful hunter

 

In North America, some animals have to be hunted to keep the numbers down. Keeping deer numbers in check is vital for farmers because they would lose their crops and harvest due to the rampant grazing. However, hunters of all people know that in order to be a sustainable presence in the forest, they must not change the landscape. It may sound odd to some but even snapping twigs and brushing against branches is highly frowned upon. It’s not just about not alerting the prey animal, but not disturbing the nature you’re walking through either. Don’t step on flowers, mushrooms or even moss if you can help it. In order to have our great landscapes remain the same as they are now, hunters must move through the forest as if they were a ghost. Be respectful of the forest and try to leave it in the same way as you entered it.

 

Maintain population

 

If you own a lake and you’re unable to fish regularly, then, unfortunately, you’re not managing it correctly. You should have plenty of fish since there is no real way to escape besides underground channels. Call a lake management company that is able to come and see what the problem is for you. It might be due to the water quality, perhaps you’re overfishing, or it could just be that there is a predator nearby that have eaten most of the fish. The company will see if they can repopulate your lake with the correct fish types that were previously swimming around. They have stocked up ponds and lakes with indigenous fish to maintain the population and maintain the same ecosystem.

 

 

Avoiding meeting each other

 

Sometimes the best thing humans and animals can do for each other is just to stay out of each other’s ways. Grizzly bears are brilliant creatures but they are a threat to humans. Human beings must be aware that not seeing or going looking for a bear is a good thing. The fewer interactions brown bears and humans have the better for each other’s survival. That’s why you should follow bear tracks or ghost them to go bear watching.

 

Humans and animals need to find ways to interact with each other in sustainable ways. Hunters should respect the forest as they walk through it and anglers should not fish their lakes to emptiness.

4 Reasons Ecuador Should Be Next On Your Bucket List

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I think the hardest thing about traveling is figuring out where to go. We’re blessed with so many incredible travel destinations, yet some places often slip under the radar. For me, Ecuador is one of the most under-appreciated countries in South America – and the whole world. It’s such an exciting and beautiful place to visit, and everyone should add it to their bucket list. 

Not convinced? You will be after seeing these reasons to visit Ecuador:

The Galapagos Islands

Ecuador is home to one of the most incredible places on earth; the Galapagos Islands. Here, you will see some unique wildlife enjoying an untouched natural habitat. There are giant turtles, iguanas, seals, and even sharks. If you travel alone, it’s a joyous place to trek around as you take in all the beauty of your surroundings. For groups, there are Galapagos vacations for families that allow you to see all the amazing animals while being led around by a tour guide. You can’t really compare the Galapagos Islands to anything else because it’s utterly unique. It offers an experience like no other; it’s something you should see at least once before you die. 


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Banos

Banos is a little town that’s full of wondrous things for tourists to do. It’s not your typical travel destination; you get a real authentic taste of Ecuadorian culture here as it’s not overly commercialized. The beauty of this place is that it provides natural thrills for you to enjoy. There are mountains to climb, flowing waterfalls to jump from, white water rafting, long rope bridges, and even a swing that sends you out over the edge of a mountain. So, if you’re a bit of an adventure traveler that’s looking to get an adrenaline spike on your next holiday, then Banos is the perfect place for you. 

Excellent Food

The food in Ecuador is similar to most other areas of South America. As a result, it’s pretty damn delicious! You’ve got a host of sweet and savory treats to try, and plenty of small street food stalls or restaurants that serve the most authentic stuff. If you like fish, then try the ceviche in Ecuador as it’s really incredible. It’s also well worth trying cornbread as this is kind of a specialty in South America due to the diversity – you can have it with fillings for lunch, breakfast, or dinner. 

Incredible Weather

Finally, the weather in Ecuador is a good enough reason to pack your bags and head out there. The country is unique in that it sits on the equator. As such, you tend to get a pretty consistent climate all year round. It’s permanently hot and sunny, and you can take advantage of this by heading to some of the stunning beaches dotted around the coast. Speaking of which, you have hundreds of miles of coast to enjoy, and plenty of beautiful places to go swimming, sunbathe or have a little snorkel underwater. 

You see, Ecuador throw up lots of intriguing delights that make it a must-visit country. As a bonus, if you live in North America, then you’ll benefit from Ecuador using US dollars as its currency. So, there’s no need to worry about conversion rates when you set off!

Fight Back Against Water Pollution This Year

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We all care for the planet. It is more important than ever now that we take steps to keep our planet safe and ensure that all of the living creatures on it are able to live in a safe environment.

The oceans and waterways are some of the worst affected by our pollution in a number of ways and this is something which can have a knock on effect on the animals who live there. It is important for us to use oil water separators and be more conscious about the plastic we use each day because all of these things will have an effect on the planet as a whole. Today we are going to take a look at some of the things you can do every day to help fight water pollution and keep our oceans clean.

  1. Slow it down

When water flows fast through the land and into the ground below and also the rivers, it can pick up a lot of things on the way which we don’t want. This is why slowing down water flow can be helpful and there are a few ways we can do this. First of all we can have a water butt in the garden which will collect rainwater for us to use at a later stage. We can also plant water living plants in the garden so that they will take in a lot of the water before it moves elsewhere.

  1. Use vegetation

For those of you who live close to the waterside, the more things that stand in the way of your lawn and the water the better. One of the handy things you can do here is to plant some large shrubs and bushes to form a barrier and this will stop water from flowing through too quickly.

  1. Go biodegradable

The worst thing you can use for your home is cleaning products which contain a lot of harsh chemicals which can end up going down the drain and into the water supply. The best option for you is to find some biodegradable cleaning products which will not have a negative impact on your water supply.

  1. Limit pesticides

If you like to keep a clean and clear garden it stands to reason that you would also want to add pesticides to your garden to stop things such as slugs and snails. However these pesticides are bad for every creature in the garden and they can end up getting in the water supply pretty easily. Make sure that you think about limiting what you use, if at all, and this will make a big difference.

  1. Join a clean up

One of the things you can do to be proactive in cleaning our oceans is to take part in a clean up and make a real difference to the world. There are always clean ups in your area you can join and it will allow you to feel like you are really making a difference.

5 Fun Things To Do In New Jersey

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Thinking of visiting New Jersey? Here are a few fun things to do when exploring this state.

Hit the beaches of Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore’s beaches are renowned worldwide as being the ultimate sunbathing spot. They’re less humid than Florida’s beaches whilst still offering plenty of sunshine to catch a tan. Even if you don’t fancy lazing on a beach, the shore offers plenty of other activities. You can snack out at Dunkin’ Donuts in Ocean City and go shopping along the boardwalk. Meanwhile, those looking to explore some history can head to Cape May, where there is plenty of Victorian architecture to marvel at and a range of museums. And of course, there’s Atlantic City, where you’ll find casinos and world-class spas.  

Go tubing on the Delaware river

Many people head to the Delaware river in the summer to paddle in its crystal clear waters. Whilst thrill-seekers can try kayaking or white water rafting, a more leisurely way to explore the river could be to go tubing. You can hire a tube from companies such as Twin Rivers Tubing and drift down the river whilst catching a tan.

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Be dazzled by Sterling Hill Mine

This former iron and zinc mine is a must-visit attraction whilst in the state of New Jersey. The mine’s most famous feature is its multi-coloured fluorescent rocks which make for a magical experience. This is the result of the mine’s lighting which causes the zinc to glow. Visitors at Sterling Hill Mine can also learn about the mine’s past and various mining techniques.

Walk around the Grounds for Sculpture

There are plenty of parks and gardens in The Garden State, but for those looking for an attraction that slightly more unusual The Grounds For Sculpture are well worth a visit. There are over 240 sculptures in this 42-acre park, on top of an array of trees and flowers. It’s the perfect park for nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike.

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See the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park sits across from New York and offers impressive views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can even catch a ferry from here and get to see both attractions up close. Of course, there’s also the option of taking a day trip to the Big Apple (New York’s not in New Jersey, but it’s practically on the border and worth experiencing if you’ve never been before). Liberty State Park is also home to the Empty Sky Memorial and Liberty Science Centre.

How To Plan Your First Visit To Perth

Perth is a great city that captures everything that’s great about Australia but it isn’t always top of people’s bucket list when they’re visiting the country. People tend to go for Sydney or Melbourne, which is a real shame because Perth is a vibrant city that has seen a lot of growth in the last few decades and more and more locals are moving there from the bigger cities on the east coast. While it might not be as big as those cities, the west coast area and Perth, in particular, still have lots of great things to see and do so it’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before. If you’re planning a trip to Perth, here are some great tips to help you make the most of your visit to this incredible city.

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Where To Stay

Perth is an expensive city so if you’re trying to plan a budget trip, you’ll need to look around a bit to find somewhere to stay. That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to find a cheap place to stay but you’ll have to avoid the hotels, especially those near the city center. If you want somewhere affordable to stay, hostels are your best bet. If you don’t mind staying in basic accommodation, you can get a fairly reasonable hostel and you’ll save yourself quite a bit of money if you look further outside of the city center, however, a private room is still going to cost you around $60 a night.

Airbnb is another option that is going to be cheaper than the hotels. Shared rooms are only around $26 or you can get your own apartment from about $85, which isn’t too expensive if you’re splitting the cost between a few people.

You’ll save money by staying further out of the city but if you’re doing that, it’s a good idea to hire a car so you can get around easily. You can book your Perth airport car hire today and get a good price, which means you don’t have to worry about an airport transfer and you’ll have a car while you’re there. It also gives you a bit more freedom to explore the surrounding area.

What To Eat

Food is expensive as well and you can easily pay $15 a meal at a normal restaurant, the fancy ones will be even pricier. Fast food places aren’t that cheap either and can sometimes be as expensive as the normal restaurants. However, you can get some great quality food at a reasonable price if you avoid the local cuisine and eat at the ethnic restaurants instead.

What To Do

There are plenty of things to suit every taste while you’re in Perth. If you’re looking for culture, you should head over to the cultural center where you’ll find lots of art galleries and museums or visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which is completely free to get into.

In the evenings, you’ll find plenty of great nightlife in the Northbridge area which is packed full of great restaurants and bars.

If you want to experience the beautiful landscapes, you can hike along the Bibbulmun track. You could do a single day or even a week if you feel like it and there are cabins along the way to stay in.

These are just a few of the amazing things that you’ll find in Perth. If you follow these simple tips, your first trip to the city will be a success.