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It is absolutely necessary to think about the weight of your luggage before heading to the airport. There is nothing as stressful or depressing as dragging a heavy suitcase, when you are on a long travelling holiday.  I remember meeting a group of British tourists at one of The Malaysian Railway stations. They had travelled from Bangkok down to Kuala Lumpur by train to join us down to Singapore. They were on a two week train journey around Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Most of them had heavy luggage to drag along. They looked tired and miserable. What is more, some of the women were dressed like they were going to a cruise ship reception. I have never seen anything looking so out of place as they did.  Apparently, they had a terrible train journey through Thailand. The train was very dirty and the toilets were unusable. I would say they were totally unprepared for that type of holiday.

It is always wise to travel as light as you can. We've learned from experience and always take small sized suitcases and very few light clothes, something you can wash and dry quickly. Our underwear is the type you wash in the night and they are dry and ready for the next morning. You can buy these lightweight clothes at specialist shops such as Rohan (www.rohan.co.uk ). They might be expensive to buy but if you only use them for holidays and travelling, they last for years. I have got some Rohan clothes I bought 9 years ago and they are still good.

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Another important item on our travelling list are books. If you have a book about the place you are visiting, you can find out important information with ease. For detailed information, I recommend The Lonely Planet books. For a brief tours The Berlitz Pocket Guide books are adequate. Both types of books are available at (www.amazon.co.uk).

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