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WHAT TO PACK FOR THE MOTHER CITY

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE MOTHER CITY

There are few places on the planet that combine progressive innovation and world-class entertainment with the backing track of an African rhythm; where culinary bliss is rivalled only by some of the most beautiful vistas imaginable. This is Cape Town, and it is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. To get the most out of it, pack well so that you are comfortable while you shop, taste wine, explore historical sites, and indulge in some of the prettiest beaches and finest restaurants in South Africa.

 

Here are some top packing tips for the Mother City:

 

Summer Clothes

Cape Town summers can get really hot and sunny. So, in addition to a range of cool clothes, always wear sunglasses, sunscreen and, preferably, a wide-brimmed hat. These are also fabulously glam, so you’ll fit right in. Remember, Cape Town is the trendy home of some of the top fashionistas in the country. It also has a number of beaches; including the spectacular Camps Bay and Clifton beaches, which have all of the white-sand-and-turquoise-water essentials for the perfect summer vacay. So, your luggage will need to include:

 

  • Cotton sun dresses
  • Shorts/minis
  • Cotton palazzo pants
  • Tees and vests
  • Bikinis or full costumes
  • Sandals

 

Winter Clothes

As hot as the summers are, winters can get chilly in Cape Town, especially at night. It’s best to layer your outfits so that, as the crisp morning airlifts and the day warms up, you can just remove a layer or two. Some winter essentials include:

 

  • Jeans (skinnies work well as they can be transformed into something a little more formal for evenings)
  • A hoodie and a wind-breaker
  • A raincoat
  • A formal jacket
  • Jumpers or jerseys
  • Tights
  • Long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops
  • Umbrella
  • Comfy boots
  • Sneakers
  • Warm PJs

 

Toiletries

Cape Town is well-equipped and most guesthouses and hotels have all of the essentials. Still, any traveller should have a few basic essentials to make their stay in South Africa even better. These include:

 

  • Bug spray or mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Headache tablets
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-nausea tablets
  • Any chronic medication (including a copy of the script)

 

Other

Of course, you can’t prepare for everything, but here are some helpful extras that will leave you feeling more prepared:

 

  • Camera (with extra memory cards)
  • Plug adapters
  • Chargers for phones, cameras, tablets and laptops
  • All your documentation (driver’s licence, passport, ID book, and so on)
  • A travel and map app on your device to help you to get around
  • Comfortable walking shoes

 

 

Packing well could be the difference between having the time of your life and being really uncomfortable. Cape Town is special; it’s a destination that will stay with you forever. Make sure that you’re comfortable and have everything you need so that you can sit back, relax and really savour its magic.

 

Blog post in association with SA Venue

Advice from a plane

Advice from a plane

I saw a thunderstorm from above today. I fly often. More than most. I have flown through some teeth shattering turbulence, a few odd passenger situations (one including a man being in the bathroom during a landing) and I have seen breathtaking sights from a window seat. But today I saw thunder. Brief flashes of bright light backlighting dramatic clouds. It was beautiful.

I never get too personal on my blog, for a multitude of reasons. Mostly because contrary to popular belief my life really isn’t that interesting. It’s average. Just like me and that is totally okay with me. The last few months have thrown things my way that I had no idea I would ever have to deal with in my lifetime, never mind before my 30s. But in all fairness, none of these recent events were even that interesting. Millions of people cope with worse while wearing much larger smiles than myself. But much like most self-indulgent people who overcome small things, I like to think I have learnt a few things. I will dispense this advice now. You never know when someone else’s journey might need it.

1.Never take health for granted. Easier said than done. But let me tell you. You miss the normal when its no longer there. When the worst thing that happened to you medically was a cold. I miss that.

 

2. Weightloss isn’t always good. Stop assuming because someone lost a bunch of weight that they weren’t happy before. Or that they are happier now. Believe it or not, some people don’t mind being a size 14.

 

3. Always travel light. You really don’t need that extra pair of jeans you are carrying around.

 

4. Buy a power bank, keep it charged, use it.

 

5. Use Google Music. (Or iTunes) just pay the monthly subscription and carry the soundtrack to your life in your pocket.

 

6. Show appreciation. Show appreciation for a good meal, a nice day out, a compliment or even a smile.

 

7.  Not everyone will understand your circumstances and you won’t always understand theirs. People differ and this is ok.

 

8.  Avoid eating meat on planes. Just trust me on this.

 

9. Work hard. Regardless of what you read on click-bait posts, regardless of the famous Netflix power point. Hard work DOES pay off. Not always in the way you expected, but it really does. Even when you hate what you do. Use your hatred to fuel it and work harder.

 

10. Share things you like. Songs, food, a good view or even a podcast you found interesting. Don’t keep things that bring you joy to yourself.

I hope one day you find one or more of these useful.

 

Piccolo Mondo dinner dates made easy

Piccolo Mondo dinner dates made easy

Can you remember your last time you went on a first date?

Do you remember the awkward silences? The questions you asked and got “yes” or “no” replies for? We have all been on a date where you are kinda into to the person but you can’t seem to get the conversation to flow. You touched on what you do for a living, the brief “my hobbies include” bit and then you spend 20 minutes looking at the menu, deciding whether you should order a salad and glass of water or just be yourself and order a steak and a glass of wine.

Well, stop freaking out about date number two because I got you covered.

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People and places

People and places

Family. Isn’t it weird how we all have family issues? Like who doesn’t have a screwed up family? I sure do. But I wouldn’t trade them for anything. My family is scattered all over the world and they are part of the reason I have such a deep love for travel. I grew up learning how to count in Rendili, we made flash cards learning the capitals of all the countries in Africa. We got dragged to go birding. How many 9-year-olds do you know who can tell you the scientific names for birds?

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Old Habits

Old Habits

They really do die hard. As an average traveler, I have a few odd things I do when I travel. Case and point, licking things. Also, fridge magnets and selfies with notable landmarks. But I have not so unusual habits too. Since our first visit to Europe, I have always been a sucker for history and have often mentioned it here.

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