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Disney World Packing List for Adults.

Mine and C’s trip to Disney world is roughly 4 months away and being the a boy scout traveller I am the first thing I do before even putting the deposit down is think about what to pack.  Why do I do this? In all honestly, I hate packing and when I hate doing something I procrastinate. So if I start now my bag should be packed and ready to go just as airport pick up arrives at my door.

The packing list to date:

In my 19inch roller duffle bag (may switch to a smaller suitcase):

ü      7 Pairs of each underwear and bra.

ü      1 pair of shorts,

ü      2 pair of Capri,

ü      2 tank top,

ü      1 t-shirt,

ü      1 light weight long sleeve shirt

ü      1 zip up hoodie (While going in August it still can get cold at night)

ü      1 pair of jeans

ü      4 pair of socks

ü      Pyjamas

ü      Sandals or flip-flops

ü      Razor

ü      Non-perishable snacks

ü      Collapsible suitcase (It’s Disney world after all I am bound to shop)

Day bag/carryon:

ü      Shampoo, Conditioner, toothpaste, hair spray, sunscreen, soap. Tylenol and Pepto-Bismol (1X -100ml of each).

ü      lip balm

ü      Purell (Kids put their hands in numerous places I don’t want to think about and then put them where my hands are going…. Enough said)

ü      Toothbrush, hair brush with elastics.

ü      Hat (Should I buy or take one with me?)

ü      Digital camera, memory cards (2x- 1 GB and 1 x- 8 GB), charger. 1 disposable water proof camera.

ü      Cell phone w/ charger.

ü      Reusable water bottle.

ü      1 pair of shorts.

ü      1 T-shirt

ü      Ear plugs (To avoid offing young rambunctious children running and screaming up and down the halls at unholy hours. In the carryon because if my suitcase goes missing I still have some peace and quite)

ü      Passport, Driver ID,  Bank card, Cash, Credit card

ü      Plane tickets and Disney tickets and vouchers and conformation numbers.

ü      Journal and pen. (Addresses for postcards written in journal)

Tips or suggestions? Let’s here it.

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Packing Lists

There is only 5 more days left of my first semester of college. The biggest trip of my life so far.  So like a good student who should be studying for finals I am updating my blog. I really miss it. My blog that is, not studying. After this week for the next month the only thing I want to study is Christmas cards and Olympic Torches.

I’ve added a new featuring ===> Packing List.  A collection of packing list from my past travels. You can find it under headings.  I’ve also updated the “Where I…” page.

Itchy, Itchy, Itchy feets. What are your Christmas travel plans?

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Open call to the road: Niagara Falls.

I know I said in past posts that traveling will be on hold for a little while because I decided to go back to school. But who was I kidding? Like a siren’s call I crash my boat against the coast of wanderlust.

A monumental birthday is coming up in a few days and I’m not even going to pretend I am dealing with it well. Every second I am on the verge of tears knowing that soon I will be 1/4 of a century old. I don’t feel it, and I sure as hell don’t look it. I feel 17/18 years old and for the most part I look that old too. I’m also pretty sure I said I didn’t want to be in the country for my next birthday.

So what’s a better way to cheer myself up and get out of the country? Another trip.  Money is tight and so is time. I start school again in less then 3 weeks.  When I was deciding where to go Toronto was currently on a civic strike with no trash pick up, so that eliminated Toronto. A trip home to Montreal, or Buffalo, Chicago, Hong Kong and Thailand all prove to be too expensive. So I eventually decide on Niagara Falls. Close by, cheap, and able to leave the country.

“You’ve been all the way to Cuba, but you’ve never been to the falls?” My friend’s boyfriend laughed, last night at our friends’ Sarah and Steve’s buck and doe. I’ve been to the falls before. Several times actually. However the last time I was standing in the middle of some park freezing to death listening to Jeff Healy (sp) worrying if what they said will happen at Y2K will actually happen. It didn’t.  So almost 10 years has passed since I’ve been.

Now when traveling with my parents and my brother we would drive hundreds of miles to sit in the hotel for most of the time. So honestly it feels like going to falls for the first time.

I book both my train ticket on Via Rail ($31.50) and then booked my hostel ($111 for two nights, 5 min away from falls and private room) at on the 31st of July. Then with a discount I get from work I bought the Niagara Adventure pass for almost haft off which has all the major tourist attraction included and offers discount on those that are not included.

The trip almost got canceled this week when my debit card was stolen from my purse while at work. My bank account was sucked dried before I could even report it stolen. Luckily BMO credited me back my money after filling out a butt load of paper. Work drama and the debit card thief witch hunt that is sure to follow in the days leading up to the trip I am staring at an empty suitcase and blank itinerary with no idea in high heaven what to pack or what to do….



The main purpose of this trip was to do some photography while coping with becoming ¼ of a century old (I can feel the tears now) and not wanting to be in the country for my birthday.

The things I want to do while there

  • White Water Walk (never done)
  • Whirlpool Aero Car (never done)
  • Ten Thousand Buddha Sarira Stupa (Never Done)
  • Maid of the Mist (been even longer then 10 yrs since I’ve done this)
  • Journey behind the Falls (never done)
  • Clifton Hill (Right below my hotel a must)
  • Niagara Sky wheel (never got to do the London Eye, so why not)
  • Goat Island
  • Canadian and American Falls


On the American side, Jennifer has recommended that I check out Honey’s Restaurant. This happens to right by an outlet mall. My kind of place.


Packing List:


Two nights, traveling light and staying at a hostel while expecting scattered thunder storms with expected temperatures of a high of 25◦ Celsius and a low of 14◦ Celsius. A bit of a packing confusion.


  • 2 Pairs of each underwear and bra.
  • 1 pair of shorts,
  • 1 pair of capris,
  • 1 tank top,
  • 1 t-shirt,
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 windbreaker (or umbrella in lieu of jacket)
  • 1 pair of socks
  • Pajamas
  • Shampoo, Condition, hair spray, sunscreen, soap. Tylenol and pepto.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush with elastics.  
  • Hat?
  • Flip flops
  • Digital camera, memory cards, charger. Plastic bag to protect camera from mist from falls.
  • Reusable water bottle.
  • Daypack.
  • Roller bag.
  • Passport, Driver ID,  Bank card, Cash, Credit card
  • Train ticket, Adventuer pass print out, hostel reservations.
  • Snacks.
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The Cuban Itinerary and Packing List.

Once again I am staring at my pretty baby blue and white hibiscus flower lynx bag and I plan out my packing list and itinerary for my trip to Havana, Cuba. The days have been speeding by quickly coming up to this trip and I am loving it.  It is much needed and I am extreamly greatful that an oportunity to go had arose. I can only imagin how bitchy I would have been come summer time had I not done any traveling since last summer.

The Packing List:

Packing for this trip was a little dificult. I had to take in account that I’ll be leaving Canada in the dead of winter and arriving into a beautiful tropical Caribean island. I don’t own too many summer clothes as it rarely gets hot enough to wear them. At least I think so. I’m always cold even in the like a heat wave in the middle of August. I’m the one person who saying “Can we turn the heat on please!”

I spent last weekend searching the malls for sunscreen, shorts, and bathing suits. I only had a small success in my search. I only found suncreen. However the only bottle I found that was small enough to be in my carryon  was the Life Brand SPF 35. I am so going to get burned! lol

So the list so far…

My bag consist of:

1 pair of shorts

1 pair of capris

1 pair of jeans
1 t-shirts,
2 tank tops,

1 light weight long sleve top.

1 nice top

1 summer dress
a belt,
a crop short sleve jacket and a light weight and thing sweater

toiletries kit (travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, tooth brush, hair brush, minimal make up, sunscreen)
a night gown
Collapsible bag.
7 pairs of underwear,
2 pairs of socks (plan on wearing flip flops/sandals 90% of the time).
3 bras
extra set of Litlium AA batteries by Energiezer (best disposable batteries I’ve used for Digital cameras)
Spare 256 gb and 1 gb memory card

In my day pack.

1 Guide Books – Frommer’s Cuba

Some snacks and drinks for the plane ride.
My camera: Photosmart M437 5.0 Megapixel. and 1 gb and 8 gb memory card

Wearing down:
Jeans, T-shirt, a hoodie.

The Itinerary:

When planning trips I like to have a general idea of what I am doing so I don’t miss anything that I wanted to see or try. When I plan my itinerary I rarely stick to them 100% .


Day 1

Flight to Havana  6:20am

Arrive in Havana  9:55am

Transfer Varadero to Havana


Day 2

Walk Length of El Malecón towards to Old Havana. Tour old Havana and area. Visit Museo de Ron. Tour Castillo de los tres Reyes del Morro. Take a horse drawn carriage or Coco taxi back down El Malecón.


Day 3

Free day to try activities offered by Sun wing.

Day 4

Spend day at Acuario Nacional. Visit area around Acuario Nacional. Have dinner and a show at Tropicana.



Day 5

Tour El Template, Museo del Revolution, La Casa de Africa, and Museo de la Ciudad. Shopping.



Day 6

Tour Necropolis Cristobal Colon, El Capitolio, Parque Central



Day 7

Museo Hemingway, Parque Lenin.

Day 8

Depart Havana for airport in Varadero

Depart Varadero at 10:25pm

Arrive in Toronto at 2:00am
















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Cuba Trip Planning

I’d officially booked my trip to Havana, Cuba yesterday through a company called with my agent named Lisa.  After playing phone tag with her for a bit I put down my $250 deposit on my $595 trip.  That amount includes round trip airfare, hotel at a 2.5 star hotel, breakfast and all taxes and single supplement fees [bah]. In my books an amazing deal. I could have paid less then $200 more to be staying at an all inclusive property. But budget aside, I am not the type of person who likes to stay at the hotel for the entire time, nor do I feel it’s convenient to have to come back to the hotel for every meal and it would be a waste of money to pay for meals and not eat them. Thus I picked Kohly Bosque Havana Hotel. The remainder of my trip cost is due December 3rd.

 I will be leaving Lester B. Pearson Airport(to date still my favorite airport) at 6:20 AM. Which means I will have to take airlink at roughly between 2 AM and 2:30 AM. I will be touching down in Varadero around 10AM, then as Lisa said I will be “chartered” to Havana. I am kicking myself for not asking her what she meant by that and if it is apart of the package, or at my own expense and if so how much will it cost me. Varadero is roughly 2 hours from Havana and the place of choice for my many cousins who traveled to Cuba on frequent bases.

When leaving Havana I will need to make my way to the Varadero Airport for a 10:20 PM flight arriving at Lester B. Pearson airport shortly before 2 AM. I haven’t been on a flight that short since my trip to Calgary in 1999.


So any one who has read my past post about trying to decide on a location for my trip during my companies’ renovation in January would have read that I had consider several options – Venezuela, Cuba, Venice Italy (again). Privately I had also consider Iceland, taking advantage of the countries economic collapse and the starkingly bottom of the barrow low airfare ($455USD from JFK I was pretty dead set on Iceland, until the Canadian dollar began to drop drastically against the USD making the fabulous airfare to Iceland not so fabulous. 

Because of little time to save and still planning on going to Africa this summer (no one tell the boss) budget for a trip in January is going to be sparse. Really sparse a minimum of $1450 all and all. That has to cover the:

  • Cost of trip: $595
  • Airlink transportation from Brantford to Toronto: $160 RT
  • Insurance (learned this from last year): $90
  • Cuban departure tax $25CUC = $32.77CAN
  • Daily spending budget of 100$/day = $800

                                                           Total: $1677.77 Over budget by $277.77

Not really a big deal. My min budget is based on saving $200 every pay for the next 6 pays. My last pay I’ll most likely have full access to, but in case I don’t I’ll have to increase my savings by $46.29 a pay. This is not including any donations (see donation page 🙂 ) Christmas gifts, and my January tax refund.


I currently haven’t planned on an itinerary as of yet. But I do know I want to see at least:

  • Old Havana
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Tropicana – famous stage show. It’s expensive at 70$ So this is a maybe.
  • Hemingway Museums.

Any suggestions?


  • Bathing suit X 2
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat (Do I own any?)
  • Shorts/Capri X 3
  • T-shirts, respectable tank tops x 4
  • Beach towel/sarong X 1
  • Flip flops and sandals ( one pair of thongs and one pair of straps)
  • Non perishable snacks (nothing that will melt)
  • Guide book- Frommer’s Cuba
  • 8 pairs of underwear, 4 bras 1 pair of socks that will never be used
  • My travel planner by Ryland, Peters and Small (see previous post)
  • Small first aid kit and travel pharmacy (Tylenol, pepto, condoms, sanitary protections.
  • 2 small 100ml bottles of each shampoo and Conditionar or 2 bottles of 2-in-1)
  • Waterproof eyeliner and mascara and chapstick.
  • Copy of my manuscript to edit during down time and laying on the beach.

So far that is my current packing list.

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Uganda Packing List and Budget.

My trip to Uganda is eleven months and nine days away. It is never too late or to early to start planning for a trip. I spent most of yesterday without Internet planning  my packing list and budget. Along with how much I need to save each pay in order to achieve the target amount of money I need for my trip.

I am in the processes of getting a promotion at work. Providing I don’t do anything to screw up my promotion I stand to earn at least a dollar more an hour, a chance at bonuses, as well as full heath benefits. While I am happy for the benefits of the job. I am a little apprehensive about taking the job. The job is a managment job. I feel alittle guilty of taking it, because I know in less the a year I’ll be spending a month in a forigen country then returning to go to school. Now they are aware that I had plans to go to African next summer, and hopefully school, I still have the feeling I maybe put in an awkward position when the time comes to go.

The Budget

Destination of Trip: Uganda

Goal of Trip: Volunteering

Dates of Trip: July 6th 2009- August 7th, 2009

Number of Nights: 31

Number of days: 32

Max Budget: $6300

Per day Allowance: $37

Breakdown of Expenses         Per Day     Total

i-to-i Travel Project Cost                                 $1625

Airfare                                                  $1900

Visa                                                     $75

Airport Transportation                         $160

Day to Day expenses           $20           $600

Gifts, Fun and Souvenirs     $17           $533

Emergency Fund                                    $800

Insurance                                             $200

Total:                                $37           $5,893

Does my budget make sense. Only $37 a day?  Yes for me it does. $37CAN goes along way in Ugandan Shillings. Included in my project cost is my accommodations and three meals a day. I-to-I recommended to budget $150 per week for day to day expenses i.e. extra food, internet, laundry, transportation ect. For fun on the weekends and spare time they suggested $500 per month. Now I hope I’ll never have to use this fund, but they suggest having at least $800 for emergency i.e. seeking medical help that requires payment before service.  Insurance covers trip cancelation/ interuption, medical, baggage. Insurance is very important no matter what trip you’re taking but even more so when traveling in Africa.

The Packing list.

By nature I am a “boy scout” packer – always prepared. So I tend to have a long packing list.  Between now and then I may pair down my list. It is a little hard to pack for a month long trip and still pack light while making sure the majority of your downtime is spent seeing the country not the inside of a laundry room. Yet at the same time everything I bring must fit in my 60L travel back pack, and my carry on bag, while being easily carried and stowed. There will be no bell hops where I’m going.

The Basics

Travel Pack                                              Credit cards and telephone cards

Day pack                                                 Insurance information

Personal ID                                              PASSPORT/VISA

Info binder                                               Wallet/Cash/Travelers checks (limited amount as hard to cash)

Plane tickets                                            I-to-I documents


Soap and Container                                 Hair spray and gel

Toilet Paper                                           Medication and perscription

Vitamens                                               Sunglasses

Shampoo/Conditionar                             Feminine hygiene Products

Comb and Brush                                      Min. Make up

Toothbrush/Paste/Floss                          Razor

Lip Balm and Sun screen                          Deodorant

Small towle and face cloth                      


Rain gear                                                   Swin suit

Sandals                                                     Pajamas

Atheltic Shoes                                          flip flops

2 Hoodies                                                 1 Shirt/blouse

5 T-shirts                                                1 dress

7 Underwear                                             7 socks

Hat                                                         Bandana

2 skirts                                                   1 jean

2 Kaki/line pants                                     1 shorts


Additional Travel Gear

Digital Camera and Memory cards            Memory card reader

Travel Journal                                     Extra batteries

Sleeping bad                                      First Aid Kit

Water bottle                                      Insect repellant

camping fork/spoon and collaspable cup 

Matches                                            non pershable snacks

Books/Magazine                                  Flashlight

Playing cards                                      Watch and alarm clock

Notebook/Pen                                     Envelopes

Sewing kit/ safety pins                         Inflatble pillow

Umbrella                                            Compass

Plastic bag with seal                            Clothing line

Laundry soap                                      Commination lock

Collaspable Nylon Bag                           Voltage adpater and plug

Even after typing this from my orginal list to this blog I’ve cut things from the list. It’s still pretty long. What do you think? Anything I should omit, add? Let me know.

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Packing Light

          If you’re anything like me packing light is not an easy task – ever! I use to pack an airline standard carry on suitcase full just for an over night trip. When packing I’d stuff items in my suitcase thinking ‘better safe then sorry’, or ‘hey I may need that’, even ‘I’m going to use 8 bathing suits for my 4 days vacation to Cuba‘. There are two general tips to help pack light: Pack everything you think you’ll need then take haft of it out and multipurpose items.


Pack and haft method:


            This is probably the hardest method to follow, especially when you’re able to justify everything with “I may need that!” This method is simple and easy to use if you stick firmly to don’t bring it if you’re not 90-100% going to use it, you don’t need it, and they sell it where you’re going if you end up do needing it. 

            Pack everything you think you will be need, and then go over what you have packed. Bring only what is necessary. There is no need for a wooly jumper for a trip to South Africa, nor is there any need for shorts for a boating expedition to Antarctica either.  Most toiletries that you need will be available where ever you go, so save some space in your suitcase by omitting anything you can buy over there for a reasonable price. Don’t bring every CD you own if you’re only going to listen to one or two and only on the plane ride there. Analyze every item you put in your suitcase if you really don’t needed it take it out.


Multipurpose items method:


            This is a great method, perfect for those who think “I may need that”.  Bring items that have multipurpose. Clothing that can be dressed up and down, pants that can be zipped off into shorts, 2-in-one shampoo/conditioners, palm pilots/smart phones/Ipods (to store pictures, addresses, memos, journals, key languages phrases…), mp3 players etc. Clothing that is wash and go, that can be washed in a hotel sink and can mix and match is key to packing light.


 For a 8 day trip all you really need is 8 pairs of underwear (old ones that you can throw away to make more room), 4 bras, 8 pair of socks (same as underwear), 4 pair of pants and/or shorts (1 pair that can be dressed up), 4 pairs of shirts (long or short depending where you’re going and 1 shirt that can be dressed up)


When it comes down to it, you need to be firm if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. If you cannot fit everything in to one carry on bag start all over again weeding things out until it all fits.

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4 Days before I leave for New York City

Time Square Can’t Shine as bright as you…. Plain White T’s ~ Hey There Delilah.

I am currently staring at my baby blue carry on suitcase with white hibiscus flowers that is almost finished being packed. I am excited to go to New York City. It is defiantly been on my list of places to see for as long as I remembered. I am sure it’ll be similar to Venice. Where sure it looks amazing in pictures and movies, but to do it real justices you have to see it in person.

My luggage I am sure it probably going to be over packed for a short 5 day trip across the boarder by train.

My bag consist of:

3 pairs of jeans (light, dark and black)
1 t-shirts,
2 tank tops,
a belt,
a zipped up hoodie
toiletries kit (travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, tooth brush, hair brush, minimal make up)
a night gown
Collapsible bag.
5 pairs of underwear,
2 pairs of socks (plan on wearing flip flops/sandals 90% of the time).
3 bras
extra set of Litlium AA batteries by Energiezer (best disposable batteries I’ve used for Digital cameras)
Spare 256 gb memory card

In my day pack slash oversize purse aka messenger bag.

Portable DVD player and accessories for extremely long train ride.
A few DVDs to be decided on at the last minute. Maybe the recent purchases copy of all 3 Indiana Jones movies.
Book – Princess Sultana’s Circle by Jean P. Sasson
2 Guide Books – New York City for Dummies, and Frommer’s New York City Day by Day.
Some snacks and drinks for the train ride.
My camera: Photosmart M437 5.0 Megapixel. and 1 gb memory card

Wearing down:
Capris, a T-shirt and another hoodie.

I have a general idea for what I am doing while there. I have some major things that I wanted to see while in NYC and I figured it out day by day.

Day 1
Ground Zero, Wall street and Raging bull statue.
Staten Island Ferry/Battery Park (may eliminate to allow more time for SOL and
Statue of Liberty/ Ellis Island.
Brooklyn Bridge
China Town/ Little Italy
Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany’s (may eliminate due to time constraints)
Dinner at Tom’s Restaurant. I am huge Seinfeld fan.

Day 2:
Empire State building (at opening)
Central Park – Lunch/picnic in the park. Must sees include Alice in Wonderland Statue and Strawberry Field.
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Time Square,
Madison Square Gardens (may eliminate as will see when arrive in New York City from Penn Station)
Top of the Rock/ Rockefeller’s Center (haft hour before sun set staying until dark to see best view of Empire state building lit up)
Dinner at Serendipity 3 (official site)

Day 3

Conney Island in the morning maybe.
Really nothing planed. Perhaps see some of the Fleet Week 2008 festivities. Go back and revisit sights I want to see more of or missed.

The 22nd and the 26th I am unable to really do any sightseeing as the train ride from Aldershot is about 10 hours each way. I arrive in NYC after 9pm and then leave NYC at 7 am.

It was an extremely last minute idea to go and probably not very well thought out. I had originally planed on going to NYC to see NKOTB first concert in almost 20 years. However when trying to put my hotel money on my prepaid travel credit card by Master Card I accidentally put it on my cell account which has the same initials as my my card. I did not notice until about 3 days later when I couldn’t figure out why in hell had the money not shown up on my card. I went into my account online and low and behold 300$ made to my cell account. I rush to the bank and explain my circumstance to the women.

The lady explains to me since it been a few days and I did confirm the payment that I would have to wait for my cell company to return my money. However they could not guarantee that I would have back in time. I did not want to risk being short my hotel money at the last minute I change my travel plans to the following week when I get paid again in case I did not get my money back.

Changing my dates proved hard to find a decent, and okay price hotel or even hostels in NYC. Without really researching before I made my decision, I found out that weekend is holiday in the states. Which means the already pricey NYC got even more pricey- and that if you can find a room.

I finally found a hostel in the upper west side off Broadway that charge 85 USD$ a night for a private room, shared bath. At this point at an already last minute trip, beggars can’t be choosers.

I have 3 more shifts at work to get through. If it wasn’t for a boss who lives vicarsly through my travels I probably never got the time off to go.

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I hate packing!

One down side of traveling is having to pack! Spent an hour ironing everything so it’ll pack easier.

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Days left, Budgets, and new trips

26 More days to Italy, 1134$ So far in my savings for the 11 day trip. Which isn’t much in the long run about 744 Euros, still have two more pay checks before I go, so I’ll have to work lots of overtime.

New news, possible trip to Cuba. Possible packing list – A back pack, a towel, and a bathing suit. Do I really need more?

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