When buying hiking/trekking shoes, buy boots not trainers.  Your ankles will thank you.

Don’t second guess the dog.  He knows the way.

Sleeping bag liners are wonderful things.  They keep any and all critters at bay, and you don’t have to touch mingingin’ sheets.

In countries where the water is not safe, buy chlorine drops/iodine capsules instead of bottled water.  You’ll save money and a mountain of plastic waste. Vitamin C chelates the iodine so it removes the awful taste, but you need to wait half an hour until the iodine has done its job.

Bring a torch/flashlight.  A head torch is probably the best choice.

Medicines to bring: plasters/band aids - think blisters, ibuprofen, rehydration sachets, meds for constipation and diarrhoea, antibiotics if you can get them, and something to sterilise a wound (say, myrrh tincture). 

A little of the local language goes a long way.  Please and thank you, hello and goodbye, water, toilet, numbers, and a few basic compliments like “the food is very tasty,” will ease your trip enormously. And smile.  Always smile.

Alcohol wipes!  Stow some in your bag.

Bring clothing that is quick drying.  Things that take days to air dry will either never get washed or go mouldy.

If you’re going somewhere with a new alphabet, try and learn it.  Catching a bus is a whole lot easier if you know that Besisahar starts with ब.

Mosquito bite can be soothed with Tiger Balm or any other menthol containing product. 

A Few Tips We’ve Picked Up Along the Way.  Be the Wiser.